I would be happy if I got a 20% buff to any of my heals. I wouldn't complain about it. Not that Resto Druids need a 20% buff. Granted if you keep complaining maybe you will get ANOTHER response and it will make the shaman I heal with even more powerful, which is fine by me. The more powerful you are the less work I have to do.
I'm sure every shaman here is happy we got a 20% buff to 3 of our healing spells, we aren't trying to argue that the buffs are not beneficial or that they are in some way making us worse, we are trying to point out that it really isn't solving what I believe and the other shamans believe to be the root problem of shaman healing. That problem is our toolkit just hasn't evolved as well as the other healers, I would argue that druid healing hasn't quite evolved either to be fair. We aren't asking for shamans to be excellent at everything, and certainly not asking to be the best spread raid healer, but rather to just have a spell we can use that isn't single target healing surge, or healing wave to heal up 10-15 people in a 25 man when there are so many better spells out there being used by the other healers to handle those kinds of situations. The best thing I can relate shaman healing to is trying to hammer a nail into a wall with a screwdriver and a brick, it can be done, but its very clumsy, you would much rather want to use a hammer. The most negative arguments directed towards the recent buff just pertain to placing us further and further into our niche, having to rely even more heavily on healing rain in particular rather than reducing our reliance on it, which is what most of the shamans were asking for, just more diversity in our spells, particularly our filler spells in between cds.
Even with the buff, Shaman stacked AoE healing (i.e. Megaera) is only about on par with that of other classes... that niche.
I agree that if the intent was to really limit us to stacked healing, then yes we should dominate in stacked healing situations, however I really feel like this is the wrong way to go, I prefer diversity in healing, and maybe I should be re-rolling a holy priest in particular if I really wanted to do that, but I can't understand why buff a spell like healing rain that we are already way too reliant on to try to superficially fix a problem? (To clarify I mean buffing it beyond 20% what it is currently). The major problem with shaman healing is a missing mechanic, a missing spell, buffing healing rain to buff our hps on the meters is really missing the point of what we were asking for. That being said, I just want to repeat that I am not complaining or arguing that the 20% buffs were unnecessary, because clearly they weren't, but for different reasons. Its a step in the right direction IF there is truly a plan to fix shamans in the area of spread healing, if its the first step down a road of additional buffs to healing rain and chain healing with no mechanical changes to either then I think that is going down the wrong path.
The other problem is, Mana Tide at currently available Spirit levels is completely over powered. At over 21,000 raid buffed Spirit, I am giving every healer almost 80,000 mana per MTT drop...compensate.
I haven't played around with being a true mana battery yet, but I can agree that perhaps MTT has to be nerfed and the shaman (alone) compensated for the change, especially since MTT is so popular with the utility argument, just because I have a spell that benefits and props up other healers shouldn't force me to give up what I think are staple spells that the other classes have, if that is the case then the definition of a shaman is a support to the support class. I'm sure that it helps having a support class supporting the support role of healers, but honestly that sounds about as dumb as it looks in this sentence. I would rather be able to help the raid myself just as any other class is able to.