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MMO- Raid Set Up Comp




Gear List

Tools:  BeImba! and Warcrafter

@Elitist Jerks

Hood of Rationality (crit)
Headpiece of Reconciliation (haste)
Valorous Dreamwalker Headpiece  (regen + set)

Life-Binder’s Locket (best in slot)
Chains of Adoration (haste alternative)

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Raid Professions


  • “Matches a Red, Yellow or Blue Socket.”

Runed Dragon’s Eye +32 Spell Power.

Sparkling Dragon’s Eye +27 Spirit.

Smooth Dragon’s Eye +27 Critical Strike Rating. ,

Quick Dragon’s Eye +27 Haste Rating.

Lustrous Dragon’s Eye +11 Mana every 5 seconds.

Brilliant Dragon’s Eye +27 Intellect. Requires

Mystic Dragon’s Eye +27 Resilience Rating.


Trade_Engraving.jpg Enchant Ring – Greater Spellpower increase spell power by up to 19.


inv_gauntlets_61.jpg Socket Gloves Permanently add a socket to your gloves.

inv_jewelcrafting_thoriumsetting.jpg Socket Bracer Permanently add a socket to your bracers

Spell_Holy_GreaterHeal.jpg Socket One-Handed Weapon Permanently adds a socket to a one-handed weapon.


Inscription [Master’s Inscription of the Crag]  +61 spell power, +6 mana/5 sec

Inscription [Master’s Inscription of the Storm] +61 spell power, +15 critical strike rating

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The following section is heavily influenced by two threads in the WoW EU forums:
Macro thread in the Druid forums (credit to Beirras):
General macro thread in the Interface forums (credit to Athinira):
For general macro resources WoWiki has a section on macros:

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acaciaizm  @mahina

Restoration Tree

 Talent Calculator



  • Note: Soloing for this section is primarily concerned with Balance and Feral specced druids investing a few points here, as it is generally not the best idea at all to solo as a Restoration druid.

 Improved Mark of the Wild Improved Mark of the Wild

2 points: Increases the effects of your Mark of the Wild and Gift of the Wild spells by 40%.

    • Solo Utility: Nothing special other than increasing the effects of your buff.
    • Raid Utility: Increases the stat and armor bonus for all raid members.
    • PVP Utility: Nothing special other than increasing the effects of your buff.
  • Bottom Line: For a restoration build, it’s a must have since it’s not a bad talent, and for a pure restoration build you will not use Furor, so you’ll have to spend the points to get to the next tier.

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Wild Growth


“smart” heal – heals up to 5 targets within 15 yards of the druid’s current target who have the lowest health percentages.

Heals 5 targets total, the target counts as one. If there are not 5 targets in range below 100% health, the HoT will land randomly on players will full health.

 Testing shows each HoT tick receiving approximately 18%, 17%, 15%, 14%, 13%, 12%, and 11% of the total healing, respectively.

Talent Improvement

Empowered Rejuvenation, at max rank, increases the spell power coefficient from 80.57% to 96.68%.

Gift of Nature increases the healing done by 10% at max rank.

Gift of the Earthmother reduces the GCD by 20% at max rank, down to 1.25 seconds.

Tree of Life Form increases the healing received by 6% and reduces the mana cost by 20%

Genesis increases the healing done by 5% at max rank.


More on Wild Growth

I just had a discussion with a guildie (a wonderful fellow resto druid) about this, who helped me really understand the mechanics here. I thought I might clear this up for everyone (although I’m pretty sure I was the only one confused in the first place. Bah).

Let’s first look at the tooltip:

Wild Growth

1. Heals up to 5 party OR raid members. So, pretty much anyone. We’re all one big happy family.
2. 40 yard range. Just like a normal spell.
3. Within 15 yards of THE TARGET.

Wild Growth affects people who are 15 yards around the person whom you cast it on, not 15 yards from you. So it’s not as though the spell has a range of 15 yards – you can use it up to 40 yards away. The range in which it will “spread” to five people total is 15 yards from your target.

Scenario 1: You have a group of people all around you, and one person 35 yards away from you. You put WG on that one person. It ticks on them and only them, even if that person is at full health, because there’s no one else within 15 yards of them to have it tick on.

Scenario 2: You have a group of 5 people 35 yards from you, no one else is around. You put a WG on one of them. It ticks on all of them regardless of their health at that moment, because there are only 5 in the group.

Scenario 3: You have a group of 10 people all bunched up, 35 yards away. 4 are at 50% health, 6 are at full health. You put a WG on someone – it will hit the 4 people with 50% health, and randomly select one of the people with full health as the fifth.

