The other Resto class got to be trees again! And what did we get? Fewer totems. Which, depending on your point of view, is good or bad. But, nonetheless, WoW Patch 5.4 is here, bringing Garrosh’s final fall into barking insanity. If you want to get up to speed quickly, here’s our Quick Start Guide to Resto spells and abilities, glyphs, stats, reforging, gemming, and talent builds in MoP!
Updated 17th September 2013 for World of Warcraft Patch 5.4
Major changes to our talents.
Well, yeah, OK, not a “rotation” – but here’s how to make people not die real good:
Keep Earth Shield on the tank. Use Riptide on cooldown, Healing Wave any time you don’t need to use something bigger (you CAN spam this, most likely), Greater Healing Wave if the tank’s taking serious damage, and Healing Surge only if you are sure that the extra second to cast Greater Healing Wave will kill the tank. Bear in mind that Riptide will proc an effect making both your Healing Wave spells much quicker for two casts.
Use Earth Shield on the tank anyway. Use Healing Wave to spot heal when the group or raid isn’t taking much damage. If the damage starts coming in heavy, use Healing Rain for mass group damage (warning, expensive) or Chain Heal any time it will heal 3 or more targets. Use Riptide on cooldown, and ask your raid leader if you should be keeping it rolling on the tank for the 10% health buff.
Keep Earth Living Weapon on your weapon, and keep Water Shield on yourself.
See also Talent Choices, below.
There’s a new talent system in WoW 5.4, and it’s a lot more flexible than older talent “builds”, so we encourage you to test out different talents (see the Links below for more discussion of Resto talents).
However, if you want a quick-start talent build that’s decent in most situations, we recommend:
Intellect is probably the most important Resto stat. Spirit controls mana regen – you will probably need to experiment with higher Spirit values due to changes in 5.4 giving you less mana than you’re used to.
After those, you will want to hit the highest Haste cap possible: 5676, 7613 or 8882 if you normally have the 5% Spell Haste buff from a Moonkin, Elemental Shaman or Shadow Priest, or 8085, 10118 or 11451 otherwise. Then reforge into Crit
Reforging: Reforge to Spirit until your mana feels comfortable for the content you’re doing. After that, reforge to Haste for the haste caps, then Crit.
Gems: Use a Brilliant gem in red and yellow sockets and a Sparkling gem in Blue sockets. Use Energized gems in yellow sockets if you are just below a Haste cap, or Misty otherwise.
Meta Gem “Revitalizing” meta gems are the best choice.
Glyphs in 5.4 are a lot more situational, and I’d recommend reading more about them in the guides under “Links”, but here are some good no-downside options for a quick start:
Major: Glyph of Healing Stream Totem, Glyph of Chaining, Glyph of Totemic Recall
Minor: Your choice! No performance effects from any of them.
You should almost always use a profession enhancement item if it provides appropriate stats instead of a general enchant.
Lots of good Resto Shaman info out there!
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