• Classic Shaman Naxxramas Boss Strategy Guide

    INTRODUCTION

          This guide focuses on Shaman/healer gameplay in Naxxramas and is a reworked copy-pasta from the Priest Naxx guide done by Hareem - Incendius. It is long because there are 15 bosses, many of which present raid mechanics that are unique to Classic, and healers who have no Naxx experience may be unfamiliar with them. There is no TLDR, however, I will not go into depth on consumables, specs or other topics covered in my Shaman guide.

    BOSS ENCOUNTERS

    Patchwerk

           Patchwerk is likely to be the most difficult boss in the Construct wing. His high HP (3.85 million) and his Hateful Strike mechanic make for a challenging healer fight. A simple rule of thumb for healers - the lower your raid’s DPS, the longer this fight drags on, and the more mana you need to keep the tanks alive. This fight is not a DPS check for modern players, it is a healer check.

          To get an idea of how quickly your group will kill Patchwerk, look at your raid DPS on Fankriss. Considering the difference in health pools, inflated DPS figures on Fankriss due to cooldowns such as Death Wish and Talisman of Ephemeral Power / Mind Quickening Gem, and that most groups will have less DPS players for Patchwerk than Fankriss, I suggest assuming your group’s Patchwerk DPS is 80% of Fankriss DPS. After calculating, divide 3,850,000 by this number and that gives you a fight length for Patchwerk, in seconds. You should expect any fight length past 3 minutes to strain your mana pool. If you’re a healer in this position, I would suggest a regen trinket in your second slot, the best choice being Shard of the Scale.

          I suggest assigning two healers to the main tank (Patchwerk’s top threat target). This tank takes no Hateful Strikes. The other tanks will soak Hateful Strikes every 1.2 seconds, an average of 7k damage for each Hateful. One hateful tank needs at least 3 healers assigned. The main focus for healers is to constantly cast large heals on their assigned target. Healers will exclusively heal their assignment and no one else.

          Healers on Hateful tank duty should choose a spell that heals for at least 1,800, in a 3 OT setup, 2,000 (more OTs means healers are more spread out so bigger spells are needed). This is to ensure the highest degree of safety, but depending on your mana limitations and how frequently you’re casting, you might have to adjust your rank at some point. It's important to do so if your current rank is going to run you OOM before the boss dies.

          Your objective is to constantly have heals queued up, cancelling spells only at the last second. For healers assigned to hateful tanks, your most efficient itemization strategy is to equip T1 8pc and run HWr8 - HWr10. If you do not have T1 8pc then run T2 3pc with offset BiS and try and use the highest ranks of CH you can. Remember to cast cancel anything that you think will not be worth the mana expenditure. Patchwerk is a test in heal timing and mana management. I would not recommend using T2.5 as the haste benefit will be mitigated due to the intermittent nature of healing as well as the weaker initial land complicating required HPS needs.

          I cannot stress this enough for healers in more casual groups with lower DPS. This fight will test the limits of your mana pool. Run MMPs and Runes off CD for this encounter. This will likely be true every single week for Patchwerk.

    Grobbulus

          Grobbulus is one of the easiest bosses in Naxx. The main mechanic at play here is a disease ability he casts on a random target called Mutating Injection. When this effect is dispelled, a poison cloud appears at the player's feet that deals damage to anyone standing in range. The cloud will get bigger over time. The common strategy is to kite Grobbulus around the room clockwise starting at the ramp. The first injected player will run to just counterclockwise of the ramp to get dispelled, dropping a cloud. The next injected player will run to the position just counterclockwise of the first cloud, so on and so forth...

          At the same time, the tank will very slowly “kite” the boss, in the opposite direction of the cloud placement, using every inch of the wall to widen the path. The dispel needs to occur as soon as the player is in the right position, not before. As such, it is advisable to have one healer take care of all dispelling. A cloud in the middle of the raid is one of two ways your group can wipe. Make sure you have a system in place that clearly communicates when the injected player is ready to be dispelled.

