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Restoration WotLK Talents and Discussion

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The Resto Shaman wiki is being updated for the Wrath of the Lich King. It draws heavily on posts made in this thread, especially by Pitbuller, Philondra and Durnitol. Daidalos is also a prime contributor. Many sections still need to be written, which won't happen until we reach Level 80 in the expansion. Please post any thoughts or suggestions you have in this thread. You can also find this guide in the Think Tank.

==Latest Changes & Updates==

Last update 11/15/2008

  • Added section on dual wielding as resto
  • Changed format for Totem section (Thanks Philondra)
  • Updated how ELW procs when used with Chain Heal (Thanks Philondra)
  • Added +10 stats to chest to enchant list (Thanks Handyhoof)
  • Corrected Tidal Force to a self-buff (Thanks Handyhoof)
  • Added formula for healing done by Earthliving in Theorycrafting section (thanks Daidalos)
  • Corrected sample talent build of 0-10-51. Should have had 3 points in Ancestral Healing, not Healing Focus. Thanks Vuldunobetra & Philondra.
  • Added sections on Tidal Force and Tidal Waves. Thanks Philondra.
  • Added more details on Tier 7 and 7.5. Thanks again Philondra.
  • Added improved Moonkin Aura and Swift Retribution (8% haste) to haste section. Philondra again :)
  • Corrected to Northrend herbs for the glyphs (not Outland). Thanks Vuldunobetra.
  • Updated for Patch 3.0.3

==To Do==

  • Confirm proc rate and cooldown on [iTEM]Insightful Earthsiege Diamond[/iTEM]
  • Add profession section
  • Anecdotal evidence indicates that Riptide is affected by Tidal Force. Requires further testing.
  • How does the 2T7 bonus affect imp. water shield procs? Is the 10% based on the base or improved?

==Talent Builds==

The most common build for raiding at Level 70 is 0-10-51

No points are put in Ancestral Healing, Healing Way or Ancestral Awakening. No points are put in Healing Focus because Improved Concentration Aura from a paladin is now a raid-wide buff. If additional spell pushback reduction is needed, you can take points out of Ancestral Healing.

You could also use 0-8-53 if you really wanted to put points points in either Ancestral Healing, Healing Way or Ancestral Awakening. However, 0-10-51 is recommended.

<<Examples at Level 80 to go here>>

===Dual Wielding as Resto===

Resto shaman have the ability to dual wield weapons by putting 30 points in the Enhancement tree (0-31-40). This allows us to enchant two weapons with spellpower and apply Earth Living Weapon to both weapons -- nearly doubling our chance to proc ELW. However, we must sacrifice the deeper talents in the Resto tree and give up Earth Shield, Tidal Wave and Riptide. At this point, we do not know if this is a viable spec for raiding at Level 80. If shaman end up spamming Chain Heal 90% of the time, it could be an option.

* Heal Power bonus stacks from dual wielding with ELW

* ELW on both weapons is increased by 30% with 3/3 Elemenal Weapons.

* Earthliving proc does NOT stack. Buff is refreshed.

* With the glyph, proc chance rises to 43.75%

Weapons to use in off-hand:

[iTEM]Librarian's Paper Cutter[/iTEM]

==Major Abilities==

Despite the introduction of several new talents for WotLK, shaman primarily still use Chain Heal in a 25-man raid. Riptide supplements our chain heal spam with an instant heal that can also heal over time. However, priests, druids and paladins all remain superior main-tank healers (at least at Level 70). Shaman will primarily use the new talents of Tidal Wave and Ancestral Awakening in 5-man or 10-man groups where they are more likely to cast Healing Wave and Lesser Healing Wave.

[table] | Level Used |Cast Time|Mana Cost|Avg Heal|Avg Heal|Avg Heal|Avg Heal

| | | |1 target|2 targets|3 targets|4 targets

Chain Heal 5 |70|2.50|533|3826|4374|4666|4811

Chain Heal 7 |80|2.50|793|4150|4861|5234|5420

Healing Wave 12|70|2.50|702|5172

Healing Wave 14|80|2.50|1044|6234

Lesser Healing Wave 7|70|1.50|420|2553

Lesser Healing Wave 9|80|1.50|626|3221|6 charges|8 charges

Earth Shield 3|70|Instant|420|1362|8171|10894

Earth Shield 5|80|Instant|626|1447|8679|11572[/table]

NOTE: 1500 spell power, 5/5 Tidal Focus, 5/5 Purification, 2/2 Improved Chain Heal, 3/3 Improved Shields. No relic or set bonuses.

CREDIT: Daidalos

(Note that Daidalos is still working on his spreadsheet so the numbers here may not match)

===Chain Heal===

Chain Heal is the shaman’s most efficient heal, even when it doesn’t hit all three targets.

[table] |Mana Cost| |Avg Heal| |Healing/mana

Chain Heal 7 (1 jump)|793| |4150| |5.23

Lesser Healing Wave 9|626| |3221| |5.15[/table]

NOTE: With +1500 spell power, talents, no relic

Jumps to 3 targets (or 4 with a glyph available from Northrend herbs). Jumps are based on who is missing the most health (by absolute value). Each jump reduces the healing done by 50%. The jump range of the spell is approximately 10-15 yards. If there are no targets in range below 100% it will not jump. The heal can jump back to the shaman if they have taken damage.

Chain heal can crit on any (or all) of the three jumps. However, the healing done to the next target is based on the non-crit healing done. Crits from chain heal will proc Ancestral Fortitude.

There is a known bug with Chain Heal. If Chain Heal jumps back to you on its first jump (the second heal), it will not jump to a third target. It is sometimes better to target yourself for the first heal to make sure it jumps to two other targets.

Shaman's Fire and Earth Elementals are not considered part of the party/raid/group. Therefore, chain heal will not bounce to Elementals if you first target a raid member for healing. However, if you first target an Elemental, chain heal will bounce to members of the raid

Many trinkets will proc based on a “direct healing spells.†Each jump of chain heal is considered a direct heal. A trinket such as [item]Fel Reaver's Piston[/item] or [item]Eye of Gruul[/item] can proc on any jump of chain heal.

Other trinkets proc based on “each spell cast.†In those cases, the jumps do not count as separate spells. For example, [item]Pendant of the Violet Eye[/item]

Thud00 wrote a custom mod to measure overhealing on a per jump basis. He found overhealing on the initial jump was about 50%, while overhealing on subsequent jumps was about 20%. This makes sense given that multiple healers will often target the same person who has taken damage. The beauty of chain heal is that it instantly jumps to two other people. They often take damage while you were casting so a chain heal or prayer of mending is the first thing to land – resulting in less overhealing on jumps #2 and #3.

