Last Updated: Patch 9.2
Resto Druid talents are reasonably fixed, with only a few rows having competitive alternatives. It’s actually a very well designed tree overall.
The Nuts and Bolts
All Affinities are situationally good. You’ll note that the level 40 row has changed from patch 9.1 due to the new tier set.
Mythic+ Talents (The GCD-efficient Photo Build)
Flourish / Photosynthesis are both strong options for the last row.
When to deviate from the core build
Abundance vs Cenarion Ward
Consider Abundance to be your default pick in raid, and Cenarion Ward the default in Mythic+. The advantage of Abundance is that you can use the cheap regrowths it offers to round out your ramps. You will cover the raid in rejuvs, Flourish and then can almost free cast spot heals to keep everyone healthy.
Nourish is not competitive at this time.
Wild Charge vs Tiger Dash
Wild Charge is more generally useful but Tiger Dash is much easier to use. Consider it when you’re new to the spec or encounter. Tiger dash (which replaces your regular Dash) can also be a better pick when getting out of the raid with something is more time critical than getting back in. Renewal is only ever good when a fight has zero mobility required.
Soul of the Forest vs Incarnation: Tree of Life
Soul of the Forest has surpassed Tree of Life with the patch 9.2 tier set. It was already close in throughput, and the tier set gives us Tree of Life during dangerous moments anyway which reduces the value of the big cooldown a lot. Cultivation isn’t particularly useful in any content – even with the current rejuv heavy playstyle.
Inner Peace vs Spring Blossoms
- The fight has heavy knockbacks (taking advantage of the knock back protection).
- Taking Inner Peace gives you really good Tranquility timings that you wouldn’t get with a three minute Tranq.
There are a few good fights for Inner Peace in Sepulcher including Dausegne, Halondrus and Lords of Dread.
Flourish vs Germination vs Photosynthesis
Flourish is an easy default choice in raid since it’s a powerful cooldown and has a lot of synergy with the rest of our kit. Photosynthesis puts out competitive HPS but the extra cooldown (and ability to combo with Convoke) is usually more useful than persistent throughput, even on fights with very consistent damage.
For Mythic+ you’ll take Flourish in almost all scenarios.
Talents sorted? Let’s check out some stats.