Surviving Patch 5.4

Patch 5.4
Tomorrow is the day! Patch 5.4 will hit Live servers tomorrow (assuming they are on time which they almost never are) and there are a bunch of changes coming our way.


  • Innervate now restores mana based on Spirit. It will restore at least 8% of your mana at all times. You’ll want at least 12,000 Spirit to get the same amount of mana from it as in 5.3.
  • Wild Mushroom is now limited to 1 Mushroom. It is now cast on a player instead of using a targeting circle (there is the Glyph of Sprouting Mushroom which you can use to get the targeting circle back). Moving the mushroom no longer resets the stored healing. It now has a 3 sec CD.
  • Genesis is a new spell learned at level 88. It speeds up applied Rejuvenation spells on players. This is a great spell to use when you have to top players off quickly. I wouldn’t recommend using it in a normal rotation, but instead as a tool to counter burst damage. Rejuv is still really powerful for constant ticking damage, so knowing when and when not to use Genesis will be really beneficial for you and your raid.
  • Living Seed effects can now stack, up to 50% of the casting Druid’s maximum health, and will no longer be consumed if the target is already at full health.
  • Nature’s Swiftness is now baseline. We get a new talent called Ysera’s Gift. Grab it. It’s worth nearly a 5% output increase and requires no input from you.
  • Dream of Cenarius has been redesigned. It now causes Wrath damage to heal a nearby target for 100% of the damage done (think Atonement).
  • Heart of the Wild now increases healing done by 25% for the duration of the cooldown.
  • Nature’s Vigil now increases healing by 12% and procs additionally healing off of single target healing spells (cleave heals). This is a huge buff to the talent and would be my #1 choice for 5.4.
  • Soul of the Forest was buffed yet again to 100% Haste (I have no idea why).
  • Glyph of Efflorescence replaced Glyph of Lifebloom (which was baked in baseline). Glyph of Efflorescence allows your Wild Mushroom to proc the Efflorescence effect and turns Swiftmend into a strong single target heal. This glyph will be mandatory for raiding Druids.

A few things to consider when going into 5.4:

  • 13163 Haste is achievable in Normal gear next tier. The next Rejuv breakpoint (from my own experience) is considered to be an output increase over 3043 + Mastery stacking. I highly recommend going for it. There happens to be a trinket called Prismatic Prison of Pride that makes it a bit easier to obtain.
  • My personal talent build next tier:

5.4 build

  • Swapping between Soul of the Forest and Incarnation will still depend on the encounter, but I’m fairly sure Soul of the Forest will come ahead for most encounters.
  • Nature’s Vigil is flat out better than Heart of the Wild if used on CD. The difference in output contribution is almost 50% in favor of NV.
  • In 5.4 when you get your 4-piece (when utilizing Soul of the Forest) DO NOT THROTTLE WILD GROWTH. For heavy raid damage just continue to cast Wild Growth on cooldown. I’ve done some math and have determined that throttling WG for SM w/4pc is an output loss.
  • In addition, I’ve updated my Gear Guide for 5.4.

If you have any questions feel free to comment here and I’ll do my best to answer them. Other than that, see you in 5.4!

Resto Druid Gear Guide Update

I have updated my Resto Druid Gear Guide for 5.2 and have included boss drops in the new Throne of Thunder raid and the new world boss Oondasta. Take a look!

1-hand Weapon Options in 5.2

A fairly large 5.2 PTR build just dropped with a complete list of weapon options. I’ve been using Wowhead’s comparison tool to calculate which weapons will be BiS for Resto Druids. I’ve tinkered a bit with the stat weightings and made them as realistic as possible.


The picture above lists our available 1-hand Spirit options (these are 522 ilvl which are Normal-mode versions). In the Throne of Thunder we will have 2 Mace options, 1 Dagger, and for the first time in QUITE a while, a FIST weapon (hooray!).

*Be aware there is a non-Spirit Dagger that is available, but the tooltip for the Normal version is not accurate to the stats of the Heroic and Raid Finder versions. I’ll have to research this at a later date.

The stat weightings I used were:

Intellect- 100

Spellpower- 85

Haste (pre-3043 BP)- 80

Spirit- 75

Mastery- 55

Crit- 50

As you can see Torall, Rod of the Shattered Throne comes out ahead of our other options which are actually all quite even in stat allocation. It has significantly more Intellect while our other options have more secondary stats.

Personally, I think the Fist weapon has the best-looking model with Torall coming in second. The lightning they emit would look great with our T11 gear if you have a set laying around. I’m not really thrilled about the other 2 models.

5.2 PTR updates and re-examining Force of Nature


*Updated to reflect official PTR notes.

The 5.2 PTR patch notes have just dropped and we have some updates to numerous Resto Druid abilities:

Unfortunately this doesn’t solve CW’s main problem which is overhealing.

This is something that many Druids have been advocating for on the forums. Rejuv is our workhorse for raid healing, but due to its high mana cost it is very hard to blanket the raid for big damage. Hopefully this lets us cast it on a few more targets for big damage.