===Healing Wave===

This is the largest heal shaman can cast. It takes 2.5 seconds to cast (3.0 seconds without talents). Healing Wave hits for less than the comparable spells of a priest, druid or paladin. One reason is that Shaman have a talent called Healing Way. When Healing Way is stacked on a target 3 times, it boosts Healing Wave by 18%. However, in many fights, it is impractical to maintain 3 stacks of Healing Way on a target due to the encounter requiring multiple tanks.

<<Need table showing shaman spells in comparison to other classes>>

===Lesser Healing Wave===

This is the fastest heal a shaman can cast. However, it is our smallest heal and doesn't stack Healing Way. In a 25-man raid, shaman should use Chain Heal instead. Chain Heal is more expensive (793 mana at Level 80) than LHW (626 mana). However, Chain Heal does more healing to a single target and there is always a chance it will jump to other players.

LHW can be useful in 5-man and 10-man groups to top off a player who is taking little damage.

===Earth Shield===

A shield with 6 charges (8 with talents) that heals the wearer every few seconds while taking damage.

How much healing the Earth Shield does is based on the spellpower at the time it is cast, not when it procs. You can drop Flametongue and use a trinket to supercharge the Earth Shield before a pull. Note that Earth Shields cast on others do not get the benefit of your Purification talent and will heal for 10% less.

The healing (and aggro) is attributed to the person who cast the shield starting in Patch 3.0.2. Each point of damage healed will generate 0.725 threat divided evenly among the mobs present. However, given the new tanking abilities, healers should not be concerned about pulling threat on the pull or during a transition.

All paladins have a passive ability called Spiritual Attunement that restores mana equal to 10% of the healing they receive. Since Patch 2.1.0, they have received mana back from the healing done by Earth Shield (and Prayer of Mending). Each point of mana restored generates 0.5 threat.

===Riptide===

Riptide is a talent that gives shaman their only instant heal (beside's Nature's Swiftness on a 3-minute cooldown). About 57% of the healing is instant and the remaining 43% is a HoT over the next 15 seconds. Riptide has a 6-second cooldown. If you cast Chain Heal on someone with Riptide, it consumes the Riptide and increases your Chain Heal by 25%.

Only a direct Chain Heal will proc Riptide, not the jumps.

Chain Heal from other shaman will not proc your Riptide.

Excellent heal for fights that involve moving around.

===Ancestral Awakening===

Each time you crit with LHW or HW or Riptide, you instantly heal the raid member with the lowest percentage of health within 40 yards for 30% of the amount healed.

===Earth Living Weapon===

Make sure that this buff is always on your weapon. Earth Living Weapon (ELW) can proc off any jump of chain heal and can proc multiple times during the same Chain Heal.

===Tidal Force===

Often used in conjunction with Nature's Swiftness to increase the size of an emergency heal. Both NS and Tidal Force have a 3-minute cooldown.

Using Tidal Force gives you a buff with 3 charges. Each charge increases your chance to crit with lesser healing wave, healing wave and chain heal. Each crit consumes a charge -- including each jump of chain heal. Therefore, it's possible for one chain heal to use all three charges. Tidal Force is best used with Healing Wave or Lesser Healing Wave, as they greatly increase the chance for mana returned via improved water shield, and have a chance to proc ancestral awakening (if applicable).

===Tidal Waves===

Tidal waves has two separate effects: a cast time reduction proc and a passive boost to the coefficients of HW and LHW. The coefficient boost is completely independent of the Tidal Waves proc. Note that as of patch 3.0.3, the proc does not function as a spell haste effect, in that it reduces cast time but not GCD. Therefore, its benefit to LHW is less than what it appears on paper. It is currently unknown if this behavior is intended.

==Glyphs==

At Level 70, you can have 2 major glyphs and 3 minor glyphs.

At Level 80, you can have 3 major glyphs and 3 minor glyphs.

Recommended Major Glyphs for 25-man raids

Use [iTEM]Glyph of Chain Heal [/iTEM]and then chose any glyph listed below:

[iTEM]Glyph of Earthliving Weapon[/iTEM]

[iTEM]Glyph of Water Mastery[/iTEM]

[iTEM]Glyph of Healing Stream Totem [/iTEM]

[iTEM]Glyph of Mana Tide Totem[/iTEM]

Major Glyphs for soloing, 5-man and 10-man groups

[iTEM]Glyph of Lesser Healing Wave [/iTEM]

[iTEM]Glyph of Healing Wave[/iTEM]

Recommended Minor Glyphs

Choose [iTEM]Glyph of Water Shield [/iTEM] and then any of the ones below. Besides Water Shield, the rest will not affect healing in instances.

[iTEM]Glyph of Water Breathing [/iTEM]

[iTEM]Glyph of Water Walking [/iTEM]

[iTEM]Glyph of Ghost Wolf [/iTEM]

[iTEM]Glyph of Astral Recall[/iTEM]

[iTEM]Glyph of Renewed Life[/iTEM]

==Mana==

===Base Mana===

Base Mana is the amount of mana you have before talents, buffs, gear and intellect from your race. The value is dependent only on your class (and level) but not your race. Getting more Intellect from gear will not raise the cost of spells, because it does not raise your base mana pool (it raises your total mana pool).

[table]Level|Base Mana

70| 2958

80 | 4396[/table]

[table]Spell |Base Mana

Chain Heal |19%|

Healing Wave| 25%|

Lesser Healing Wave |15%|

Earth Shield |15%|

Riptide |18%|[/table]

===Water Shield===

This is a tremendous source of mana regeneration. It's important to have it on at all times and refresh it before it expires. Many shaman do not wait until all 3 charges (or 4 charges with glyph) have been used to refresh. When there is a lull in healing, they take that time to put up new charges since they might expire at a time when you can't spare the global cooldown to refresh the shield.

Because it costs no mana to cast, water shield will not trigger the Five Second Rule.

The mod Shaman Friend will alert you when water shield expires. It has an option to give you an audible warning and you can choose several different sounds. It can also report a successful purge, interrupt or grounding to party or raid channel.

===Raid Buffs===

Replenishment: Restores 0.25% of maximum mana per sec for 15 sec. Available from:

  • Survival Hunter's Hunting Party talent
  • Retribution Paladin's Judgements of the Wise talent
  • Shadow Priest's Vampiric Touch talented ability

All three spells affect 10 people in the raid with the lowest mana. They do not stack.

==Totems==

Most totems affect everyone in your raid or party within 30 yards. The following are exceptions and only affect the 5 people in your party:

  • Mana Tide: Restores 24% of a player’s mana over 12 seconds. 5-minute cooldown.
  • Mana Spring: Restores 25 mp5 with talents or 20 mp5 without talents. Prior to Patch 3.0.2 the totem restored 62.5 mp5 with talents or 50 mp5 with no talents.
  • Healing Stream: Amount healing depends on the +spell power of the shaman. Talents boost the amount healed by 25%. A glyph boosts the amount another 20%.
  • Poison and Disease cleansing

Both Healing Stream and Mana Spring stack if there is more than one shaman in a party. Mana Spring did not stack prior to patch 3.0.2.

