Hey guys, looking for a little input from the wider WoW community.
I'm the GM of a closeknit semi-casual guild who are currently reviewing roles for the next tier of raiding, with a number of our players wanting to change their toons up a little (Tanks sick of tanking, healers wanting to try DPS, that kind of thing).
We always clear normals before theyre nerfed and move into heroics in the last third of tiers however being fairly casual we don't always get to raid every raid night each week. Progression however is first and foremost in our minds.
I've offered to go healer (from DPS) to allow for these players to play the toons they want, as I've always played an alt healer so have a little experience at least with healing compared to our other options.
This is fine, however I'm having trouble deciding between a druid and a monk to fill this role.
A little about our group makeup and factors:
With the changes going through our setup will be:
DK tank (May change to pally, is unsure yet)
Very Experienced healer Priest (both specs)
Shaman (Enhance/3rd healer)
Hunter (former tank)
Shaman (Ele, probably changing to DK DPS)
Now the first thing to note is the amount of doubles we have in classes (Priest, Shammy currently which will change to DK, and Monk), this should not be too much of an issue in regard to buffs, as according to Raidcomp we have everything covered.
Shared loot is another issue, but we're a pretty friendly group that will often pass on gear to lesser geared people and our EPGP system is fair and well monitored.
If I am to play the monk (which I have played more of RECENTLY) there will be a token make up of 5-3-2 which is less than ideal, if i play a druid it will be 4-3-3 which is better.
There seems to be a lot of worry from Mistweavers that they are going to be weaker in the next tier compared to other healer classes based on the adjustments that have been made so far (whether or not these are well founded are another issue), whereas druids are getting some pretty hefty buffs and QOL changes.
Monks have some really nice mobility and are a little bit different to play than the traditional healer triangle of heals with Revival being a nice "Oh crap" button (before the 30% nerf anyway), a decentish tank cooldown and a few niche spells like zen meditation and transference which can be extremely nice on certain fights. But lacks a mana efficient 'medium' heal to top people up quickly (however a spammable high cost flash heal is present)
Ilvl of the toons is Monk: 505 vs Druid 501 so lets call this point negligible.
Whichever I enjoy playing more is not an option either as I enjoy playing them equally, and would be happy to play either.
Pretty much looking for some input from experienced people as to where they see these 2 healer classes being at in 5.4 and the synergy that they will have with a Priest main healer and Shammy off healer, which do you think would be a better fit for a ten man? Why?
I need to make this decision pretty quickly so we can look at pumping some experience and gear into the character (i've been healing normals on the monk the last fortnight) and have it ready for the new tier whenever that may be so any legitimate advice is appreciated.
If theres any more info you need don't hesitate to ask, and if I can provide it I will.
Thanks in advance! DarkPhoenix