Restoration Druid PvP Rotation and Playstyle (Shadowlands / 9.1)

Last updated on Jul 02, 2021 at 11:04 by Mysticall 8 comments

PvP requires you to perform various actions in the course of a duel, match, or battleground: interrupting/silencing enemies, healing your teammates and yourself, defending yourself, keeping yourself alive, etc.. It is a game mode that fully utilises your kit, especially spells that are rarely used in PvE. On this page, we go through all the spells you need to use in PvP as a Restoration Druid, how you should use them, and we explain what your playstyle should be.

This page is part of our Restoration Druid PvP Guide.

1.

Playstyle for Restoration Druids

The main role for a Restoration Druid, besides keeping your team alive, is to always have your HoTs on your teammates and control the enemy team.

Most of the healing for Restoration Druids are instant casts. This makes it easy for you to heal teammates without getting interrupted. Once you have all of your HoTs ticking on your party members, you will only have to leave a pillar to refresh them.

Use Cyclone Icon Cyclone and Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots to control the enemy team. Cyclone should be used on the enemy healer if your team is using offensive cooldowns and trying to get a kill. If you are not, use Cyclone on the DPS you are not focusing to stop damage. If you are playing against melee, Entangling Roots can stop them in their tracks. You also have access to Hibernate Icon Hibernate and Soothe Icon Soothe. Hibernate can be used on Druids that are in animal form or Hunter pets to stop their damage. You can use Soothe to dispel Fury Warrior enrage effects.

1.1.

Before Gates Open

Make sure your team has a strategy for crowd control because you have a large crowd control toolkit and it is important to take advantage of that.

1.2.

The Opener

Healers do not really have an "opener" as such. As a Restoration Druid, you want to do a few things when the gate opens.

  1. Use Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation twice on a teammate that might be the focus for the enemy team.
  2. Use Prowl Icon Prowl to gain Stealth and prevent the enemy team from getting crowd control or starting on you.
  3. Use Cyclone Icon Cyclone or Mighty Bash Icon Mighty Bash on the enemy healer if you are trying to kill a DPS.

The other team is going to try to force your trinket in the opener so they have an advantage later in the game. If you are playing against a Mage, any form you are in will negate their Polymorph Icon Polymorph. If you cannot avoid the incoming crowd control, try to use Ironbark Icon Ironbark on the teammate they are focusing.

A large majority of your healing spells are instant. This will prevent you from being interrupted, so take advantage of this. Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation, Lifebloom Icon Lifebloom, Cenarion Ward Icon Cenarion Ward, and Swiftmend Icon Swiftmend. The only healing spell you will have to cast is Regrowth Icon Regrowth. Use this after using Swiftmend Icon Swiftmend. You will gain the Soul of the Forest Icon Soul of the Forest buff and have a large Regrowth heal.

2.

Healing Techniques

2.1.

Burst Healing

Use this if the enemy team uses their cooldowns to try to kill a teammate.

  1. If you are using Incarnation: Tree of Life Icon Incarnation: Tree of Life:
  2. If Incarnation: Tree of Life Icon Incarnation: Tree of Life is on cooldown or you are not using it:
2.2.

Sustained Damage Healing

Use this to heal sustained damage throughout the fight (damage done when the other team does not have burst cooldowns available).

  1. You never want your HoTs to expire.
  2. Use Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation to maintain Revitalize Icon Revitalize
  3. Use Lifebloom Icon Lifebloom. Do not wait for Lifebloom Icon Lifebloom to expire on its own. If you refresh it with ~4-5 seconds remaining, you will get the bloom heal and refresh it.
  4. Use Swiftmend Icon Swiftmend. This is great instant healing and gives you the Soul of the Forest Icon Soul of the Forest buff.
  5. Use Nature's Swiftness Icon Nature's Swiftness to make your next Regrowth Icon Regrowth instant and cost no Mana. Use this when you have a Soul of the Forest Icon Soul of the Forest buff.
  6. Cast Regrowth Icon Regrowth with the Soul of the Forest Icon Soul of the Forest buff.
  7. Use Overgrowth Icon Overgrowth when the enemy team is swapping to a teammate that does not have HoTs.
  8. Place Efflorescence Icon Efflorescence if your team is stacked, but it does cost quite a bit of Mana. Use this if you have the Mana for it and you will not be repositioning Efflorescence Icon Efflorescence.
  9. Use Cenarion Ward Icon Cenarion Ward. It is important to remember that Cenarion Ward is a HoT and does not have an initial heal, so it is good to use on teammates at high health. It also cannot be purged.
2.3.

Spread Damage Healing

When there is spread damage (a single teammate is not being focused), do the following.

  1. Keep Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation on all teammates.
  2. Use Innervate Icon Innervate if you are not using Incarnation: Tree of Life Icon Incarnation: Tree of Life.
  3. Use Wild Growth Icon Wild Growth, but be careful, it does cost a lot of Mana and should not be used on cooldown.
  4. Use Swiftmend Icon Swiftmend.
  5. Use Nature's Swiftness Icon Nature's Swiftness.
  6. Use Regrowth Icon Regrowth.
  7. Maintain Lifebloom Icon Lifebloom on the teammate taking the most damage.
  8. Place Efflorescence Icon Efflorescence if your team is stacked, but it does cost quite a bit of Mana. Use this if you have the Mana for it and you will not be repositioning Efflorescence Icon Efflorescence.
  9. Use Tranquility Icon Tranquility if needed.
3.

Defensive Techniques

You have several defensive abilities you can use to help keep you and your team alive.

  • Bear Form Icon Bear Form is going to be your main defensive ability. With talents like Guardian Affinity Icon Guardian Affinity to buff it, it becomes even more powerful. If an enemy team is focusing you, be sure to use Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenation, Lifebloom Icon Lifebloom, and Cenarion Ward Icon Cenarion Ward and then sit in Bear Form. Use the ability Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration to get even more health back. It is important to remember that you only get Frenzied Regeneration if you use the Guardian Affinity talent. Without this talent, Bear Form is not as powerful.
  • Thorns Icon Thorns is a PvP talent and should be used versus teams with 2 melee on it. Thorns does a lot of damage and will normally force enemies to swap off of you when it is active. This can be used while in Bear Form.
  • Cyclone Icon Cyclone is a good defensive if the enemy team does not have any interrupts remaining. This stops a player from doing anything, and is especially impactful when an enemy is trying to use their burst cooldowns. If the enemy does have interrupts available, try juking them first.
  • Ursol's Vortex Icon Ursol's Vortex is great when trying to get away from melee DPS. It is also important to remember that it can be used when in other forms. If you are taking heavy damage in Bear Form Icon Bear Form, you can use Ursol's Vortex Icon Ursol's Vortex and Dash Icon Dash away.
  • Use Druid mobility as a defensive. We mentioned earlier that Restoration Druids have great mobility. They have spells like Travel Form Icon Travel Form and Dash Icon Dash to break snares and get away from enemies. Remembering that shifting between forms also breaks roots.

For more information about your talents, please refer to our dedicated guide.

4.

Macros

It is advised to use Macros to use abilities on enemies or allies without having to target them. For this reason, we have a page dedicated to them.

5.

Changelog

  • 02 Jul. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.1.
  • 08 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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