Mana Spring stacks with the Paladin’s Blessing of Wisdom.

If you have an enhancement shaman in the raid, they should drop Windfury, Strength of Earth and Flametongue. Having 3/3 Enhancing Totems boosts the effect of all three totems. Resto shaman may also need to drop these totems if the raid is spread out to provide additional coverage.

AIR:

1) Windfury Totem if there is no Frost Death Knight or Enhancement Shaman

2) Wrath of Air otherwise

FIRE:

1) Flametongue Totem if there is no Enhancement Shaman, Elemental Shaman, or Demonology Warlock (discipline priests tend not to take Improved Divine Spirit)

2) Searing Totem if you can spare the GCD and there is no danger of grabbing aggro on phase transitions or aggoing other mobs.

EARTH:

1) Strength of Earth Totem if there is no Enhancement shaman. Death Knights have a similar buff called Horn of Winter, but it lasts only 2 minutes and requires a modest runic power committment to keep up.

2) Stoneskin Totem unless there is a paladin keeping up devotion aura.

WATER:

1) Mana or Health

2) Poison or Disease cleansing if needed

==Gems==

Gems can be a major investment. It's ok to use green-quality gems as you level up and gear up. However, never leave a socket empty. Always put some gem in it.

===Meta Gems===

Secondary colors (purple, orange, green) count for BOTH primary colors. It has not yet been determined which gem is the best choice for raid healing at Level 80.

LIKELY CONTENDERS

[iTEM]Ember Skyflare Diamond[/iTEM]

-- Requires at least 3 red gems

-- 25 spell power and +2% Intellect

[iTEM]Revitalizing Skyflare Diamond[/iTEM]

-- Requires at least 2 red gems

-- + 8 mp5 and +3% increased critical healing effect

[iTEM]Insightful Earthsiege Diamond[/iTEM]

-- Requires 1 red, 1 blue and 1 yellow gem

-- +21 Intellect and chance on spellcast to restore mana

-- Wowhead lists a 2% chance to proc. However, it also lists 2% for [iTEM]Insightful Earthstorm Diamond [/iTEM]and the actual proc rate for IED was 5% (or 3.85% if you took the hidden 15-second cooldown into account).

-- 600 mana restored

-- Unknown if there is a cooldown but likely since it is modeled after the [iTEM]Insightful Earthstorm Diamond[/iTEM], which had a 15-second cooldown.

NOT RECOMMENDED

[iTEM]Tireless Skyflare Diamond[/iTEM]

-- Requires 1 red, 1 blue and 1 yellow gem

-- 25 spellpower and minor run speed increase

[iTEM]Beaming Earthsiege Diamond[/iTEM]

-- Requires 2 blue, 1 red gem

-- 21 critical strike rating and +2% mana

NOTE: Shaman gain far more from +2% to Intellect in the form of additional spell power and crit chance

==Enchants==

Most of the enchants below should look familiar -- only with more powerful stats for WotLK. There are several new enchants for cloaks. Since we do not know yet how to value various stats in WotLK, any enchant that might be useful is listed.

Weapon: Mighty Spellpower +63

Shield: Mighty Stamina +35

Greater Intellect +25

Head: [iTEM]Arcanum of Blissful Mending [/iTEM](+30 spell power and 8 mp5) Requires The Wyrmrest Accord - Revered

[iTEM]Arcanum of Burning Mysteries [/iTEM](+30 spell power and 20 critical strike rating) Requires Kirin Tor - Revered

Shoulders:

Master's Inscription of the Crag (+61 spell power and 6 mp5) Requires Inscription

Master's Inscription of the Storm (+61 spell power and 15 critical strike rating) Requires Inscription

[iTEM]Greater Inscription of the Crag[/iTEM] (+24 spellpower and 6 mp5) Requires The Sons of Hodir - Exalted

[iTEM]Greater Inscription of the Storm[/iTEM] (+24 spellpower and 15 critical strike rating) Requires The Sons of Hodir - Exalted

[iTEM]Lesser Inscription of the Crag[/iTEM] (+18 spellpower and 4 mp5) Requires The Sons of Hodir - Honored

[iTEM]Lesser Inscription of the Storm[/iTEM] (+18 spell power and 10 critical strike rating) Requires The Sons of Hodir - Honored

Back: Greater Speed +23 haste rating

Darkglow Embroidery - Chance on spell cast to restore 300 mana (Requires Tailoring)

Chest: Greater Mana Restoration 8 mp5

Powerful Stats +10 to stats

Wrist: Exceptional Intellect +16

Superior Spell Power +30

Fur Lining - Spell Power +67 (Requires Leatherworking)

Fur Lining - Stamina +90 (Requires Leatherworking)

Gloves: Exceptional Spellpower +28

Legs: [iTEM]Sapphire Spellthread [/iTEM]+50 spellpower and +30 stamina

Master's Spellthread +50 spellpower and +30 stamina (Requires Tailoring). Basically a cheaper version of the epic thread for the tailor.

[iTEM]Azure Spellthread [/iTEM]+35 spellpower and +20 stamina (identical to the current [iTEM]Runic Spellthread[/iTEM])

Feet: Greater Vitality (+6mp5 and +6 health per 5 seconds)

Tuskarr's Vitality +15 stamina and minor run speed

*Rings: Greater Spellpower +19

*Ring enchants are only available to enchanters.

==Selecting Gear==

No Stat weights are currently available. Values will be posted when they are determined for Level 80.

Although no stat weights are currently available, many shaman will probably be stacking Intellect (at least for early content through 25-man Naxx)

1) Ancestral Knowledge (AK) now affects Intellect so each point of Intellect is really 1.1

2) Shaman now have talents that boost crits or proc on crits

3) Nature's Blessing converts up to 15% of your Intellect into Spellpower

4) Mana restored from Mana Tide is based on your maximum mana

5) Replenishment is based on your maximum mana

10 Intellect = 6 mp5 if you have a 5-minute fight with Mana Tide and 100% uptime from Replenishment.

Int is 0.6mp5

Int is 0.33crit rating.

Int is 0.18spell power.

CREDIT: Pitbuller

The Healing Equivalency Points (HEP) assigns weights, or scores, to each stat point. These HEP values can then be used in your own spreadsheet or by programs such as LootRank and Thottbot to score items. To display these values in-game, try a mod such as Pawn or Enhancer.

