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Thought I’d run this question by you and see if you can help. I healed my first heroic the other day and did it as tree, but it was tough. Is it viable to tree-heal in heroics? Or is caster form preferable? Thanks for your help.
This is a pretty common dilemma faced by healing Druids when we first begin running Heroics. On the one hand, our Restoration tree (pun intended) encourages a more passive HoT-based style of healing. This style works great in raids where you can provide a nice buffer against spike damage on one or more targets while still retaining your ability to throw Lifeblooms to raidmates who take only occassional damage. But in Heroics, you will often find yourself hard-pressed to keep up with the high damage output of many of the trash mobs leading up to bosses (in my experience, most of the bosses are only marginally more difficult than their non-Heroic counterparts). For many of these mobs, the +Healing total you’re likely to have when first starting makes it near impossible to keep up through Lifebloom, Rejuvenation, and Swiftmend alone. Access to Healing Touch is a near essential.
Even with the higher +Healing totals you’ll have after your guild has completed Karazhan, there are still some mobs and pulls on which you may not feel comfortable being unable to burst heal. Two examples of these types of pulls are the Bog Giants of Heroic Underbog (hitting for 7.5k on cloth) and the 2-pull of non-CCable Coilfang Defenders in Heroic Slavepens. Of course, with the recent change to shifting so that actions taken which cannot be performed in your current form will cause you to deshift, using Tree of Life should seem substantially less cumbersome than it did before. There’s no harm in starting out a fight in treeform as long as you are able to anticipate needing to use a Healing Touch. And as long as you can unshift should you need to move somewhere quickly.
This isn’t to say that Tree of Life doesn’t have its uses (using it on Blackheart the Inciter in Shadow Labyrinth will keep you from doing anything but walking around, hitting groupmates with your leafy branches); it’s a great mana conservation tool when you don’t need to move around, decurse, or use Healing Touch. But you shouldn’t even feel slightly bad about not being able to leverage it well in Heroic instances, especially when you’re first starting.
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