The prepatch had only a minor effect on our talents. The newly added Heart of the Wild is a must-take outside of niche scenarios, Soul of the Forest competes closely with Tree of Life, and Abundance loses a little power with the removal of corruption (while remaining an ok pick at level 50).
The Nuts and Bolts
Strong on all fights. Specific fights might make changes. All Affinities are situationally good.
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, though Cenarion Ward is incredibly similar in power. 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. It can also be decent in Mythic+ where the row is completely users choice.
Cultivation vs Incarnation: Tree of Life
Tree of Life is a strong default choice but Soul of the Forest is now very competitive in overall healing after the Shadowlands changes to Swiftmend. You’ll lean toward Tree, mostly because a big cooldown is more useful in the current tier than many smaller ones. Plan your Tree of Life usage before the fight to make sure you’re squeezing in as many casts as you can. In Mythic+ you will take Soul of the Forest most of the time. Cultivation isn’t particularly useful in any content.
Inner Peace vs Spring Blossoms
Inner Peace and Spring Blossoms are both fantastic picks, but Spring Blossoms is the current incumbent as we stare down Castle Nathria and the first season of Mythic+. In raid you’ll consider Inner Peace instead when:
- The raid isn’t stacked for the majority of the fight (like Il’gynoth last tier).
- Taking Inner Peace gives you really good Tranquility timings that you wouldn’t get with a three minute Tranq.
Spring Blossoms currently appears dominant for Castle Nathria.
Flourish vs Germination vs Photosynthesis
Flourish is an easy default choice in raid since it’s a powerful cooldown and you often need more of those. Photosynthesis actually puts out competitive HPS now but the extra cooldown (and ability to combo with Tranq or Tree of Life) is usually more useful than persistent throughput, even on fights with very consistent damage like last tiers N’zoth.
For Mythic+ you will take Photosynthesis when starting out, and then swap to Flourish for very high keys (17+).
Talents sorted? Let’s check out some stats.