Resto Druids are blessed with a number of competitive legendary items. With the buffs in 7.2 our legendaries are now much closer in strength than before (with just a couple of outliers) which means different fights suit different legendaries and that will continue into Tomb of Sargeras. Additional information on the 7.2 changes can be found here (however the tier list is also fully updated). 7.2.5 added two new legendaries, and nerfed the shoulders slightly.
The Big Three
Velen’s Future Sight. Strong in all aspects. Combines a heavy helping of secondary stats with a powerful on-use effect.
- The on-use often makes up 5-7% of our total healing, and the overheal re-distribution is great for us.
- The cooldown is a little awkward at 1:15. Pairing the on-use with Essence of G’Hanir is often our best choice since Tranquility heals for enough as-is and Essence lines up best cooldown-wise.
- Mythic+: Top tier. The strong passive stats make Velens fantastic for both healing and Catweaving and the redistribution on-use is incredibly versatile.
Aman’Thul’s Wisdom. Insane Synergy with the T19 four piece bonus. The 7.2.5 nerfs don’t knock it down too far while we’re still wearing T19.
- Changed in 7.2 to proc whenever rejuvenation heals the target at 100% health.
- Aman’Thul’s should be a situational legendary that excels on fights with periods of no damage between bursts however it’s currently a top 2 legendary on every fight due to its synergy with the T19 four piece bonus. There’s some math on the interaction here. It will fall off heavily when we are no longer wearing T19.
- You can expect the effect to contribute 7-10% of your healing post-nerf.
- Mythic+: Mid-low tier. Not really necessary in Mythic+ since blanketing the party in rejuvenations is no issue if required and most pulls don’t require a blanket in the first place.
Prydaz, Xavaric’s Magnum Opus. A noticeable step down from Velens and Shoulders, but still a strong general purpose legendary.
- Tends to be a stronger defensive option than Ekowraith unless you are taking a lot of damage, though Ekowraith offers more Intellect because it isn’t in a jewellery slot.
- You can use a WeakAura to track the internal cooldown and then go into Bear Form just before it procs to make the shield even more ridiculous. You should do this as often as possible.
- Prydaz is overbudget by ~800 secondary stats. This is worth an additional ~1.5% throughput in addition to any damage the shield absorbs.
- Will reclaim second place when we stop using 4T19.
- Mythic+: Top tier. Prydaz is a fantastic option for Mythic+ since it absorbs a lot of damage without the use of any global cooldowns, leaving you more time to DPS. In high end mythic+ it will also save your life from multiple mechanics that would otherwise one shot you.
The Strong, but Situational
The Dark Titan’s Advice. A strong tank healing option.
- Huge, but unreliable single target healing.
- A solid option if you lack a healer better equipped for tank healing, or if there is a lot of single target damage going out through a debuff or other mechanic.
- Mythic+: Top tier. Can almost single handedly take care of the tank on some packs, for a low global cooldown cost allowing you to spend a lot of time DPS’ing.
Soul of the Archdruid. Not strong, but could be decent for AoE fights.
- The new legendary ring is missing around ~1000 secondary stats compared to its fellow legendary ring brethren. This is 2-2.5% throughput lost before we even look at the proc.
- The Soul of the Archdruid free talent is worth 5-7% healing in most cases when wearing 2T20. That’ll vary based on how much HPS you’re putting out and how frequently you’re able to cast the Swiftmend -> Wild Growth combo. Even with the missing stats this should put it above Tearstone of Elune in most cases which means that this will take its place as our favored legendary for AoE heavy healing fights.
- Has very poor synergy with 4T19 since the T19 proc will actually eat your Soul of the Forest if the timing coincides, leaving you confused and enraged. Save this one for T20.
- Mythic+: Mid tier. There’s quite a bit of Mythic+ potential here when you need burst AoE healing.
The “I guess I’m ok with this”
Chameleon’s Song. Average now. Worse later.
- The 12 second duration gives you enough time to get a tree-buffed Wild Growth out, however the overall healing benefit is too ‘swingy’ to recommend this item. You can expect a 9-15% uptime depending on how frequently you cast Wild Growth and how lucky you are.
- If you leave tree form while the buff is active you aren’t able to return to it (unless you are also running the Incarnation talent) which further reduces the helms value.
- Does have quite a potent best-case scenario with generous procs, however as healers we value consistency highly and this helm just isn’t good enough.
- Due to the stats on the piece it can be an ok alternative to shoulders while we’re still wearing T19. You can expect slightly lower numbers on average, but still higher than many other legendaries.
- Competes with 2T19 during ToS since it takes up a tier slot. It’s not up to that challenge and you can bank them immediately upon equipping your T20.
