Riding the Wave Out: Resto PvE Guide

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90 Dwarf Paladin
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Great guide! Thank you much. :)
85 Human Mage
5825
Quick question and Im a noob when it comes to shaman but why 2 points into Ancestral swiftness and not put those points in Acuity?
100 Draenei Shaman
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The same reason everybody without a MS talent has a speed enchant on their shoes: mobility is really good. It's more difficult to calculate in raw HPS/DPS (there used to be a thread somewhere, maybe EJ, about the speed enchant for WotLK) but after using it for a while and then going without you'll notice that you react slower than before. Most specs that have speed options will include them (see: other Shaman stickies) because speed is a Good Thing To Have.

Don't do drugs, kids.
90 Pandaren Shaman
17350
Question!

I've taken a look through the stat section, and since we're breaking the wonderful 4pc of T12, whats the new haste soft cap?

Will it be 916 again or still 2005?

I've been debating on whether or not to go back perm. to the 916 haste....
90 Pandaren Shaman
12875
Great guide Secret, just a note Shard of Woe got a sizeable nerf in 4.3 so you can move onto items like Heoric Jaws of Defeat
90 Pandaren Shaman
12875
Question!

I've taken a look through the stat section, and since we're breaking the wonderful 4pc of T12, whats the new haste soft cap?

Will it be 916 again or still 2005?

I've been debating on whether or not to go back perm. to the 916 haste....


I have achieved 2005 haste and I am loving it. I do think TC becomes far more necessary to have if you have a haste build because the extra haste along with 4 set tier 13 could send the best of us oom.
90 Pandaren Shaman
17350
That's what I was thinking. I think it would still be decent if you have a heavy mastery spirit build, and then use the T13 4pc not only as a haste cooldown, but as a mana cooldown for TC. (not the best mana CD, but a hero every 2mins with a 1min 40 sec downtime isnt bad.
100 Draenei Shaman
11115
I need to look at the itemization of the BiS list to be sure, but it looks like there's a lot of haste on the gear already. If you're close enough then considering the recent buff to Riptide there's no reason not to make the extra jump in haste for that boost. I'm actually curious to see if it's possible to make that next tick jump with gear alone or if you need gobbo racial/DP to do it.

In unrelated news, I'm actually playing my Shaman again and I like it. Riptide is somewhat ridiculous now. Guide will be updated this weekend, erasing previous BiS lists and going to put up pre-raid, LFR, T13, and H-T13 lists. The change log will be updated very precisely with what changes and I'll stick it all in a post.

EDIT: OKAY THIS WEEKEND I SWEAR. I have done all of my LFR/VP farming for the week on my toons. Well, my druid can wait.

... ohdear. #horriblyirresponsible
Edited by Secretgarden on 12/22/2011 10:21 PM PST
90 Tauren Shaman
14710
T13 4pc is definitely a great way to regen mana by popping it and spamming lit bolt. I would also like to know how haste builds are doing in this tier, I'm mastery heavy atm but could easily hit the 2005 haste mark if it would give me better results. Although I only do 10 man normal modes so the difference between the two may not be large enough to really matter, it would still be nice to know.
85 Draenei Shaman
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Mastery is simple amazing. Focused insight + Unleashed elements + riptide = Good enough to keep the tank up for a whole 5-man dungeon run!

I skimmed through the talent section, but I feel that FI is necessary for any shaman who's planning on aoe healing. 30% to healing rain on top of mastery is just too good to be true, right? Plus the reduced mana cost.
85 Draenei Shaman
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Just wanted to say thanks for the fantastic guide! Literally only started healing resto 1/2 days ago, and it's been an absolute joy!
90 Tauren Shaman
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Please forgive me if this has already been mentioned.

Ele. Precision has been noted as being outdated for speccing into, and yet in the 5-man priority section it mentions using that with TC to hit the hit cap so that you can regen properly.

Is this still needed? Has TC gone out the window with Ele. Precision, or does it work fine without it? I chose TC not too long ago simply because I tend to have lots of downtime in the dungeons I run (and when duo'ing with my hubby) so it makes sense to me to use TC. But I'm interested in hearing what people think about TC now that Ele. Precision is pretty much useless for resto.

Any thoughts would be appreciated. :-)
100 Draenei Shaman
11115
01/03/2012 02:06 PMPosted by Jinglz
Ele. Precision has been noted as being outdated for speccing into, and yet in the 5-man priority section it mentions using that with TC to hit the hit cap so that you can regen properly.

