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    Default Big Newb Question: Synthesis

    Hi, I play a Chloromancer and I don't have synthesis yet as I am not really sure the benefit of it over the other buff (there are 2....)

    I know I'm being 'thick' but I really can't figure it out lol

    Can someone explain the difference in the two buffs , what situations I'd use each in and why synthesis, is this for tank healing? Thats my best guess...whereas the other one is for group?

    Thanks!! (Sorry very newb and believe it or not I get compliments on my healing....but I feel I am not using something I should be)

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    Hi rastaah,

    Chloro, post 1.3 patch, has two different heal modes - AoE and Tank.

    The Tank-healing Chloro spec is a 51 Chloro/15 Warlock/0 Whatever. This is the spec that uses synthesis. As you know, chloros provide healing by doing life damage. The Synthesis buff provides extra healing to the party member who you put Synthesis on when you do life damage. So basically, you apply Synthesis to the Tank so that you're ensuring that the tank is getting as much healing as possible, because if the Tank goes down, so follows everyone else.

    The AoE heal spec is a 36 Chloro/30 Warlock/0 Whatever. This spec does NOT use synthesis, and only uses Lifegiving Veil to help boost the life damage-to-healing for ALL party members.

    You CANNOT use both Synthesis and LGV at the same time. So effectively you're locked into either MT (Main Tank) heals or AoE heals.

    There is never any need to click on the Lifebound Veil, because when you put Synthesis on the Tank it automatically applies LBV. So on my bar I only have Synthesis and LGV.

    Which healing spec you use is up to you - if you spend a lot of time in 5-man instances and do a lot of Tank healing, go with the 51-point spec. If you spend more time in raid situations (10+ ppl) and you're not on MT heal duty, the 36/30 spec is better. If you're short on spec slots (I swear mages need 6, at least) you can use the 51-point spec for both MT and Raid healing, which is what I do, but the 36/30 does much better as a dedicated AoE healer.
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    Thanks very much, this answers my question ! I had a feeling this was the answer but was not sure.

    I am not very high level yet (only 35) but I pvp a LOT and do randoms so I use the AOE one as I join randoms for support heals (not main) and in warfronts its really important my whole team gets heals for the most part.

    I stand in the middle of the fray and just heal away. They ignore me in my rags

    Anyway, thanks so much. I will probably invest in synthesis though once I flesh out my spec the rest of the way !!

    For now its not needed. I probably should have it in my alternate chloro spec just in case though! (I have 2 chloro specs)

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