December 01, 2010

Guide to the PvE Restoration Shaman in Cataclysm

Last Update: 1/13/2011 -- Changed a few Talents Around.  The major changes in the upcoming patch are for Mana Tide Totem (now a set percentage of the shaman's mana) and Tremor Totem (now a 6 second duration with a 1 minute timer.

The goal of this guide is to break down the basics of the restoration shaman for casual raiders to understand. My goal is to explain as clearly as possible what each spell does and why we use it, what talents we take (and what they do), what totems to drop (and when), which glyphs I recommend, and which gems will be viable options throughout Cataclysm. This guide made be altered as times goes on, but it should only change to reflect when we move from gemming spirit into extra intellect (power) and haste (speed).

Here is my resto shaman's profile : Llani

Table of Contents:
  • Stats
  • Healing Spells 
  • Talents
  • Totems
  • Glyphs
  • Gems 
  • Healing Process in 5 Mans / Heroics 

The primary stats for a restoration shaman include intellect, spirit, haste, and crit. The two most important of these are intellect and spirit.

Intellect (INT) is what boosts our mana pool, gives us spellpower, and boosts our crit rating. It will be found on every piece of gear we equip.  This is our bread and butter.

Spirit (SPI) is what boosts the regeneration rate of our mana pool. This allows us to heal longer, especially with early tier levels. When you are first starting to convert from blue gear to epic gear, you may need to socket +40 Spirit to your gear even through the first tier. When we get to tier 12, I will revisit this and see how our regeneration is.

Mastery (M) - is a new stat with Cataclysm. At level 80, each talent tree for each class gets a 'Mastery' buff, and ours is Deep Healing. I do not know how Mastery will balance out in our stats, but I would believe that it will be similar to haste and crit -- you want to make sure you have a good amount, but don't overdo it. I would think we would want to max this 'stat' out to 2.5%, but we will see.

Haste (H) increases our casting speed and allows us to fire off more heals in a shorter period of time.

Crit (C) increases the chance that we land a critical strike (or in our case, a critical heal) which allows the spell to heal for extra healing.

We do not use Strength or Agility as Restoration Shaman.


The shaman learns one specialized spell (Earth Shield) and two passive effects (Purification and Meditation) when specializing into the Restoration tree. At level 80, the Mastery for this tree is Deep Healing.


Riptide - Heals a friendly target for 2363 and another 3725 over 15 sec. Your next Chain Heal cast on that primary target within 15 sec will consume the healing over time effect and increase the amount of the Chain Heal by 25%.

This spell should be used decently often, but don't cast it if nobody is taking damage.  Do not use this as a pre-HoT, or you will run out of mana! Riptide is an instant cast heal that leaves a ticking heal over time (HoT) on the target. If you cast Chain Heal on this target, it will consume the riptide and boost the power of the Chain Heal. Also, due to our Tidal Waves talent, we gain a haste boost for our next 2 spells whenever we use Riptide (or Chain Heal). This talent also boosts the critical strike chance of Healing Surge.

Chain Heal - Heals the friendly target for 2967 to 3389, then jumps to heal the most injured nearby targets. If cast on a party or raid member, the heal will only jump to other members. Each jump reduces the effectiveness of the heal by 30%. Heals 4 total targets.

This spell is our multi-target heal. It jumps from the target to up to 4 other targets (without the Glyph of Chain Heal) or up to 5 (with the glyph). It you are healing a melee group, this is the heal to use, along with Healing Rain.  But, only use Healing Rain IF you know you will hit at least 3-4 group members.  Preferably 4 (assuming you are standing in it. you had BETTER stand in your own AOE heal)

Healing Surge - Heals a friendly target for 5605 to 6403.
Our fast heal. This is the equivalent to Flash of Light or Flash Heal. It will drain your mana quickly, though, so be careful. After you cast Riptide, this spell will have a boosted critical strike chance.