So we can’t spam it? We already can’t use it in combat. This change hardly matters.

PvP funsies?

  • Displacer Beast no longer activates Prowl, but instead increases movement speed by 50% for 4 sec.

This is technically a nerf to Resto PvP, mainly in arena. DB was a great escape card that kept you hidden after you dispelled yourself of all Magic effects. The bonus speed is a nice getaway bonus for all specs.

YES! It only took 6 months of whining and it worked! What was once a terrible talent for all specs turns into a really good choice for all specs. Go my Druids! Go and root as many Rogues and Warriors as possible!

  • Nature’s Vigil is now on a 1.5 min CD, down from 3 min and now increases healing done by 10%, down from 20%. Duration is unchanged.

I think the reason behind this change was that Nature’s Vigil was too much like Incarnation, so much so that many Druids just combined both abilities on CD. This breaks it up a bit giving us an ability that we have access to more often. I really like this change.

Making Soul of the Forest more powerful? That’s a bit risky given how powerful our 4pc bonus is combined with it. I’ll need to run some numbers but it should definitely grant us another tick or 2 of Wild Growth.

  • And finally, Force of Nature received a buff to healing.

Or did it? Initial number crunching suggests that Force of Nature’s healing was increased by about 30%. However, I noticed something:

“Each treant will heal a nearby injured ally for 3201 to 3779 (+ 32.3% of SpellPower) every 3 sec.”

Now compare to the current tooltip:

“Heals one of the most injured nearby friendly targets for 2134 to 2519 (+ 21.5% of SpellPower).” Cast time 2.5 sec.

Currently, Treants take a baseline cast (no Haste) of 2.5 seconds to get 1 cast of Healing Touch off. This new build suggests Treants will take .5 seconds longer to get a cast off.

So what about the numbers? Lets get to it:

Lets pull some basic numbers off the armory. I’ll use my own Druid as a reference.

Spellpower: 22893

Haste: 12.52% (lets assume I have the 5% Haste buff present)

On Live

22893*.215= 4922 + 2134 = 7056 per Treant per cast

7056*3= 21168 combined for 3 Treants casting

Now, how many times can the Treants cast during their 15 second duration?

2.5*.1552= .388 off the cast time of 2.5 seconds

2.5-.388= 2.112 cast time

2.112*7=14.784 seconds (just a hair under 15)

Your 3 Treants can cast 7 times (assuming no interruptions) at the 3043 Haste breakpoint.

7*21168= 148,176 healing done every minute


22893*.323= 7394 + 3201= 10595 per Treant cast

10595*3= 31785 combined for 3 Treants casting

Now, how many times can the Treants cast during their 15 second duration?

3*.1552= .4656 off the cast time of 3 seconds

3-.4656= 2.5344

2.5344*5= 12.672 seconds (6 times ends up at 15.2064 seconds which could be reduced to 15 seconds with excess Haste.)

Your 3 Treants can cast 5 times (assuming no interruptions) at the 3043 Haste breakpoint.

5*31785= 158,925 healing done every minute

If you can get the Healing Touch cast time below 2.5 seconds you can achieve the 6th “tick” of Healing Touch. The amount of Haste needed is relatively minor (in the neighborhood of 100-200 over 3043). This totals to:

6*31785= 190,710 healing done every minute


Live: 148,146

PTR 5 ticks: 158,925

PTR 6 ticks: 190,710

Sticking with 5 ticks the PTR version of Force of Nature is 7% more powerful than the current one, hardly worth getting excited about. However, with 6 ticks the PTR version is 23% more powerful than the Live version.


With 6 ticks, Force of Nature can do 572,130 every 3 minutes. That’s fairly close to Incarnation. Not only that, Force of Nature has very little overheal since it’s smart and costs no mana. The HpS on the Live version of Force of Nature fully-buffed has averaged out to be around 12k for me for the duration. With 6 ticks this new one will be around a 15-16k HpS increase for the caster.

So what does all this math mean? First off: I don’t recommend Force of Nature with the base 5 ticks at 3043. A 7% increase is paltry and much of the Haste is wasted for trying to hit the 6th tick.


Force of Nature with 6 ticks is powerful and I think it’s finally on par with Incarnation. It’s more accessible, it’s smart, and it’s free. The small 100-200 Mastery/Crit tradeoff for the extra Haste to reach the 6th tick is fairly negligible and the tradeoff is a pretty large boost to FoN’s output.

My First Impressions as a Level 90 Resto Druid

This post represents my first blog post since the release of Mists of Pandaria. I ended up taking a week off from work (I still had 2 days of school to attend) to level up my Druid and it took about 5 days. As much as I wanted to level as Resto, I couldn’t. When you hit 86 your stats immediately plummet and I realized I was spending way too much time killing one mob at a time. I ended up leveling as Balance (which was also a bit painful) the rest of the way. Continue reading »