Uh, what? What's better for the raid is ideal BY DEFINITION, isn't it?
i guess this wasnt worded well, i would like to do whats best to optomize my personal performance (which i find it fun and more compelling to play) without feeling like i sacrifice what is ideal for the raid (ie stacking an extra 10k spirit that i dont need because its more beneficial for the other 5 healers).
but it doesn't make the spec *broken*, it just makes it *less enjoyable to those specific players*. Different specs are different.
im not sure that anyone can find enjoyment in 10k stat points they dont need except for 1 GCD every 3 minutes... and nobody is saying the class is unplayable, the whole argument here is that its not engaging and fun to be brought to raids as a mana bot with raid CDs. I've been playing shaman for years, I have a healer alt that I raided on of every class at least at some point in Cata and monk in MoP. I like shaman mechanics, its what is most enjoyable (for me) of the healing classes... I don't like that some of our toolkit is just flat out dysfunctional.
Pick your poison, lower throughput but still brought to raids, or average throughput and ride the rollercoaster of balance/nerfs which often means you will get sat for stronger healers during progression.
And this is what I find facepalm. We don't want to be FotM and get throughput buffs through the roof. We want our BASELINE abilities that we have been using since Wrath at least (RT and CH) to WORK and be EFFECTIVE. We want a tool to heal people that aren't in a healing rain... I don't care where I fall on the lolmeters.... I care whether or not I have the abilities necessary to heal people when its needed, and this tier there are definitely situations that I struggle with that a lot. I don't want to be mediocre crap when stacked, total crap when not... instead I think its quite fair to say we are "average" when stacked, mediocre crap when not, and if played exceptionally with GREAT CD usage we can perform at the top of non-elite raid groups (situationally). I don't think that this is asking for too much throughput, or to be like a druid, or a monk... or any other class. I want to keep the flavor of shaman, I just want our abilities to work when the raid isn't a totem pole... and when the raid is a totem pole... i dont want to get destroyed by resto druids and holy priests who have extremely strong toolkits for spread out/on the move.