Healing Wave - Heals a friendly target for 2803 to 3201.
Our normal, mid-range heal. You will likely find yourself casting Healing Wave because it is a low cost heal. It does not heal as much as Healing Surge or Greater Healing Wave, but, when you cast Riptide or Chain Heal, it will be very fast.

Greater Healing Wave - Heals a friendly target for 7473 to 8537.
If you have the time to cast a longer heal and know when your target is going to take damage, then GHW is what you need. Be careful using this spell, though, because it has a 30% base mana cost.  You need to cast Unleash Elements as much as possible before casting GHW, to offset the cost. This means that without any gear on, the base mana for a shaman at level 80 is 4396. At level 85, it is 23430. If you are like me and prefer someone else to do the number crunching and theorycrafting, then just nod your head and keep reading.

Cleanse Spirit - Removes one Curse effect from a friendly target.
This is our curse-removing and magic-removing (talented) spell. Bind this to an easily accessible key and/or use Clique + Grid or Healbot to use it.


Unleash Elements - Focuses the elemental force imbued in the Shaman's weaponry, with the concentrated effects depending on the enchantment unleashed.
Level 81. This spell has a 15 second cooldown and triggers Unleash Life.

Unleash Life - Unleashes the Earthliving enchantment upon the Shaman's weapon, healing a friendly target for 1916 to 2074 and increasing the effect of the Shaman's next direct heal by 20%.

Healing Rain - Calls forth healing rains to blanket the area targeted by the Shaman, restoring 690 to 820 health to allies in the area every 2 sec for 10 sec. Healing effectiveness diminishes for each player beyond 6 within the area.
Level 83. This spell is our AOE Heal, much like the Druid's Tranquility.

Spiritwalker's Grace - Calls upon spiritual guidance, permitting movement while casting non-instant Shaman spells. This spell may be cast while casting other spells. Lasts 10 sec.
Level 85. This allows us to cast spells while moving.


Earth Shield (ES) - This shield is to be put on your main tank or the target you think you will be healing the most. The reason for this is that nature's Blessing, one of our talents, will increase the effectiveness of your direct heals on Earth Shielded targets by 15% (when you have 3/3 talent points, which you should).

Water Shield (WS) - This should be cast on YOU. Not only does it return a set amount of mana every 5 seconds, it also pops one of the globes every few seconds, restoring mana to you. Only one globe can pop every few seconds. This is good when you are occasionally taking damage in fights (aoe effects, auras, melee, ranged, or spell attacks).

If you are not taking damage, then the globes can be triggered a different way. Our talent Improved Water Shield will pop one of our globes 100% of the time if we crit with Healing Wave or Riptide, 60% of the time if we crit with Healing Surge, and 30% of the time if we crit with Chain Heal. Haste plays a big role in this at higher levels of gear, where you will have enough regen to sustain yourself without having to gem extra spirit. You will be able to gem intellect (spellpower) and haste (speed) and by critting often, you will be able to sustain sufficient regeneration levels.  In summary, when gearing for heroics, try to grab as much spirit and intellect as possible.  After we begin raiding, and have been practicing our healing rotations enough to be comfortable with our mana regeneration, then we can continue building up our haste and intellect.


Earthliving Weapon - This is one of our five weapon buffs, and boosts our healing by quite a bit. It also includes a proc that adds extra healing (Earthliving). The talent Elemental Weapons in the Enhancement tree is recommended as it boosts this weapon buff. At the end of the Restoration tree, the talent Blessing of the Eternals will help our Earthliving proc guaranteed (80% +20% from weapon buff) if the target is below 35% health (when they'd really need that extra HoT).


Here is a picture of my recommended talent tree for starting Cataclysm:

All the talents in the Restoration tree that I took are listed below. I did not take 3 talents and they are listed at the end. The talents in the Enhancement and Elemental tree that I took are included at the end of the Restoration talents, because you have to get to the end of your primary tree before you can move over to a secondary tree. There is a line break in between each tier of spells (or rows, if you are looking at your talent trees).  Talents in BOLD are very important talents that affect which spells you cast.


