One thing that I've recently looked at, in light of all the new Resto Druid changes, is Soul of the Forest. I've seen next to zero discussion on it, and I don't feel like it's bad enough to utterly disregard. Obviously, Tree form is definitely great, and still most likely the best choice, but I'd like to start some discussion about this heavily overlooked talent.
-It affects Cyclone, Hibernate, everything. It makes most casts difficult, though not impossible, to kick. It feels a bit like casting Divine Light with Infusion procs. This seems really strong, and is the biggest appeal of the talent to me.
-It's a lot more passive healing, especially AoE. Using every SotF proc on Wild Growth against a constant-pressure dot cleave type team could make things significantly easier, even though AoE healing is already rather easy for Druids.
-Mana savings. Not that Druids really have mana issues. Ironically, I only run OOM in Tree form.
-Losing Tree form. Losing it is a pretty huge hit with the pace of the game currently, although maybe Disc/Hunter/X teams and the like will be less prevalent in the future.
-I believe the buff is purge-able, however it only lasts 6 seconds anyway, and you'd generally use it immediately.
-Possibly a bit less throughput if you don't use SotF procs on heals, since you'd probably want to reforge to a higher haste breakpoint, therefore losing some mastery. (theincbear.com/math/resto-haste-breakpoints has a table of the breakpoints).
-Soul of the Forest has been partially redesigned to make it more attractive to Balance, Guardian, and Restoration Druids.
- Restoration: Now causes the Druid to gain 100% haste (up from 75%) on their next spell after casting Swiftmend.
I believe SotF could be a viable option against certain comps in 3s. I plan to try it out, for a while at least, reforging to the ~4.1k haste breakpoint. Would this be the best breakpoint to go for with SotF? Also, since I'm not sure of the math behind it, would the 5.4 buff change the SotF breakpoints?
Has anyone already experimented with this talent? If so, how did it pan out, and how sorely did you miss Tree form? Which comp did you run, and which comps did it feel effective against? I encourage anyone who hasn't to give it a try for a few games and post about it here.
(One last thing to note, if you do decide to give it a try, is that using an NS+Heal/Clone/whathaveyou will consume the buff, so be mindful of that.)