A peculiar Druid tidbit – 2.4
Now, I’m not a druid so I can’t say how great or terrible this is, but still I think it is a fun one to look at.
The talent is Nurturing Instinct. It’s a tier 5 Feral – 21st and 22d points in that tree – talent, which means it’s not usually going to be grabbed by most of the Healing Druids who’d have to give up treeform – sorry, Tree of Life – to get it.
Now right now, it’s an OK supplement to the tanking druid who has to toss off the once-in-a-while heals:
Increases your healing spells by up to 50% of your Strength, and increases healing done to you by 5/10% of your Attack Power while in Cat form.
But in 2.4, it changes:
Nurturing Instinct increases your healing spells by up to 50/100% of your Agility, and increases healing done to you by 10/20% of your Attack Power while in Cat form.
If you’re a druid tank, how hard is it, really, to get 400 AGI or better? +400 healbonus AS A TANK?
I anticipate a lot fewer takers of the Tree of Life. Why? Tree of life adds 25% of spirit to your heals. Say you strongly invest for the mana regen – 600 spirit. That gives you +150 healbonus. A miserly 200 agi, and nurturing instinct instead of Tree of life give you more.
Oh – the feral tree being what it is, I expect most of the danger of this to show up in arenas. Almost makes me want to roll a druid.
Now, I’ve not thought through all the ramifications of this as a healer, but a few things come to mind. First, keep in mind the bear still has to shift to humanoid to cat (as far as I know, anyway). Which means for the Main Tank in deep nastiness this is probably not a Good Thing.
But as an offtank/emergency healer? ooooo. Toss in a macro or addon that swaps (some) gear as you change form so you’ve got a good gear healbonus as well, and tie it all to an ‘emergency heal’ button… [changeform; changegear; cast instantheal; changeback — two presses, one GCD].
Now let me push this just a tiny bit further. Tree of life’s big thing is it gives a bonus of 25% of spirit to heals. You can sacrifice that to get 100% of AGI. Let’s assume, just for a moment, that you have 600 Spirit. If your AGI is over