- Mythic+: Low tier. Poor interaction with Catweaving and you really need the reliability in Mythic+.
Edraith, Bonds of Aglaya. More of a tank healing legendary, but it will save you both mana and global cooldowns.
- Extends all HoTs, including Spring Blossoms, Cenarion Ward(!), Cultivation, Rejuvenation, Regrowth, Lifebloom and Germination.
- Very useful for getting maximum value out of some of your other talents. With Flourish you can get Cenarion ward to a 24 second duration! And you can do that once a minute. Sick of your tanks dying? You should probably get them a good guide, but these will help for now.
- Struggles to keep up with the raw HPS the belt can put out.
- Mythic+: Mid tier. Decent, reliable single target healing is pretty valuable in Mythic+ however the Belt is still a more attractive option.
Tearstone of Elune. Procs on initial Wild Growth cast, not each tick. The ring has several strengths:
- It on average gives you 0.9 free rejuvenations per cast. This is a nice mana boost to Wild Growths already impressive mana efficiency.
- Wild Growth is a smart heal, which means that the free rejuvenation is likely to be added to a low HP target and is unlikely to overheal.
- The rejuvenation immediately buffs the healing of the Wild Growth due to our Mastery (and is likely to add a Cultivation also).
- Currently overshadowed by the Shoulders + Velens combo, but should return to being a strong option against heavy, consistent raid damage in Tomb.
- Mythic+: Low tier. The free rejuvs are much less impressive in a Mythic+ environment where you can easily drop double rejuvenations on everyone if the damage requires it.
Ekowraith, Creator of Worlds. A boring, but pretty effective legendary. Gained an extra 658 Haste in 7.2.
- Since we’ll be taking Guardian Affinity on most fights, Ekowraith is worth +4.5% damage reduction, as well as a nice boost to Ysera’s Gift.
- The damage reduction is less than the shield Prydaz offers unless you are taking more than 250,000 damage per second (ow) and even then it’ll depend on your HP and if you’re using the Bear Form trick.
- Mythic+: Low tier. Big chunk of stats aside, the chest doesn’t do anything special in Mythic+ and since we commonly run Feral Affinity for Mythic+ we are mostly getting unnecessary extra movement speed from the effect.
Sephuz’s Secret. The most situational legendary in the game.
- On a fight where you can proc the effect on cooldown through a dispel or CC effect it is worth 9.6% flat haste (3600 Haste!) but on a fight where you can’t it drops to near-worthless. We’re still waiting for a fight where it’s even usable.
- Procs off the following CC effects: Mighty Bash, Entangling Roots, Mass Entanglement and Rake (while stealthed).
- Does NOT proc off Typhoon.
- Mythic+: Mid-top tier. A reasonably decent Catweaving legendary since it can be procced every pull for a big DPS boost. Reasonable for healing also, but make sure you’re using your CC effects.
The “I’m sorry to hear that”
Essence of Infusion. Mediocre.
- While it gives your tranquility a boost on the people who actually need the healing, the damage patterns in Nighthold do not offer any clear avenues for its use. You may see slight benefit on Krosus or to counter Gul’dan’s Black Harvest but overall these are in a weak state. That isn’t likely to change in ToS.
- Two conditions need to be true to make the boots worth wearing:
- Incoming damage needs to have been sufficiently high to drop the raid below 60%.
- More damage is due immediately and your raid is likely to die if they do not receive significant immediate healing.
- Mythic+: Low tier. There are only a few specific pulls where a big tranquility is necessary, and the Boots can be swapped in for those scenarios. Even then, you are likely to survive fine without them.
X’oni’s Caress. Turns Ironbark into a stronger tool against large burst damage. Weak at its niche and bottom two in almost all scenarios.
- Heals for a few million over the duration of Ironbark.
- A legendary that targets a single target cooldown should not be so tied to what buffs you already have up. An emergency cooldown that relies on what you did in the last 10 seconds is poor.
- The healing frequently comes in too slowly to save a bad situation anyway.
- The 25% reduction currently applies after Stonebark. This means we get a ~68s cooldown without the talent, and 45s with.
- Mythic+: Low tier. Unfortunately you don’t tend to have many rejuvs up at a time in Mythic+ chopping down any potential. Has some niche use on tyrannical boss fights that require frequent tank cooldowns (Oakheart, Ymiron).
Boomkin Boots. Fun to play with, but weak as a competitive Resto legendary.
- At max stacks your regrowth will heal for 600% and be instant cast.
- It’s too slow a wind up to be a good general purpose spot heal, and you’ll reset the stacks every time you get an Omen of Clarity proc which makes saving it for an emergency a little too problematic.