Spark of Life - 3/3 - Increases your healing done by 6% and your healing received by 15%.
Tidal Focus - 3/3 - Reduces the mana cost of your healing spells by 6%.

Improved Water Shield - 2/2 - You have a 100% chance to instantly gain mana as if you consumed a Water Shield Orb when you gain a critical effect from your Healing Wave, Greater Healing Wave, or Riptide spells, a 60% chance when you gain a critical effect from your Healing Surge spell, and a 30% chance when you gain a critical effect from your Chain Heal spell.
Focused Insight - 3/3 - After casting any Shock spell, your next heal's mana cost is reduced by 75% of the cost of the Shock spell, and its healing effectiveness is increased by 30%.
Totemic Focus - Reduces the mana cost of your totems by 15% and increases their duration by 20%. This could be swapped out with Tidal Focus, but, you cast far more spells than you drop your totems (in raids). At the beginning of Cataclysm, this talent could be very useful when chaining 5 man dungeons with your guildmates.  For the beginning of Cataclysm, you can take this talent for help in 5 mans and entry raids.

Ancestral Healing - 2/2 - Reduces your target's physical damage taken by 10% for 15 sec after receiving a critical effect from one of your healing spells.
Nature's Swiftness - 1/1 - When activated, your next Nature spell with a base casting time less than 10 sec. becomes an instant cast spell.
Nature's Blessing - 3/3 - Increases the effectiveness of your direct heals on Earth Shielded targets by 15%.

Soothing Rains - 2/2 - Increases the amount healed by your Healing Stream Totem by 50%, and your Healing Rain spell by 30%.
Improved Cleanse Spirit - 1/1 - Empowers your Cleanse Spirit spell to also remove a magic effect from a friendly target.
Cleansing Waters - 2/2 - Reduces the cost of Cleanse Spirit by 40%, and when your Cleanse Spirit successfully removes a harmful effect, you also heal the target for 2634 to 2970.

Ancestral Awakening - 3/3 - When you critically heal with a single-target direct heal, you summon an Ancestral spirit to aid you, instantly healing the lowest percentage health friendly party or raid target within 40 yards for 30% of the amount healed.
Mana Tide Totem - 1/1 - Summons a Mana Tide Totem with 10% of the caster's health at the feet of the caster for 12 sec. Party members within 40 yards of the totem have their Spirit increased by 350%.

Tidal Waves - 3/3 - When you cast Chain Heal or Riptide, you gain the Tidal Waves effect, which reduces the cast time of your Healing Wave and Greater Healing Wave spells by 30% and increases the critical effect chance of your Healing Surge spell by 30%. 2 charges.
Blessing of the Eternals - 2/2 - Grants an additional 80% chance to trigger your Earthliving heal over time effect when you heal an ally who is below 35% of total health.

Riptide - 1/1 - Heals a friendly target for 2363 and another 3725 over 15 sec. Your next Chain Heal cast on that primary target within 15 sec will consume the healing over time effect and increase the amount of the Chain Heal by 25%.


Improved Shields - 3/3 - Increases the damage done by your Lightning Shield orbs by 15%, increases the amount of mana gained from your Water Shield orbs by 15%, and increases the amount of healing done by your Earth Shield orbs by 15%.
Elemental Weapons - 2/2 - Increases the passive bonuses granted by your Flametongue Weapon and Earthliving Weapon abilities by 40%, the damage of your extra attacks from Windfury Weapon by 40%, and the effectiveness of the ongoing benefits of your Unleash Elements ability by 50%.


Acuity - 2/3 - Increases your critical strike chance with all spells and attacks by 3%.  


Ancestral Resolve - Reduces damage taken while casting spells by 5%. PvP talent.

Telluric Currents - Your attunement to natural energies causes your Lightning Bolt spell to restore mana equal to 40% of damage dealt.