Do not use armor values when comparing shields. Due to the large amount of armor on these items, it skews the results. Stat weights if you have Blessing of Kings are in parenthesis.

Shaman are encouraged to customize their own stat weights. Treat the values below as a starting point, not the final answer on how to rank gear. These numbers were not carved into stone tablets on Mount Sinai. Intellect value with kings given in parenthesis.

Tier 7 = Earthshatter Regalia (Naxx 10-man)

Tier 7.5 = Earthshatter Regalia (Naxx 25-man)

Tier 8 = Lost Protector

Tier 9 =

NOTE: You can mix and match the 10- and 25-man Tier 7 pieces to get the set bonuses

[table=head, sort] |T7|T7.5|T8

Stamina|0.00|0.00|0.00

Intellect|0.00 (0.0)|0.00 (0.00)|0.00 (0.00)

Spell Power|0.0|0.0|0.0

Spell Crit|0.00|0.00|0.00|

Mp5|0.0|0.0|0.0

Spell Haste|0.0|0.00|0.0

Armor|0.01|0.00|0.00

[/table]

===Set bonuses===

Tier 7 (Earthshatter Regalia-10):

2-piece bonus: Your Water Shield is 10% stronger.

4-piece bonus: Increases the healing done by your Chain Heal and Healing Wave by 5%.

Tier 7.5 (Earthshatter Regalia-25): :

2-piece bonus: Your Water Shield is 10% stronger.

4-piece bonus: Increases the healing done by your Chain Heal and Healing Wave by 5%.

Tier 8 (xxxxx):

====How long can I wear Tier 6?====

It will depend on the value of mp5 in the expansion. You will only want to wear two pieces to reduce the cost of Chain Heal. Level 70 gear will have far less stamina, intellect, crit and spell power than Level 80 gear.

Here's a table looking at the mana saved with various amounts of haste if you spam Chain Heal for 1 minute.

Chain Heal at Level 80 will cost 835 mana or 793 with talents. Two pieces of Tier 6 + talents reduces the cost to 709 mana (saving 84 mana per cast)

[table]Cast Time |Mp5 Saved

2.5 | 168 mp5

2.4 | 175 mp5

2.3 | 182 mp5

2.2 | 191 mp5

2.1 | 200 mp5

2.0 | 210 mp5

1.9 | 221 mp5

1.8 | 233 mp5 [/table]

====Using three pieces of Tier 2?====

Tier 2 was significantly nerfed in Patch 2.4.2. Instead of increasing the amount healed by Chain Heal to targets beyond the first by 30%, it is now 5%. Therefore, it is no longer advantageous to use Tier 2 for healing in BC or WotLK.

===Average stats for Naxx through Icecrown Citadel===

All stats are unbuffed

[table] |Naxx 10|Naxx 25|Tier 8|Tier 9|Tier 10

Health|000-000|000-000|000-000|000-000|000+

Mana|000-000|000-000|000-000|000-000|0000+

Mp5*|000-000|000-000|000-000|000-000|000-000

Spell Power|000-000|000-000|000-000|000-000|000-000

Haste|0|0|0|0|0[/table]

* While casting

===Best in Slot===

  • Head:
  • Neck 1)
  • Neck 2)
  • Shoulders:
  • Back 1)
  • Back 2)
  • Chest 1)
  • Chest 2)
  • Bracers:
  • Gloves 1)
  • Gloves 2)
  • Gloves 3)
  • Belt:
  • Legs
  • Legs 2)
  • Feet:
  • Ring 1:
  • Ring 1:
  • Ring 2:
  • Weapon:
  • Off-hand:
  • Off-hand:
  • Trinket 1:
  • Trinket 2:
  • Trinket 2:
  • Relic:

===Relics===

Relics go in the same slot as a bow or throwing weapon. They either make spells cheaper to cast or make them do more healing or damage. They also allow you to leave your four totems in the bank starting with Patch 3.0.2. However, you cannot destroy these totems.

Like weapons, relics can be switched in combat. However, it will trigger a 1.5-second global cooldown (in addition to interrupting any spell you were casting).

Patch 2.4.3 eliminated relic swapping via macros due to the following change:

* Equipping an item will now cancel any spell cast currently in progress.

In general, use the [iTEM]Totem of Healing Rains[/iTEM] if mana is not an issue. Otherwise use [iTEM]Totem of Living Water[/iTEM].

[item]Totem of the Thunderhead[/item] Your water shield will not continue to get a boost if you switch to another relic after casting it.

===Trinkets===

How to calculate the value of on-use trinkets:

Take the amount of additional healing and multiple by the duration of the buff. Then divide by the cooldown. Let’s use [item]Essence of the Martyr[/item] as an example

158*20/120 = 26.3 spellpower

To ensure you use on-use trinkets every time the cooldown is available, you can create a macro to use them each time you cast Earth Shield, Chain Heal or another spell.

Trinkets below are listed in no particular order.

Mercurial Alchemist Stone

Requires Alchemy (400)

Equip: Improves haste rating by 50 (2.26% @ L75).

Equip: Increases spell power by 59.

Equip: Increases the effect that healing and mana potions have on the wearer by 40%. This effect does not stack.

==Spell Haste==

Wearing gear with spell haste can be beneficial any time you're not going OOM in a fight. By wearing gear with spell haste, we can cast spells faster, boosting our overall healing done for a fight – and potentially have heals landing faster to prevent deaths.

In most raids, you will have a total of 8% haste before gear: 5% from Wrath of Air Totem

3% from Improved Moonkin aura (balance druids) or Swift Retribution (retribution paladin)

1% haste means you will cast 1 additional spell in the time it would normally take to cast 100 spells. You do NOT cast 1% faster.