          The second mechanic that can wipe your group is a frontal cone poison spray that spawns one blob for each player the spray hits. If a large portion of the raid gets hit with the spray (~4k damage per target) damage will be pretty high from the initial aoe of the spray and all the blobs. Its easy to pull aggro on blobs from doing high HPS if multiple players are hit by the spary; however, only one blob should spawn per poison spray. Remember not to stand in front of Grobbulus and the encounter should be straight forward.

    Gluth

          Gluth has more mechanics to contend with than the previous two Construct wing bosses, in terms of raw difficulty, he falls somewhere between Grobbulus and Patchwerk. He melees shield-wearing tank for an average of 2k, so healers have to be somewhat attentive to the main tank’s HP bar. He has a frenzy, increasing melee damage done. If a Tranq Shot misses or a rotation is botched, expect heavy damage on the main tank until the frenzy can be removed.

          Every 20 seconds, Gluth will cast a 20yard range Terrifying Roar -aka Fear. If you are in the MT or a melee group you need to have 100% Tremor Totem uptime. Gluth also has a Mortal Wound ability that decreases healing done by 10%. This stacks, it's basically the same as Kurinaxx in AQ20. Depending on your group’s DPS and how many stacks of the debuff your MT racks up, there will be a tank switch. Keep this in mind or have Gluth hard targeted in order to keep on top of who is currently tanking.

          Besides all these mechanics, the other half of the fight are the zombies that spawn in the back of the room from three pipe-structures. Mages or Hunters will kite these zombies in the back of the room. While one Mage can handle all three spawn locations, most groups will use three to simplify their job. Each kiter should have a healer assigned to exclusively heal them. It is somewhat useless to assign more than one healer to a kiter as higher stacks of Infected Wounds can be very lethal to one-shot tier. Priest is by far the best suited healer for this job, because the zombies apply a stacking debuff that increases physical damage taken by 100. Once a kiter gets close to 10 stacks, one melee attack from a zombie will take their HP dangerously close to zero. A Priest should be able to constantly shield the kiter. If your Priests are normally assigned to MT/OT healing find a way to swap Shaman in for them on this encounter. Additionally, help your kiters out by Frost Shock(rank 1) any loose zombies, keeping Earthbind Totem down in strategic locations, etc.

          The final mechanic is Decimate, which Gluth casts every 105 seconds. It reduces everyone’s HP to 5% of their max HP. Since it is percentage based, it will never kill anyone. No one will take non-decimate damage on this fight besides the main tank and mage kiters. All healers’ priority after a decimate goes out is to heal the tanks and kiters. Healers who pump a lot of HPS after a decimate might be prone to pulling aggro on zombies and getting themselves killed. This is a great time for an On-Use trinket such as Hibernation Crystal or ZHC.

    Thaddius

          Thaddius is a two-phase fight. Stalagg and Feugen comprise the first phase. Stalagg is on a platform to the left, Feugen to the right. Both will melee for about 2k on average, and both share an aoe Stomp ability that deals 1,500 damage to anyone in melee range, great for CHr1 spam. Every 20 seconds, the mini bosses will throw their top threat target (simply put, their tank) to the other platform. Healers need to be aware of when switches occur, and who their new platform tank is.

           Stalagg is the far more dangerous boss of the two from a healer perspective. He periodically casts Power Surge, a haste ability that increases his melee speed by 280%, this cannot be dispelled. If Stalagg casts Power Surge and Stomp in quick succession, his tank will eat a lot of burst. Healers on Stalagg-side need to be on point with quick top-offs. I recommend two strong healers dedicated to healing only the tank on Stalagg-side, at least one being a Priest for PW:S catches. Whoever is tanking Stalagg should be using a shield and stoneshield potions to mitigate as much damage as possible.

           Feugen is much more tame by comparison - he casts an aoe mana burn that can be outranged by all casters/healers along with his aoe Stomp and average 2k melee swing.

