The new 5.3 patch is going live today. This has fairly big changes for resto druids, especially those in 25-man raiding.
Druid 5.3 changes
I have a post up describing the major 5.3 changes for resto & balance druids. These changes should be implemented today.
This means that I have also updated my resto druid healing guide:
I also made some minor edits to the blog’s leveling guide, but nothing substantial.
Mage 5.3 changes
- Mages had a buff to Living Bomb that now theoretically makes it better for single target boss fights than Nether Tempest. Nether Tempest is still better for multi-target cleaving boss fights (e.g., Horridon).
- Mages also had buffs to our AOE spells, though I’m not sure how these changes impact our overall AOE rotations yet, especially if you are going to be running around with Living Bomb for most of the raid and not consistently switching back to nether tempest for trash packs. I may need to spend some time in LFR tonight to figure out what buttons I should be mashing.
- You can upgrade gear again with valor points, so don’t forget to hit the upgrade vendor and cash in any saved VP.
- Grab some friends and hit up Heroic Scenarios to help with your VP farming fun.
- And of course, make sure you read one of the patch day summaries at MMO-champion, or WOWhead, or WOWinsider.