6. Stats & Gear
Overview. In general, it doesn’t much matter what your gear is like is for the month before legion comes out. There are two general strategies for stats (large group vs small group) since the value of mastery goes down as the number of people in your party goes up. Spirit and multistrike have been removed from all of your gear. For the pre-patch month, just wear whatever is highest ilevel, since you’ll replace everything soon anyway, but here’s a quick set of potential priority lists. Higher ilevel things with more intellect, of course, will always help your healing the most.
For level 110, personalizing stats to your own current gear & situation via tools such as Ask Mr Robot is preferable to using a general stat strategy. However, listed below are two potential possibilities.
Stats for large raids:
Haste >= crit > versatility = mastery.
Mastery doesn’t work very well with large numbers of targets to heal (e.g., groups of 20+ such as LFR or Mythic raids), as you aren’t able to stack HOTs on enough targets to really benefit from your mastery bonus. So, haste & crit seem to come out higher than mastery. Whether haste wins over crit depends somewhat on talents & how much of your healing is done by tranquility. In most situations, haste will be higher unless you choose Inner Peace in your talent build. Finding pieces with BOTH haste and crit, though, will be Best in Slot for a SOTF-focused talent build.
Stats for 5-mans & small group content:
Mastery > haste = crit > versatility.
For smaller groups, mastery clearly comes out ahead of all other stats, due to the increased ability to stack HOTs on multiple people more reliably (regardless of which talent build you take). Note that as the party size increases, the mastery bonus decreases, so choosing how to gear is particularly difficult for resto druids with no clear obvious gearing strategy that works best for all situations.
Gearing at 110 (new legendary gear!):
There are 6 new potential legendary world drops you can acquire (though you can only equip one at a time, unless you choose the special Class order hall upgrade that allows you to have two equipped).
See wowhead’s guide to legendaries: http://legion.wowhead.com/guide=4149/a-guide-to-legion-legendaries
For the new artifact weapon system, see my Artifact weapon guide.