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Sep 28

Getting Started in MoP as a Resto Druid: Stat Priorities, Pre-Heroics and Heroics

mop_logo This post was originally written during Mists of Pandaria. Its content may be outdated due to changes that come with expansion packs. Please consider this while reading. 

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Just a quick post between dungeons – I’m having way too much fun in this expansion at the moment. I have made the following observations getting started in MoP including stat priorities and how to heal dungeons as a resto druid:

Stat Priorities

Pre-heroics and early heroics, Haste isn’t very good. That’s because outside of the break points, haste doesn’t really do a whole lot for resto druids. Spirit, on the other hand, makes a world of difference. My priority has been a little something like

Mastery > Spirit > Crit > Haste

In doing this, I’m boosting my overall output. As my gear starts to improve (probably sometime soon after I start raiding) haste will become good again at least until the first breakpoint, because I won’t have to sacrifice much in the way of flat healing bonuses provided by Mastey and Crit. Update: The first extra tick of Tranquility breakpoint (3043 haste) was very easily obtainable pre-raid. Once you have a good set of 463 gear, I recommend making the switch. Note that you’ll be slightly weaker in 5-player dungeons, but this is offset by your higher spellpower anyway, since you outgear the content.

Pre-Heroics and Heroics

I didn’t do a whole lot of work pre-heroic – I didn’t really run any scenarios or anything. Just scrounged up the gear level thanks to some professions (the engineering trinket is quite nice) and quest rewards, not to mention the JP bracers available from the Klaxxi, and got stuck into healing. The difficulty isn’t that high and I as soon as I invested in this stat priority, I have been able to cruise through every dungeon with ease.

What those stats allow you to do is heal basically the same as always. Make adjustments for longer Harmony, lifebloom switching capability, and of course Ironbark/Cenarion Ward (if you’re taking it that is).

 

In other news…

Oh and in case you’re interested, I did hit hit 90 in a single session, and it took me a little over 24 hours. I was a little loopy by the end from lack of sleep and I’m sure the last 25% of 89 took about 4 times as long as it might have otherwise.

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  1. Sparklepop

    I just wanted to tell you that I am SUPER happy I found this blog.

    I am the guild leader of a 10-man raiding guild and because of this, I am usually the most flexible in what toon I raid on and now for the first time ever, in our progression group, I will not be playing my beloved warlock and will be healing for the first time since our best druid healer can’t commit to raiding.

    I’m trying to find out everything I can since I haven’t actually druid healed since WotLK (my druid was feral in Cata because I have a healer of every class).

    This looks like it will be an excellent resource. Thank you!

  2. Breadfan

    Hey there, thanks so much! I’m glad you find something of use here and I hope I give you reasons to come back. If you have any questions or can’t find anything, do let me know!

    Don’t sweat the transition so much – druid healing is really fun (even moreso in MoP)! Even if your preference is for the lock, I’m sure as a raiding resto you’ll enjoy the encounters plenty.

    Thanks for the comment

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