“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Our mushroom spell is a stand-out because of it’s very visual presence on the stage. The Druid Healer can and should take part in a leadership role by casting the mushroom before the pull; dungeon or raid.
Dropping your mushroom early shows the tank and melee where to take the pull, usually encouraging line of sight pulls or avoiding pathing mobs. It also signals readiness-to-play which is a big factor. Too often it feels like some players have gotten lost in their noodles along the way, but not you!
During Pandaria, the raid design was very often “everyone stack and take a big pounding” and we had a mushroom to deal the damage by being able to pump up the mushroom and then detonate it for big heals. That stacking mechanic is not as common now.
In Battle for Azeroth, we have an azerite trait that is not as powerful but does have a detonate on demand: Fungal Essence. This will be an optional choice and we’ll have to see if our raids or dungeons have a “stack and share” mechanic.
We’ll learn or do our homework prior which encounters have stacking mechanics. If they do, then we’ll choose Spring Blossoms to jack up the through-put healing of the mushroom. If we are scattered and on the run then we might choose Stonebark for the tank or Inner Peace for more Tranquilities; handy when everyone is spread out.
NB: I end up saving my ammo. Using spells talents like Inner Peace or Flourish for big cooldown heals; either you have to know exactly when to use them or you end up saving them and really not using them or you blow through them off cooldown to jack up your numbers on the meters. In raiding progression, there might be assigned healing cooldowns but that is usually for a brief time while everyone learns the fight to avoid damage or until we gear out of the damage.
Almost all spells, it seems, on Wowhead have a WeakAuras Export. The Weak Auras addon is a “reminder tool”, usually a bar or symbol to tell you that a certain spell is ready to use. Players tend to pack those reminder symbols tight around their characters. When we’ve played in the current expansion, Legion, Blizzard duplicated a common aura of health and mana by placing those bars right under your character.
This export function is terrific and, again, almost any spell that you might want a reminder on with it’s readiness.