Community Spotlight: Holding out for a Healer (Machinima)

One of my favorite things about returning to the world of Azeroth has often been catching up on and discovering new, amazing machinima, machinima like Holding out for a Healer a collaborative effort between Kruithne (Song/Machinima), Sharm (Vocals/Mixing), and Letomi (Choir Vocals). Give it a listen and, since you will undboutedly love it as much as I do, give it a download so you can regale your coworkers and guildmates with a ballad of your restorative superiority.

Leveling Restoration in Legion

Shaikov of Garona (US) writes:

Hey there, I was just wondering how you leveled your Resto Druid in Legion. I feel like a lot of people say choosing a DPS spec is totally viable because of the way artifacts work but at the same time it kind of [frustrates me] to keep on changing between raids/dungeons and [World Quests]. What do you recommend?

Although I leveled as Restoration all the way through Wrath of the Lich King, once Blizzard introduced zero-cost talent respecs, I have been less dogmatic about avoiding at least one of our other two (now three) talent specializations. I recognize that my DPS as a Balance-specced Druid is abysmal, but it is still an improvement over that of my Restoration specialization, so I generally elect to make the switch when engaging in World Quests. However, I think it is totally viable to level exclusively Restoration, especially with the heroics (and a not insubstantial amount of showboating) of our Legion bodyguard, Broll Bearmantle. Simply set him as your focus and ensure your healing macros are set up to preferentially heal your focus if one exists (and can be helped). Something like this:

/use [@mouseover,help][@target,help][@focus,help][@player] Rejuvenation

Likewise, you can set your harmful spell macros to preferentially target your focus’s target, assuming you don’t already have something else targeted yourself. This can be useful when fighting multiple mobs. Something like this:

/use [@target,harm,nodead][@focustarget,harm,nodead][@targettarget,harm,nodead][@target] Sunfire

Note that the [nodead] modifier helps to ensure you’re not happily nuking away at a corpse. The final [@target] modifier may seem redundant but ensures that your spell displays the correct icon, even if you don’t have an enemy targeted.

Raid Advice: Innervate, a Raid Cooldown

Innervate, a Raid Cooldown
Innervate, a Raid Cooldown
Raphael of Raid Advice wrote a great article about how to best leverage Innervate within a raid. Topics covered include:

  • Talents to augment Innervate
  • When to use Innervate
  • Prioritizing who should be given Innervate (with maths!)
  • A Weak Aura for healers (Druid and non-Druid alike) to know when they’re benefiting from the spell

Credit to the very talented wrathofkublakhan for first mentioning it on one of my favorite blogs, Coffee Cakes and Crits.

Frenone’s G’Hanir Wallpaper

Frenone has released a pair of gorgeous wallpapers featuring the Restoration Druid artifact G’Hanir. The first is available at higher resolutions suitable for use as a wallpaper for just a $3 Patreon subscription. The second, “nightmare” variation featuring the Crest of Carnage skin is available at the $5-subscription level (which also includes the base version). Don’t know what Patreon is? (I didn’t.) From their help documentation:

What is Patreon

For patrons, Patreon is a way to join your favorite creator’s community and pay them for making the stuff you love. Instead of literally throwing money at your screen (trust us, that doesn’t work), you can now pay a few bucks per month or per post that a creator makes. For example, if you pay $2 per video, and the creator releases 3 videos in February, then your card gets charged a total of $6 that month. This means the creator gets paid regularly (every time she releases something new), and you become a bonafide, real-life patron of the arts. More…

G'Hanir by Frenone
G’Hanir by Frenone
G'Hanir (Nightmare Version)
G’Hanir (Nightmare Version) by Frenone