Topic healers do you prefer priest or shamans?
Shaman all the way.
But I'm not bias just because it's my main/first toon/first healer/she's pretty
Seriously though, I only have a Resto shaman and holy priest as far as healing toons, and I love shaman the most. I like that the healing spells themselves are simple, but the class and expert use of the totems takes it to a whole new level.
<3 spell weaving to keep tidal waves up
<3 that we finally got spirit link even though it took forever QQ
Edited by Rjaki on 8/30/12 9:45 AM (PDT)
They removed most of the buff totems in the 5.0.4 patch.
I think we bring a 'mastery' buff now and that about sums it up.
That being said, they did add a few things that will help resto shaman a lot.
-> 40% Damage Reduction ( Personal CD )
-> Glyph for RipTide removing the CD of 6 secs, and making it work more like 'renew' will allow Shaman to handle healing on the move and spread out raid healing better.
-> HTT Healing Tide Totem is awesome, sorta of like Tranq, Of course there are some other good options in the list of talents as well. I for one will be bringing dust to change up my talents per fight with options like that.
-> 30% On use haste option, another talent choice but very nice for increasing throughput on demand.
I think Resto Shaman look quite a bit better in 5.0.4.
Edited by Dizey on 8/30/12 11:38 AM (PDT)
Resto is amazing right now. Our tool kit has never felt so complete. 5.0.4 is a huge leap for us in the right direction, much of which covers a lot of what we have been pleading for. Not that meters really matter, but if you feel your healing isn't competitive, you're likely doing it wrong.
Yes, I miss my 4 totems, especially because they are a nice tool to give you bearings in heavy movement fights, but the new system of passive buffs and utility CD totems is sooooooooooooooooooo much better.
Glyph of RT is amazing and makes us less crappy when people spread out.
HTT is better than DH and Tranq because we don't have to channel it.
Have you looked at your mastery %?
AS > EM. You don't really need EM right now with 4pc T13. Glyphed, T13 SWG is 25s of 30% haste. AS gives you the O'S### button with 5% passive. EM just isn't necessary when you already have T13 SWG + HTT + SLT. Look at Heroic Spine for example. You have a CD for every point in the fight that requires one. At 90, you'll still likely be taking AS for the haste to reach break points.
Edited by Mint on 8/30/12 11:22 AM (PDT)
Burning Wrath (+10% Int)
Grace of Air (Mastery)
You'd be surprised how annoying it is to fill the buff list without a mage, paladin, monk.
Can you get extra ticks from Haste? If not PS-DH is still king and Tranquility still comes out on top if used properly.
Well it used to be my priest, but now either my shaman or my druid. They got cool new abilities and what do i get as a priest? feathers. yay. woohoo a feather. lmao
Oh, this is a toughie. I might have to go with my Disc priest though. Disc is defintely a unique experience after playing every single other healer first. I love my shaman and the changes in 5.0.4, but Disc is nearly as fun to me as my Holy Pally so it has my vote.