That's with a dungeon only build only recommended for people who, as they're running 5-mans, will be spending a lot of time sitting on their hands due to the light healing requirements. TC lets them salvage some of that time with LB's and EP improves the DPS value from the talent. The purpose of the build is to speed up dungeon runs by adding a bit of extra DPS during downtime, while regenerating some mana which allows you to cut your Spirit down and invest in Crit/Haste stats.

It's not recommended for anything outside of dungeons since you won't have nearly as much time to use LB's while in raids unless you're doing LFR or farm content. If you can make it work for you, then go for it, but I'll come right out and say that I don't like the principle of EP and never have.
Edited by Secretgarden on 1/10/2012 6:54 PM PST
1 Blood Elf Mage
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My personal observations for healing in raids.
Focused Insight for healing rain is awesome. 30% increase to our AoE heal is super nice and well worth the mana cost of a flame shock. Unleash does not increase HR so if your doing heavy AoE healing its well worth having (and alot of DS is like that)
2/2 Blessing of the Eternals - I prefer the 1 point alone as ELW seems to always be up when im needing to top them up anyway. 60% proc chance means its going to be put on 50% of the time, and considering im still going to be healing them afterwards I would imagine it will get applied sometime quickly.

For the dungeon guide, that seems to be a very high hit rating level for telluric currents to never miss. I thought 5% hit was only a few hundred hit rating? The rating level you have looks like the raid cap and you certainly dont need that in 5mans.

TC IMO is a must in DS, many times there is downtime on some bosses where you can regen alot - Yor'Sahj during slimes coming, Morchok during hiding phase from behind the rocks, Warlord has a massive damage taken debuff, Haggara during water pylon phase. for the first half alone. Second half seems to have the best use - during cataclysm on DW - Fall mana in like 5 casts, knowing I can blow full mana every platform is nice.
Edited by Magiclobster on 1/10/2012 6:15 AM PST
85 Troll Shaman
5480
have you ever thought about taking this guide and splitting it into sections instead of bundling it all up into one?
100 Draenei Shaman
11115
Section L1: Legacy Pre-Raid BiS List (Pre 4.2)

I didn't see any reason to just delete this, so I'm going to start the Legacy sections. Anything I toss out but don't want to get rid of will go under Legacy.

I don't think I ever got around to adding MF gear because I forgot about it. Oops.

Legend:
[V] - VP Vendor
[J] - JP Vendor
[H] - Heroic Dungeon
[C] - Crafted
[R] - Rep


All gear choices are designed with the intent to maximize your amount of spirit and your secondary stat of choice. New VP pieces and Firelands rep/daily gear goes under the raiding gear lists.

Helm:
[C] Energized Bio-Optic Killshades - Requires Engineering (525)
[J] Helm of the Inward Eye - 2200 JP
[H] Cowl of the Unseen World - The Stonecore, High Priestess Azil

Neck::
[_] Dorian's Lost Necklace - World Drop
[R] Lightning Flash Pendant - Wildhammer Clan Exalted
[H] Quicksilver Amulet - Blackrock Caverns, Karsh Steelbender

Shoulder:
[H] Spiritbinder Spaulders - Zul'Gurub, Zanzil
[H] Burden of Lost Humanity - Shadowfang Keep, Lord Walden
[J] Seafoam Mantle - 1650 JP
Note that the Burden slightly edges out the Mantle by 20 points.
[H] Fallen Snow Shoulderguards - Vortex Pinnacle, Grand Vizier Ertan

Back:
[J] Heavenly Breeze - 1250 JP
[H] Solar Wind Cloak - Halls of Origination, Rajh

Chest:
[J] Tunic of the Raging Elements - 2,200 JP
[H] Breastplate of Serenity - Zul'Gurub, High Priest Venoxis
[C] Twilight Scale Chestguard - Leatherworking
[H] Chromis Chestpiece - Throne of the Tides, Commander Ulthok
[H] Breastplate of the Stilled Heart - Shadowfang Keep, Commander Springvale

Wrist:
[H] Shackles of the Betrayed - Deadmines, Vanessa VanCleef

Hands:
[J] Handwraps of the Raging Elements - 1650 JP
[H] Mojo-Mender's Gloves - Zul'Aman, Timed Chest
[H] Old Friend's Gloves - Deadmines, Helix Gearbreaker

