The obvious benefit of catweaving (i.e., using Feral Affinity to deal damage as a resto druid) is that you can put out substantially more damage than you can with either Affinità del Guardiano Ferino
or Affinità dell'Equilibrio
. If a fight doesn't require much healing or your group is very good at avoiding damage, you can spend your time adding meaningful DPS to a fight instead of sitting on your thumb.
There are sacrifices to be made, however. The first is that you have to take Affinità dell'Aggressore Ferino
over Affinità del Guardiano Ferino
is mostly worthless for M+). Affinità del Guardiano Ferino
gives you a 6% reduction in damage taken and Rigenerazione Furiosa
which is a great tool for healing damage done to you. There are certain dungeons where I feel Affinità del Guardiano Ferino
is required like Boschetto Cuortetro
(Shade of Xavius) or Sale del Valore
). Giving up Affinità del Guardiano Ferino
can be very scary, and a lot of healers won't want to give up that security blanket. There's nothing wrong with that approach, either. If you don't feel like you'd survive without Affinità del Guardiano Ferino
, I certainly wouldn't recommend giving it up.
Another sacrifice is your gearing choices. In order to unlock your full DPS potential as a healer, you'll have to wear damage-oriented legendaries. While catweaving, I'm typically wearing Anello con Sigillo a Occhio di Gatto
(Feral legendary) and Dama Bianca e Figlia Blu
(Balance legendary). Neither of these will contribute a lick to my healing, and LatC will take up a tier slot so that I can't run my usual 4pc t21 and 2pc t19 that I like to heal with. I also run double DPS trinkets like Radice Contorta di Cuorquercia
or Dislocatore di Segnalazione di Terminus
. Trinkets are a powerful source of healing, so giving up those slots for more damage will impact your healing throughput noticeably.
Your stats are also an issue. The best resto druid healing secondaries are haste and mastery, but the best DPS secondaries are crit and versatility. When I'm going all-out on DPS, I try to wear as close to zero mastery as possible. This stat allocation lets me deal a lot of damage but also guarantees that if unexpected damage comes out mid-fight I will have a rough time handling it.
Gearing for catweaving is a spectrum of sorts -- you can keep some healing legendaries or trinkets, or keep your secondaries balanced instead of going full crit/vers. So you can choose how much you want to focus on DPS. But if you're really trying to impact a fight with your catweaving, you will be very weak as a healer.