“Science is spectrum analysis: Art is photosynthesis.”
BfA: Resto Druid Photosynthesis
We have a new top tier talent, currently testing on the Beta.
While your Lifebloom is on yourself, your Rejuvenations heal 20% faster.
While your Lifebloom is on an ally, your periodic heals on them have a 5% chance to cause it to bloom.
Also on this tier are two strong choices in Flourish and Germination.
Flourish is getting beefed up by adding two seconds and also folding in our artifact spell from Legion. And, I see, it is now 1.5 minutes instead of 1 minute; moving it from “off cooldown” to “incoming big damage”. This could be important on movement fights because Tranquility is changing back to “stand still to cast”.
As far as I know, Germination isn’t changing.
At a glance, this might be a nice spell on a tank. The tank could have many periodic heals going at once, so it could bloom right along. If tanks are as needful of heals as imagined in BfA, we might like it but the trade off is pretty rough.
In my opinion, the new Photosynthesis talent will be best used on very large raids. Even then Flourish might be the best option. It is tough to get Germination cooking on a lot of raiders.
Germination for mythic plus and dungeons of any kind and small groups.
Flourish for large groups, that 1.5 minute cooldown would have to line up with incoming damage.
Photosynthesis? Maybe in PvP situations where you can’t toss a lot of heals and those with the heals are running out of range. Maybe on a tank with a nasty mythic plus affix.
I never liked Flourish. Clicking it off of cooldown felt tedious but necessary to get the most out of it. I’m a Germination healer, I love it even in the larger raids so having both on the same tier is nice because we’ll have access to Spring Blossoms.
It is very nice to see any changes for the Resto Druid. We’ve “been in a good place” for several expansions with little change and few new things to play with in the game. Let us enjoy taking Photosynthesis for a test drive!