Okay, so… Some people still seem to be glyphing for healing touch past level 80. I think some of it comes from hitting level 80 and trying to heal with outdated tools… There also seems to be some confusion about what the difference between Nourish and Glyphed Healing Touch actually is.
The difference is that Nourish is better, in just about every way.
Nourish has: Better mana cost, better synergy with other talents, better synergy with our other healing spells, and actually heals for more if you do it right.
Here’s my updated PTR healing number averages. These are without buffs, wearing my slightly outdated gear. So, this isn’t the max #’s you can get, it’s just an example. These are average scores, just to see how each compares to the other. So, my actual nourish casts end up being really high. My actual nourish numbers in raids are a lot higher.
Nourish with zero HOTs.
- 22 casts, with 11 crits
- Average without crits: 4985.27
- Average with crits: 6261.36
Nourish with 1 HOT & Nourish Glyph:
- 21 casts, with 10 crits
- Average without crits: 6267.72
- Average with crits: 7794.38
Glyphed Healing touch:
- 22 casts, 6 crits
- Average without crits: 5943.13
- Average with crits: 6740.05
This means that glyphed Nourish with 1 HOT on the target heals for more than Glyphed HT. With the number of nature’s grace procs, both HT and Nourish are going to be at or near the 1 second Global Cool Down with haste, meaning that you won’t be able to chain cast HT any faster than you can with Nourish. I also got twice as many Living Seed & Nature’s Grace procs with nourish than I did with Glyphed Healing Touch.
You can use Healing Touch with NS or glyphed to heal a 5-player run. Not every spell needs to be your go to button in raids. It would be a bigger deal if you only had 3 spells and weren’t using one.
So, it’s okay if we let go of Healing Touch. I don’t have it on my bar except for 1 place: In a macro paired with Nature’s Swiftness. I have the full strength HT paired with NS for a big instant burst heal, which you don’t have when you glyph HT.
For the most part, the main tools we should be using for raid healing are: Rejuv, Wild Growth, swiftmend, and Nourish. For tank healing, the focus is on HOTs & Nourish.
It’s okay to let go of Glyphed HT, pick up a better healing build, and use your HOTs, swiftmend, & nourish that are actually designed to work together for a really great healing combo.