07/01/2013 06:16 AM
Posted by Akatia
No one here would be sorry to see Shaman Mastery get revamped
I would. I think it is an awesome ability that is crippled by encounter design that revolves around extreme spikes and topping off. I would like to see MORE PLAYER STAMINA and Deep Healing being allowed to actually do its thing. Because, ultimately, healing *should* be about healing people who have taken damage. Too many healers spamming their fastest heals on a minor scratch, heedless of mana, for fear that the next hit will be for 90% of max HP is really, really bad gameplay.
Also: post thread with a title claiming it is "mechanics oriented", link to meters 5 times in the original post. This won't end well.
And...many more people probably wouldn't have an issue with Mastery if it actually worked well. The problem with "cool concepts that only work in theory" is just that. It would be one thing if it were simply one tier of the Mastery not working well, but this has basically been a problem since its inception. Even fights that should have catered to Shaman Mastery more than any other in the past (Chimeraon, Baleroc) didn't reliably translate to results that made up for their deficiencies. Moreover, it's already been said, but this Mastery causes huge balance concerns with PvP, which has been likely leading to PvE Resto Shaman receiving needed fixes in an extremely slow fashion, if at all.
It's had plenty of time to justify itself and it hasn't. It needs to go, or be so revamped from now that it's basically brand new. It's not realistic or feasible to expect the entire meta to change to support the playstyle of one spec, so it should be the other way around. The same goes for PvP: if it's so good it's effecting PvE balance this much (and it is), that is completely unacceptable.
And as for the logs, they are symptoms of mechanical problems that lead to fight ineffectiveness, displayed by HPS and fight context. If Shaman still had mechanical problems (most classes do) but this was not actually translating to a poor performance, it would be less of a concern. What makes Resto Shaman such an issue is that they have a poor showing across the tier, even in their "niche" like Megara and Ra-den. And when they are not in their niche (most other fights) or in their "worst" fights (like Dark Animus) the disparity is too great. That leads to the spec being extremely unreliable in comparison to any other regarding fight effectiveness and completion.