Patch 4.1: Resto Changes Analysis

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It’s a new day and a new patch! And while the trolls are unleashing their fury on Azeroth, the restoration tree has once again had some major changes. I’m really looking forward to these changes since they hit quite a few of things on our wishlist. Let’s take a look at what to expect!

Efflorescence has been redesigned. It creates a healing zone at the feet of a Swiftmend target, but this healing zone now restores health equal to 4/8/12% of the amount healed by Swiftmend to the three most injured targets within 8 yards, every 1 second for 7 seconds. This periodic effect now also benefits from spell haste, but the individual ticks cannot be critical effects.

This is a really great change. For the last couple weeks I’ve dropped Living Seed and Efflorescence from my talent build since I found their healing to be rather weak. With Efflorescence now being changed to a smart heal, I’m more inclined to spend points in it. Well that and also this other little thing they mentioned….

In addition, Living Seed is no longer a prerequisite talent for Efflorescence.

I have but one word for this change – yay! Living Seed always formed a dismally low portion of my heals and now I can finally freely invest in Efflorescence. This essentially brings Efflorescence to being a 3 point talent investment from previously being a 6 point talent investment. It’s a like a yummy discount at a shoe sale.

Malfurion’s Gift now reduces the cooldown of Tranquility by 2.5/5 minutes.

This is a really nice talent. I originally thought it was lacklustre because there are a couple raid fights where I go without using tranquility at all, let alone twice. The last few weekends however, have changed that perspective. Fights like Cho’gall have made me acutely aware of high raid damage and I think having an extra tranquility will help. I will also update my healing perspective posts on these fights seeing how tranquility can be rotated along with the Tree of Life cooldown now.

Nature’s Swiftness now also increases the healing done by the affected nature spell by 50%.

Nature’s Swiftness is another talent I passed over since it no longer had its life-saving aspect with what Healing Touch heals for now. The extra 50% healing certainly brings back that aspect and makes it a more attractive “oh crap!” spell to have around during high damage situations. It’s something I’ll be considering in my new talent build.

Druids now innately have 100% pushback protection from damage while channeling Tranquility.

I’m really happy about this one since it frees up use of my barkskin immensely. There have indeed been times where I really wanted to use Barkskin but couldn’t since I needed to save it for when I’d be unleashing Tranquility.

Lifebloom’s bloom effect has been reduced by 20%.

I don’t expect to notice this too much to be honest. The only time I deliberately let my lifebloom bloom is when one of the tanks is really low and it pretty much just buys a second or two for the tank healer. Those 40k crits were pretty cool to see but let’s be honest, a lot of blooms were plain old overhealing because I missed renewing it by a second.

In summary, this patch is bringing us a lot of changes targeted to make our healing more effective but its doing so with precision rather than a blanket healing increases. I like it better this way to be honest. I think it’s going to make for some interesting talent choices and perhaps even a change in healing style. I’ll be posting up my new talent build after the patch goes live, and once I get my feet into a couple raids I’ll also be updating my healing perspectives posts. Thanks for reading and happy patch day! =)

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Moments of Hyjal

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This is another one of those days where I decided to fly around Azeroth and look at the sights. As a druid, Hyjal is always a special place of lore for me. I went around with my “camera” at the crack of dawn, and it surprised me with some truly breathtaking views.

Morning slowly creeps through the trees and mountainous terrain of Hyjal.

Streams of sparkling water flow through the war-torn land.
Sanctuary of Malorne.
Roots of Nordrassil.
Sulfuron Spire, the fortress of Ragnaros. “Taste the Flames of Sulfuron!”
Guardians of Hyjal.

Epic Heal Goof Ups

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The other day, I was reading Khizzara’s post on the analogy between music and healing and came across some of my own parallels between piano performance and healing. Interestingly, most of these parallels involved some sort of goof up or the other. Whoops messed up that trill there…whoops was slow on the Swiftmend there…you can see how it’s shaping up. Goof ups happen to the most seasoned healers, and the best part is that they’re usually hilarious…well maybe less so for the tank who died, but hilarious nonetheless. And hey, it’s Friday….so grab a drink and join me for my confessions of my best heal goof ups.

The Ill-Timed Tranquility

This happened just the other weekend when I was healing Valiona and Theralion. The raid was low and I decided to pop tranquility to get our health up. I couldn’t have chosen a worse time or a worse spot. I barely started channelling the spell when Valiona turned to me and breathed her fiery flames of purple death. I should’ve instantly given up on tranquility and tried to survive, but instead something hiccupped and I decided it would be a face off between tranquility and the breath. I died an unceremonious death there, and we wiped. Noone said anything but I know my raid lead, and fellow healers must’ve done a solid facepalm before having a good laugh. =P

Sticky Raid Frames

This has happened to me many times before, but most recently, it me bit in my druidic rear while battling Halfus. It was a challenging combination of dragons and we were prepared for the heavy healing required. As the fight progressed, a tank began to take a lot of damage. I began to bring out my heavy heals…..Healing Touch, Swiftmend,Healing Touch…and much to my dismay his health barely moved. I pretty much threw everything but the kitchen sink at him before it hit me…

Yep, you guessed it. I was healing myself even though I thought I had him targetted /facepalm. I realised I was overhealing my silly self a second too late. The tank died and we had to give Halfus another shot…this time without the noobery of overhealing myself!

Oh, Battle-Rez

When to rebirth someone is always a tough decision. I mostly save it for a tank/healer but the hard part is knowing if we’ll wipe or if we have a chance to make it through – thus making the rebirth worthwhile. Sometimes, I’ve miss the mark with those decisions – and this happened not just once but twice in a row now.

Perhaps its the innate optimist in me or something, but during our tough encounters I’ve battle-rezzed the tank only to watch the group the wipe a minute later. My tank buddy, thankfully, is a better judge of these situations and calmly takes the rebirth offered after the devastation ended while I’m kicking myself for not using it at a better time. I’m sure he still giggles about it too.

Kitty form backfiring 


The kitty dash is kind of a last resort thing I keep in my toolbox to get out of sticky situations, which granted, I shouldn’t be in in the first place. Once during the bickering dragons, I got caught in the Twilight realm. I instantly went cat and dashed to the portal and made it out fine. I was rather happy I survived and began to heal…except, no heals came out. Now maybe I just didn’t have my usual coffee that morning…but it took a few seconds for me to kick myself and get out of kitty form. Yeah, the coffee probably wasn’t strong enough. I blame the coffee.

Healing oopsies and goof ups don’t happen too often…or they shouldn’t atleast hehe. But when they do, they make for some great stories to laugh about and can really lighten the mood of a raid =) The numerous /facepalms and /headdesks really make it all in all, a fun experience…and hey I didn’t even talk about that one time where I just plain spaced out. I hope my tank isn’t reading this. Have a great weekend and happy healing! =)

Healing Perspectives: Ascendant Council

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As their name suggests, the Ascendant Council is a council type fight consisting of elemental foes. This fight is incredibly fun while also being a bit chaotic. Just as a quick reminder, I’ve written out these posts purely from a perspective of what a healer needs to know and be aware of during a fight. Hopefully, this will serve as a good prep for the fight as well a concise checklist of reminders before taking on the boss. I recommend checking out sources like tankspot for the complete guide to the fight. As healers, it’s time to put on our dancing shoes and see what’s in store!