Waist:
[H] Hawkscale Waistguard - Zul'Aman, Jan'alai
[C] Stormleather Sash - Leatherworking
[H] Belt of the Still Stream - 1650 JP
[R] Sash of Prophecy - Ramkahen Revered

Legs:
[_] Kilt of Trollish Dreams - World Drop = [J] Kilt of the Raging Elements - 2,200 JP
[J] Legwraps of the Raging Elements - 2,200 JP
[H] Kilt of Forgotten Rites - Zul'Gurub, Wushoolay
[R] Wilderness Legguards - Guardians of Hyjal Revered
[H] Chaotic Wrappings - Halls of Origination, Setesh

Boots:
[R] Earthmender's Boots - Earthen Ring Exalted
[H] Dark Iron Chain Boots - Grim Batol, Forgemaster Throngus

Rings:
[J] Twined Band of Flowers - 1250 JP
[H] Soul Drain Signet - Zul'Aman, Hex Lord Malacrass
[H] Kibble - Blackrock Caverns, Beauty
[H] Veneficial Band - Lost City of the Tol'vir, Lockmaw
[R] Diamant's Ring of Temperance - Therazane Revered
[R] Ammunae's Blessing - Ramkahen Honored

Trinkets: In order of desirability.
[C] Darkmoon Card: Tsunami - Tsunami Deck, Inscriptor-Made
[C] Vibrant Alchemist Stone - Alchemy
[C] Tyrande's Favorite Doll - Archaeology
[J] Core of Ripeness - 1650 JP
[H] Tear of Blood - The Stonecore, High Priestess Azil

Weapon:
[_] Chelley's Staff of Dark Mending - Bastion of Twilight, Trash Drop
[H] Amani Scepter of Rites - Zul'Aman, Daakara
[H] Torturer's Mercy - Blackrock Caverns, Rom'ogg Bonecrusher
[H] Scepter of Power - Halls of Origination, Setesh

Off-Hand:
[C] Elementium Stormshield - Blacksmith

Relic:
[J] Relic of Eonar - 700 JP
[H] Captured Lightning - Vortex Pinnacle, Asaad
100 Draenei Shaman
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Section L2: Legacy T11/T12 Raid BiS Lists

I asssume you're competent enough to know what you're looking for in gear so let's skip the pleasantries.

Affixes on random gear: Feverflare (Mastery/Haste), Fireflash (Crit/Mastery), Undertow (Haste/Spirit), Wavecrest (Mastery/Spirit).

T11 Regular:

Faceguard of the Raging Elements - Token, Blackwing Descent, Nefarian
Valiona's Medallion
Spirit Option: Planetary Amulet
Mantle of the Raging Elements - Token, Bastion of Twilight, Cho'gall
Heavenly Breeze - 1250 JP
Haste Option: D!#!@ of the Twins
Tunic of the Raging Elements - 2,200 JP
Chaos Beast Bracers
Handwraps of the Raging Elements - 1650 JP
Waistguard of Hatred
Haste Option: Lightning Well Belt
Kilt of the Forgotten Battle
Haste Option: Phase-Twister Leggings - Bastion of Twilight, Trash
Treads of Flawless Creation
Twined Band of Flowers - 1250 JP
Haste Option: Planetary Band
Signet of the Fifth Circle
Spirit Option: Planetary Band

Darkmoon Card: Tsunami - Darkmoon Cards (Inscriptor-made), Tsunami Deck
Vibrant Alchemist Stone - Alchemy
Tyrande's Favorite Doll - Archaeology, Night Elven Find
Fall of Mortality

Andoros, Fist of the Dragon King
Haste/Crit Option: Twilight's Hammer

Scepter of Ice
Haste Option: Elementium Stormshield - Blacksmithing

Relic of Eonar - 700 JP



T11 Heroic:

Faceguard of the Raging Elements - Token, Blackwing Descent, Nefarian
Valiona's Medallion
Spirit Option: Planetary Amulet
Mantle of the Raging Elements - Token, Bastion of Twilight, Cho'gall
D!#!@ of the Twins
Mastery Option: Planetary D!#!@
Sinestra Option: Shroud of Endless Grief
Tunic of the Raging Elements - Token, Bastion of Twilight, Halfus Wyrmbreaker
Chaos Beast Bracers
Handwraps of the Raging Elements - Token, Blackwing Descent, Magmaw
Waistguard of Hatred
Haste Option: Lightning Well Belt
Kilt of the Forgotten Battle
Haste Option: Lightning Well Legguards
Treads of Flawless Creation
Sinestra Option: Boots of Az'galada
Security Measure Alpha
Haste or Mastery Option: Planetary Band
Signet of the Fifth Circle

