So before I get to the serious matter at hand I did want to report some numbers I got while messing around on the PTR last night when it finally came back online. If you want to read more about my dilemma and don’t want to slog through numbers please feel free to skip down below.
I decided to spec my character with purely throughput talents such as blessing of the grove when possible and go to work. I believe I had roughly 4K spellpower, 42K mana (No Furor), and something near 23-25% crit…(and yes that is a staff, I have yet to see Heroic Trauma /cry)
Single application: 383 per tick, 576 crit /w Mastery: 422 per tick, 633 crit
Double application: 844 per tick, 1266 crit
Triple application: 1267 per tick, 1900 crit
Don’t have any numbers on the bloom sorry
Direct heal: 1434 No crit, No mastery available
HoT: 2705 per tick, 4057 crit /w Mastery: 2975 per tick, 4463 crit
Direct Heal: 4900, 7350 crit /w Mastery: 6400, 9560 crit
Direct Heal: 5600, 8500 crit /w Mastery: 6100, 9400 crit
Don’t have any numbers on the HoT tick
These numbers varied rather wildly so I’m taking an approximately average
Direct Heal: 14400, 21600 crit /w Mastery: 15800, 23,600 crit
Direct Heal /w Mastery: 8890, 13330 crit
Efflorescence: 1523 per tick, 2284 per tick
My first impressions are actually pretty good. Mastery feels like a fairly significant boost to our output and as you can expect Efflorescence is really good. I have some pictures here to show it in action and the range relative to a toon from a zoomed out point of view. Right now the initial heal from Rejuvenation doesn’t benefit from haste as you’d imagine, or crit or even mastery. This has the unfortunately possibility to not scale very well with our gear but I’m not sure the alternatives to this talent are vastly superior at this point. Efflorescence also doesn’t scale with haste however it will scale with crit and mastery by way of Swiftmend itself healing for more. Take note that Efflorescence is binary, when Swiftmend crits the entirety of Efflorescence will effectively crit increasing all seven ticks by 50%.
The Faction Dilemma, I Need Some Guidance!
So my guild has made a rather serious decision for the coming expansion. The server that we are located on is fairly small, casual, and highly imbalanced in favor of the Alliance. While many of us have been Alliance since our toons were created a majority of the guild decided that it was about time we saw how things were on the other side of the yard. So our guild is going to relocate to another server, one which we are figuring out at the moment, and also switching to Horde.
So, I’m now going to be a giant cow-type person for the first time ever and I am a little curious how it is going to shape up. I’ve been told that I’m giving up the obnoxious shoulder shrug of the male Night Elf for the ever so tasteful butt-scratch of the Male Tauren. I suppose it’s all really the same in the end eh? Aside from the money costs and logistical issues pertaining to faction swapping such as reputation, mounts, and other such perks the big concern I have is actually the lore! Having never played a Horde toon past level 27 I feel almost like I will be a new player and I am slightly nervous about the thought. Having to ask where everything is in the capital cities is embarrassing enough.
So I put this out to you the people of the Internet. I know plenty of you play Horde and love it. Is there anything I should know? What do you love so much about the Horde that you think I will also come to love? Are female taurens less obnoxious than male taurens? What will have changed drastically in the expansion that I won’t really appreciate if I haven’t seen it as it appears in live today. I will gladly take a scenic tour on a Horde toon on the PTR and see any places people would recommend so that I can really notice what has really changed.
As always I appreciate the feedback.
As you can imagine swapping servers and factions is going to alienate some of the members of our guild. There are a handful that have no desire to play Horde and I completely respect that. Of them some genuinely prefer the alliance races (mainly Gnomes) and some actually came to join us from the Horde side of which they were sick of. There are some players who really don’t want to leave our current server whether it is due to the cost of transferring server/faction or whether it is an allegiance to the server itself I do not know. All of these reasons for not coming along are perfectly reasonable and I find no fault with them for it. What it DOES mean however is that we will definitely be needing some new blood once we arrive at our new home. Our officers have officially closed public recruitment as a means to assess the situation leading up to the expansion proper but that does not mean you should quell any interest you may have.
We are a solid progression based guild that has been raiding 3 nights a week through Wrath of the Lich King and has achieved much in the way of heroic boss kills. While we are not top 100 or 300, we certainly take pride in getting up to and working on Heroic Lich King 25 so you would not be disappointed if you are a progression oriented player. Aside from solid players we have a strong and devoted leadership as well as good comraderie among the raiding core. I know this is a shameless plug but if you are genuinely interested in finding a new home for the expansion, looking to swap faction to Horde down the line, and are a confident, self aware player please send an e-mail over to firstname.lastname@example.org in the coming weeks and I will try to get back to you. I’m putting this out here independent of my guild so they would have the final say of course.