First look at the Resto Druid T16 tier bonuses on the PTR.
- Item – Druid T16 Restoration 2P Bonus (New) Ironbark increases your critical chance by 20% for 12 sec.
- Item – Druid T16 Restoration 4P Bonus (New) Rejuvenation, Lifebloom, and Wild Growth critical heals have a chance to cause all cast time heals for the next 12 sec to cause a Living Seed on the target for 80% of the amount healed.
The T16 resto druid has a great 4pc bonus but the 2 pc bonus is a little meh. Ironbark has definitely been underused by resto druids except for those in the upper end raiding guilds. While the CD is relatively short, sometimes tanks prefer to call for Ironbark, as opposed to leaving it up to the healer’s discretion, so some druids will have problems lining this up with other cooldowns.
The 4pc is going to be particularly strong, especially for those who like to blanket the raid with rejuvs, and healing for 80% of the amount healed can be pretty significant for Lifebloom and Wild Growth.
Because of the 4pc bonus, and because of the crit increase by the 2pc proc, it seems from this intial look as though resto druids will have a greater emphasis on crit rating for T16, so it is probably worthwhile for druids to begin looking at what gear they can pick up from T15 with crit on it. Of course, with Blizzard being Blizzard, the T16 bonuses could change any time while on the PTR.