1% Spell Haste = 15.76 Haste Rating at Level 70

               = 32.78 Haste Rating at Level 80
Haste Need to Reduce Chain Heal Cast Time at Level 80 2.4 seconds = 137 haste rating 2.3 seconds = 286 haste rating 2.2 seconds = 447 haste rating 2.1 seconds = 625 haste rating 2.0 seconds = 820 haste rating 1.9 seconds = 1036 haste rating Haste Need to Reduce Chain Heal Cast Time at Level 70 2.4 seconds = 66 haste rating 2.3 seconds = 137 haste rating 2.2 seconds = 215 haste rating 2.1 seconds = 300 haste rating 2.0 seconds = 394 haste rating 1.9 seconds = 498 haste rating Spell Haste is calculated after talents. So if Healing Wave is 3.0 seconds normally and talents reduce it to 2.5 seconds, then 10% haste (157 haste rating) would reduce the cast time to 2.275 seconds. %5CLARGE%5C%21%5Ctext%7B%20New%20Cast%20Time%20%7D%20%3D%20%5Cfrac%7BOldCastTime%7D%20%7B1%20%2B%20%5Cfrac%7BHaste%20Rating%7D%7B3278%7D%7D%5C.gif%5CLARGE%5C%21%5Ctext%7B%20Haste%20Rating%20%7D%20%3D%203278%5Ctimes%20%28%5Cfrac%7BOldCastTime%7D%20%7BNew%20Cast%20Time%7D%20-%201%29.gif *For Level 70, use 1576 instead of 3278 Spell Haste reduces the global cooldown to as little as 1 second. No amount of haste including Bloodlust/Heroism will lower the global cooldown below 1 second. This can be proven using the following UI hook and spamming an instant spell with no cooldown inside and outside of Bloodlust:
/run hooksecurefunc("CooldownFrame_SetTimer", function(_, start, duration, enable) if start > 0 and enable > 0 then DEFAULT_CHAT_FRAME:AddMessage(duration) end end)
For further information: http://elitistjerks.com/f31/t12882-mechanic_primer_-_haste_-_how_works_what_means/ ==Consumables== The best consumables for raiding have not yet been determined. All useful items are listed. FLASKS [iTEM]Flask of Pure Mojo[/iTEM] (38 mp5) [iTEM]Flask of the Frost Wyrm[/iTEM] (125 spellpower) [iTEM]Flask of Distilled Wisdom[/iTEM] -- No new flasks with Intellect so far BATTLE ELIXIRS [iTEM]Elixir of Deadly Strikes[/iTEM] (45 crit rating) [iTEM]Elixir of Lightning Speed [/iTEM](45 haste rating) [iTEM]Spellpower Elixir [/iTEM](58 spellpower) GUARDIAN ELIXIRS [iTEM]Elixir of Mighty Mageblood [/iTEM](25 mp5) [iTEM]Elixir of Mighty Thoughts[/iTEM] (45 Intellect) POTIONS [iTEM]Potion of Speed[/iTEM] (500 haste rating for 15 seconds) [iTEM]Potion of Wild Magic[/iTEM] (60 crit rating and 180 spell power for 15 seconds) [iTEM]Potion of Nightmares [/iTEM](Stuns you for 6 seconds and restores 5400 health and mana) [iTEM]Powerful Rejuvenation Potion[/iTEM] (Restores 2475 to 4125 mana and health) [iTEM]Runic Mana Potion[/iTEM] (4200 to 4400 mana) [iTEM]Exceptional Mana Oil [/iTEM](19 mp5) [iTEM]Exceptional Wizard Oil [/iTEM](56 spellpower) [iTEM]Firecracker Salmon[/iTEM] and [iTEM]Tender Shoveltusk Steak [/iTEM](46 spellpower and 40 stamina) [iTEM]Fish Feast[/iTEM] (46 spellpower, 40 stamina and 80 AP) [iTEM]Imperial Manta Steak[/iTEM] and [iTEM]Very Burnt Worg [/iTEM](40 haste and 40 stamina) [iTEM]Mighty Rhino Dogs[/iTEM] and [iTEM]Spicy Fried Herring [/iTEM](16 mp5 and 40 stamina) [iTEM]Spiced Wyrm Burger[/iTEM] and [iTEM]Spicy Blue Nettlefish [/iTEM](40 crit and 40 stamina) ==Professions== You can raid as a resto shaman with any two professions. Blizzard also tried to balance professions so that they provided approximately equal buffs to attack power, spell power, etc. However, many players enjoy maximizing their healing, DPS and tanking abilities and one way to do so is with professions. You can find a summary of profession perks at WotLK Profession thread. The comparisons below are done with spell power and mp5, although many professions can also be used to boost crit and haste ratings. Black Smithing > Alchemy or Enchanting or Inscription or Leatherworking > Tailoring or Herbalism or Mining or Skinning or Engineering
  • Black smithing will provide the biggest boost to your stats by giving you 2 extra gem sockets. You would gain 46 spell power, 16 mp5, 21 crit rating, or 21 haste rating (assuming epic gems are introduced).
  • Alchemy doubles the duration of flasks and elixirs. The trinket will give a 40% bonus to potions. Alchemy also boosts the effect of flasks and elixirs, which can give you an extra 13 mp5 or 37 spell power.
  • Enchanting gives you an extra 38 spell power (19 spell power per ring).
  • Inscription gives you a shoulder enchant with an extra 37 spell power.
  • Jewelcrafting allows you to use 3 prismatic gems which will give you an extra 27 spell power, 9 mp5, 21 crit or 21 haste rating. It also means that by using the prismatic gems you can meet any meta gem requirement, which could be worth additional stats. The gems are not unique so you can use 3 of one kind.
  • Leatherworking is not as powerful as it was in the Burning Crusades. Drums are not useable at Level 80. You can gain an extra 37 spell power with a bracer enchant.
  • Tailoring gives a chance to restore 300 mana on spell cast.
==Macros== Nature's Swiftness There is no global cooldown when you activate a trinket so it won’t delay your heal. 13=upper slot trinket 14=lower slot trinket
#showtooltip Nature's Swiftness

/stopcasting

/use 13 

/use 14 

/cast Nature's Swiftness

/Cast Tidal Force 

/cast Healing Wave
If you use Clique: change the last line to /cast [target=mouseover] Healing Wave Note: Patch 3.0.3 made Tidal Force useable with Nature's Swiftness Wind Shock & Earth shock This will will stop whatever you are doing and Earth Shock or Wind Shock your focus, no matter what you currently have targeted. If you don't have a focus, it will shock your current target. Very helpful in fights where there are multiple mobs the raid is DPSing. Also, if you focus is dead, it will clear your focus.
/stopcasting

/clearfocus [target=focus,dead]

/cast [target=focus,harm,exists] Earth Shock

/cast Earth Shock
It shocks your target if it’s hostile. If you’re targeting a friendly target (like the main tank), it will shock their target. This macro is helpful in PVP. The first macro can be more helpful for raiding when you only care about interrupting a single target.
/stopcasting 

/cast [harm] Earth Shock; [target=targettarget, harm] Earth Shock
Purge If the person you are targeting is an enemy, it will cast purge. If it's friendly (i.e a person you're healing), it will purge their target.
/cast [harm, nodead] [target=targettarget,harm,nodead] Purge
Cure Poison/Disease There's no way to cast both Cure Poison and Cure Disease with just one key (unless you have the talent for Cleanse). These macros are as close as you can get.
#showtooltip [nomodifier]Cure poison 

#showtooltip [modifier:shift]Cure Disease 

/cast [help,nomodifier] Cure Poison; 

/cast [help,modifier:shift] Cure Disease; 

/cast [target=player,nomodifier] Cure Poison; 

/cast [target=player,modifier:shift] Cure Disease; 
#showtooltip

/castrandom Cure Poison, Cure Disease

NOTE: For mouse-over healing use /castrandom [target=mouseover] Cure Poison, Cure Disease

Also note that random means it won't always pick the spell you need on the first click. It can take several tries to remove the debuff. Using /castsequence will NOT work.

