I'm blaming all healers mastery on the hps differences that are being shown. Yes shamans tool kit isn't great for this tier but the their mastery also isn't helping like the other healers masteries because of the fight mechanics.
Someone always has to be the worst healer I'm just trying to point out that the mastery is making the meters look worse for shamans this tier. I find it hard to believe you can't understand that. The other healers are padding thus making shaman healers look worse off then they actually are.
I disagree, because absorb masteries also affect Mistweavers, Resto Druids, and Holy Priests. Yet, they are not having the same issues. They are quite strong, especially in 25 man content. They're holding their own. As I said before, if the other three non-bubble healers are doing well, and it's only Shaman lagging significantly behind, that suggests that the issue is not Mastery and is instead a problem with their actual toolkit.
Obviously absorbs are a big part but mistweavers and resto druids masteries are working at 100% effciency during periods of low damage where everyone is near full health where rshamans mastery is doing absolutely nothing thus widening the gap in HPS comparing the two.
Yes the toolkit matters but at the same time it doesn't because just randomly adding another spell or ability to the rshaman seems unlikely to me as 5.2 just came out. You can't change the boss fights. Buffing some heals could make a difference but rshamans are already the top arena healer.
I just don't think HPS matters that much. They have life saving heals the low hps is just a mixture of tool kit and boss fight mechanics. I"m gonna quote a shaman healer Jammonn from another thread as he pointed out exactly what I'm saying.
We are in fact, lower in HPS than every other healer, less so in overall healing.
However, we are not gimped enough to be benched quite yet. Especially for progression kills.
I thought I was doing pretty bad because of how low my HPS was vs. other healers in our ToT raids... however, reviewing logs tells more of the full story.
During "clutch" moments on our Meg progression for instance, my healing FAR outshines that of any of our other healers. In essence, I kept the raid from wiping due to my massive burst heals on low hp targets (huray mastery).
Basically, play what you want to play. We are by no means the "best" all around healer right now, but we still have our place, and it's more than what your hearing about mana bots.
Once you get stuff on farm and are just blowing through content though, shammies are probably the weak link as far as heals go currently.