          Your raid group will coordinate DPS such that both mini bosses die at the same time, at which point you will jump from the platforms to the lower-platform where Thaddius stands. Your main tank will pick up the boss and the second phase begins. Thaddius melees for an average of 1.7k on a non-shield wearing tank. The tank damage requirements are low enough that only two healers need be hard assigned to the MT -likely a Priest/Druid combo. One thing to keep in mind here is that the boss is tauntable. Perhaps your group can get away with the main tank wearing a shield, which will significantly lower Thaddius’s melee damage.

          The positive-negative debuff, Polarity Shift, is the main mechanic of the second phase. Healers need to move to the appropriate side when a polarity shift occurs to avoid wiping their raid. The polarity debuffs increase damage done and damage taken. Thaddius will periodically cast Chain Lightning that deals moderate AoE nature damage. Healers should easily be able to top off this damage before another occurrence. The biggest potential threat is some idiot does not correctly swap sides. In this instance very large damage will be done that must be healed up ASAP so bust out CHr3. Otherwise the fight is pretty brainless at this point - keep the MT topped off, switch sides as needed, and top people off from chain lightning damage.

          *Keep your eye on your threat meter and be ready to drop TA for any member of your group who may pull aggro.

    Noth

          Noth is the easiest or 2nd easiest boss in Naxx. He does not melee for a lot of damage on a plate-user. I suspect the most common, troublesome issue with Noth will be threat. If a clothie pulls threat, they may die in 1-2 melees. Healers should be aware that threat may be an issue, as his Blink is a complete aggro wipe and he is immune to Taunt. One trick you can apply is to keep your Searing Totem by his teleport location. Enough Searing Totems increase the potential for snap aggro to be generated onto a totem over a caster/healer.

          Noth casts Curse on a large number of players, they need to be dispelled immediately by all Mages and Druids or the cursed players will be afflicted with Wrath of the Plaguebringer. This encounter can be thought of as the Decurse Wall. He will periodically Blink, teleporting 20 yards in a random direction and wiping threat completely. Additionally, players close to Noth when he blinks will affected by Cripple, reducing movement and attack speed, and strength. This should also be immediately dispelled.

          90 seconds after he is engaged, Noth will jump to the balcony above his room and summon adds. These adds will be tanked in separate corners of the room and burned down. The simple approach is to divide your healers equally among the locations where the adds will be tanked. A clever healer can situate themselves as to be in range of at least two of these add clusters. They will be killed quickly, and they don’t deal much damage. That’s pretty much all there is to this fight. Noth is a great candidate for T2.5 hybrid DPSing.

    Heigan

          Heigan is famous among Classic bosses for his dance mechanic and will demonstrate exactly how many brain dead idiots you're carrying in your raid. Besides this, he has a few abilities in his first phase that healers should know about. The first is his AoE Mana Burn, which will drain mana and deal equivalent damage (Shadow). Heigan should be tanked such that casters/healers can outrange this ability on the platform in the back of the room. Healers should notify the tank if Heigan’s Mana Burn is hitting casters/healers. He also casts a Disease, Decrepit Fever, on melee players that should be dispelled immediately so keep Disease Cleansing Totem down during this phase.

          The other important mechanic besides the dance is Teleport. Heigan will choose 3 players and teleport them to the tunnel attached to the boss room - you have to fight your way back. If the group of 3 doesn’t have a healer, they will likely all die unless they use clever mechanics. Healers who are teleported should focus on keeping allies and themselves alive by any means while making their way back to Heigan’s room ASAP. Greater Shadow prot potions, swapping in a shield, Earthbind, Stoneclaw, and Frost Shock on the Maggots and Earth Shock on Eye Stalk's Mind Flay can be useful here. Getting teleported is by far the most annoying part of this fight.

          I hope anyone reading this guide is familiar with the safety dance. 90 seconds after he is engaged, Heigan will teleport to the platform. All casters/healers will join the melee DPS and tanks on the lower floor and move around the room in a pattern to avoid Eruption. Dealing 4k damage, two eruptions will kill most players.

