Meta Gems 4 U!July 25, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Posted in General, Healing, Tanking, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Tags: Mark of the Wild, meta-gems, World of Warcraft
Marked Readers –
I got a nice healing headpiece this week in Uludar – Lifespark Visage. No, it’s probably not ideal (I’m not a big fan of haste on my druid), but since it was replacing a blue (!) hat and we had no clothies wanting it, I rolled and won.
Anyway, as I was reviewing my meta gem options, I figured it would be a good chance to blog about whats out there. If all goes well, I’ll review feral metas as well. Thankfully (or maybe not), there are no plans for new metas in 3.2, so this post will be relevant for a few months at least.
Resto Meta Gems – My criteria for these are metas that have +SP as their main ingrediant. Some may argue that +Crit gems may also apply, but they’re wrong. With that criteria, here’s what we have
- Bracing Earthseige – +25SP and 2% reduced threat
- Ember Skyflare +25SP and + 2% intellect
- Forlorn Skyflare +25 SP and 10% silence duration decrease
- Revitalizing Skyflare 8MP5 and +3% critical healing effect
- Tireless Skyflare +25SP and minor run speed increase
- Trenchant Earthsiege +25SP and 10% stun duration decrease
The Bracing Earthseige is the standard gem for resto druids (and probably most healers). +25SP is expected, and reduced threat is a good thing. But is it always a good thing? I can’t remember the last time I pulled aggro while healing. Well, there was one fight (forget the boss) where preloaded my HoTs on the tank and the boss’ companions turned me (and the other tree in the group) into sawdust in no time flat. And there is a boss or two where the tank spends as much time kiting as they do generating threat, but by and a large, reducing my threat further isn’t a major concern.
The Ember Skyflare is an interesting choice adding 2% Intellect to the 25SP. But Int isn’t a major (resto) druid stat – all it does is give us a larger mana pool and mana is of even less concern to us than threat. Which would also seem to rule out the Revitalizing Skyflare. Resto Druids certainly don’t need more MP5 and we’re not a crit-centered healing class (Blizzard’s efforts to the contrary).
The Forlorn, Tireless, and Trenchant seem to be mainly PvP gems, though a silence or stun duration decrease does have it’s appeals. Resto druids get away with a lot with all our instant cast heals and HoTs. I love the Heigan fight, for example because I don’t really have to worry about Spell Disruption all that much. Yes, I avoid it, but when I see it’s on me, I just shift to renewing my HoTs until it disapates. But we are subject to silence, of course, and stuns. Hmmm, this brings up another question – which bosses have silence or stun attacks? Do you know of a list anywhere? I may put one together if I don’t find one and if there are several, one of these gems may be worthwhile.
Well, those are the six options. Are you as underwhelmed as I am? I will investigate the number of bosses that silence and stun, but I’m guessing they won’t be numerous enough to justify the gems (or else I’d be able to rattle off 3-4 of them by name). So for me, it looks like I’ll be sticking with the Bracing Earthseige. Reduced threat ain’t all that, but it’s better than the alternatives.
Feral Meta Gems – My criteria for these metas are much broader than for my resto gems. Why? Simply because there are many more desirable effects for tanks on the metas – armor boosts, dodge increases, stamina, etc.
- Austere Earthsiege +32 Stamina and +2% armor from items
- Destructive Skyflare +25 Crit rating and 1% spell reflection
- Effulgent Skyflare +32 Stamina and 2% reduction in spell damage taken
- Invigorating Earthsiege +42AP and occasional heal on crits
- Powerful Earthsiege +32 Stamina and 10% reduced stun duration
- Relentless Earthsiege +21 Agi and +3% crit damage
Hmm, I woulda thought there were more. But let’s look at what we have.
The Austere Earthsiege is the standard gem for beaer tanks and it’s easy to see why. Tanks can NEVER have enough stamina or armor. True, armor doesn’t affect magic damage which seems to be all the WOTLK rave these days, but still, HP+Armor=good. The Effulgent Skyflare may give it a run for the money though. Instead of an armor boost, it reduces spell damage taken. As we just discussed, there’s lots of magic and spell damage floating out there that just flits through armor. This is a very good gem indeed. Better than Austere? Maybe.
When Savage Defense came out, I took a look at the Destructive Skyflare and other crit-boosting gems. Then I realized that SD procs as much as possible with my current crit rating (thank you swipe spam!) and so more crit wasn’t needed. As for the spell reflection? Well, if anything, I’d prefer the spell damage reduction of the Effulgent. The Invorgorating Earthsiege would be much more attractive if it boosted Stam instead of AP. And if the occasional heal didn’t have an internal CD. In the comments for this gem, it seems the heal is about 2% of the total (~750-800hp) which wouldn’t be bad if it proc’d frequently, but it seems to have a 45 second CD which makes the heal nearly useless. So skip this one.
When I was stacking agility, the Relentless Earthsiege was my choice. The 3% crit damage boost was a nice bonus and extra threat. Now that agility is being nerfed (along with dodge), it falls way to the back of the pack along with the Powerful Earthsiege. I didn’t take Primal Tenacity
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