wotlk classic pve balance druid rotation & cooldowns

Balance Druids have a fairly simple rotation, anchored around our 2 Eclipse procs: Eclipse (Solar) & Eclipse (Lunar).

Rotation

When to use DoTs

Balance Druids have 2 DoT spells: Insect Swarm & Moonfire. They contribute a good bit of damage, but you need to be careful with how you use them.

  • Refresh your DoTs when out of Eclipse. If in Eclipse then use Wrath or Starfire
  • The only time to use Moonfire is when moving. it has been shown to be a DPS loss to use it before lunar
  • Use Insect Swarm right after lunar and keep it up during solar. You may also use it when spamming wrath to proc lunar.
  • The best time to refresh your DoTs & Faerie Fire is when you need to move out of a mechanic (like fire on the ground!) or move to a certain spot. You cannot cast Wrath or Starfire while moving, so this maximizes your damage output.

 

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Devin
Devin
3 months ago
  • “Refresh your DoTs when out of Eclipse.” Yet you also say: “If Eclipse just ended and DoTs are down: refresh Insect Swarm if you just came out of Lunar, and refresh Moonfire if you just came out of Solar.

Now my question is: both dots are down and you left say lunar eclipse. You then refresh Insect Swarm but ignore Moonfire or? It’s unclear to me

Passion
Passion(@passion)
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Reply to  Devin
3 months ago

The idea here would be to refresh Insect Swarm when you leave Lunar, so that you have it up when you enter Solar and don’t need to refresh it during Solar.

The opposite then going for refreshing Moonfire when you leave Solar, so that you have it up when you enter Lunar and don’t need to refresh it during Lunar.

Generally you do want to refresh both outside of Eclipse though, because they are good damage and you want to not waste Eclipse time, but if you are in a burst period, for example you have Bloodlust or trinkets or similar, you want to spend as much of that time in Eclipse as possible and using DoTs takes away from that.

boombill
boombill
3 months ago

Question I’ve got. I always precast my next wrath or starfire. So eclipse will proc while I’m in my next cast. Say I procced lunar eclipse and my next wrath is already starting. Should I finish the wrath and then swap to starfire? Or should I interrupt and go right to starfire?

Boomerkin
Boomerkin(@casualfriendly)
3 months ago

Question;
You are writing ;
“Boomkins experience a bit of an odd transformation, going from a 1-button spec to having one of the most complex rotations of any spec in Wrath.”

But at the rotation section, you are writing
“it’s a fairly simple rotation”

As someone who wants to try Boomkin but are afraid of a complex rotation (I am 34 years old and don’t have the time nor energi to top meters with a complex playstyle.

Are they easy or hard? And if you know – are shadow priest better dmg and more easily?

boomboomkin
boomboomkin
2 months ago

Question:
If I were to skip Moonfire & Insect swarm completely in the rotation (Only use them while moving instead), approximately how large DPS-loss are we talking about? The dots seem like the most complex and boring part of the rotation and I would love skipping them if it doesnt make me completely worthless in raids.

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