After reading patch notes again I noticed that Cenarion Ward was getting a pretty sick buff. The base heal gets doubled as does the scaling. That brings it up to a 30-35k HoT (pure guesstimate) which ticks every 2s for 6s. Overall it'd be turned into a 90-105k heal over 6 seconds.
Currently, NS-HT heals about 110k.
Arguably, NS would still be better because when it crits, it crits big. But, NS is a 1 minute CD and CW is a 30s CD which means it'll be up twice as often. Resto Druid output is pretty low in comparison to sham/pala and swapping from NS to CW might make us competitive in output.
Also, a pretty big thing to keep in mind: Cenarion Ward can be used while silenced AND locked out. This is actually pretty sick, and i'm not sure how many people know about it. It can easily be a game changer especially against cleaves where you might have to be faking 2-3 kicks.
Purely theorizing here, but I think if all stays as it is I will definitely be trying out this talent. NS-Clone does have it's uses, but once it shares DR with poly/trap/hex etc, its only use will be NS-cloning DPS.
Am I being completely retarded? Or is it actually worth considering moving to CW for some comps that are pretty CC-heavy and won't need any clutch NS clones?
Note: I'm ignoring MS/battle fatigue in all the numbers in this.
Related 5.2 notes:
- Cyclone now has a 30 second cooldown for Feral Druids. In addition, it will now share diminishing returns with Banish, Seduction, Bind Elemental, Hex, Freezing Trap,Wyvern Sting, Gouge, Sap, Hibernate, Paralysis, Polymorph, Ring of Frost, Repentance, and Quaking Palm.
- Cenarion Ward now grants 100% increased healing.
(6,174 base heal + 57% spell power to 12,349 base heal + 104% spell power)
Edited by Snuggli, 27 December 2012 - 07:14 PM.