So, the forums have started already thinking about haste break-points and what gearing will look like at 85. We’re going to start off originally at VERY low levels of haste in level 85 gear. So, throw out the idea of a “cap” of any kind. When you hit 85, there is no easily attainable “cap” for any of your resto stats, which will make gearing that much harder to figure out. In general, when you are first gearing up, any leather or accessories with higher item-levels (and caster-stats) will be better.
My level 85 druid premade with Heroic-level blue gear only has about 10% haste rating in the gear that I have available (so about 15% with raid buffs). When I took my 85 epic (Tier 11) premade and reforged every piece of gear into haste, and enchanted for haste as much as possible, I only hit about 13% haste (so, about 18% with raid buffs) when I gimped all my other stats to reach it.
I think it’s going to come as a bit of a shock just how low your ratings go (because those ratings are split in stat points between spirit, haste, crit, & mastery). While haste is arguably better than crit & mastery, regen should be an issue at 85, meaning that you won’t be able to totally gimp your spirit & int numbers to try and be super hasty. In an effort to be more well-rounded at level 85, the more realistic haste break-points are going to be between 5 and 20% haste in your earlier instance and leveling experience.
You get a 5% raid buff to your haste rating, so with raid buffs, my fully epic premade druid would still be at around an 18% haste. So, lets look at the break-points for haste below 22%, since that’s a more realistic set of possible resto haste goals for your VERY early level 85 experience (Type H for heals has the full list of break-points):
- 0% Haste (no buffs, no gear) = 4 rejuv ticks, 7 wild growth ticks, 3 regrowth ticks, 10 lifebloom ticks
- 5% haste (the 5% raid haste buff) = 11th lifebloom tick
- 7.1% haste = 8th wild growth tick
- 12.5% haste = 5th rejuv tick
- 15% haste = 12th lifebloom tick
- 16.6% haste = 4th regrowth tick (not important)
- 21.5% haste = 9th tick of wildgrowth
So, the 15% haste (raid-buffed) is really the best first goal to try and reach while you are gearing up. The 21.5% goal may be hard to reach at first, so I would consider it a second goal once you are all in full epics and working on hard-modes or tier 12 content. (note: Goals are not the same thing as caps, so the lower your gear’s ilevel, the less likely it is that you will reach a goal, but you shouldn’t freak out when you can’t reach it yet at first).
EDIT: Raid buffs are multiplicative, so the math isn’t subtraction. #’s taken from Keeva’s level 80 haste chart for the amt from gear you would need.
- 12.5 – 5% raid buff = 7.14% haste from gear (this is really what you want to stay above when starting to raid, to make sure you get the 5th rejuv tick)
- 15% – 5% raid buff = 9.52% haste from gear (the first goal to try and reach as you gear up in epics)
- 21.5 – 5% raid buff = 15.65% haste from gear (the second goal to try and reach as you gear up in epics)
Any haste from gear is STILL really nice to have for reducing your Global Cooldown & cast times (thought it won’t reduce rejuvenation’s GCD), so you can really pick up any amount of haste you want. However, just keep in mind that leveling from 80 to 85 is really, really going to deflate your rating stats, so you need to lower your expectations for what gearing at 85 is going to feel like at first. Keep in mind that you may end up as low as 5% haste on gear (ie. about 10% raid buffed) when you are first starting out in quest greens & blues. So, don’t panic!
(Warning: I’m tired, so my math may be off somewhere, but this is the best I could do at this point. let me know if I mixed up numbers somewhere.)