Nature's Guardian - Whenever a damaging attack brings you below 30% health, your maximum health is increased by 5% for 10 sec and your threat level towards the attacker is reduced. 30 second cooldown. You should not be taking damage--your tank should.


Shaman have three separate 'totem bars' that we can load up and use to drop 4 totems at once. Now, we can't have ALL our totems loaded up in these bars so you need to keep certain ones such as Tremor Totem near your totem bars but not in them. It's a situational totem.

Normally, in a 10 man raid, these are the totems I recommend:

Water - Healing Stream Totem - This totem is a pulsing HoT every two seconds and scales with your spellpower.

Air - Wrath of Air Totem - The totem provides 5% spell haste to all party and raid members within 40 yards.

Earth - Strength of Earth Totem - The totem increases the Strength and Agility of all party and raid members within 40 yards by 549.

Fire - Flametongue Totem - The totem increases the spell power of all party and raid members within 40 yards by 6%.

You will use these 4 totems the most. If you have a paladin in your party, he/she will provide you with your mana regeneration that you would normally get from Mana Spring Totem. If you do not have a paladin present, then you should drop Mana Spring Totem.

The only time you should be replacing Healing Stream is when you want to drop your Mana Tide Totem -- this is like an innervate on a stick.

If you have two shaman in your group, chances are they are either elemental or enhancement. An Enhancement shaman will drop Windfury Totem in place of Wrath of Air, and will cover the Strength of Earth for you. That leaves you free to drop Stoneskin Totem, which allows your paladin to use a different aura such as (Concentration).

An elemental shaman will cover Totemic Wrath by dropping their Searing Totem. You do NOT need to drop your Flametongue Totem when an elemental shaman is present. You can also drop a Searing Totem.

If you have a warrior in your group, then Battle Shout can cover your Strength of Earth Totem. Drop Stoneskin instead and have your paladin use a different aura.

You can use 4.0.1 Buff Map at the end of the comments to see what buffs other classes share.


I will only be listing the relevant glyphs for a Restoration shaman. Elemental and Enhancement glyphs will not be discussed. The glyphs with a * beside them are the ones I recommend.


*Glyph of Earth Shield - Increases the amount healed by your Earth Shield by 20%.

*Glyph of Riptide - Increases the duration of Riptide by 40%.

*Glyph of Earthliving Weapon - Increase the effectiveness of your Earthliving weapon's periodic healing by 20%.

Glyph of Water Shield - Increases the passive mana regeneration of your Water Shield spell by 50%.

After experiencing both water shield and earthliving weapon glyphs, I must say that my mana regeneration has stabilized after my guild members learned most of the heroic 5 man fights.  I no longer feel the need for Glyph of Water Shield, and instead recommend the Earthliving Weapon Glyph for a boost in your OOMPH power. 


*Glyph of Chain Heal - Increases healing done by your Chain Heal spell to targets beyond the first by 15%, but decreases the amount received by the initial target by 10%.

*Glyph of Healing Stream Totem - Your Healing Stream Totem also increases the Fire, Frost, and Nature resistance of party and raid members within 30 yards by 150. (SITUATIONAL)

*Glyph of Healing Wave - Your Healing Wave also heals you for 20% of the healing effect when you heal someone else.

Glyph of Totemic Recall - Causes your Totemic Recall ability to return an additional 50% of the mana cost of any recalled totems.

I selected these glyphs because normally you will be casting Chain Heal for the multi-target heal, not the initial heal. Riptide also boosts your Chain Heal to make up for this. The HST glyph is important for two reasons. First, if you do not have enough players in your 10 man raid to cover a resistance buff you may need, then this totem comes in handy along with providing the healing boost (you don't have to sacrifice your healing totem for elemental resistance). Second, if you have a paladin in your raid, you will not be using your mana totem. You will be using your healing totem. If you have no paladin, use your mana spring totem.  The Healing Wave Glyph is a MUST have because we use healing wave quite a bit now.


*Glyph of Renewed Life - Your reincarnation spell no longer requires a reagent.