          You can see the pattern of movement and eruption lines during this phase in my Heigan video. I strongly recommend you stay close to the platform as that will be the track with the shortest movement between eruptions. Pay attention to the boundaries and you should be able to learn the limits of each eruption zone easily. If you are unfamiliar with this encounter then I would advise you not to stop moving to cast any heals during the dance. However, a clever player running close to the platform can get a LHW off easily between at least one eruption per cycle. Don’t press your fortune and cast any more than 2 LHWs during the dance or you will die. The easiest places to heal are at the extreme ends of the dance. Try to save NS for one of the dances as it is almost assured some bunch of idiots will take damage off the initial or second eruption.

          This encounter is another great opportunity to use T2.5 and do some spot DPS.

    Loatheb

          Loatheb is another uniquely designed boss, one that really deviates from previous raid content. It will be substantially easier for modern players than it was in 2006. Loatheb only casts one ability the entire fight: Inevitable Doom, starting at the 2 minute mark and every 30 seconds after..2:30, 3:00 etc.. that deals ~2,600 shadow damage to the whole raid.

          The real catch to this fight is that healers can only cast one healing spell per minute due to Corrupted Mind. After casting a heal, you’ll get a debuff for one minute preventing any more healing spells. This does not apply to HST so make sure to drop that prior to pull and refresh it before each of your assigned heal windows. The encounter is designed around healers not being able to heal Loatheb’s damage that starts at 2 minutes. Your raid group needs greater GSPPs, Healthstones, and Bandages to survive Inevitable Doom. What is true of Patchwerk is also true here. The lower your DPS, the longer this fight drags on, the more consumables your group will have to use to survive.

          Loatheb is pretty straightforward for healers. The only source of damage besides the Doom is Loatheb’s melees (1.4k average). All healers will only heal the main tank. Use your biggest direct healing spell and highest +heal gear. This is a great encounter for double high value On-Use trinkets like Hibernation Crystal, Scarab Brooch, etc. Number all your healers, for example with 12 healers, 1 to 12. Healer 1 will cast the first heal on the MT, then Healer 2 etc. in a strict rotation. Do not use T1 8pc, T2.5 5pc or T2 3pc on this encounter.

          Communication is crucial. Create a system that tells the raid (and other healers) when you have cast your heal on the tank. You can create a macro that types in raid chat + yell, and whispers the next healer in the rotation. Whatever works for your group, just make sure all healers are using the same system. Since healers only cast 1 spell per minute, you can determine an ideal time-interval between each heal. For a 12 healer group, the interval is 5 seconds (60 / 12). Regardless of overhealing, there’s no reason to wait longer than 5 seconds for the next healer in the rotation to cast their healing spell.

          Raid DPS is significantly higher on Loatheb than other bosses because of the Spores. These give 50% crit and 100% threat reduction through the debuff Fungal Bloom, basically open license for your raid to rip huge DPS on Loatheb. They spawn one at a time and affect 5 players max, so parties will take turns collecting them. As your healing role is significantly impacted fill your downtime with both twisting and direct DPS to Loatheb.

    Razuvious

           Raszuvious has the most unique mechanic for Priests in all of Classic and can be thought of as a Priest IQ Wall. He does a clockwise patrol in his room between four adds called Understudies, each one has 91k health. Razuvious has one important ability - Disrupting Shout, which he casts every 25 seconds. It burns mana and deals equivalent damage to any mana users in his LoS, this should be easily avoided by Shaman. It also has a short stun component. Final element of design to this fight is that Razuvious melees for an absurd amount of damage, too much for a Warrior wearing mitigation gear to handle unless using Shield Wall. Priests Mind Control the understudies and use them to tank Razuvious - two Priests usually do all MCing, but you can use more. They should wear 3% hit to reach cap on the understudies.

          The pull is the most important part of the fight. The Priest who initiates combat is the “main tank” as they have to position the boss. You should abide by three rules for the pull:

    • When dragging Razuvious into position, the MC target stays within 20yds of your position.
    • The final boss position is within 20yds of your position, and the two positions are out of LoS from each other.
    • Casters can easily LoS the bosses’ Shout.

