By choosing Kyrian, you gain access to Vesper Totem. Vesper Totem is a totem that has 3 charges of offensive and healing bursts that trigger when you cast an offensive or healing spell respectively. These bursts do damage or healing to enemies/allies in the 8 yards around the totem. Recasting the totem allows you to move it which is off the GCD but incurs a short cooldown. Take advantage of moving the totem around to not waste it.
Necrolords gain access to Primordial Wave. This ability allows you to instantly apply a Riptide to an ally and then causes your next Healing Wave to heal all allies with Riptide with a Healing Wave at 60% effectiveness. Note the healing of your cast of Healing Wave has NO IMPACT on the healing of the cloned healing waves created by primordial wave. The cloned Healing Waves are distinct healing events that have their own calculation for how much healing they do. When used with Echo of the Elements and Primal Tide Core legendary, the maximum number of riptides you can have out at a time is 7 without any conduit resets for a Primordial Wave. Primodial Wave is the “hardest” to play properly but still has a manageable skill ceiling to work towards.
Sadly, Night Fae grants the weakest ability, healing wise, Fae Transfusion. This ability is a channeled damaging AoE effect that then stores healing based on how much damage you dealt to be distributed as healing at a later time (your choice up to 20 sec). This healing is not split and can affect up to 4 allies within 8 yards of you. Versatility double dips on this ability since it will boost both the damage and healing. It is unknown whether or not mastery not affecting the healing portion is intended, but as of right now mastery has no effect.
If you decide to go with Venthyr you will gain access to Chain Harvest. This ability does not act like Chain Heal or Chain Lightning in the sense that when you cast it on an ally or enemy the bounces are restricted to a 20 yard range around your first target rather than being unrestricted like our base abilities (see image below). An all around solid choice, it is very easy to play with and low maintenance.
In this section we will provide recommended trees for the start of Shadowlands, while these trees are recommended it does not mean they cannot be changed if your playstyle favors a different choice. Customize your soulbind to how you want to play. Soulbind images are presented in the order you gain access to them through the covenant campaign.
Emeni: PvE (raiding)
Heirmir: PvE (m+)
Niya: PvE (m+)/ PvP
Dreamweaver: PvE (raiding)
Korayn: All content
Theotar: PvE (m+)/PvP
Draven: PvE (raiding)
Choosing your covenant
Feel free to ignore this completely, just wanted to give my idea on what I believe is the optimal covenant for each gameplay loop.