Resto Deep Dive: Autumn Leaves
Update: Autumn Leaves was reworked in 8.1 and now adds a second to Rejuvenations duration. This article is largely outdated. Please check the 8.1 FAQ for more information on the revamp.
Autumn Leaves, the Powerhouse Azerite Trait
Autumn Leaves is an azerite trait that increases our rejuvenation healing when it’s the only HoT on the target. . It’s a must-have in Uldir and you’ll want three of them ready to go for release week. You’ll eventually replace one with Archive of the Titans which offers a strong personal secondary stat buff through Reorigination Array while in Uldir. With the recent hotfix buff to Archive of the Titans it’s no longer a hard requirement to run 2 AL + 1 Archive like it was before the change.
- Germination counts as a rejuvenation and will proc the trait if alone on a target. If the ally has Germination at the same time as a regular Rejuvenation, it counts as two HoTs and you won’t get Autumn Leaves.
- Non-resto specific HoTs also remove the bonus so you’ll want to avoid Concentrated Mending and Coastal Surge where possible. Concentrated Mending is still better than no trait at all when you’re given no choice.
- Autumn Leaves does scale with mastery as its an extension of Rejuvenation and single HoTs also benefit from the stat. Mastery is still slightly weaker than other secondary stats since it’s significantly more expensive per point and your average number of HoTs on each target will be low. Haste, Crit and Versatility remain just as good and Intellect is still best.
- Autumn Leaves is pretty awful in dungeons so you’ll need to keep separate sets for Mythic+ and raid if you’re aiming to do both competitively.
- It has a big impact on which talents are viable, and a smaller impact on our spell priorities. Both are covered below.
- AL is still very good if you’ve only managed to get one or two of them.
- You’ll want to use Twig It with raid logs to be certain but as a general rule you can drop 30-45 ilvl on a piece of gear to pick up Autumn Leaves – depending on the other traits on the piece and on the slot.
- Autumn Leaves is pretty bad in ten man raids. If you’re running smaller groups then go with other traits.
Spell Priority Changes
You’ve heard some awful rumors about how we’re a one button spec with Autumn Leaves but the reality doesn’t quite match the reputation.
There are a few other things to note
- If you were a little unlucky and only managed to grab one AL trait like me then you’ll cast Wild Growth whenever there are injured allies around – the same as if you had no Autumn Leaves traits. WG only falls behind Rejuv in efficiency when you have two or more.
- Rejuv becomes significantly more efficient than Wild Growth during Tree of Life but it’s still less healing per cast so if you need a burst of healing to keep the team alive then cast Wild Growth.
- It’s acceptable to let Lifebloom drop during Tree of Life if there isn’t a priority target that needs it.
Analyze the fight! Where do you need more throughput, and where can you instead rely on the much more efficient Rejuvenation casts instead.
You’ll avoid any talents that encourage extra HoTs, several of which aren’t really viable with or without Autumn Leaves.
Where to find it
Our traits are still definitely in need of some tuning. The playstyle is fine but Azerite traits are much more interesting when more than two of them are competitive. We have some pretty interesting traits like Rampant Growth and Lively Spirit that’ll see no competitive play while Autumn Leaves holds this much power. Use it as a goalpost and bring the other traits up to its level.
Level Up (A little more advanced)
Here’s a sample of the HPM / HPCT we’re looking at with Autumn Leaves. Your numbers will look a little different since they depend on your statline and average mastery stacks but it should give you a pretty good idea of how each spell compares.
Wild Growth will have slightly worse HPM than this in practice because it’s likely to land on rejuv targets and eat Autumn Leaves healing but it heals more per cast in any case. AL numbers are based on 340ilvl Azerite pieces that we’ll be wearing into our first raids.