After raiding my first week in the Dragon Soul I’ve felt the sting of the Wild Growth nerf to it’s full effect. It hurt A LOT. Wild Growth was a huge crutch for Resto Druids in Firelands. It was our go-to spell for heavy raid damage and is now just a shadow of it’s former glory. However, all is not lost. With some helpful tips, you can still remain competitive. The difference is that you’ll be working twice as hard for your numbers.
I’ve raided on 25-man now with and without Glyph of Wild Growth. While using Glyph of Wild Growth in 25s is technically an increase in throughput, it felt extremely awkward to use. Those 2 extra seconds absolutely kill me. I realized I ended up mashing my Wild Growth keybind every 8 seconds out of sheer habit and nothing would happen. I ended up wasting the single GCD that I would have been gaining. I was pretty upset about my performance.
The next night I tried raiding without the glyph. It was AMAZING. I felt like How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Every time I needed Wild Growth it was there waiting for me. I was happy again. I was out of my healing funk and back to saving lives.
Yes Juvenate I get that, but the Wild Growth nerf still hurts. How do we compensate for it? Here are a few helpful tips to remember:
- Use Wild Growth wisely- We can’t just hit Wild Growth just because it’s off cooldown anymore, ESPECIALLY if you are glyphed for it. You need to get the most out of the spell now. Wait for heavy raid damage to occur before using it.
- Treeform is 4 Haelz- Use it every time it’s up during heavy raid damage. ALWAYS. I know many of us didn’t use it much in Firelands. I know I didn’t. There wasn’t any need to go Tree for Normal-modes. But Dragon Soul is a little different. All fights seem to have heavy raid damage that’s fairly constant (for Normal-modes, LFR is much easier).
- Rejuvenation is your best friend again- Rejuvenation spam is back and with a vengeance. It’s our only other option now and we have to work with what we’ve got. Rejuv spam can be hard on your mana if you lack the Resto T12 2pc or lack some really powerful mana saving trinkets like Jaws of Defeat or Shard of Woe. You might want to consider dropping some throughput stats for Spirit if you are having major mana issues.
- Remember your ABC’s- I can’t stress this enough. Always Be Casting. Even if there’s no raid damage, keep Lifebloom and Rejuvenation running on the tank at all times.
If you keep these tips in mind while healing I guarantee you’ll see a difference in your numbers.