Oxylos of Shattered Hand has just posted an amazingly detailed overview of the raw healing ability of Tree of Life. In it, he explains a style of healing that focuses upon cycles of stacked Lifebloom on one or two tanks while still allowing for the use of Rejuvenation, Swiftmend, and the occassional Regrowth. It is, to say the least, inspirational and will hopefully help to counter some of the stigma being perpetuated by a Nihilum druid who, when speaking of the current endgame (Black Temple), writes:
…We raid almost every day to achieve the status of being number 1 in the world. [Druids] are getting benched more and more, and it comes out clearer and clearer every day when I see the healing meters (I know these don’t matter much) and the total effective healing that a druid can do. It’s NOT on par with shamans and paladins. It’s that easy, and add to that all the group utility that shamans and paladins bring, we find [ourselves] totally expendable.
Some of the other topics covered by Oxylos include: different styles of healing for druids (past and present), the effect of changing Lifebloom so that each application benefits from the +Healing stat, druid spell rotations, recommended tools (addons and the like), and finally the math behind it all. This post is a must read for any Restoration druid aspiring to be a succesful raid contributor.
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