*Glyph of Water Breathing - Your Water Breathing spell no longer requires a reagent.

*Glyph of Water Walking - Your Water Walking spell no longer requires a reagent.

Glyph of the Arctic Wolf - Alters the appearance of your Ghost Wolf transformation, causing it to resemble an arctic wolf.

As far as minor glyphs go, it all depends on if you want to carry a stack of ankhs and have a plain wolf form or look like a pretty white wolf and have to give up a bag space.  I won't judge.


Beginning of Cataclysm / 5 man heroics -- I am going with +20 INT / +20 SPI for a majority of my sockets until I feel safe healing in heroics.  Who knows how long that will take! The following gems are a selection of what you can choose from. 


Blue/Red sockets: Purified Demonseye +20 INT / +20 SPI  

Red/Yellow sockets: Reckless Ember Topaz +20 INT / +20 H or Artful Ember Topaz +20 INT / +20 M

Other Red/Yellow socket option (but not really recommended at this point): Potent Ember Topaz +20 INT / +20 Crit

You want to treat mastery much like hit, as in, get enough but don't get excessive for Deep Healing. We should get enough crit from gear to not have to gem it, as usual. Most of our gear will automatically include intellect and stamina and then either haste, crit or mastery.  You will want to get your haste to at least 916, which will allow all three of our HoTs (Earthliving Weapon, Riptide, and Healing Rain) to gain one extra tick.  For more elaboration on this topic, see Vixsin's post @ Life in Group 5.

Think of mastery as free spellpower.  It doesn't really show itself until your targets are lower, but then again, there will be plenty of times in heroics when your targets ARE low, at least for now. Collect and save as much gear as possible!  There is nothing wrong with being a packrat.

Some gear will be intellect, stamina, and then haste and crit. For now, do haste > crit.   I have a feeling that Mastery will be just as yummy as haste, especially when people will be getting hit hard. Remember, our mastery is based on our target's health, so it works better when people are actually taking some damage.


  • Before the pull
 1)  Eat your buff food and drink elixirs/flasks.  You can choose spirit, intellect, or if you are unusually rich, drop a dragon feast for your group.  I recommend making friends with an alchemist and drinking a flask, just in case your party wipes.
2)  Examine your group make up. 
Do you have a paladin?  Ask him to use might and ret aura, and drop your stoneskin totem and healing totem. Do you have an elemental shaman?  Both of you need to drop searing totem.  
Do you have a warrior?  Ask him to battle shout (he should be) and swap out your strength of earth totem for a stoneskin totem.  
If you have both a warrior and a paladin, then use earthbind totem and healing stream totem!

2)   Put Earth Shield on the tank.  Target him and type /focus.  You can also bind this into a macro so that you only have to target the tank and push your macro.  This will always keep your tank's portrait on your screen so that you do not have to retarget him, regardless if you use mouseover macros or not.

3)  Put Water Shield on yourself.  Download an addon, either classtimers or power auras, and set yourself up an aura that tells you when your water shield has fallen off.  You can also do this for Earth Shield on your focused target.

4)  Are you in an instance where you can bind elementals?  If so, then go ahead and ask the tank to wait for you to cast your bind before he makes the pull.  This should be treated like any other trap, sheep, or shackle.

  • Pulling Trash and Bosses
1)  Drop your totems so that everyone in your group will benefit.  If this means running in with the tank, then so be it.  Just watch out and don't get cleaved.  Dropping your totems in the doorway of the boss will not help if your party will be fighting very far away.

2)  If your tank is taking a little bit of damage, put Riptide on him/her.  This should sustain him for a few seconds.  If the pull was botched and he has more mobs than is pleasant, then hit your Unleash Elements and hit him with a Greater Healing Wave.  If that doesn't get him out of the danger zone, then slap a Healing Surge on him.  After that, you should be able to either Healing Wave him back up until your Unleash Elements is off cooldown.