Scenario 4: You have a full raid, 25 people, all closely grouped around you. Everyone has full health. You put a WG on someone. It will randomly select 5 people from the 25 (and not necessarily select your target) to WG.

Scenario 5: You have 2 tanks and 5 melee bunched up, 35 yards away. Both tanks have full health, but are about to take some damage. The melee all have 80% health. You put a WG on one of the tanks to pre-HoT him in anticipation of incoming damage. The tank will NOT receive the WG, and instead it will go to the 5 melee with 80% health.

Get it?
I know I do.


To be honest, I wish it was a party heal. I understand that a smart heal, in most cases, is preferable. Consider this: Everyone is grouped up (think Thaddius). One person in each party takes 50% damage. WG on one of them and BAM all 5 are being healed. It makes sense, it’s awesome. It’s also moron-proof, and I hate that. It would honestly be more fun if one person in each group took 50% damage and you have to think “oh crap, I can’t use WG, how do I go about healing everyone as efficiently as possible?” Instead of just hitting “4”, you would have to *think*. Hey, back when I thought WG was a party heal, it was fun to judge how many people in a particular party had taken damage, and was it enough damage and/or enough people taking that damage for me to warrant a WG (Yes, you can laugh at me. Yes, I’ve been healing like this for the past like, 6 raids. BUT. HEY. I’ve been at or close to the top of most healing charts, so it’s not – ok, ok fine. Keep laughing. I know. I deserve it).

The other problem is that you can never pre-hot a particular group. Prehotting (especially with Wild Growth) is awesome on, say, Maexxna (right before the web wrap), and Gluth (right before decimate). I mean, ok – you *can* prehot a group, but it’s only going to hit that group if the group already has a lot of damage. If you want to prehot a group that is at full health, it will only work if they are in the exact position to guarantee that. Which rarely happens.

This makes WG (as my guildmate put it)a very REACTIONARY HoT. Every single other HoT druids have can be used preemptively, but WG cannot. Just something to keep in mind, and QQ about during Maexxna. ^^


Mana Regeneration


Spirit-based regeneration

The main base stat which regenerates mana is spirit. To a lesser extent, intellect also contributes, and the character level adversely affects regeneration. It’s a good rule of thumb to assume that 1 spi = 1 mp5 while not casting.

 MP5 = 5 * (0.001 + sqrt(Int) * Spirit * Base_Regen) rounded up

Base Regen lvl 80: 0.005575


The above chart was generated using this data. The formula shows that regeneration increases linearly with spirit and with the square root of intellect. The base regeneration goes down as level increases. When analyzing the plot it appears that levels 1-10 have one curve, 11-60 another and 61-70 have a jagged but almost linear decrease which seems to have been tweaked by hand.

Together these design elements seem to enforce balanced stats, so that stacking spirit to the detriment of intellect is to be avoided. It seems that 1 spirit = 1 MP5 was the target of the game designers. A level 70 caster needs about 460 intellect to reach this point.

Five Second Rule

After a character expends mana in casting a spell, the effective amount of mana gained per tick from spirit-based regeneration is reduced (interrupted) for a period of 5 seconds. This is commonly referred to as the five second rule (FSR).
Channeled spells are handled a little differently. The FSR starts when the spell’s channeling starts; i.e. when mana is expended. The interruption continues for at least five seconds, and longer if the channeled takes more than five seconds. For example, Mind Flay channels for 3 seconds and interrupts regeneration for 5 seconds (from the moment the spell cast starts), while Tranquility channels for 10 seconds and interrupts regeneration for the full 10 seconds, but not longer.
By default, the interrupted mana regeneration ratio is 0%. Several effects can increase this ratio, including:

Spells which don’t cost mana do not start the FSR. This includes spells with a normal mana cost of zero (e.g. Nature’s Swiftness), but also spells whose effective cost is reduced to zero by some effect (e.g. by Clearcasting or an item ability or proc like Eye of Gruul).

Effect Interrupted mana regeneration ratio increase
Intensity  10%-30%*
Innervate 100% (and increases mana regeneration to 500%)


Direct regeneration

Many effects increase mana regeneration directly i.e. without increasing spirit. These effects are governed by different rules than spirit-based regeneration, in particular they’re never subject to the five second rule.

The most frequent source of non-spirit-based regeneration is the “regenerates X mana in 5 seconds” stat on items. This stat is usually written abbreviated as “mp5”.

