I recently received an email with some discussion on choosing the right time to move away from Furor and into Genesis. I think that this is a really good discussion point, and as more players start approaching hard mode content and changes in their gear, it’s something that a lot of people are going to start considering. As such, I though it would be beneficial to go ahead and share the response that I provided to the Furor vs. Genesis question with everyone, and not keep it limited to my original reply. And while I have my opinion on it (always!), I also think that it would be interesting to get other perspectives on the topic to provide a larger array of feedback for those debating which spec would be right for them.
What I’m looking at now is when is the right time to back away from Furor and take points in Genesis. I’ve looked at specs from a large variety of druids in HM progression and while a chunk of them are still running 2 points in furor, there are a growing number running 2/3 genesis and some even running 3/3 genesis. … I am curious have you tried the Genesis build yet or have you given it some thought? I’m trying to estimate how much of a lifestyle change it would be to not have that 10% mana boost in favor of throughput.
I am not sure there is a “right” or “wrong” answer as to which is better, as I think that they are both very viable specs. I do think, however, that it’s going to be very player centric and the mileage that you will get from it will vary from player to player. If you are just starting heroics, I would probably discourage a switch away from furor just yet, as you probably don’t have the gear yet that would allow you to compensate for the loss of the extra mana. As your gear increases, your stats will increase, and eventually your gear has the potential to reach a point where you really just don’t need the extra mana. However, the damage ramp-up in every heroic encounter that I’ve done to date requires a significant step up in healing. And I can’t think of a single encounter where I’ve not finished near bone dry, utilizing innervate on cooldown and a mana pot every fight. I’ve not looked, but I would wager that most of the people from EJ that you’ve armoried running a Genesis spec are probably in at least half 372 gear.
I think some of it will also depend on your healing assignment, as well as your healing style. Regardless of what my assignment is, I am a very aggressive healer. The way we work assignments is to say “this is your priority, and anything else you can do without failing your priority you can and should”. So we are pretty loose with them. It works for us. However, because we run our raids with 2-3 resto druids, I am almost always raid healing. Which means that I tend to really burn through mana during burst damage phases in an encounter due to our somewhat limited tools. In my mind I think it’s very tricky to weigh out the value of 4/6% more throughput vs. having the ability to cast more spells. I’m not entirely certain that any equation can be run to quantify a “better” result. I think that if you still run out of mana every encounter, you probably want to stick with Furor. If you are still learning an encounter and aren’t sure what to expect, you probably want to stick with Furor. If you have farm content where you find that you aren’t running dry, you have no need for a potion, and aren’t frantically panicking for your innervate to come off cooldown (you know what I’m talking about!) – try forgoing furor and play with Genesis.
A lot of it, I think, will also depend on the strength of the other healers in your guild and how aggressive you have to be with some of your healing. If you have other really strong healers, and you are all very close to each other output wise, you may have a little more wiggle room to play around with your mana for a pure throughput boost. However, if you are a very strong healer amongst mostly weaker healers I’d definitely ask yourself if you can afford to potentially cast less just to have bigger heals. You may find that the answer for you is “no”, in which case Furor is probably going to be a better choice. But if your other healers are really strong, and you aren’t concerned that you may have to be slightly more conservative in some of your spell options, then Genesis might play out better, even in the early heroic gear stages.
For me, I don’t think I’m quite at a point that I can forgo Furor. I tried a spec without it a few weeks ago, and hated it. I raided with it for a week and I absolutely felt the mana pinch and I felt that my healing was weaker as a result. By the end of most encounters I was so dry that I couldn’t cast. To me, that just wasn’t worth it. Since then I’ve picked up a few pieces of heroic gear and I’ve added a bit more spirit to my stat weightings, but I think I’d still be hesitant to give up Furor just yet. That isn’t to say that maybe after a few more upgrades I wouldn’t try it again, it’s just that I’m already running out of mana in almost every encounter, and I’m worried that would only be exacerbated if I dropped Furor.
I guess, in short, what I’m trying to say is that I think the decision to give up Furor for Genesis is going to be unique to each player. I think probably the closest answer I could give for when it’s “right” to make the change is to say that if you are ending every encounter more than 30% mana, and you are being as aggressive as you can with your healing, it’s probably the time to consider swapping over to Genesis. Until then, it would probably be my recommendation to stay with Furor!