Presenting my custom raid macro for anyone who wants to beast heal their way through EP.
Already got some nice parses playing around with it in EP. This was Radiance normal, but a week in heroic also have a few nice parses.
Talents: 3xxxxx3, although preferably you will make use of the ideal optional talents for raiding, such as ToL and Inner Peace/Spring Blossoms depending on the fights. Balance Affinity is great for Behemoth and Radiance encounters as well, whereas Guardian is best for the others.
Very important: In the KHIT_RDRU macro that you will find in your macros pane in wow, after GSE writes the macro to it, make sure you add the following line right under #showtooltip at the top (ie; this will become the second line in the macro):
The full macro should look something like this:
/click [button:2] KHIT_RDRU RightButton; [button:3] KHIT_RDRU MiddleButton; [button:4] KHIT_RDRU Button4; [button:5] KHIT_RDRU Button5; KHIT_RDRU
What this does is enable the macro to perform the same operations on mouseover nameplates as it does on healing unit frames. This is especially handy when you want to target specific players, as for example when you lay down Efflo just before Rejuv spamming those who are in it during an Innervate Bomb. You may not know which players those are when looking at unit frames, but you can see and let the macro bomb sequence apply the hots to them by mouseover. The other great feature of this tweak is that it lets you heal anyone not in your group with the same ease and capacity as in group; you just shift from hovering over unit frames to hovering over players in the world.
What this macro does is very simple, but very efficient. With no modifiers held down it will autocast Rejuvs, and cast Wild Growth at or around cd. To your focus target (more often than not, one of the tanks) it will apply Cenarion Ward, Lifebloom, Rejuvenation in that order, so the cd on CW will determine how often this sequence is cast. You should always have a focus target set (if no one else then focus target yourself). All you need to do is set up another macro, such as the following:
/cast [@focus,help,nodead] Lifebloom
This will allow you to easily shift your focus to someone else on raid frames, and one of the best ways to make use of this is to shift it between the tanks as they swap aggro on a boss. The macro then acts sort of like a druid beacon and will apply Cenarion Ward > Lifebloom > Rejuv to the focus target. Another good way to use this feature is to swap focus to anyone being heavily targeted in an epic bg or brawl scenario. I also add the third line to apply Lifebloom to it, so as to make use of Lifebloom more actively (not wanting to have it off cd if I can help it). The focus target feature of KHIT_RDRU will apply Lifebloom to the focus target only once CW is off cd, so having an interim application of Lifebloom on a new focus target is probably worth it (unless you have mana issues, in which case you may want to leave that line of the macro out, but ideally Lifebloom should always be ticking).
Holding down Alt will cast Efflorescence at cursor, and if you are using ERT (The Ever-Rising Tide) essence as your major, it will also pop its On Use talent (Overcharge Mana) whenever its up. The cd of ERT is 30 sec which is the same length of time an Efflo stays up so they make for an ideal synergy to macro together.
Now for the fun part - the Innervate Bomb sequence. I basically customize Bigwigs to only show timers for raid wide damage events that will need a big healing cd. Usually there are only 1-2 mechanics per fight that require this, although they will repeat throughout the course of the encounter. Bigwigs can be set to give a voice countdown of 10 sec before the event hits, and ticking them to be ‘emphasized’ alerts is even better. The only other alerts I have active are boss abilities that target me specifically. This way you can keep your alerts clear and ramp up your prehots or an Innervate Bomb precisely for when the damage hits. Timing these events is a huge part of what makes druid heals superb for raid content. If you want to similarly customize your alerts, here is a handy guide for which abilities in EP you should be saving cd’s for:
Basically, with Tranq (2-3 min), Innervate Bomb (3 min) and ToL (3 min), druids have 3 separate raid cd’s to apply over the course of a fight, and it then just comes down to managing our cd windows as efficiently as possible. What this also allows for is the bolstering of your other healers’ use of their assigned cd’s. If you are assigned a cd for example, have Tranq up for that, fill another healer’s cd with Innervate Bomb, and a third with ToL, or use ToL for unexpected damage.
The macro will perform a full Innervate Bomb if you apply the following method:
10-12 sec before the mechanic hits, hold down Alt to drop Efflo (if the encounter permits, preferably under tanks and melee, or wherever there is a cluster of players), then hold down Ctrl to initiate the Innervate Bomb. The macro will pop Innervate on you, then Rejuv 7 targets (which you will have to hover over, either in unit frames or over their character), after which it will cast a Wild Growth followed by Flourish to extend all that green goodness. If you blanket the players in your Efflo with the Rejuvs during the Innervate, having popped Overcharge Mana along with the Efflo preceding the bomb, this results in some very beefy numbers! Its like a mini Tranq but better than a Tranq on the specific targets of your Rejuvs. Please note, you will have to hold down Ctrl for the duration of the bomb (until you pop Flourish at the end). Letting go of it before will screw up the timing of the hot extensions you are trying to maximize with a Rejuv blanket > Flourish. The good thing is that you can always be moving for the duration of the bomb sequence, except at the end when you need to stand still for the Wild Growth.
I also recommend putting a Fangs of Intertwined Essence trinket in the bottom slot (14) which the macro will use throughout the duration of the fight, whenever its up. Pair this with Memory of Lucid Dreams minor and you will have more mana to play with overall (and to offset the halt in regen during Overcharge Mana). The macro will also use any On Use trinkets you have in the upper slot (13) when you hold down Alt for Efflo.
A couple more tips: Have a weakaura for Innervate duration like in a bar form so you can time when to stand still for the Wild Growth at the end (you can move fully during the rest of the sequence). Here is the weakaura import string for the one I use:
Also extremely handy is the following weakaura that gives a sound event (sonar ping) every time you apply a Rejuv to someone. Visual icons on healing frames are good enough for most, but Ive found having the sound element is so much better for timing when to move to the next target during Rejuv spams. This is mainly because you can pay attention to mechanics and movement, while not worrying so much about looking at unit frames for who to hot up next (since prehotting is mostly about preparing for damage thats about to come):
A note about Regrowth:
Regrowth can be an important part of our toolkit in raid environments, and although it isnt part of the macro there is no reason you cant be putting out Regrowths on targets requiring spot healing that your other healers arent getting to. I use Vuhdo frames so theres no issue with using Regrowth even with the macro running, but another good option is to toggle the macro off during phases of a fight where not much damage is going out (or at least for a druid, damage that is healable and not being sniped by other classes). So theres nothing stopping you from dropping a few Rampant Growth boosted Regrowths here and there.
A good combo with this macro is to make an oh shit! Tranq macro such as the following:
What this does is allow you to pop an instant Tranq even with the macro firing. You can do similar things with any channelled spell without having to toggle the macro off beforehand. Another useful example:
/use Potion of Replenishment
Final note: To maximise your throughput in a raid environment, you will want to prioritize stacking crit and haste, with a little more crit than haste. For example, aim for about 21-22% crit, 18-20% haste at ilvl 430.