Comparing spirit based and direct regeneration

In theory, direct regeneration is preferable as it is not subject to the FSR. Unfortunately though, mp5 is much harder to get and more “expensive” than spirit. All attributes have an Item Value, a kind of “cost” associated. This value for mp5 is 2.5 times higher than for spirit. For example the two top mana regeneration enchants for chest items yield either 15 spirit or 6 mp5 ([Enchant Chest – Major Spirit] and [Enchant Chest – Restore Mana Prime]) – this shows the factor of 2.5 very clearly.

In order to find out what’s better, characters should first find out their personal time spent inside the FSR, e.g using an addon like Muse or RegenFu. It’s important to perform the measurement under realistic conditions – the time spent inside the FSR while grinding is typically much lower than during a boss fight. Some players actually argue that in a tight situation, it’s safe to assume that the FSR is in effect 100% of the time. It is possible to calculate the percentage of time which has to be spent outside the 5 second rule so that 2.5 points of spirit are more effective than 1 point of mp5. Examples:

Average lvl 70 priest with maxed Meditation: 2.5 spirit return 2.5 mp5 outside the FSR, and 0.75 mp5 inside. The mathematical form of the question is thus

2.5 * x + 0.75 * (1 - x) = 1
1.75 * x = 0.25
x = 0.14

So if that priest spends 14% percent of the time outside the FSR, the enchant with 15 spirit yields a higher regeneration than 6 mp5. If the time inside the rule is 86% or more, 6 mp5 is more efficient.

For lvl 70 characters without spirit regeneration inside the FSR:

2.5 * x = 1
x = 0.4

That is they have to spend 40% of their time outside the rule for spirit to be better than mp5.

MP5 vs Intellect and Spirit – Formulas

The following formulas relate intellect, spirit, and mp5 to mana regen both in and out of FSR in an attempt to help establish a relative value between them depending on your current stats.

Based on the formulas for spirit-based regeneration above…

ManaRegen(Int,Spirit,MP5) = [0.001 + sqrt(Int) * Spirit * 0.005575] * 5 + MP5 ManaRegenCasting(Int,Spirit,MP5) = [0.001 + sqrt(Int) * Spirit * 0.005575] * 5 * Coeff + MP5 where Coeff is the decimal percentage of spirit-based mana regeneration that is allowed to continue while casting

The mana regen benefit per 1 point increase of Spirit, Intellect, or Mana/5 can be calculated as…

While not casting:
 NC_RegenPerInt = 0.027875 * Spirit * [sqrt(Int+1) - sqrt(Int)]
 NC_RegenPerSpirit = 0.027875 * sqrt(Int)
 NC_RegenPerMP5 = 1

While casting:
 C_RegenPerInt = Coeff * NC_RegenPerInt
 C_RegenPerSpirit = Coeff * NC_RegenPerSpirit
 C_RegenPerMP5 = 1

As you can see, MP5 is the only stat whose effect remains constant both in and out of casting. If you have no talents allowing mana to regenerate from spirit while casting, MP5 is the only way to do so. Even with them, MP5 is still quite valuable, given the most common of these effects (listed above) cap at 30% spirit-based regeneration.

Multiple ratios do stack, but can never exceed 100%.


Research by Whitetooth[1] shows that since Patch 2.4, mana regeneration is uniform across all classes and based on the following formula:

Mana Regen = 5 * sqrt(Int) * Spirit * Base_Regen In effect, the regeneration rate depends on Int, Spirit and character level. A 1% increase in Spirit increases mana regeneration by 1%, and 1% Intellect yields 0.5% more regen. This is a rough rule of thumb, but is accurate enough for most situations.   Intellect doesn’t influence mana regen linearly, rather the square root of Intellect is used. This means that higher Int values yield diminishing returns, as can be seen in the following table:

Intellect vs Spirit Coefficient


Healing Comparison

Spell  The name of the healing spell.

Healing  The average amount of healing done by the healing spell.

Mana  The mana cost of the spell

Cast time  The amount of time it takes to cast a spell.

Duration  The duration of Heal over Time type spells or a conservative guess for spells with multiple charges.

Scaling  The percentage of bonus healing effects from gear the healing spell recieves. See Spell power coefficient for a full list.

HPS  Healing per second; the amount of healing the spell does over a period of one second.

HPM  Healing per mana; the amount of healing this spell does per point of mana spent.

+x HPS  The healing per second when you have a total of x bonus healing from gear and/or buffs.

+x HPM  The healing per mana when you have a total of x bonus healing from gear and/or buffs.