Sinestra Option: Shard of Woe
Darkmoon Card: Tsunami - Darkmoon Cards (Inscriptor-made), Tsunami Deck
Fall of Mortality

Andoros, Fist of the Dragon King
Haste Option: Twilight's Hammer
Scepter of Ice

Relic of Eonar - 700 JP

10m Tank Healers gearing Crit should reforge out of Spirit where applicable and pick up pieces that compliment their HPS stat of choice.

Note that Al'Akir drops Essence of the Forlorn, which can be traded in for any of the Heroic level tokens.




T12 Regular

Crown of Flame
Flowform Choker
Spirit Option: Heartstone of Rhyolith
Erupting Volcanic Mantle - Token, Firelands, Majordomo Staghelm
Flowing Flamewrath Cape
Erupting Volcanic Tunic - 2,200 VP
Bracers of Misting Ash
Haste Option: Lava Line Wristbands
Erupting Volcanic Handwraps - 1,650 VP
Firemend Cinch
Erupting Volcanic Legwraps - 2,200 VP
Treads of Implicit Obedience
Sinestra Option: Boots of Az'galada
Haste Option: Footwraps of Quenched Fire
Quicksilver Signet of the Avengers
Soothing Brimstone Circle - 1.250 VP

Sinestra Option: Shard of Woe
Eye of Blazing Power
Note: Eye of Blazing Power actually heals for 13984 to 16251. Big difference.
Jaws of Defeat

Ko'gun, Hammer of the Firelord
Ward of the Red Widow

Singed Plume of Aviana - 700 VP
Mastery Option: Soulflame Vial - 700 VP



T12 Heroic

Crown of Flame
Flowform Choker
Spirit Option: Heartstone of Rhyolith
Erupting Volcanic Mantle - Token, Firelands, Majordomo Staghelm
Flowing Flamewrath Cape
Erupting Volcanic Tunic
Bracers of Misting Ash
Haste Option: Lava Line Wristbands
Erupting Volcanic Handwraps
Firemend Cinch
Erupting Volcanic Legwraps
Treads of Implicit Obedience
Quicksilver Signet of the Avengers
Soothing Brimstone Circle

Sinestra Option: Shard of Woe
Eye of Blazing Power
Note: Eye of Blazing Power actually heals for 15810 to 18373. Big difference.
Jaws of Defeat

Ko'gun, Hammer of the Firelord
Ward of the Red Widow

Singed Plume of Aviana
Mastery Option: Soulflame Vial

All VP/Trash pieces are upgraded to Heroic with the Crystallized Firestone which drops from bosses on Heroic mode. Rep items are not upgradable at this time. (7/04)
Edited by Secretgarden on 1/12/2012 4:19 PM PST
100 Draenei Shaman
11115
1/11
4.3 Updates (FINALLY, YOU LAZ-)
Section 2 - Expanded on Major glyphs, affirmed that AR still > Acuity.
Section 4 - Corrected hit cap to level 87 cap which is at least much closer with napkin math.
Section 7 - Updated Meta gem and trinket list.
Section 8: Renamed "Pre-Raid and LFR BiS Lists", changed content accordingly.
Section 9: Renamed "DS BiS Lists", changed content accordingly.
Section 18: Updated TC list and UI information.
Section 19: Added Legacy sections to links list.

I have no excuse for this being so late. >_>

01/10/2012 01:57 PMPosted by Shammypie
have you ever thought about taking this guide and splitting it into sections instead of bundling it all up into one?

I have a directory under the contents in my first post that splits things up by beginners and people who have an idea about the spec. Aside from that, each section is specialized and if someone is looking for a specific piece of information they can usually just go to the section that fits closest to find it (and if it's not there, ask so I can put it in!)
Edited by Secretgarden on 1/13/2012 10:43 PM PST
90 Troll Shaman
4130
For 346+ dungeons. The telluric currents part. Isn't Elemental precision a talent an its 5 points in to elemental tree. I cant find anything that would be worth giving up for that
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