Mailbag, Spells and Talents
Many players often feel pressured to spec one way or another. While the people doing the pressuring may sometimes make valid observations, more often it seems that they are doing so because they have read that one build or another is considered “optimal.” A friendly visitor (name withheld by request) finds herself in this situation right now. She writes in:
I keep feeling pressure (whether intended or not) to respec full Resto. Would you Armory me and look at my talents? I’m thinking I lose more than I gain by going full Tree… I have two of the 21 point Balance talents and Swiftmend.
Can I be just as good a PVE healer at 26/0/35 or is Tree Form necessary?
You can absolutely be a great PvE healer with this build! After all, a good healer doesn’t rely upon her talent spec or her gear. You can get some great efficiency increases from some of the talents further down in the Restoration tree, but the basic concepts remain the same. The spec you’ve chosen is very similar to one of my favorite specs, and it’s the one that I used when I first started doing Heroic instances. At that point in my progression, my +Healing value was too low for Lifebloom and Rejuvenation to deliver the HPS necessary for Heroic trash that hits like a Hurtful Strike. By instead focusing talents on improving Healing Touch, you’ll be able to deliver faster, less expensive, and more powerful versions of our high HPS heal, Healing Touch, a spell which isn’t even accessible to the Tree of Life. Of course, at 1200 +Healing, you have the flexibility to go either way.
The Moonglow (9% mana reduction on Healing Touch, Rejuvenation, and Regrowth)/Lunar Guidance (+25% Intellect to +Healing) build actually simulates a weaker form of Tree of Life, with the following differences:
- It’s available all the time and can be used in situations where you need to remain mobile.
- You retain access to Abolish Poison, Remove Curse, and Healing Touch (in addition to being able to buff).
- Encourages you to stack Intellect rather than Spirit. When you’re just starting out, a little bit of Spirit will go less far than the same amount of Intellect. Spirit becomes more viable the higher its stacked.
Prior to the 2.3 change to spell damage, this sort of build would be one of the few ways to retain soloability and still do well as a healer. Of course, both a pure Restoration build and a build like this one will be getting stronger after 2.3, so don’t be shy about speccing more deeply Restoration if you decide that’s what you want! Overall I think you’ve done an excellent job selecting your talents. I would, however, encourage you to consider moving 5 more points into Tranquil Spirit for the 10% mana reduction on Healing Touch as you likely employ it a great deal. If you can learn to live without it and often team with great tanks, you might be able to rescue your points from Nature’s Focus (interrupt prevention) for just such a purpose.
The bottom line is, stick to your guns. If you feel comfortable healing in the spec you’ve chosen and don’t often find yourself wishing “oh, but if only I had XYZ” then no amount of coaxing by your guildmates should convince you to the contrary. From what I can see, you’ve got everything that’s really important to help you heal well, including Swiftmend and Nature’s Swiftness. And we can all Lifebloom stack, specced for it or not.
P.S. For those wondering why I eventually changed my spec from one based on Moonglow/Lunar Guidance, I had to for PvP. Unfortunately, there is less flexibility in such an environment.
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