During t14 I was using SotF and glyph'd wild growth with t14 4set bonus. Swiftmend/wildgrowth rotation felt smooth and fluid, and I felt reasonably strong as resto druid. However since loosing t14 set bonus SotF seems clunky and nonviable, I feel forced to spec into incarnation. Without the ability to align to cooldowns of both swiftmend and wild growth, SotF becomes very very clunky.
Imo the best and easiest way to make SotF more viable is to allow players the choice to reduced the cd on swiftmend via glyph selection, either that or flat out reduce the cd on swiftmend. This could be achieved either by changing glyph of healing touch to incorporate regrowth or adding a glyph of swiftmend.
Changing glyph of healing touch has potential balance issues in pvp, therefore adding a glyph of swiftmend would be preferable. The cd reduction could be offset with a 'trade off' to swiftmend healing throughput.
Glyph of Swiftmend:
Your swiftmend's heals for 50% less on its direct heal, but is cooldown is reduced by 30%.
Resto druids predominant issue in pve is high overhealing, due to absorbs/hots getting sniped, "druid hots get trumped a lot by absorbs, esp. paladin and Disc's" (ghostcrawler).
SotF allows for burst aoe smart healing, and has minimal over healing as wild growth doesn't get sniped as easily as other druid hots. On the other hand, incarnation's effectiveness diminishes with group size as it has a high skill cap and can easily overheal.
SotF is preferable to incarnation in 25 man raiding (at least it was during t14 with 4 set). Therefore making SotF more accessible would help pve druids healing problems, especially in 25 man which is where most of the druid healing concerns are coming from.
- Make SotF more viable via reduced cd on swiftmend.
- Swiftmend cd reduction through glyph's would not be a huge buff to resto druids.
- Such a change would help solve core druid pve healing issues
Would such a change cause SotF to become too powerful in its talent tier? (a lot of druids still spec'd incarnation in 10 man even with t14 set bonus).
Would appreciate some feedback from some druids that raid 25 man.