If the pull went great, then just use a Riptide to get your haste boost, and wait until he takes enough damage to merit using Unleash Elements + Greater Healing Wave.  As far as I know, you can also spam Healing Wave until the cows come home because the mana cost is not enough to drain us of mana.  However, it is not very powerful, which is why you should mostly use it to top people off.

You can also use Flame Shock (or any other shock) on the boss, if you have it talented, to reduce the mana cost of your next healing spell.  On some bosses, I have plenty of time to use the Telluric Currents talent, but on others, I must be watching to interrupt/be preoccupied.  I believe learning heroics will take time.  Do NOT get frustrated if you end up wiping once or twice.  Look at what happened and decide what you can do to avoid repeating the wipe.

3)  Use Nature's Swiftness if anyone is in danger of dying, but, give priority to the tank if two people are near death.  Nature's Swiftness is very precious now.  Use it carefully!

4)  Drop a Healing Rain if you know the pull has a lot of AoE damage.  Specifically, I can think of the mobs in Throne of the Tides that levitate your party; the magic caster pulls in Grim Batol, and any other pulls where you might be hexed/sheeped/incapacitated and cannot heal your party for a few seconds.  You can also use chain heal if your group is able to safely group together without chaining any diseases/magic debuffs.

5)  ON BOSSES, be sure to drop your Mana Tide Totem when you are around 65% mana.  This will help it possibly be off cooldown before the fight is over if you need another boost.  Use your mana potion when you reach 65% again.  Take advantage of any priest Hymn of Hopes or Druid Innervates.  ASK NICELY.  Do not expect or demand it -- yes, it is nice when the other members of your group watch your mana, but still, be polite. They may need a gentle reminder to pop their mana return for you when you are low.  In raids, you should work out a CD rotation with your other healers/dpsers.

6)  Don't forget to use your Heroism/Bloodlust!  Mages also get Time Warp now.

DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE EMPTY!  If you reach zero mana and then frantically try to recover, you may wipe.  Be proactive; watch your mana pool.  It is very important!


  1. Hi Nat,

    I know this was done pre-Cata release but I appreciate the effort gone in – well done... It is almost a week into Cata and I have healed a fair few heroics now and I have to say - ooooom my god... lol... So may I suggest the following amendments to your post...

    each boss fight in heroic is like a raid boss in wotlk.. lol.. and heroics is no longer wotlk run through and roll over shit… even early on when wotlk was out you did not need to CC.. now CC is a must..

    Firstly, stat wise... Int is always good and you should gem it where you can... Spirit is at the moment par with Int... may i reiterate... oooom.. so for gears which don't have spirit, reforge your mastery and haste to spirit.. crit is the next best thing as it also helps with mana regen (viz proc of improved mana shields)..

    Mastery and haste are the worst stats for early level shammies with mastery just a tiny bit better than haste although haste may become good and overtake mastery in high end gear..

    in terms of talents, i have used full pts in totemic focus and blessing of the eternals for the following reasons..

    totemic focus - also increases the duration of your mana tide totem which means more mana..
    blessing of the eternals - well there are plenty of situations when your targets will be under 35% health so i would prefer an 80% chance of a hot procing – cast healing rain and watch the procs go zoom zoom zoom.. plus you should be able to use a quick healing surge if players are low on hp (but don't overuse it because of its mana cost)

    i only used up 2/3 pts for focused insight and 1/2 for telluric currents.. so no points in acuity atm… but once i am a bit more comfortable with my mana regen and heal output i may change it around a bit more..

    for glyphs, under prime i have gone with water shield instead of ELW for mana regen.. for major i have used healing stream, healing wave and HEX.. i have dropped chain heal as i rarely use chain heals as it is the most useless spell for us at the moment (well not entirely, i will explain below).. minor glyphs are really personal preference as it does not boost your heals in any way.. renewed life is a must tho.. the other 2 - meh.. i have gone with astral recall and water walking..

