To enhance navigation, we have divided this comprehensive guide into different sections covering various aspects, such as race, talents, gear, and macros. By reading through these sections, you will gain a thorough understanding of the Restoration Druid in PvP in Dragonflight, including its strengths, weaknesses, and how to prepare your character to dominate the arena. In this section, we will focus on the most significant change in Dragonflight – talents. We will discuss both the class and spec trees, as well as the best PvP talents for Restoration Druid in Dragonflight.
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Table of Contents
- Talents Overview
- Class Talents
- Spec Talents
- PvP Talents
Restoration Druid Talents Overview
Due to the extensive revamp of the talent system in Dragonflight, it is essential to cover both the class and spec trees. Each tree contains mandatory and optional talents.
Druid Class Talents
At the top of the tree, the recommended talent is Frenzied Regeneration, which provides efficient defensive coverage. Moving towards the middle, Wild Charge is a valuable choice due to its dynamic mobility options. Additionally, Cyclone is a core ability that significantly contributes to the class as a whole. Playing without Cyclone is rarely advantageous. Mighty Bash is often the default pick since stuns are generally useful, while Incapacitating Roar may be redundant if your team already possesses numerous Incapacitating DRs, which is frequently the case when playing with Mages.
On the other side of the tree, you have two options: Ursol’s Vortex and Mass Entanglement. Mass Entanglement is typically chosen when facing melee cleaves or classes with multiple pets, such as Unholy DKs, Demonology Warlocks, and BM Hunters. However, in most situations, Vortex is the more versatile spell and should be preferred. Lycara’s Teachings is another talent that should be prioritized. It increases your baseline Haste, allowing you to focus more on Mastery, as we will discuss later.
Improved Barkskin and Verdant Heart enhance your durability and are solid, safe choices for every arena game. The talents leading to Bash in Ironfur, Thick Hide, and Matted Fur on the left side of the tree also add to your tankiness, making them favorable selections. In the example build we have provided, we have taken the path leading to Heart of the Wild and Renewal, as these talents provide valuable defensive options. However, it is possible to drop these talents in favor of Protector of the Pack for increased burst damage on Moonfire, which proves useful when dealing with Shaman teams and killing Totems. Additionally, Improved Nature’s Cure is not necessary in every game, unless you are facing a Shaman or Warlock on the enemy team.
Restoration Spec Talents
Towards the top of the tree, we have chosen Nature’s Splendor over Passing Seasons. This decision is primarily due to the slight nerf to Nature’s Swiftness > Regrowth healing in Dragonflight. Having Nature’s Splendor as an additional modifier enhances our emergency healing and makes it feel more potent.
In the middle of the tree, you have the choice between two Tranquility modifiers. Inner Peace is the preferred talent, particularly when facing Monks, as it prevents Ring of Peace from interrupting the Tranquility channel. Alternatively, Dreamstate can be chosen instead of Inner Peace in shorter and more burst-oriented games, but this decision ultimately depends on personal preference. You could also opt to remove this talent entirely and instead invest a point in Regenesis for slightly more sustained healing. Towards the bottom of the tree, we strongly recommend selecting Verdant Infusion. This talent provides not only mana efficiency by automatically extending all HoTs with a single Swiftmend but also facilitates microburst healing by extending Cenarion Ward, significantly improving our healing output.
Further down the tree, we suggest picking Circle of Life and Death, which greatly enhances your HPS but has a higher mana cost due to the need to refresh HoTs more frequently. For this reason, you may choose to replace it with Invigorate for increased burst healing.
Finally, since Lifebloom is a crucial component of our toolkit, we recommend selecting Harmonious Blooming, Photosynthesis, and Budding Leaves. Although Budding Leaves received partial nerfs at the start of Season 1, it remains a viable option in 10.1.
Restoration Druid PvP Talents
Keeper of the Grove is a PvP talent that is absolutely essential, as it effectively transforms Tranquility into Paladin’s Divine Shield, providing an excellent defensive cooldown to avoid fatal damage. Focused Growth is another highly recommended PvP talent that should be used in all matchups. On paper, it is one of the most effective ways to increase your healing output, as it boosts Lifebloom healing with every new application. Additionally, when combined with Undergrowth, it allows you to enhance Lifebloom healing on two targets simultaneously.
In Dragonflight 10.1, Reactive Resin has been redesigned to provide purge protection. When three of your HoTs are removed, the enemy is silenced and rooted. However, this talent is ineffective against Shamans utilizing Greater Purge. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid selecting this talent when facing Shamans who are the only source of purging.
High Winds is an excellent option, especially after receiving buffs in Dragonflight 10.1. It now lasts for 6 seconds, providing a 30% healing and damage reduction. This talent is recommended when you expect to cast Cyclone frequently throughout the match, such as when playing with casters or in 2v2. It pairs well with Precognition, allowing the Druid to fake kicks and ensure CC on enemies. Alternatively, Thorns can be chosen when facing melee opponents, serving as a pseudo-defensive cooldown. We delve into this option further in our defensive course.
Deep Roots can also be selected when playing with Warlocks and Shadow Priests, as it helps immobilize enemy melee, even while under attack.
Master Shapeshifter is an excellent choice in 2v2, thanks to its redesigned functionality. Now, any five-combo finisher provides 5000 mana, preventing you from running out of mana in intense dampening matchups. Additionally, it applies pressure throughout the match by increasing bleed damage.
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