Preservation Evoker Healing Easy Mode — Dragonflight 10.2
On this page, we explain how to easily play Preservation Evoker in World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.
This page is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous subtleties and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.
The Basics of Preservation Evokers
Preservation Evoker has many short cooldown spells, such as Dream Breath and Spiritbloom to provide significant healing every 30 seconds. In general, you will want to be casting these two abilities as much as possible and allowing them to carry difficult healing moments. Outside of this, you can deal damage through Living Flame, Fire Breath and Disintegrate.
Talent Choice for Preservation Evokers
The talent choices selected in the build above aim to maximize both healing and damage output without taking any talents that are a bit more difficult to use and get value out of. Dream Flight is an extremely strong cooldown, and while it may be weaker than Stasis in mythic+, it is much easier to use and you will have an easier time playing with it. It also gives you the flexibility to cast both Echo and Emerald Blossom. If you prefer one or the other, you could opt instead to remove the talent points and go down the middle of the tree through Life-Giver's Flame and Lifeforce Mender.
Stat Choice for Preservation Evokers
Currently, you will want to prioritize secondary stats for the talent choices given above as follows:
For Raid Healing:
- Critical Strike.
- Critical Strike.
Basic Playstyle for Preservation Evokers
In our talent build, we selected the talents that buff both Echo and Emerald Blossom, this gives us the necessary talents to heal effectively, albeit a bit weaker in both Mythic+ and Raiding. With that in mind, we will be casting Echo primarily in Mythic+ and Emerald Blossom primarily in Raid. If you want to optimize for either Mythic+ or Raiding, you should visit the dedicated pages for them, which will contain the most optimal and highest output builds.
- Cast Dream Breath at max rank when dealing with heavy damage.
- Cast Spiritbloom at max rank when dealing with heavy damage.
- Keep Reversion active on your party members.
- Use Echo for minor spot healing and to keep those targets healthy through by using the Echo buff on another spell like Verdant Embrace, Reversion, or Dream Breath.
- Use Verdant Embrace for quick burst single-target healing. Try to use as much as possible and on targets in the most need of large healing.
- Spam Living Flame only if the situation is desperate.
Group or Raid Healing
- Use Verdant Embrace before casting Dream Breath or Living Flame to get the bonus healing increase from Call of Ysera.
- Cast Dream Breath at Rank 1. Empower and cast it as frequently as you can.
- Cast Fire Breath on cooldown to proc Leaping Flames, giving the bonus of your next Living Flame to cast on allies.
- Use Emerald Blossom as damage demands it and prioritize casting it on groups of allies to prevent it from healing only one ally.
- Use Spiritbloom when multiple people need large burst healing.
- Cast Reversion when possible on people with debuffs, the tanks, or anyone likely to take damage soon.
When casting Dream Breath, you would naturally assume that a higher empower means more healing, but this is not the case. This ability always does the same amount of total healing, regardless of empower level. What changes depending on the empower level is how much of that healing is upfront vs. how much comes in the form of a HoT. Higher upfront healing can result in more overhealing, meaning that you will benefit more from the high-duration HoT provided by Rank 1. Rank 2 is a nice balance between upfront healing and the HoT effect that could be good situationally.
Cooldown Usage for Preservation Evokers
As a Preservation Evoker, you have several healing cooldowns. You should use them as we explain below:
- Dream Flight is extremely powerful. This ability will cause you to fly into the air and heal every one of your allies in a line in front of you. This heals for a very high amount, but you need to line the ability up to hit everyone. While it can be difficult to position, the more allies you can hit, the more powerful it will be.
- Rewind is the most reactive healing button that Preservation Evoker has. This ability causes your allies to heal for 50% of the damage they have taken in the last 5 seconds. You can use this ability as soon as your party gets hit by a hard mechanic or something goes wrong in the dungeon that you were not prepared for. Using this ability as much as possible for difficult moments will greatly reduce the overall amount of healing that you need to do during a dungeon.
- Tip the Scales will allow you to cast either Spiritbloom or Dream Breath instantly and at max rank. This can be used similarly to rewind. When you do not expect damage or a mistake happens, using this to instantly cast one of your extremely powerful channel abilities can help you recover from very tough situations.
- Zephyr will allow you to reduce the damage taken from AoE effects by 20% for your entire party. While not every mechanic may fall into this damage reduction, using it for hard-hitting AoE moments will make tough situations much more manageable. Even if you are not sure what will do AoE damage, press the ability and keep it on cooldown to ensure that you are reducing your group's damage intake.
- Preservation Evoker is fairly squishy, and while you do not have great defensive options for this, never forget that Time Dilation can be used on yourself to help reduce your damage taken and keep you alive in moments that would otherwise kill you. While you should not solely use this ability on yourself, as it is equally useful in keeping your party and tank alive, it is an option to consider when times are tough and you find yourself out of defensive cooldowns.
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