Analysis, Lunar Guidance, Obsolete
With the release of Patch 2.4, the way that Spirit-based mana regeneration is calculated will be changing so that Intellect is also a factor. On the up side, it’s a marked improvement for Spirit-based spellcasters, and the improvement actually scales exponentially with gear. Notably, all mana users will now use the same base formula for their mana regeneration with no more delineations by class. Classes like the Druid and Priest will still derive additional benefit when talenting Intensity and Meditation, however, and the Druid spell Innervate means that we get an even larger benefit than most. Notably, this also means that a Druid who shifts into Bear Form or Cat Form will continue to regenerate her mana just as before rather than at the decreased rate prior to Patch 2.4.
On the down side, it obsoletes many of the previously written articles here at Resto4Life that deal specifically with the issue of mana regeneration. Slowly, I’ll be replacing those out of date articles with new ones to help you continue to make the best decisions with regard to your gear and playstyle. This article will be focused on helping you determine the optimal ratio between Intellect and Spirit. Because of the complicated interaction between the two, this is no longer a set number and changes based on how much Intellect/Spirit you have, the length of the fight, the use of Innervate, the presence of Intensity, and the use of the Bangle of Endless Blessings. For those that don’t want to get into the gritty details presented below, a good rule of thumb for boss fights will be to aim for 40% more Spirit than Intellect.