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Hey ArenaJunkies! Welcome to my Resto Druid complete instructional guide. In this series, I will be discussing everything Resto, starting from the basics and moving on to advanced tips and tricks. This guide will have both videos and a written section and will be developed periodically. The first few videos might seem a bit too simple for some of you, as they are designed for players who are completely new to the class. More complicated material will be in the last of my videos, in which I cover things like positioning and Cyclone theory.
Part 1: The basics
Resto Druids primarily rely on healing over time spells, meaning instead of healing reactively (as in healing AFTER someone takes damage) they heal preemptively (meaning they start applying heals BEFORE anyone takes damage). This type of healing allows them to be very aggressive healers because they can go offensive once their teammates have enough HoTs to sustain them for a given period of time. The way in which a Resto Druid is able to go offensive is by using his crowd control abilities, namely Cyclone and Entangling Roots, and his primary damaging cooldown, Heart of the Wild. We should contrast this with a class like a Resto Shaman, who will be primarily healing conservatively in a defensive position.
As a Resto Druid you are primarily concerned with the following stats:
Intellect - Increases the power of your heals and slightly improves your spell critical chance.
Spirit - Increases the rate of your Mana regeneration.
Haste - Reduces cast time, lowers the GCD, and gives extra ticks on HoTs.
Mastery - increases the power of your direct heals and casting direct heals boosts the power of your HoTs.
Crit - Increases the chance to land a critical heal that does additional healing and procs Living Seed.
The stat priority for Resto Druids in PvP is as follows:
Intellect > 12.5% Haste > Mastery > Spirit > Crit
I put spirit last because Resto Druids are very mana efficient. Their heals cost very little mana and with full PvP gear and good usage of innervate, it is really difficult to go oom as a Resto Druid.
Some may be wondering why I have 12.5% haste as a stat priority. The reason is because Resto Druids have haste breakpoints. These breakpoints are percentage values at which the Druid gains another tick from his HoTs in a given duration. At 12.5% haste Rejuvenation gains another tick in its base duration. Haste also increases the power of the Soul of the Forest talent and the Genesis ability.
Itemization and Gemming
I should include first as a disclaimer that itemization and gemming is based upon how much gear you have and what type of PvP you want to participate in. Your stat priorities with low gear may be different from what they are with full gear. In addition, you may want different stats for 2v2 Arena than you do with RBGs. Overall, you should be adhering to the stat priority list we presented earlier.
If you are undergeared, you might want to Reforge and Gem for spirit, especially if you find you are having mana problems in longer games. If you are fully geared, you might wanna opt out on buying Meditation pieces and instead buy Alacrity pieces.
Check out these armory links for ideas on how to gear and gem with full PvP gear:
As a rule of thumb, gem red sockets with Brilliant gems, yellow sockets with Reckless/Artful gems, and blue sockets with Mysterious/Purified gems.
Important Healing Spells
Lifebloom is probably your most important heal. It heals very quickly and is nice to dampen incoming damage on a target. Lifebloom stacks up to three times. If it expires, it will bloom for a burst heal. In addition it grants you clear casting procs, which allows you to use casted heals at no mana cost. You will want to keep lifebloom on whatever target is the focus of damage. Be wary though, outside of Tree Form, you can only keep Lifebloom on one target. You can swap Lifebloom to a new target and it will retain its stacks.
Rejuvenation is probably the most iconic Resto Druid healing spell. It is a raw heal over time effect that is quite bursty, but heals slower than Lifebloom. You can use Rejuvenation in combination with Genesis, which will make it heal much quicker. Be warned though, overuse of Genesis will drastically hurt your mana. The secondary function of Rejuvenation is that it allows you to use Swiftmend on the target.
Regrowth is a casted burst heal with a high crit chance and a short HoT effect. Regrowth costs a lot of mana but luckily this cost is completely reduced by clearcasting procs (which you get quite often). In tree form, Regrowth is instant cast. It is sometimes worthwhile to cast Regrowth on a target with full health if you have a clearcasting proc. The reason for this is because Regrowth will give the target Living Seed. Living Seed absorbs 30% of the healing done by Regrowth, and heal the target for that amount the next time they take damage.
Swiftmend is an instant cast burst heal on a relatively short cooldown. In order to Swiftmend a target, they must first have Rejuvenation or a Regrowth HoT on them.
Wild Mushroom is a heal that you place on the ground using Glyph of Sprouting Mushroom. It creates a 5HP mushroom that will heal in a circle around it. Its healing is comparable to a 3 stack Lifebloom and will heal all party members within its range. In addition, Wild Mushroom will absorb overhealing done by Rejuvenation and will store it as a charge. You can use this charge to detonate Wild Mushroom, which will distribute the overhealing to all party members within range.
Tranquility is a channeled heal that heals all party members in range for a large amount. Tranquility has a very long cooldown, so it will probably will be used only once a game. It is meant for situations in which multiple party members are at low health. Because the channeling time is long, you need to use this spell when you are certain you won't be interrupted. Tranquility's channel time is reduced by Soul of the Forest.