          To execute the pull, the main tank Priest will Mind Soothe the two closest Understudies. You have to time it with Razuvious’s patrol - be ready to run into MC range just as he is patrolling away from the front-left Understudy. After Mind Soothing, run into range, staying close to the wall. Then Mind Control and immediately press Shield Wall and grab the boss with Taunt. If you cast MC and the boss does not proximity aggro, resist the urge to move the mob toward the boss. You risk breaking the MC. Instead, use a Hunter to grab the boss, make sure he gets pulled directly into the MCed Understudy for an easy pickup.

          After your Understudy has aggro of the boss, you will walk the understudy back to the wall of the circular room, not the wall of the ramp. Drag Razuvious along the wall until he is basically directly on top of it. Then, drag him toward the ramp, only to the point where your Understudy is now in LoS of the healers who are on the ramp, aka the Shaman core. If this is unclear to you at all, Hareem suggests watching this video showing the basic maneuver for getting Razuvious to line up along the wall. Only pay attention to the pull and initial positioning.

          Once the boss is in position it is our job to maintain the health pools of as many Understudies as we can. The three remaining Understudies will be off-tanked on the ramp. They have no abilities so it's safe to tank them anywhere. Assign 2 healers to keep an eye on the OTs. Everyone else will heal the Understudy that has aggro of Razuvious, or be on MC duty. Healers assigned to Understudy healing should peek out into the circular room for the pull, to make sure the first Understudy gets healed while the boss is being positioned.

          The most annoying part of the fight is a debuff that gets applied to the Understudy after the MC finishes. The debuff prevents them from being MCed for one minute. This should only cause issues if you experience random early breaks on MC. To mitigate the risk, Hareem suggests the second Priest MC’s an understudy ~15 seconds into the fight. Move the second understudy into position for an easy swap - right on top of the first understudy. If the first MC randomly breaks, the second priest will taunt and keep the boss in the same position. After the swap, the Priest MT will MC a different Understudy and get into position for the next swap. This rotation continues until the boss dies.

          There is not much to this boss for non-Priests; however, it is important to know their role as it is the main element of this encounter. For Shaman, either T1 8pc, if you can get any HW jumps between Understudies or players, or full +heal in all slots is the ideal gear set for this encounter. Try to make sure at least one Shaman in your raid has Healing Way so all Shaman can benefit from the 18% increase to Healing Wave's base. If you do not have Imp HW don’t worry but do not fall back to LHW. Simply cast your slow HW with the goal of keeping the Understudies topped off.

    Gothik

          Gothik is easy so there won’t be too much detail. Your raid will split into two groups - “Live” and “Dead” sides. During the first phase, adds spawn on the Live side. Killing them generates new adds on the Dead side. The adds come in waves of three different types. Shaman can’t really do too much here other than DPS/heal but Priests can Shackle the mounted-Deathknight looking mobs called Unrelenting Riders on live side. Dead side players generally take more damage than Live side so put your heaviest duty raid healing Shaman here. Watch out for the Spectral Trainee Arcane Explosion and the Spectral Rider Unholy Aura.

          After a while, Gothik will descend from his balcony and directly engage the raid. He periodically casts Shadow Bolt on a few random players for 2-2.5k damage. Besides this, there’s nothing to this phase, he will die very quickly.

          This encounter is well suited to T2.5 and flex DPSing.

    Four Horsemen

          The Four Horsemen is one of the most interesting and engaging fights in Classic. The basic strategy is for the Horsemen to be tanked separately in the corners of the room. Each one applies a different Mark starting at 20 seconds and every 12 seconds thereafter. The marks deal damage, and leave a debuff that increases damage from additional marks of the same type only. Different marks apply different debuffs. The Horsemen cast mark on anyone within 65 yds and LoS of them, which is why they are tanked as far away from one another as possible. Tanks will swap between different Horsemen to avoid stacking too many of the same debuff. Dps and healers will have different rotations. The healer one is simple and effective.

