For the Night Fae covenant:
Fae Transfusion seems like it has a fair amount of issues that makes it undesirable. And I’m not talking about a balance perspective.
Fae Transfusion, Chain Harvest, and Vesper Totem all do basically the same thing: aoe damage and heal. Which is fine. But when they all do the same thing, and one of them just feels worse to use that’s an issue.
And Fae Transfusion just feels like the worst to use. Vesper Totem is a drop and forget totem which you can move so you don’t have to worry about targets moving out of the way. Chain harvest is just simply chain lightning/heal combined into one. Simple enough.
But Fae Transfusion is a channel that you have to sit still during, and doesn’t seem to work with spirit walker’s grace for some reason?, and enemies can move out of it. Standing still and channeling is just asking for disaster in near any content because of the possibility of having to get out of the way of mechanics. And that’s something vesper and chain harvest never have to worry about. Having to stop channeling mid cast is a disaster.
And then there’s the variable healing part. Maybe it’s intended to be the strongest pure healing covenant at max targets but for resto shaman in particular, having it heal for different amounts depending on the situation you have to use it seems like a very “this feels bad” situation which the other covenants don’t have.
Finally, while this is more thematic than anything, having a ground effect channel being the covenant ability that hits the fewest targets seems… wrong? Just not what I would expect.
Overall, unless Fae Transfusion gets some quality of life changes such as let you move while channeling it baseline, if in a vacuum you could choose between chain harvest, vesper totem, and Fae Transfusion and they were all equally balanced I do not see many at all taking Fae Transfusion because hard channeling a ground effect spell while you can’t move that has no intrinsic advantage over the others is just going to be frustrating.
As for the variable healing part, Imo, is have fae transfusion actually split damage so it does the same total damage to 1 target as 4 targets. This also could give it a unique niche so it’s not just the 3rd damage+healing fire and forget aoe covenant. Where it could be the single target option.
I’d really, really like to go Night Fae if just because soulshape’s blink is my favorite signature ability. Reminds me of gust of wind but better. But even if Fae Transfusion is balanced on paper I don’t see how I could justify it with how frustrating it will be to use at times.