There is currently some discussion going on over in the Resto Druid Thread over at EJ regarding the current benefits being offered by Living Spirit for those that are progressed into T10 raiding content and are sitting at 1000+ base spirit in their current gear and utilizing a Celestial Focus build. The thought is that dropping two points in Living Spirita, a talent that has long been considered “cookie cutter”, at this level of gear to pick up two points in Empowered Touch is a larger benefit to your overall throughput as a healer.
Interesting, no? Well, I thought so! So let’s take a look at it and see what we think, shall we?
In the interest of not making anyone’s head explode with numbers (most of all mine!) we will assume that you are a druid with 1000 spirit before any buffs/talents. Nice, round, easy to function with number!
Now, there are currently two talents in the resto tree that are directly affected by spirit, the afore mentioned living spirit and Improved Tree of Life. Living Spirit increases your total spirit by 5/10/15% while Improved Tree of Life increases your healing spell power by 5/10/15% of your spirit while in Tree of Life form.
Let’s start by working out what these two talents do for us, both individually and combined (remember we are assuming 1000 base spirit):
- 3/3 Living Spirit will increase our spirit by 150.
- 2/3 Living Spirit will increase our spirit by 100.
- 1/3 Living Spirit will increase our spirit by 50.
Improved Tree of Life
- 3/3 Imp ToL will increase our healing power by 150
- 2/3 Imp ToL will increase our healing power by 100
- 1/3 Imp ToL will increase our healing power by 50.
We are going to now assume that you will always take 3/3 Imp ToL. Let’s take a look at the effects of Living Spirit in combination with ToL as far as our healing power:
Living Spirit + Imp ToL
- 3/3 Living spirit will grant you a total of 22.5 spell power with the 150 spirit increase from 3/3 Living Spirit; or a total of 172.5 spell power, assuming 1150 spirit.
- 2/3 Living Spirit will grant you a total of 15 spell power with the 100 spirit increase from 2/3 Living Spirit; or a total of 165 spell power, assuming 1100 spirit.
- 1/3 Living Spirit will grant you a total of 7.5 spell power with the 50 spirit increase from 1/3 Living Spirit, or a total of 157.5 spell power, assuming 1050 spirit.
In addition to the spell power aspect of Living Spirit, your spirit will also have an effect on your mana regen. however, at the current spirit and intellect levels everyone is sitting at in T10 equivalent gear, it is a somewhat minimal effect, but may still be felt in certain mana intensive encounters. You can do the math using the following OOC mana regen calculation: (0.001+SPI*BASE_REGEN[LEVEL]*(INT^0.5))*5. Or…you can trust my math! (Caveat: Attorney’s hire Accountants for a reason!).
In doing so you come up with the following differences in you mana regen (I again assumed 1000 base spirit and assumed 1200 intellect):
- 3/3 Living Spirit (increased spirit by 150) will net you 666 MP5 in this example.
- 1/3 Living Spirit (increased spirit by 50) will net you 608 MP5 in this example.
Therefore, you will loose approximately 58 OOC Regen in making the change. But, keep in mind that this is your OOC regen, which assumes that you will be spending a fair bit of time outside of the 5 second rule, quite unlikely as a druid! Therefore it will have an even smaller effect on your regen when inside of the 5 second rule.
The total effect of the change will be a loss of roughly 15 spell power (unbuffed) and roughly 58 Regen OOC. Again, please note that these numbers are assuming a base spirit level of 1000 and a base intellect level of 1200. The numbers will increase as your stats increase, but the increases will come in small steps, not leaps.
Alright, fair enough, it doesn’t look like you will actually lose very much my dropping those two points from living spirit. But…
What do you gain for picking up Empowered Touch?
This is actually a much trickier question than the first, and it can’t be mathed out quite as easily! Part of the answer is going to revolve around what type of raider you are, and what your assignments are during those raids. However, let’s start with a much simpler dialogue: What exactly does Empowered Touch do?
Well, that’s easy enough! Empowered touch does two things for you: 1) Increases the healing done by your Healing Touch spell by 20/40% of your bonus healing, and 2) Increases the healing done by your Nourish spell by 10/20% of your bonus healing.
This is where it gets a little tricksy, as the benefit that you will receive from Empowered Touch will be directly related to how much you utilize the two affected spells. A 10 man healer will likely find a good chunk of their healing is being made up by Nourish, where as a 25 man raider may only see 3-5% of their healing coming from Nourish. For a 10 man raider, it seems a fairly simple choice. For a minimal loss, you can gain significant power into something that may account for 15-20% of your overall healing.
For a 25 man raider it’s not quite so easy. And that’s the tricksy part, isn’t it? Deciding if a 20% boost to 3-5% of your healing is worth what you are going to give up to get it. And it really is fairly difficult to quantify! In the bigger picture it is likely to increase that 3-5% of your up a percent or two, just from the increased healing.
So, is that increase worth the small spell power and regen decrease?
Personally I’m not 100% certain, but I am leaning towards yes. The amount of spell power that is lost from giving up two points of Living Spirit is minute at this level, and the mana regen affected will likely be minimal. I’m going to change up my spec tonight (and can take my moonkin spec back as a result!), and test it out. I think the make or break point for me on the spec will be how much my mana feels the change. I am suspecting that it will be negligible, but I’m not positive as to that as yet.
What do you think? To downgrade living spirit or not?