          Draw a line from all the corners to the middle of the room - mark the halfway points in each line. There should be four points - these are healer positions. When healers rotate, they will move clockwise from one position to the next. Assign 3 healers to each position, and number each positions’ healers Groups 1 through 3. All healers assigned Group 1 will rotate clockwise to the next position immediately after the first Mark is cast. All healers assigned Group 2 will rotate on the second mark, and Group 3 will go on the third, then Group 1 on the fourth, etc.
    Healers will rotate every three marks the entire fight.

          Besides different marks, the Horsemen have unique abilities that healers should be aware of.

          Thane brings down a Meteor every 12-15 seconds that deals 14k damage split evenly among all players within 8 yds of the impact. Thane's Meteor will deal decent damage - you have at least 12 seconds to get these players topped off. Blameaux creates a Void Zone below a random player within her mark range. The Void Zone will deal heavy damage per second to anyone standing in it, two ticks will kill most players. Pay attention to where zones spawn, don’t get caught sleeping and don’t stand on/near other players. Additionally, try not to stand in a place that would deposit a Void Zone that would impede the flow of traffic or make the encounter more difficult for the other players in your raid. Zeliek casts a Holy Chain Lightning, Holy Wrath, that deals 500 damage, and bounces to anyone within 10yds, doubling in damage each jump. Mograine casts Righteous Fire on his aggro target that deals high initial and DoT fire damage. Some tanks will wear FR to mitigate this ability. Mograine deals the highest single-target damage among the 4, make sure the tank is constantly topped off.

          Healers will spend the entire fight healing their quadrant's tank and rotating after three marks. Tanks will swap regularly to avoid too many marks. Pay attention when a swap occurs. Use target-of-target to see when the new tank has a hold on the horseman. Healing the tank is priority #1. Once you get the rotation down and get used to tank swaps, this fight becomes straightforward for healers.

          This encounter is not well suited to T2.5.

    Anub’Rehkan

          Anub'Rekhan is tied with Noth for easiest boss in Naxx. Your group will designate two tanks to pick up the Crypt Guards that spawn at the beginning. Assigning one competent healer per OT should suffice. For the main tank who picks up the boss, assign three healers for safety, you can probably get away with two strong healers. After the Crypt Guards die, they will spawn Corpse Scarabs that will be AOE’d down. Keep an eye on your casters’ HP bars -especially Warlocks. Anub’rehkan periodically casts Impale, an ability that knocks up the ground in a line and sends players into the air. The initial damage + fall damage adds up to maybe 60-75% of a clothie’s total HP, with full world buffs, 50%. The raid should be easily topped off within a few GCDs before the next Impale. Locust Swarm is the main mechanic to deal with. It is an AOE ability that surrounds the boss by 30 yards and his run speed decreases by 40% when he casts it. Your tank will kite him around the edge of the room so the raid can easily outrange Swarm. Be aware of the boss and tank’s position. Keep the tank topped off, position properly, this boss will fall over for almost every group.

          Anub’rehkan is well suited to T2.5 and flex DPSing unless your raid is prone to taking Impale damage.

    Grand Widow Faerlina

          Grand Widow Faerlina has two major components - AOE damage abilities and a Mind Control-centric mechanic for the Priests in your raid. Every 10 seconds, she casts a 40yd range Poison Bolt Volley on ~10 random players for 1,400 damage; it also applies a poison DoT that ticks for 400 every 2 seconds -great for Poison Cleansing Totem. Faerlina also casts a simple Rain of Fire that deals 2k damage per tick that can be easily healed with CHr3. Faerlina melees for 1,000-1,500 damage. Add all of this damage together and it still doesn’t amount to much, assuming your group isn’t prone to standing in fire. At the start of the fight, six adds surround the Grand Widow - two Followers, four Worshippers. The Worshippers will be tanked by OTs. One tank can safely pick up two Worshippers, they shouldn’t melee for much and have no abilities. One healer per OT should suffice.

