Welcome to the Restoration Druid guide written by Konah.
I have played resto druid for over 10 years and thoroughly enjoy the spec. For those looking for a quick answer on how the spec is in 8.3, I would say it still remains very strong in m+ and low to mid tier in raids.
Please note this guide was written before 8.3. I will update it, during the patch, to give the most accurate information.
What has changed
Mastery: Harmony healing bonus reduced by 9%. This is a pretty small nerf, it’s roughly 4% to your m+ healing and 1.5-2% of raid healing.
- Traits - High Noon (Azerite Trait) damage reduced by 34%. Quite a minor nerf, the trait is still good for m+.
- Essences - This is the new system implemented to increase player power (see further into the guide to find out what’s good and what’s not).
- Traits - Two new traits have been added; Loyal to the End which is exceptionally strong for us, when other raid members have it, and Arcane Heart which is a mediocre trait we avoid.
- Improved gems & enchants.