Tank healing is relatively straightforward.
- Keep 3 Lifeblooms up at all times. This is cheap and effective healing, gives you Revitalize procs (and Replenishment for your party), and gives you Clearcasting procs from Malfurion’s Gift.
- Refresh Lifebloom before it expires. If the tank is full or near-full, just refresh with Lifebloom (it’s cheaper). If he is missing some health, use Nourish. If you get a clearcasting proc, use Healing Touch or Regrowth (depending on how much time you have, and how much healing he needs). Basically, you keep Lifebloom up, and "fill in the gaps" with Nourish, Healing Touch, and Regrowth.
- It’s ok to let Lifebloom expire sometimes, if you need to heal someone else urgently. The Lifebloom "bloom" is a decent sized heal and can tide your tank over while you are busy. Just be sure to re-stack it as soon as possible to get his healing back, and to get your clearcast procs back.
- Keep Rejuvenation on the tank also.
- Use Swiftmend on cooldown, preferably on groups of people clumped together (for maximum benefit), but it is also okay as a single tank heal.
- Keep Harmony active with direct casts, if you are using Swiftmend on cooldown you won’t need to cast many extra direct heals, and being on the tank you should be doing this by default anyway (so you shouldn’t have to worry too much about Harmony uptime).
- If you need to pump out faster heals, toss a Regrowth to trigger Nature’s Grace, and continue healing.
- If your tank drops very low, you can use Regrowth as an emergency heal, but don’t "spam" it, as it is very expensive.
- During Tree of Life, this strategy doesn’t change much, other than that you will likely be throwing out lots of Lifeblooms on your group, resulting in extra clearcasting procs. You can swap to casting free/instant Regrowths to use these procs.
Raid healing is a little more tricky, as you need to weave some direct heals into your "rotation" in order to keep your Mastery buff (Harmony) up, and to get the most out of your heals.
- Keep Lifebloom up on the tank. Even though you are healing the group, you still need Lifebloom up for mana return/savings for you and your group.
- Remember: You don’t need to keep your group at 100% health at all times. You can often take your time to top them up.
- If 3+ people need healing, use Wild Growth. Then:
- If it’s urgent, heavy damage, and you can’t cope with it with single heals, pop Tree of Life and then Tranquility.
- If Tranquility is down (or you’re saving it), follow WG with Rejuv on at least 3 people, to give you 30% faster Nourishes from Nature’s Bounty (if you’re specced into that). Then top them up with Nourishes.
- If it’s not urgent, but they need a lot of healing, give them a Rejuv, and use direct heals to top up if needed – preferably with free Healing Touches or Regrowths from clearcasting.
- If it’s not urgent and they’re not missing too much health, continue to hit WG on cooldown to slowly bring them back up. Remember – you don’t have to race to get them to 100%, and often just using Wild Growth on cooldown will be enough to bring people back to full health.
- Use Efflorescence by keeping Swiftmend on cooldown as much as possible. Use it whenever 3 or more people are standing close together and have taken damage.
- If one person needs healing, use Rejuv or Regrowth, then Nourish, Healing Touch, or Regrowth if required. If it’s urgent, use Regrowth to give them a burst heal, and then swap back to Nourish and Healing Touch to continue to bring them up. As always, try to reserve Healing Touch for when you have clearcasting procs.
- Try to avoid using Nourish on targets without a HoT, because doing this misses out on the 20% bonus built into Nourish.
- Keep Harmony up by keeping Swiftmend on cooldown and using the occasional direct heal, while following the guidelines above.
Understanding Omen of Clarity, Malfurion’s Gift, and Clearcasting
It’s very important to understand how to use Clearcasting procs from Malfurion’s Gift/Omen of Clarity.
These talents work together to give us free healing spells, and by using these procs effectively, we can save a lot of mana, and improve our healing longevity. That is, we can afford to throw out more healing for longer, because we have saved lots of mana.
Omen of Clarity gives a chance for a Clearcasting proc each time we heal – and this actually includes every time one of our HoTs tick. So if we have fast-ticking HoTs like Lifebloom up, plus Rejuvenation, plus HoTs on our group/raid, then we maximise the chance to get these free casts. This is why it is so important to keep Lifebloom up on the tank at all times, even if his health is quite high – because it helps us to save mana (and we also get mana from Revitalize, and return mana to our group with Replenishment).
Clearcasting can be used with the following spells:
- Healing Touch (most desirable)
- Regrowth (desirable, especially during ToL)
Healing Touch is an expensive spell and heals for the most, so generally, when we get a Clearcasting proc, it’s best to prioritise it for casting Healing Touch on someone, IF someone in the group is missing a large amount of health. Most often this will be the tank, but this is also a great way to top up group members with a large heal, for free.
Regrowth is also expensive but does not heal for as much. However, If someone isn’t missing a large amount of health, and if a faster spell would make more sense (so you can move onto your next heal), then you can use Regrowth over Healing Touch. During Tree of Life, you will want to prioritise Regrowths over Healing Touch, because during ToL you will be tossing out lots of Lifeblooms and getting almost too many clearcasting procs to handle, which means you can then toss out lots of free, instant Regrowths, and this will generally be better than slower Healing Touches – especiallys since you only have 31 seconds of ToL.
Make sure you have an indicator on your screen to tell you when you have a clearcasting proc, and how long is remaining, so that you can judge which spell is best to use. If you start casting a Healing Touch with only 2 seconds left on Clearcasting, you’ll probably end up losing the Clearcasting buff and paying full mana for the HT. See the Power Auras section for more information on setting up visual indicators and timers for Clearcasting.
Getting the most out of Innervate
Tips for getting the most out of your Innervate:
- Use your Innervate early and often. Don’t wait to be at half mana before you use it. Work out what 20% of your mana pool is, and Innervate when you are missing that amount. If you have a 100,000 mana pool, you should Innervate when you are at 80,000 mana, because it will return 20,000 mana.
- A visual indicator or alarm can help to remind you to Innervate. See the Power Auras section for more information.
- You can maximise your Innervate returns by lining up Innervate with manapool-boosting procs and items such as Power Torrent, Synapse Springs, Intellect trinkets, Lightweave Embroidery etc, as well as buffs from your party, such as Hymn of Hope.