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You can cast a better heal but you can't spend more mana.

Update: This post is ancient and no longer applicable. See the Cataclysm version here.

Like a lot of resto druids, I tend to Rejuvenate first and ask questions later.

Fight starting? Rejuv the tanks.

Targeted by something? Have a Rejuvenation.

AOE coming up? Rejuvenation for all with a side of Wild Growth.

With Swiftmend and Nourish to plug holes and the occasional free Lifebloom, this strategy has seen me most of the way through Icecrown.

However, one recent fight — Blood Queen Lana’thel — has gotten me thinking about Mana regen again.

We’ve only beaten her a few times at this stage but I find this fight harder on my mana than most of the rest of ICC. It eases up towards the end when a good chunk of the raid have been turned into self-healing vampires but there’s a bit before that where I find I’ve Innervated, chugged a potion (in case), my trinket is on cooldown and my mana bar isn’t as blue as I would like it to be.

Given that a stated goal of Cataclysm is to make healers think about mana again, it seems like a good opportunity to start examining my spellbook to see if I need to change my approach.

Warning: attempted theorycrafting!

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I was resisting looking at cataclysm changes for a while but when the druid talent preview came out I couldn’t resist and have been playing around with the new tree of trees.

If your resistance is stronger than mine don’t read the rest of this.

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So last night a few people in the guild were organizing a Heroic Halls of Reflection run to try to farm what is apparently the only decent healing offhand that doesn’t drop in a 25-person raid. We had tanking and healing covered so I switched to my warlock, who is my best-geared DPS toon.

Unfortunately my best-geared DPS toon is not geared enough to queue for heroic HoR. We swapped around and I ended up tanking on my DK with the healer switching to an off-spec and the tank switching to healing. A couple of issues but we got through and even got the off-hand to drop.

However, this got me thinking that maybe I’ve gone a bit too far with my prioritization of healing and tanking specs. Maybe I need to spend more time blowing things up again.

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Post title is, of course, semi-inspired by Ratshag.  The other source of inspiration is a sorry excuse used by a tank.

Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped, turned upsdie down.  And I’d like to take a minute – just sit right there; I’ll tell you how I became the Prince of a town called Bel Air… err… I mean, Azjol-Nerub. 

Umm… yeah, what was I saying… Imma gonna get some coffee before I finish the rest of it…

*one hour later – and with tea, not coffee*

So, as you may or may not know, I’ve been messing around with the Resto spec of my druid as of late.  And although the wait times are longer than queuing as a tank (3 minutes as opposed to 3 seconds), I’ve been enjoying it much more.  And as a result, I’ve managed to get two pieces of Tier 9, some things from ToC-10 and the ICC 5-mans, and some other EoT gear.  I still need some better gear (ie: trinkets) – I still can’t quite keep up in HHoR – but I usually do alright.  This, of course, does not mean that there aren’t a few hiccups that can occur. 

There is one particular run from this past weekend that stands out.

Azjol-Nerub

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That’s right… after a bit of a lull with WoW the last week or two, I’m re-energized to get playing again.

It’s not so much that I’ve been disinterested in WoW as of late, but I’ve kind of peaked out on my gear for the content that I’m our guild is currently facing. I’ve also been distracted by a lovely shiny. Mind you, I’m quite hopeful that we’re going to get into ICC a bit sooner than I initially anticipated. We did great in ToC-10 with only 9 people last weekend and I’m sure we’ll push even further if we get a full group of 10 people consistently.

Now, of course, I could always work on alts to keep interest high. I’ve been playing this game regularly since 2006 and I’ve only got two 80’s to show for it. But I have been working on my Warlock and Death Knight, which I’ve enjoyed thoroughly. (Even if some days questing can feel a bit chore-esque.) That said; there has been something I’ve been doing lately that has gotten me rather eager to play some more:

Healing on my druid. *GASP!*

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