09/09/2012 05:15 PM
Posted by Talai
Conductivity is just gimmicky. Like, it would have been amazing on Ultraxion. And I guess it's pretty useful for Enhance spec, since MW lets them keep Healing Rain up for free. Overall HTT is more likely to be useful.
I use conductivity now because it fits in with how I was playing before. I did have the talent (can't remember what it was - it was in the second tier of our tree) that allowed the next heal after a FS or ES was cast (didn't have to hit, just to cast it) to heal for 10%/20%/30% more. I took it because of all the stacking fights in DS and it worked really well, especially since it was compatible with HR. So on fights with heavy stacking (Ultra, Zon'oz on black phase etc) it did a lot because I was able to use it with HR. Conductivity fits what I'm used to right now and also for a good number of fights so I use it and I do like it.
Does that mean it's going to be useful at 90? No. In fact, when I set my talents I knew I would be redoing them at 90 because that play style is going to be based on this new system, not how we were playing in Cata. I can't forseee the future so I merely set my talents for what works for me right now.
I do find it interesting that some people in this thread are already saying what talents should be taken and what should be avoided. Wasn't that the point of this overhaul - so that we could pick what we wanted and not be cookie-cutter? Not that I thought it would actually work out that way but I do find it rather funny and ironic that before MoP even hits we have people listing why you need to pick a talent over other talents...
Conductivity is complete and utter garbage. Yes, the talent trees were supposed to provide choices. But, in this case, Conductivity for Resto is the WRONG choice in every situation.
Here are the problems with it.
1. The output it provides is terrible. Even if you adjust your play style to get the most out of it, the total output it provides is 1/4 or less of what Ancestral Guidance or Healing Tide Totem proves.
2. It requires a playstyle change that reduces your efficiency/output. If people are stacked up in a Healing Rain, using Riptide on cooldown and chain healing off Riptide targets hitting 4 targets per CH cast while using Healing Stream on CD is the highest HPS/HPM rotation. Guess what, none of that works with Conductivity, except for the direct heal portion of Riptide. To make Conductivity work, you need to cast single target heals. If you cast single target heals while the raid is stacked, you lose efficiency and output. The bottom line is, you lose more output from doing this than you gain from Conductivity.
3. Healing Tide Totem (and to a lesser extent Ancestral Guidance) are very powerful raid cooldowns, especially on low health raids and their synergy with our mastery. By taking Conductivity, you are depriving your raid of a raid cooldown.
Ultimately, the bottom line is, Conductivity is always the wrong choice for resto in 99.9% of all situations.
The other reality for Resto Shaman is, the talent system has essentially failed. We basically have 3 talents that don't matter significantly (the T15, T30 and T45 talents) and 2 other talents (Healing Tide Totem and Ancestral Swiftness) that are close to mandatory in 95%+ of situations. The only real choice is the L90 talents, and even then, you have one of the 3 that's completely useless, and two other ones that are pretty limited to the type of healing you are doing. We just have to get our head around the concept that the new talent system giving full choices is a myth - at least for Resto Shaman.