==Notes for Raid Leaders==

Who should I assign the shaman to heal?

Shaman are best at healing multiple targets that are standing near each other. Assign them to heal melee or simply keep the entire raid topped off. In a 25-man raid, you should see their chain heal constantly jumping from player to player. Shaman can heal a single target, such as the main tank. However, this role is better filled by a priest, paladin or druid.

Should I let shaman roll on cloth or leather gear?

Yes. Sometimes a cloth or leather item is better than the available mail items for a slot. This is particularly true if there is no spirit on the cloth or leather gear. If the cloth or leather gear has spirit, it’s probably of more use to a priest or druid. Staves and off-hands are also more beneficial to priests and druids.

In which group should I put a resto shaman?

Now that most totems and buffs are raid wide, there is more flexibility for constructing groups. In general, shaman should be put with other casters who need mana from Mana Spring and Mana Tide (which remain party-only buffs).

==Theorycraft==

===How to Calculate Healing Done by Spells===

Healing Done = [base + (cast time / 3.5) * 1.88 * spell power + relic] * Talent multpliers * GlyphBonus *OtherBonus

OtherBonus includes Healing Way, Tier 6 set bonuses, etc.

Chain Heal = 2.5/3.5 = 0.7143

Healing Wave = 3.0/3.5 = 0.8571

Less Healing Wave = 1.5/3.5 = 0.4286

Earth Shield: Receives 28.6% of your +spell power per charge. The 30% listed at Wowwiki is incorrect.

Healing Stream: Receives 4.4% per tick. Affected by Purification talent. Sites listing 6% are incorrect.

Earth Living Weapon = Since it only procs on heals, it is calculated as a secondary effect:

= [base + (12/15)(5/11) * 1.88 * spell power] * talent multipliers

===How to Calculate Spell Cost===

actual_cost = [ (base_cost - relic) * (1 - sum_of_percentage_modifiers) ]

Percentage Modifers include Tidal Focus (1.05) and the Tier 6 set bonuses

===Downranking===

In Patch 3.0.2, Blizzard made changes in spell cost to prevent downranking. It is now practical to use only the highest rank of each spell. Downranking was using a lower level of a spell to reduce overhealing and improve mana efficiency.

==Useful Links and Addons==

Currently, Blizzard provides no in-game way to manage your totems. And putting 20+ of them on your hot bar is a bad idea.

  • Call of Elements: Kiki WoW Addons :: Index
    Manages totems but not elemental shields or weapon buffs
  • TotemTimers: Displays four timer buttons one for each totem element
  • Totemus: Manages totems, buffs, potions, drink/food and messages
  • Yet Another Totem Addon (YATA)

Some other helpful mods that are available through WowAce or Curse.com

  • Grid (Recommended): Raid UI that can show the health and mana of all players. It also shows incoming heals from other healers using Grid, including HoTs. It also displays debuffs on players that can help you react more quickly to damage in the raid.
  • Clique (Recommended): Mod to cast heals by mousing over a raid frame and clicking. Use it with Grid or another raid UI.
  • Shaman Friend: Audible warnings when an elemental shield or weapon buff expires. Can report a successful purge, interrupt or grounding to party or raid channel.
  • GridStatusChainRule: Indicates which rank of Chain Heal (if any) will be 80% efficient or more on the target. Also colors the frames based on how many Chain Heal jumps are possible from each target (from 0 to 2). All members of a raid must have this add on (but not the entire Grid package) for it to work effectively.
  • Healbot: Functions much like Grid + Clique. However, Grid is recommended for higher-end raiding due to its display of debuffs.

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Cleanse Spirit - Requires Purification - 186 mana - 40 yd range - cleanse the spirit of a friendly target, removing 1 poison effect, 1 disease, and 1 curse effect.

Mana Tide Totem - No change

Nature's Guardian - No change

Blessing of the Eternals (35 points in Restoration) - 2 points - Increases the critical effect chance of your spells by 2%/4% and increases the bonus healing from your Earthliving Weapon by 5%/10%.

Improved Chain Heal - No change

Nature's Blessing - No change

Ancestral Awakening - Requires 40 Points - 3 points - When you critically heal with your healing wave or lesser healing wave, you summon an ancestral spirit to aid you, instantly healing the lowest target within 40yds for 20%/40%/60% of the amount healed.

Earth Shield - No change

Improved Earth Shield - 2 Points - (40 points in resto) - Increases charges by 1/2, and amount healed by 5%/10%

Tidal Waves - 5 points (45 points in resto) - Increases the critical effect chance of your lesser healing wave and healing wave spells by 1%/2%/3%/4%/5% and your healing wave and lesser healing wave spells gain an additional 5%/10%/15%/20%/25% of your bonus healing effects.

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I think it's funny how Elemental Shields (15% more healing on ES (amongst other effects) T1 Enhance) is now almost a must for the Resto specc, how can they place such a great talent there?

My first thoughts about the "new" resto tree is that they're getting alot of critt based single target enhancing talents, where shamans kinda flawed before, in 5 man contents and such, being the 25 man healing GODS that we are today.

This sure helps alot, but I havn't given any deeper thoughts to what this might mean further on, I feel this tree got the most love. 0/3/58 inc?

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It's nice that we'll have the same one-button cleanse ability as paladins. Also looks like they want shamans to have the ability to do more than simply spam chain heal.

EDIT: Here are the top tier of talents in Enhancement, some of which we will probably want to use:

Enhancement:

Enhancing Totems - Moved to Tier 0

Improved Lightning Shield - Moved to Tier 0, increases Earth Shield/Water Shield effect by 5%/10%/15%

Astral Knowledge - Now 3 Points - 2% Intellect Per Point

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Note also that Clearcasting in the elemental tree also procs off of healing wave and lesser healing wave, and gives benefits to all spells.

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Note also that Clearcasting in the elemental tree also procs off of healing wave and lesser healing wave, and gives benefits to all spells.

Do you have the wording for this? I've seen conflicting interpretations.

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Note also that Clearcasting in the elemental tree also procs off of healing wave and lesser healing wave, and gives benefits to all spells.

That change's mainly to keep Elemental shamans as semi-viable spothealers together with the spellpower change I reckon.

Do you have the wording for this? I've seen conflicting interpretations.

The talent said "...Nature damaging spell, Lesser Healing Wave or Healing wave... reduce mana cost of you next 2 frost, fire or nature damaging spell, lesser healing wave or healing wave spells by 40%"

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Between Tidal Focus, Tidal Waves, Ancestral Awakening, Blessing of the Eternals, and Clearcasting, it appears there is a trend towards critical healing becoming a viable alternative to chain heal spam.