    ok now for the heals…

    healing wave – this is our new spammable heal… you can heal this till the cows come home and if you have enough regen never run out of mana… that being said, you would be using this where bigger heals are required..

    healing rain – is now my favourite aoe spell.. always encourage players to stand in it or stay close for this… I usually drop it around tank with melee around or where the fight requires stacking..

    unleash elements is great for the following reasons… it can be used like a riptide for a quick heal (and it’s cheaper however longer cd)..

    if group is getting heavy aoe dmg, I drop healing rain and then cast a few chain heals..

    don’t wotlk the following spells…

    chain heal – it isn’t that great any more.. nerfed big time..
    riptide – do not cast this willy nilly when off CD… it chews lots of mana… use it as required.. it’s a good spell still and should be used appropriately..

    i like this combo… hit unleash elements, flame shock (talented), healing surge… if you can drop riptide before unleash elements than this combo is godlike…especially for getting tank back up again in cases where he isn’t taking that much damage..

    anyways, I may have some errors in there please feel free to make comment…

  2. Thank you for your insight! :-) I will probably readjust those places that I was "holding out" on and work some of your comments/suggestions in there. It'll have to wait until this weekend (exam tomorrow, then hitting 85) but I'll see what I can do!

  3. After reading through everything, 90% of what you said I already have listed (intellect and spirit both important--esp. for right now) but I will include your healing strategy in my next post once I jump into heroics this weekend! Thank you again for taking the time to look over the guide and make suggestions :-)

  4. Natalie, thanks for the great guide.

    My wife is looking to get back into healing on her Resto Shaman and we've both being scouring the web to find guides that are both up to day and can do a good job of telling people the differences in how healing used to work and how it works now. She was a healer in ICC, but she hasn't done any healing at all since before 4.0.1 was released so she's a bit scared to get back into it now.

    It looks like you've done a great job providing what we're looking for, and if everything here still feels up to date to you then I'll go ahead and pass it on to her.


  5. Hey Psynister! Thank you for checking it out!

    Everything should be accurate as far as information goes. I added the "healing process in 5 mans/heroics" 3 weeks ago and nothing seems to have changed. I will give it one more super shiny polish here this evening so feel free to pass it on to her--also, Vixsin @ Life in Group 5 has a resto guide that goes VERY in depth if she wants more information on a certain topic mentioned here.

    Happy shamaning! :-)

  6. Hi, and thanks for this really great guide! Been following it and it really helped me out in the early start of heroics!
    I wonder about 1 thing though.. you say that we should stack haste to 916 for the extra tick, but Praneel on the other hand, says haste is the worst stat, and we should stack crit instead - which one is it?
    Int>Spi>Haste916>Mastery>Haste>Crit or Int>Spi>Crit>Mastery>Haste?

    Thanks again for a great guide!

  7. Good question! I so far have been doing well with about 950-1000 haste. As I have been upgrading gear off the valor vendor, I have been trying to keep that threshold.

    I like having at least that amount of haste because there still is a *bit* of RNG where you need to be able to heal someone up quickly, otherwise the next hit will bring them too low for you to recover (especially if your "oh crap" heals are on CD).

    I would stick with around 916-1050 haste (which isn't *too* bad, and then pick up crit for the rest. With three fairly decent stats to choose from, the way I am "seeing" it is we will be able to specialize ourselves a little bit more based upon which stats we choose.

    Mastery allows us to heal harder when people are lower (and to get the most use out of this...try to not top people off, but leave them around 80-85%).

    Haste allows us to cast more heals in a given length of time, which works directly with crit...

    ...where Crit allows us to occasionally heal for a larger amount, also returning mana to us (and healing our neighbors).

    In the raids (Blackwing Descent) if I didn't have the haste (916+) that I do, I think that I wouldn't be able to heal as effectively as my other healers.

    In the end, it may change, and Praneel may have discovered something new. Crit is still good, but the point of the 916+ haste is for the extra tick on all 3 of our HoTs. That is a BIG benefit! After that, you can either choose crit or mastery or both.