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10-06-2011 @ 4:45PM
The OP was about raid healing, not tank healing. Allison was lamenting on how the resto druid AOE healing toolbox without WG is bad. "Once WG is on cooldown, the druid's other options for AOE healing are all ... well, terrible to nonexistent." This is what I disagree with. I hate talking about numbers, but it seems that a couple people really are set in this, so from the WoWhead tooltips, without any mana regen and not overhealing, a Resto druid will be able to toss out three rejuvs, one WG, and one Eff+SM for a total heal of 52675 across a max of 11 toons. Choosing Tranquility vice one rejuv and SM yields 55311 across a max of 13 toons. At that point you are out of mana. A resto Shaman can, put out one RT, one HR and two CH for a total heal of 37642 across a max of 15 toons.Not using tranquility, Druids average 4789 per toon for that round of healing. Shaman average 2510 per toon. As you start to add regeneration the disparity of the current system grows even more.4.3 numbersDruid heals in one mana round for 48958 or 4451 per toon, the shaman heals for 2622 per toon. The difference her is when regen begins to be accounted for. The growth in disparity is at a much slower rate.Here is what this means, the Druid AOE toolbox is plenty powerful enough in 4.3 to keep druids in their niche of raid healing.When we turn to Tank healing, which is not the point of the post in any way shape or form, but Ira was pretty insistent on equating shaman tank healing with druid aoe heals, there is a different story, absolutely. Shaman are able to bring one target from very low health to near full, druids simply can't do that. Does that mean that the druid single target toolbox is broken? It might, but that wasn't allison's point. Shaman can make heroic heals once in a while, and we have to know it is coming. As I wrote somewhere else on here, our Hallelujah 120-150k heal takes 4 GCDs and a crit to happen, that is longer than most boss cast times, so it is pretty rare, and when we do that, we have to wait 2 minutes to do it again. We have strong single heals, but that ability doesn't make our raid healing any better. We are good at different things. Druid reliance on a great thing, however, doesn't mean the rest of the stuff sucks. It doesn't. Even after the nerf druid healing will be strong, as it should be. Shaman single target healing will be stronger, as it needs to be.
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