I have two things to say.
Firstly, why don’t you guys leave comments? I have plenty of visitors. I suspect some of you may even be turning into “regulars”. Say hi? Let me know you’re out there? Tell me where I’m wrong, or what sort of advice you want next?
Bloggers, what kind of percentage of readership comments? Does it take 100 views to get 1 comment? 50? I don’t have enough information to have any idea yet.
Ok, second thing, and the point of the post. +Heals vs Spell Power. Now, I know that at my gear level, stuff got roughly halved. 2.2k “ish” heals become 1.1k “ish”. I say “ish” because I stopped being too interested in numbers: I have most of the end-game gear, short of the last 3 pieces of T6. Hell, I’m 2/8 T6 feral. I have several MH/BT feral drops even: I could probably TANK Hyjal if I wanted. Early BT even. LATE BT even, and I’m just about there with my FR tanking set. Yes, I’ve been VERY bored in the gear area lately. I don’t even need to use the Chromatic Wonder flask to cap my SR lately. *YAWN*.
What this means is, my old info on +heals isn’t very relevant before. Can I just halve the number at any level, and have a sensible number? Is 700 spell power plenty for kara? Is 600 capable of heroics (although just barely)? I don’t even HAVE my old gear, and most tanks aren’t gonna put up with me only using half my gear slots to heal a heroic. I’m a bit lost.
Not that it matters. WotLK is coming up. People will stop bothering with heroics. 1.2k spell power will start looking pathetic. People will hardly remember that +heals used to be separate. People hardly remember now that healing gear used to have NO +damage. But hey, I like to know. I still get plenty of hits to my easy-mode articles (which I haven’t NEARLY done as many as I expected to) trying to find out how to manage heroics. Or normals. So if anyone has some insight, I’d LOVE some numbers. Something like “I have 800 sp power, and I struggle with ZA” or “I have 600 sp power, and healing a 12k HP tank through h bot is CAKE.” So what are the numbers like? If you’ve enjoyed my past articles, and have some idea, give me something back. Give my other readers something back.
Ok, now the third thing (yeah, I know I said there’d only be two). How awesome is the DPS buff to healy gear? Suddenly my T6 healing set isn’t too far off T6 balance. Suddenly, when I spec balance, I’m pulling 1.2k dps instead of 600. Wow. Suddenly, instead of having a WHOLE separate spell dps set, I have a few pieces of +hit gear and that’s it. Suddenly, my +dmg is actually HIGHER than my +heals when I use my balance set.
Ok, the fourth thing is a shout out to the two best add-ons for druids. No, not Grid or Clique. No, not healbot (it doesn’t even deserve a capital: upgrade to Grid+Clique). No, not XPerl (is that working properly with 3.0.2 yet? Yes? No? Does anyone know? Does anyone still care?)
I’m talking about Talented and ItemRack.
Ah, Talented. I respec several times a week. Sure, I’m a Healer at heart, and I don’t think that’ll ever change. But come Alterac Valley time, do you know how many tanks show up at Drek? Bugger all. The number of times I’ve gone “/bg Ok, any time now, any tanks run in, I’ve got ya…”… With no results… The number of times I’ve strapped on my feral gear while resto spec and tanked the bastard. The number of AV weekends I’vve just specced feral so we actually had a TANK. And then gone balance ’cause my roomie’s guild had plenty of heals, enough tanks, but just not enough DPS to down raid boss X.
Let’s face it. As druids, we’re gonna respec sometimes. Use Talented: It’s just to good to go without.
Itemrack. Remember how I said I’ve tanked Drek any number of times in AV? I didn’t go bear and run in with healy gear. I didn’t sit there clicking on feral gear in my inventory. I right-clicked the Itemrack icon, chose the ‘RTank’ option (RTank is a feral set which is uncrittable without 3/3 Survival of the Fittest), and ran in.
When I’m soloing, I tend to click ‘Balance’ instead. A bit of extra +hit, some crit, and I’m ready to solo whatever comes at me. You Balance druids must be loving the extra +heals the spell power change gave you. When I’m feral, there’s a ‘FTank’ option which only aims at 415 defense (actually a bit less, and some resilience). There’s a FPvP option for when I’m feral pvping, an RPvP option for pvping as resto, an SR set for Mother, and so on.
You can even shove sets into and out of the bank using this (although it doesn’t always behave quite as I want with over-lapping sets).
In short, if you’re a druid, you need these mods. Talented is just priceless. Itemrack (so I’m told) has an alternative, but I’ve heard more complaints against it than against Itemrack. Go use it.
Oh, and to keep in theme for this post… The third add-on you need? Well, it isn’t even an add-on really. WowMatrix. Google it. Install it. It kicks ASS over ever other addon-updater I’ve ever seen. Screw Curse. Forget AceUpdater (is it even still around?) This thing updates EVERYTHING. It can install (almost) ANYTHING. Use it.
Well, that’s it, I think. Sorry for rambling (although you should be used to it by now.)