Hard to posit too much currently, hopefully when more information or numbers come out we can get a look at how everything will synergize.

Currently, and granted a great deal can change, it is looking like an 11-0-60 build with some emphasis on crit could be a very strong healing build

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I do like the new talents, adding more power to our single target heals would make us more viable tank and 5 / 10 man healers. Though no new talents to effect chain heal worries me slightly. It is really good right now (almost unquestionably the best heal in the game) but will that stay the same? But the ancestral awakening healing the lowest target for 60% of a critical healing wave or lesser healing wave might just take care of that a bit. Not to mention if it works on the target you are already healing, this is even more of a bonus, and if it takes into account healing way... well you get the idea. Also the 25% increase to earth shield between improved earth shield and elemental shields just seems incredible.

And multiple shaman using spirit link.... wonder if it stacks or how it is targeted.

Edit: also the hot from the healing weapon enchant seems interesting.

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The talent said "...Nature damaging spell, Lesser Healing Wave or Healing wave... reduce mana cost of you next 2 frost, fire or nature damaging spell, lesser healing wave or healing wave spells by 40%"

The version up on Yarr! is a bit different:

After landing a critical strike with a Fire, Frost, or Nature damage spell, Lesser Healing Wave or Healing wave, you enter a Clearcasting state. The Clearcasting state reduces the cost of your next 2 damage or healing spells by 40%

The difference being whether Earthshield and Chain Heal can benefit, even though they can't proc it.

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It seems like they're doing everything they can (and overdoing it) to undo the trend of CH spamming, and promote the use of the two other healing spells we've got, however I can't see how you can possibly ignore 15% (that's alot) healing from 3 simple points in Enhancement.

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It seems like they're doing everything they can (and overdoing it) to undo the trend of CH spamming, and promote the use of the two other healing spells we've got, however I can't see how you can possibly ignore 15% (that's alot) healing from 3 simple points in Enhancement.

I'm not sure where you're getting +15% healing. Intellect will be increased by 6%, which means you'll get bonus +healing equal to 0.3 * 0.06 = 1.8% of your intellect from that talent in addition to the extra mana. The Elemental Shields talent will just grant you a little more mana when water shield procs. What am I missing?

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I'm not sure where you're getting +15% healing. Intellect will be increased by 6%, which means you'll get bonus +healing equal to 0.3 * 0.06 = 1.8% of your intellect from that talent in addition to the extra mana. The Elemental Shields talent will just grant you a little more mana when water shield procs. What am I missing?

It also grants 15% more healing by ES. Last time I checked Yarr atleast.

51881 Elemental Shields Rank 3 Increases the damage done by your Lightning Shield orbs by $s1%, increases the amount of mana gained from your Mana Shield orbs by $s2% and increases the amount of healing done by your Earth Shield orbs by $s2%.

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I'm not sure where you're getting +15% healing. Intellect will be increased by 6%, which means you'll get bonus +healing equal to 0.3 * 0.06 = 1.8% of your intellect from that talent in addition to the extra mana. The Elemental Shields talent will just grant you a little more mana when water shield procs. What am I missing?

I think the reference to 15% refers to the bonus healing Earth Shield gets from Improved Lightning Shield.

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I'm not great at teh maths, but here's some number crunching I messed around with. Maybe someone smurter can reapply it with greater accuraccy.

From what it looks like, Pally-style healing will trump CH pretty hard. In particular, gearing for crit will provide big gains: the bonus healing crits give will skyrocket up to +143% of the non-crit value -- nearly 3x more than our current +50%. And crit boosts mana efficiency.

Current: 1% crit = +0.5% boost to healing

WotLK: 1% crit = +1.43% boost to healing and 1.2% less mana spent

Let's compare WotLK to current:

-- (parenthesis) = with 4pc T6; including w/o it is impt b/c WotLK sets wont have the same bonus).

-- [brackets] = with Elemental Focus

I used the current stats of 2200 +heal and 15% crit (goes to 20% in WotLK).

NOTE:

1. Everliving proc will help CH more than LHW and HW IF it procs on heals landing not on the original target. Atm we cannot factor it in without more details.

2. I'm not sure why there is a descrepancy b/w my current numbers and EJs guide to resto sham (calced at 2000 +heal); check my math and see if I made any mistakes. Only thing I know I did differenly was not factor in relics. Regardless, I did all the calcs the same way so the comparison itself should be pretty accurate.

3. I didn't calculate downranked HW and LHW b/c factoring the coeficient penalty is a lot of work. But keep in mind that HW12 is not especially efficient -- so HW would be even more efficient downranked

Current:  

		hpm		hps

CH4+3j:   	11.12 (12.96)  	1836 (1928)

CH4+2j:   	9.53 (11.11)  	1574 (1653)

CH4+1j:   	6.35 (7.41)  	1050 (1102) 

HW12+Hway3:   	8.51  		2328

LHW7:     	5.81  		1620


WotLK:    

		hpm		hps

CH4+3j:   	11.12 (12.96)  	1836 (1928)

CH4+2j:   	9.53 (11.11)  	1574 (1653)

CH4+1j:   	6.35 (7.41)  	1050 (1102) 

HW12+Hway3:	11.43 [14.17]	3127

LHW7:		8.77 [10.87]	2445

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Math:

Factoring in crit:

+5% crit, +2% crit effect, +60% of heal value onto another friendly

+2% crit effect = 52% added crit effect

+60% of heal value onto another friendly = 60% x 152 = 91.2% additional crit affect

total crit effect = 143% on top of the non-crit portion

w/ 20% crit chance, each heal averages +28% more healing (compared to +7.5% now)

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LHW WotLK

Talented cost: 418

Base: 1112

Coefficient: (42.86 + 25% = 67.86%) 67.86% x 2200 = 1493

Purification talent: 110%

(1112 + 1493) 110% = 2865

Non-crit:

hpm = 6.86

hps = 1910

W/ 20% crit:

hpm = 8.77

hps = 2445

LHW Current

Talented cost: 418

Base: 1112

Coefficient: 42.86 x 2200 = 943

Purification talent: 110%

(1112 + 943) 110% = 2260

w/ crit 2430

hpm = 5.81

hps = 1620

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HW WotLK

Talented Cost: 684

Base: 2285

Coefficient: (85.71% + 25% = 110%) 110% x 2200 = 2420

Purification talent: 110%

Healing Way: 118%

(2285 + 2420) 110% x 118% = 6107

Non-crit: 6107

hpm = 8.93

hps = 2442.8

w/ 20% crit: 7817 ave

hpm = 11.43

hps = 3127

HW Current

Talented Cost: 684

Base: 2285

Coefficient: 85.71% x 2200 = 1886

Purification talent: 110%

Healing Way: 118%

(1886 + 2285) x 110% x 118% = 5414

w/ crit 5820

hpm = 8.51

hps = 2328

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Chain Heal:

(Parenthesis = 4pc T6)

Talented Cost: 413 (372)

Base: 648

Coefficient: 71.43% x 2200 = 1571

Purification talent: 110%

(1571 + 648) x 110% = 2441 first jump

w/ crit:

1 jump: 2624 (2755)

2 jumps: 3936 (4133)

3 jumps: 4592 (4822)

hpm hps

1 6.35 (7.41) 1050 (1102)

2 9.53 (11.11) 1574 (1653)

3 11.12 (12.96) 1836 (1928)

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From what i have seen, no one has posted if there are additional ranks of chain heal, there are additional ranks of LHW , HW and earth shield:

* Healing Wave (Rank 13) - 1355 mana, 2624 to 2996 healing.

* Healing Wave (Rank 14) - 1600 mana, 3034 to 3466 healing.

* Lesser Healing Wave (Rank 8) - 805 mana, 1382 to 1578 healing.

* Lesser Healing Wave (Rank 9) - 965 mana, 1606 to 1834 healing.

* Earth Shield (Rank 4) - 860 mana, 300 healing.

* Earth Shield (Rank 5) - 1020 mana, 337 healing.

But no new ranks of chain heal? Anyone able to confirm this?

Given the math above it does seem that Healing Wave will be the new way to go, more towards a paladin healing type.

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It looks like this is to make shamans much more viable in the new 10 mans, but also to allow elemental gear to be much more synchronous with a resto spec. Although we cannot see the gear, its plausible that higher crit/elemental focused gear is going to be better for the 10 man raids, and then a focus on straight healing and mana/5 as it is now will work the best for the 25s because of chain heal.

I'm very excited about resto in PvP, having ancestral awakening is incredibly powerful, and then with tidal waves giving LHW a +20% coefficient, shamans might even be the best healers in our ability to put out numbers, at the cost of longevity. Even now with resto sham/rogue/spriest/mage/lock being arguably the best 1 heal 4 dps setup, Wrath could very well continue to improve shamans in that regard.

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It looks like they are not done with the Resto tree. I would expect to see new ranks of Chain Heal added in the future. I don't really see any changes that make me think Blizzard wants to take anything away from Chain Heal. It simply looks like they are making LHW and HW much more attractive options and giving shaman more versatility.

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I can live with them buffing our other spells to give us more versatility, espeically in a PvP setting.

But if they turn shaman into "Paladin" with crit based heals and single target focus healing, I'm switching to a different tree.

Raid healing is the most fun in the game and Shaman are retarded at raid healing. I do hope they give out some new spells abilities that affect chain heal. Only buffing our single target heals would be a bad move in my opinion.

I do use LHW fairly frequently while raiding, and having it get a couple buffs would be super cool. The new weapon buff sounds cool too, but will it be worth giving up your mana oil is the question.

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With all of the new Earth Shield talents it's going to be quite beastly. Even comparing it to the 2000+heal version on the wiki it's going from 11.2 healing/mana to (provided my math is correct) 16.5 healing/mana.

I don't know the ES coefficient because I'm bad so I did backwards math: 5058/6-270=573, 573/2000=.2865(hope that's right!) Then ((.2865*6+.25)/6*2000+270)*8/450

Base Coefficient, Base Charges, Imp Lightning Shield/ES talent bonus coefficient, +Heal, Base Healing per Charge, New Number of Charges, Mana Cost

I wasn't entirely sure how to put in the coefficient, if it's wrong please correct me.

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I can live with them buffing our other spells to give us more versatility, espeically in a PvP setting.

But if they turn shaman into "Paladin" with crit based heals and single target focus healing, I'm switching to a different tree.

Raid healing is the most fun in the game and Shaman are retarded at raid healing. I do hope they give out some new spells abilities that affect chain heal. Only buffing our single target heals would be a bad move in my opinion.

I do use LHW fairly frequently while raiding, and having it get a couple buffs would be super cool. The new weapon buff sounds cool too, but will it be worth giving up your mana oil is the question.

I'm assuming an 11/6/54 spec (although where we're going to pry the points from is anyone's guess at this point), and the combination of increased Int, extra MP5 from Water shield, and clearcasting will more than make up for the 18-odd MP5 we'd recieve from the newest rank of Oil. Thus, the new weapon buff is a clear winner. I'll edit in my build soon.

EDIT:

War Tools :: Talent tree WotLK - Test

good LORD talent choices are difficult now. I had about 10 more points I would have loved to be able to spend that I just couldn't. Seriously considering dropping Improved Earth Shield for the last 2 points of Tidal Mastery, it all depends on just how good Ancestral Awakening turns out to be.

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Here's a nice mock-up of the new talent trees that Phlis posted in the Elemental thread. The wording of the talents doesn't appear entirely accurate. For example, Elemental Focus doesn't mention healing spells, etc.

War Tools :: Talent tree WotLK - Test

You could perhaps do an 11-6-54 build: War Tools :: Talent tree WotLK - Test

It's nice to so easily be able to get the improved GoA and Strength totems now. Quite a new DPS boost for melee in your group.

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Here's a nice mock-up of the new talent trees that Phlis posted in the Elemental thread. The wording of the talents doesn't appear entirely accurate. For example, Elemental Focus doesn't mention healing spells, etc.

War Tools :: Talent tree WotLK - Test

You could perhaps do an 11-6-54 build: War Tools :: Talent tree WotLK - Test

It's nice to so easily be able to get the improved GoA and Strength totems now. Quite a new DPS boost for melee in your group.

Healing focus is only supposed to be 3 points now. I had a similar build in mind but I didn't plan on picking up the Cleanse thing unless there was a practical raid use for it, seems more pvp oriented with all of the deathknight stuff being disease based and all that other jazz. That would free up 3 points for Tidal Mastery, and then drop the point in Ancestral Knowledge for a 4th. The crit honestly feels too good to pass up in the current state of things.

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good LORD talent choices are difficult now. I had about 10 more points I would have loved to be able to spend that I just couldn't. Seriously considering dropping Improved Earth Shield for the last 2 points of Tidal Mastery, it all depends on just how good Ancestral Awakening turns out to be.

No joke. I'm not sure I want to get rid of Nature's Guardian. I know it's been the cause of me living through a fight a two numerous times. It will be interesting to see what other changes to the resto tree WotLK brings. In the current state, LHW and HW have an edge on CH. But like Skyhoof said, I'd expect some CH updates as well.

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