Items and Equipment, Mailbag, Obsolete
I have revised my original opinion on this topic. You can find the updated analysis here: Idol Chatter.
Leighbra of Sentinels (US) writes in with this question:
At the moment, I have 494 Spirit unbuffed. I’m at about 675 fully raid buffed. I don’t have any idea how I ended up with so much Spirit and have been looking at what I can do with my enchants to play with that number, but I’m cheap and don’t like to re-enchant things… I have the [Idol of the Emerald Queen] equipped, and of course Lifebloom is my most commonly cast spell. So, from my Tree of Life aura, in raids, that means about 135ish additional +Healing for the people in my group.
I’m trying to figure out if it would be more beneficial to the guild/raid (not just my healing numbers) for me to be in a group with our tanks and to equip that often discarded [Idol of the Raven Goddess], especially after it gets buffed, than me having the [Idol of the Emerald Queen] equipped. Especially on Gruul, when after 8 growths we tell our DPS to heal themselves, and have all 8/9 healers focus on our two tanks.
First of all, great question, especially in light of the upcoming update to our idols. Previously, the [Idol of the Emerald Queen] was indisputably the best one available to us. This is kind of sad considering it’s a blue item from a non-Heroic dungeon (Shadow Labyrinth). It really speaks to the — likely unanticipated — power of Lifebloom. With Patch 2.4, however, the bonus to your Tree of Life aura from the [Idol of the Raven Goddess] will jump from 20 to 44, certainly a marked improvement. And while I hesitate to tell you definitively which Idol will be better for you and your raid, I can help give you a list of considerations to help you decide!
- You have to remain in Tree of Life form to get any benefit from the [Idol of the Raven Goddess]. You mention Gruul’s Lair as a consideration, but I would personally be terrified to try to avoid shatters with Tree Form’s 20% speed reduction. Of course, you aren’t as likely to need to be healing while moving around in preparation for a Shatter, but it’s expensive to shift in and out that regularly. Similarly, if you ever find yourself forced to return to caster form for extended periods of time, this is not the Idol for you. For instance, I’m often forced to shift to caster in order to NS + HT and then stay there until I’m able to spare the GCD to switch back. Your experience may vary, however. I know a lot of Druids tie their Nature’s Swiftness to Regrowth to avoid popping out to caster form.
- The [Idol of the Emerald Queen] is pretty awesome since its healing bonus (+88) gets tripled when you stack up Lifebloom. That’s 264 +Healing for your LB x 3, albeit only for yourself and only for that spell. I’m pretty sure that this wasn’t taken into account when they allocated itemization points. It should really be a purple item, in my opinion.
- The [Idol of the Raven Goddess] does not scale. Its +Healing bonus is a static one that becomes less significant as your Spirit increases. Still though, to get the same amount of +Healing added to your Tree of Life aura, you’d need 176 more Spirit. That’s not a low number!
- Do you use an addon like Recount? It will give you an idea of what percentage of your total healing is comprised by Lifebloom. The higher that percentage is (I usually run about 80-90% Lifebloom), the more attractive the Idol of the Emerald Queen will be. If you’re regularly doing 47% of your raid’s healing in 10 mans, I’m tempted to say a buff to your own healing is going to outweigh a buff to the healing from your raid’s other healers.
If you consider the above, it should help you make the decision which you want to use. Obviously, the greater the amount of healing necessary to the tank, the better the [Idol of the Raven Goddess] becomes so it will potentially become more attractive. However, it’s going to be REALLY hard to beat 264 +Healing to your own Lifebloom stacks! I would, of course, love to hear opinions from readers. Have any of you found an Idol that you feel surpasses the value of the [Idol of the Emerald Queen]?
Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.