SPS  Scaling per second; a value that says something about how well the HPS of the spell improves with bonus healing effects. a value of 100% means that 3.5 bonus healing increases the HPS by 1.

+H/HPM  Bonus healing per HPM; the amount of bonus healing needed in order to increase the HPM of the spell by 1. 
  • Healing spells that heal the entire group, heal an average of 3 wounded units.
  • The healers have 300 intellect, 300 spirit and 5% base crit chance with spells. (edit: This assumption may result in bias because Paladin and Shaman healers have little use for Spirit and the spell crit chance of Paladin Healers is normally much higher.)
  • A bonus of 5% critical strike chance to healing spells results in an average of 2.5% more healing done.

 This is a comparison of most (if not all) healing spells of the four different healing classes. There are both values available for spells with and without talents. Each section is ended by a list of top healing spells in different categories.


  • Top HPS spells
    1. Tranquility
    2. Binding Heal
    3. Holy Light + BoL
    4. Prayer of Healing
    5. Holy Light
  • Top HPM spells
    1. Healing Stream Totem
    2. Lightwell
    3. Tranquility
    4. Lifebloom (stacked) – Tree of Life
    5. Lifebloom (single cast) – Tree of Life
  • Top HPS scaling spells
    1. Binding Heal
    2. Swiftmend (rejuvenation)
    3. Chain Heal
    4. Swiftmend (regrowth)
    5. Greater Heal
  • Top HPM scaling spells
    1. Healing Stream Totem
    2. Lifebloom
    3. Earth Shield
    4. Rejuvenation
    5. Flash of Light
  • Note: The author only counts one jump of Prayer Of Mending, ProM can jump up to five times. Seems inconsistent compared to Shaman’s chain heal where it is given credit for three.

 Caster Form

List of considered talents

  • Naturalist: -0.5 seconds Cast time for Healing Touch
  • Tranquil Spirit: -10% Mana for Healing Touch, Tranquility
  • Improved Rejuvenation: +15% Healing for Rejuvenation
  • Gift of Nature: +10% Healing for all spells
  • Empowered Touch: +20% Scaling for Healing Touch
  • Improved Regrowth: +50% Crit for Regrowth
  • Natural Perfection: +3% Crit for Healing Touch, Regrowth, Swiftmend
  • Empowered Rejuvenation: +16% Scaling for Rejuvenation, Swiftmend (Rejuvenation); +14% Scaling for Regrowth, Swiftmend (Regrowth); +10% Scaling for Lifebloom (single cast); +31.2% Scaling for Lifebloom (stacked)

Todo: Add a similar table that removes Empowered Rejuvenation, but adds Moonglow (-9% mana to HT, Rejuv, Regrowth) and Lunar Guidance (25% of Int is added to +Heal)

Tree of Life Form

List of considered talents

  • All talents of Caster Form
  • Tree of Life: -20% Mana for all spells; +86 Healing for all spells


Our first table gives the figures for the spells assuming no +heal whatsoever. Time is cast time plus spell duration.




0 +heal
Spell Healing Mana Time HPM HPS Contribution from +heal
Healing Touch 2952 935 3.5 (3.0) 3.16 843.43 (984) 100%
Rejuvenation  1060 (1219)   415 12 2.55    (2.93) 88.33 (101.6 ) 80%
Regrowth 2559 675 23 3.97 111.3 100%
Lifebloom (sequential) 1680 220 7 7.63 124.7 86.1%
Lifebloom (3x refreshed) 702 220 6 3.19 117 52% ‘per stack'(effectivly 133%)





1000 +heal
Spell Healing Mana Time HPM HPS Contribution from +heal
Healing Touch 3952 935 3.5 (3.0) 4.22 1129 (1317) 100%
Rejuvenation 1860 (2139) 415 12 4.48 (5.15) 155 (178) 80%
Regrowth 3559 675 23 5.27 155 100%
Lifebloom (sequential) 1680 220 7 7.63 240 86%
Lifebloom (3x refreshed) 2039 220 6 9.26 340 52% ‘per stack'(effectivly 133%)




As can easily be seen, stacking lifebloom and keeping it stacked not only becomes highly mana-efficient: it’s healing per second also rises considerably. In practise, druids will stack 3 lifeblooms and a rejuvenation on the target, providing around 500 HPS, and use regrowth for additional bursts of healing. This is made even more mana-efficient by tree of life form, which reduces the mana cost of all these spells by 20%.


 So for zero +heal, casting lifebloom every 7 seconds provides the highest heal per mana. The picture changes dramatically when we have +heal, though.



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