Okay, so part 1 described what kind of players responded to my survey & how they heal currently (more people who played both 10 & 25-man raids. Other people played mostly 10-mans, or mostly 5-mans). Most raiders responding to my survey were planning on getting into Icecrown Citadel. The most common healing style was putting HOTs on the tank while raid healing. Rejuvenation was the big winner for most used spell. Healing Touch was the least used spell. However, what I tried to highlight in my first post was the amount of variability there was – lots of people had lots of different responses, and there wasn’t one “correct” pattern that evolved. People use more than one spell to heal. They have interesting and unique approaches, even if they converge into common styles.
So, now I’m ready to move onto the next set of data. For all these results, I split up the people who responded that they did both 10/25 mans, and the people who do just 10’s were combined with the 5’s.
So, we’re on Q 6 (rapid rejuvenation glyph): Do you plan on using the glyph of rapid rejuvenation in 3.3?
For players raiding 10 & 25-man content, # of people for each responses for using the glyph:
- Not sure = 35 players
- Sometimes (swap in & out with other glyphs) = 31
- Yes = 22
- No =4
For players raiding 5 or 10-mans, for using the glyph:
- Not sure = 15 players
- Yes = 9
- Sometimes (swapping) = 7
- No = 7
Q 7 (Celestial Focus talent): Do you plan on putting talent points in Celestial focus (from the balance tree) to increase your haste in patch 3.3?
Responses for 10/25-man raiders:
- Yes = 41 (6 of these said something like “yes until haste capped from gear”)
- Not sure = 40
- No = 12
Responses for 5-mans or 10-man raiders:
- No = 16
- Yes = 12
- Not sure = 12
Q8 (future gear) = What gear set(s) do you hope you will acquire after patch 3.3 comes out? Responses are for at least 2 pieces of that set.
Responses for 10/25-man raiders:
- Tier 10 = 71 players
- both Tier 9 & 10 = 9
- Tier 8 or 9 = 6
- Not sure = 5
Responses for 5-man and 10-man:
- Tier 10 = 20
- Not sure = 9
- Tier 8 & 9 = 6
- Tier 9 & 10 = 5
Q9 (playstyle changes): Do you expect your healing style to change in patch 3.3?
Responses for 10/25-man:
- No = 52
- Not sure = 26
- Yes = 15
Responses for 5-man or 10-man:
- No = 24
- Not sure = 11
- Yes = 5
The most common expected change in healing style is a focus on Regrowth being better with the haste changes after the patch. Some people are also concerned about an increase in their global cooldown time for HOTs, since they don’t plan on being haste-capped when 3.3 goes live.
CONCLUSIONS: There is a lot of uncertainty about whether or not to pick up the new glyph, or what their spec should be (should they get celestial focus or not?). When I write my healing guide for 3.3, I plan to address these two topics (and more!). I’ve talked a little bit about these issues in previous posts here at restokin: I have an early talent preview, along with a discussion of what the changes are for 3.3, I even posted a while back about my testing the glyph of rapid rejuvenation on the PTR. I’m really excited and looking forward to watching how the druid healing community grows to adapt to these new changes, and I am really excited to see if new healing styles evolve as we learn to use our new glyph tool! I can’t wait until patch time, and I plan to prepare myself over the weekend to release new restokin healing guide content on patch day!