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 but not necessarily best for any individual fight.
Mythic+ Talents (The GCD-efficient Photo Build)
For when you want to minimize the number of GCDs you spend healing to give you more time to DPS. The level 90 row is pretty flexible. Read more about Mythic+ talents here.
When to deviate from the core build
Abundance vs Cenarion Ward
Abundance requires both a high average Rejuvenation count and enough spare global cooldowns to use Regrowth afterwards. Generally you’ll find it to be worth a pick if a fight demands you include a lot of Regrowth. It’s often safer to stick with the default higher throughput pick in Cenarion Ward until we reach later tiers and higher levels of Haste.
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’s also very good in Mythic+.
Cultivation vs Incarnation: Tree of Life
Tree of Life is a strong default choice but Soul of the Forest is now very competitive after the Shadowlands changes to Swiftmend. Sadly our dominant raid legendary (Vision of Unending Growth) can eat your Soul of the Forest proc which reduces the value of the talent. Stick with Tree for now. Cultivation isn’t particularly useful in any content. 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.
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 teh 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.
We will likely need to spend a bit of time in raid before we can judge if Inner Peace will sneak in for a fight or not.
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+ take Photosynthesis for all content levels. On ultra high keys Flourish could be considered for healing Prideful. We’ll see.
Talents sorted? Let’s check out some stats.