So, Ghostcrawler decided to challenge us yesterday with a puzzle… Why would two skilled druids be healing in Ulduar such that their numbers broke down like this?
What the druids seem to be doing is maintaining lifebloom on the tank while raid healing with wild growth and rejuv. GC told us that most of the lifeblooms are on a tank. We can’t figure out why they’d be using wild growth as a tank heal, so we figure they were doing a mix of raid healing & maintaining lifeblooms on the tank. Then, the second druid has nourish pop in somewhere near the bottom.
Later in the thread, I spell out 4 or 5 different actual WWS parses for different druids doing pretty much what I have been saying they would -> Using different lifebloom strategies (thus different % of their healing), some are tank healing (and thus have higher nourish & wild growth drops out), and some are raid healing (where their HOT % shoot up and nourish drops out).
What I don’t understand from all the parses is… what happened to regrowth? It is apparently still possible to use regrowth, but you may run into mana problems. There’s even someone later in that thread that posted a screenshot of his regrowth spam +lifebloom rolling, and complaining that the old style of healing was just making him OOM before the fight ended. However, why not just refresh regrowth on a tank every 30 seconds? EDIT: I figure that regrowth and rejuv are probably the best HOTs to use for the “using HOTs to buff nourish” strategy, since you don’t have to refresh them very often. I don’t think we should totally give up on regrowth, we just need to treat it like a reverse lifebloom, instead of as a direct heal.
I really just have a feeling that most of the druids haven’t figured out their final healing strategies for Ulduar, and that (like a lot of things in life), the best tool for any fight is going to depend on what fight it is, what role you are assigned to, and what works best for you. However, the fact that we don’t have one tool that will be the “best” tool in all situations, and the fact that nourish sucks without HOTs on the target, means that GC will always be happy with our parses, even if we aren’t.
It doesn’t mean that this is the end of the world, it’s just a new era of healing. Figure out how things work best for you when 3.1 goes live, and remember that we can work our way through this transition together as a whole druid community.
There’s also an analysis of lifebloom over at the Tree Bark Jacket site, for those who are interested.
See also: 4life’s analysis of why 3.1 is not the end of the world.