COMPARED TO OTHERS
When you compare us to other healing classes we are rather unique (that's good!). Other healing classes have a range of very interesting spells but most of them require casting while most of our spells do not (except DiscPriest, they own as well). This means that moving is a very low down factor for our healing and we're probably the only healing class that can do our job while running circles around the raid (which I do all the time)
WRATH OF THE LICH KING
Like I've said multiple times before I haven't been healing since the start of Wrath (/fail on my part) but I can tell you that Druid were a damn good healer to have in many many raids!
Ulduar for one had a decent amount of raid damage that Druids just begged to have a piece of, with the overpowered 4T8 setbonus I would consider us one of the most powerful raidhealer of that content
ToTc was something different, while we were good on one fight we weren't that good on the next. I still don't think ToTc was that good as a raid and the encounters couldn't been a bit more challenging but that's me :)
ICC wasn't all the Druidish, Sadly enough the first time I felt like I could heal like I wanted was on Stinky (and he's trash) and then again on Blood Queen. I really enjoyed my time in ICC but as the Strength of Wrynn buff went up I felt less and less needed or useful which is sad but that's how it is.
RS is a good RestoDruid fight, mainly because of the Twilight Realm. Moving and healing at the same time, does it ring a bell?
Gearwise Wrath of the Lich King was bad if you ask me, with +crit being pretty useless and haste being all the only really benefit for our healing I feel that we got forced to roll not only on haste gear but some guilds don't like to pass cloth to other non cloth classes like us Druids so that because +haste leather... Not much to choose from.
While Wrath had it good time I believe that Cataclysm will have even more for us Druids. A lot of people feel that Blizzard if pushing us away from HoT based healing, even I felt that way at some point. But when you look at everything I wouldn't dare to say that HoT spells will fail in Cataclysm for the following reasons:
HoT's will Crit! And some HoT's (LB and RG) will reward mana to us when they crit so this brings up +crit gear for us steaming HoT healers!
+Haste will give more healing at the same cost and reduce casttime (not HoT duration). If I get this right +haste should give us extra ticks when we have enough, like for example a 15sec Rejuv has 5 tick but with enough haste it'll have 6 tick in a 15sec time frame = more healing, faster.
Mana matters! I do believe that HoT spells are the most mana efficient spells when used right. You can plan and save a lot of mana if you use your spells in the right situation and while other healer need to cast another spell to heal ours keep healing out targets over a set time frame, maybe not as much but still more efficient! Also a good knowledge of the encounter can save you some mana, if you knwo who's going to get his by how much then you can cast the right spell (maybe a bit in advance) rather than spamming the raid with Rejuv's. In overall HoT spells are more mana effective that casts, they can heal a person up from getting hit twice if that person gets hit twice will your spells are on them, you don't have to recast a flash heal each time :)
Talents are still HoT orientated! A lot of our new talents or older rebuild ones are beneficial and promote HoT based healing, so I don't think us Druids will be forces out of the HoT based playstyle!
Mastery! Increases our HoT healing based on the current health % state of our targets, does this sound like a non-HoT playstyle?
We're getting some changes which was needed, +crit and +haste get a bit more balanced, talents and mastery both push towards HoT AND casting, both styles will have their benefits and both raid and tankhealing will be worth trying!
I got inspiration to write about this on Restokin so not all credit goes to myself for this one :) and thank you for visiting my blog while I was on holiday!