I did initially title this “Double Resto Specs all the way across the sky” but opted against keeping it. Bad internet jokes are bad and should probably be left to rot, even if they do make me laugh.
For the longest time I went back and forth on how I felt about my fellow priests having two healing specs to use for raiding. On one hand I thought the fact that you can slot yourself into two very different healing roles on the same character was fantastic. On the other hand not being able to jump into a DPS role when required (or for fun) was a definite downside.
From what I am reading, Efflorescence was hotfixed on the beta server to heal for only 30% (instead of 60%) of your Swiftmend over 7 seconds. Some numbers that were thrown out, for epic raid geared toons, is something in the ballpark of 550 hp per second for a total of 3850 hp over the duration of the effect. This is a little bit more than one tick of Rejuvenation and approximately 4.8% of a players life total (assuming roughly 80,000 hp). There are going to be fights where Efflorescence (and Living seed for that matter) are going to yield extremely poor results especially with the 50% nerf to its effectiveness.
What does this mean? If there are fights with these two talents yielding very low numbers you are looking at roughly 6 talent points (15% of our total talent point pool) underperforming. Given that we may need to spec into Moonglow (8/2/31) with the other recent mana regen nerfs the need for slimming down our resto tree points is even more paramount. Certain talents like Nature’s Cure and Nature’s Grace might even be sacrifices to shoe horn in the requisite tools. Might our options be something along the lines of one talent spec that has Efflorescence and Living seed, and another talent spec that has Nature’s Grace, Nature’s Cure, Blessing of the Grove or perhaps something in between. Perhaps some fights might allow us to forgo Moonglow and go heavy into Restoration.
I’m not thrilled about the idea of having two specs just to swap 6 or so talent points but it is something I am going to have to consider. Is this something that bothers you? If you’re like me and have enjoyed putting your offspec (be in Moonkin, Feral Tank etc.) to use on a personal or raid level then it is a somewhat unsettling. This is 100% speculation and me musing out loud and not me saying for sure without a doubt we’ll need two Resto specs because that may not end up being the case. This is more me putting that thought out there and seeing how far people would go to tailor their spec to the fight at hand.
Note: this has been bouncing around in my head for quite some time but as always I highly recommend that you check out EJ and other major message boards as it is not a new idea.