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, Mists of Pandaria and WoW Patch 5.3 is here, bringing Throne of Thunder and apparently quite a lot of changes for Resto, at least if you read the patch notes. 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 22nd May 2013 for World of Warcraft Patch 5.3
Changes to Resto Shamans in WoW Patch 5.3
Chain Heal’s AI has been improved so that it won’t fizzle when hitting a target with full health.
Resto Healing “Rotation” and Priorities
Well, yeah, OK, not a “rotation” – but here’s how to make people not die real good:
Tank Healing As Resto
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 – although note that Healing Surge is actually useful now. Bear in mind that Riptide will proc an effect making both your Healing Wave spells much quicker for two casts.
Raid / Group Healing As Resto
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.
- Use Unleash Elements to buff your next spell (although it’s not that powerful). Use on cooldown.
- Healing Stream Totem is a useful smart raid heal – although it’s expensive to cast on cooldown, so save it for higher-damage situations.
- Mana Tide Totem is a powerful mana restoration ability for your entire raid or party. Coordinate with your leader as to when to cast it.
- Spiritwalker’s Grace is vital if you need to move – you can still cast whilst moving.
- Spirit Link Totem is a save-the-group spell, particularly in 5-mans – it averages out health across the group, and will save a tank or other person taking heavy damage.
- Ascendance is a powerful AOE healing cooldown. It has a reasonably wide range, so you don’t need to be too close for people to benefit from it.
- Oh, and remember Bloodlust / Heroism – work with your raid leader in a raid to choose the best time to cast it.
See also Talent Choices, below.
Restoration Shaman Talent Choices
There’s a new talent system in WoW 5.3, 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:
- Tier 1: Astral Shift – provides a nice personal damage mitigation cooldown.
- Tier 2: Windwalk Totem – another cooldown helping your raid avoid movement-impairing effects.
- Tier 3: Call of the Elements – ANOTHER cooldown, resetting CDs on your totems
- Tier 4: Ancestral Swiftness – another cooldown, making a healing spell instant.
- Tier 5: Healing Tide Totem – a very powerful group-wide HoT CD.
- Tier 6: Unleashed Fury if you’re mostly doing direct heals, Primal Elementalist if you’re mostly doing AOE.
Stats, reforging and gemming for Restoration Shaman
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 5.3 giving you less mana than you’re used to.
All 3 stats other than Spirit are roughly equal but have different effects – Haste will make you more powerful but burn more mana, Crit will restore some mana and also boost healing but by less than Haste, and Mastery will boost your heals on people who are more injured. .
Reforging: Very personal, but reforge to Spirit until your mana feels comfortable for the content you’re doing. If you can get to a Haste cap (871 is an important one, as is 3764 – see the Totemspot guide in Links for others), reforge Mastery and Crit to Haste.
Gems: Use a Brilliant gem in red and yellow sockets and a Sparkling gem in Blue sockets. Use Reckless or Artful gems in Yellow sockets.
Meta Gem “Revitalizing” meta gems are the best choice in the early stages of the expansion.
Note: These are “rule of thumb” suggestions. Stats for Resto Shamans are complicated – once you’re comfortable with the basic mechanics, read the stat sections in the guides below and make choices on more complex reforging then.
Resto Shaman Glyphs
Glyphs in 5.3 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 Healing Wave, Glyph of Cleansing Waters
Minor: Your choice! No performance effects from any of them.
Restoration Shaman enchants and item enhancements
You should almost always use a profession enhancement item if it provides appropriate stats instead of a general enchant.
- Shoulders – Greater Crane Wing Inscription
- Back – Enchant Cloak – Superior Intellect
- Chest – Enchant Chest – Mighty Spirit
- Wrist – Enchant Bracer – Super Intellect
- Hands – Enchant Gloves – Superior Mastery or Enchant Gloves – Greater Haste
- Belt – Living Steel Belt Buckle
- Legs – Greater Pearlescent Spellthread
- Feet – Enchant Boots – Pandaren’s Step
- Weapon – Enchant Weapon – Jade Spirit
- Off-Hand Weapon – Enchant Weapon – Major Intellect
Lots of good Resto Shaman info out there!
- Elitist Jerks’ Resto Shaman guide claims to be for raid healing only, but is actually an excellent, extremely in-depth guide to resto shamaning in general
- Vixsin at Life In Group 5 has a great detailed guide to Resto shamans in MoP
- Totemspot has a guide to Haste breakpoints
- Finally, as a WoW player, you should really check out the latest and greatest from the blogosphere on World of Warcraft, here at the Melting Pot.
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