There is currently a semi-raging debate going on in the Restoration Glyphs thread over at EJ regarding the usefulness of the Glyph of Rejuvenation. More specifically, the statement has been made that this is theglyph to use in your third glyph spot if you are working hard modes in Ulduar (with the assumption being made that you were using Glyph of Wild Growth and Glyph of Swiftmend in your other two glyph spots).
Of course, anytime anyone states that “you must do this” it is going to spark some discussion from people who will naturally disagree. Now, I will admit that one of the guys in the thread advocating the rejuv glyph is a little pompous, but if you can get past his elitism he did actually raise some very interesting points.
Interesting enough to get me thinking about the Glyph of Rejuvenation. Interesting enough for me to reglyph last night to see for myself what I thought of it during our first attempts with Heroic: I could say that cache was rare.
Now, to be clear, this is not a general post about Resto glyphs. If you are looking for some discussion on that, there are other people that have more than adequately covered the topic, and I would urge you to check out those resources if you need some guidance on glyphing. This post is specifically dealing with the viability and usefulness of the Glyph of Rejuvenation in a raid setting.
Prior to last night, in addition to the glyph of swiftmend and glyph of wild growth, I was utilizing the glyph of nourish to fill my three major glyph spots. I’ll be honest, nourish makes up so little of my overall healing in a 25 man raid night that I really didn’t think the glyph was worth the spot anymore and had been toying with changing it back to the innervate glyph before this rejuv debate spawned. Generally speaking, the consensus was that the rejuv glyph was thought to be a fairly poor choice of a glyph spot for a raiding druid. This was in large part because the glyph requires your target to be below 50% life for the glyph to do anything, and it was pretty rare for a target in a raid to 1) be that low on life for any period of time, and 2) if your tank was sitting that low for any period of time, there was a bigger problem than a little extra healing from a glyph could do.
So, what has changed to make this potentially a more desireable glyph? The answer is simple. Hard Modes.
What is it about hard modes that would change either of the things you mentioned above that made rejuv a less desirable option for raiders? So far with my experience, hard modes come in a few flavors:
The DPS threshold is so high, that you need to reduce the number of healers you bring to meet the required mark. This means that there are fewer heals going out, thus increasing each healers burden, and increasing the chance that there will frequently be members of the raid that will be at or below 50% life with enough regularity to make the glyph useful.
The constant damage to the raid is increased to such a point that there will regularly be members of the raid that will be at or below 50% life.
A combination of both of the above. (Hodir, the fight I tested the glyph on last night is a good example of this).
We did 7 attempts on Hard Mode Hodir last night, with our last “attempt” being a regular kill (past the 3 minute timer). I think our best attempt for the night was around 30ish% at the 3 minute mark. For this fight we ran 5 healers, although some guilds do it with as few as 3-4. Our group had two holy paladins, one resto shaman, one holy priest and one resto druid. As you know Hodir tosses out a lot of AE raid damage during the fight, and even with 5 healers we still lost people (including the tank a time or two) every pull, and while some of that was a result of people doing boneheaded things, sometimes it was 100% from a lack of heals hitting a raid member at a crucial time.
I used this time last night to give the old Glyph of Rejuvenation a whirl in place of my Glyph of Nourish. In my tests from last night’s 7 attempts with Hodir the glyph accounted for anywhere from 1.6% to 4.6% of my total healing, with the average attempts seeing somewhere around 3% of my healing coming from the glyph. That’s nothing to scoff at! I’ve included our full parses from last night below the snapshots if you would like to look at them.
In those attempts, there were most definitely times where most of the raid hovered in the 50% health range or even lower during frozen blows and the glyph got a chance to work quite a bit and I think was useful. I also almost never cast nourish during the fight, so the loss of the increased heal from nourish was not noticed. In all honesty, the glyph actually provided more healing than I generally output using nourish in any average fight, that is to say that nourish is often less than 3-4% of my overall healing breakdown. While I do think that the glyph provided me with a decent amount of healing, if I was a bigger nourish user my opinion very well may have been different as I may have valued that extra 6% to my nourish over the 3ish% of healing provided by the nourish glyph.
So, the glyph did more healing than your nourish usage? That seems pretty cut and dry! That means that rejuv should be in and nourish out, right?
The choice to glyph rejuv is a bit more complicated than that! Here are a few things to think about if you are considering glyphing rejuv:
Are you doing normal modes or hard modes in Ulduar?
What is your healing assignment? Are you usually assigned to heal the raid or the tank?
What is your healing style? Do you use a lot of rejuvenation?
What are your other glyphing options, and will they do more for you than the rejuv glyph?
For the time being, I am going to stick with the rejuv glyph and continue to monitor my parses for its effectiveness. If it continues to prove worthwhile for me, I will keep it. If I get to the point where I find my nourishes are creeping back into my heals, I may opt to switch back. Or, in the event that some fights favor one, while other fights the other, I may just carry around a stack of each and switch them as needed!
What are your thoughts/experiences with the Glyph of Rejuvenation?