    Maexxna

          Maexxna has three mechanics, the first is Web Wrap, which she casts at the 20 second mark, and every 40 seconds thereafter. The boss will knock 3 players straight backwards and wrap them in cocoons that incapacitate them and deal 700 damage every 2 seconds. These cocoons are called Web Wrap and can be broken with 6,000 damage, but targets will likely need healing. Assign 5 healers to heal any Web Wrapped targets - spread these healers along the wall directly behind Maexxna. Rest of the healers can be assigned to the main tank.

          Every 40 seconds, she will cast Web Spray dealing 2k damage and incapacitating the entire raid for 8 seconds. The MT will continue eating Maexxna’s melees during this time. The common strategy is to apply as many HoT spells as possible to the tank prior to the Web Spray in order to keep them alive. Renew, 8/8 T2 Renew, Regrowth, Rejuv, PW:S, and Scarab Brooch are the available options. If your group can kill Maexxna prior to the 1:20 mark, your tank can simply Shield Wall the one Web Spray phase and preserve buff slots. After Web Spray fades from the raid, the #1 priority is to top off the MT’s health as quickly as possible. Save Nature’s Swiftness for this situation.

          When Maexxna hits 30% health, she will Enrage, increasing melee attack speed and damage. While this extra damage is easily healable, it is crucial that your group does not get a Web Spray when Maexxna is enraged, as a tank without Shield Wall is unlikely to survive. Once you push Maexxna past 30%, you must kill her before a Web Spray.

          This encounter is a decent use case for T2.5 flex DPSing on both Maexxna and the Web Sprays.

    Sapphiron

          The penultimate boss, Sapphiron, has five abilities and two phases that alternate.

    Ground phase

          Frost Aura deals 600 maximum damage every 2 seconds (300 DTPS), it can be partially resisted - this ability persists the entire fight regardless of phase and does not cause pushback. For more information on how to mitigate the Frost Aura damage see the Shaman FrR Guide for Sapphiron. Every 24 seconds, Sapphiron casts the curse-effect Life Drain on 7-10 random players, dealing 2k damage every 3 seconds and healing Sapphiron for double that amount. This must be removed immediately! Blizzards will drift throughout the room in straight lines. They deal 3.5k damage every 2 seconds and slow movement speed by 65%. This is the only reason players would reposition during ground phases.

    Air phase

          After 45 seconds of combat have elapsed, Sapphiron takes to the air and begins launching Icebolts at random players, one at a time. They deal roughly 3k damage and lock the player in an Iceblock that closely resembles the Mage ability - the player takes no damage but they are incapacitated for the 22 second duration. Icebolts have a 10yard splash radius, a large chunk of players frozen at the same time is not a desirable outcome.

          After casting five Icebolts, Sapphiron casts his final ability Frost Breath, it is a very obvious ability and creates a forst orb in the middle of the room that slowly approaches the ground. Just before it touches the ground, it will explode for lethal damage. The mechanic here is for all non-frozen players to use one of the Iceblocks to LoS this ability. Any player who doesn’t will die. By the time the 3rd or 4th Icebolt goes out, players should be making their way toward a block.

          Once Frost Breath goes out, the raid will resume Phase 1 positioning. All subsequent air phase occur at 67 second intervals, not 45. Most groups will either kill Sapphiron in two air phases or wipe, as your healers likely cannot sustain casting through three air phases.

          Considerations for healers:

    • All healers should prioritize spells that maximize HPM, this means LHW is relegated to life saving events.
    • No Shaman should use T2.5 on progression
    • Shaman should use T2 3pc with highest hybrid +heal/MP5 off pieces or T1 8pc
    • All healers should use MMPs and Runes on cooldown, and ideally a Flask of Distilled Wisdom. Prepot GSPP to mitigate Rune damage.

          This is the single most healing intensive fight in the entire game due to Frost Aura. Assuming your raid has an average of 150 FR equipped, it will deal ~9k DPS. The 2nd source of damage is tank damage. Sapphiron can hit fairly hard, so your tank will gear for mitigation. I suggest three healers dedicated to healing the tank, preferably non-Priests or Priests without 8/8 T2. All other healers are assigned to the raid.

          Positioning is important for healers in this fight. Groups need to be set up such that your entire raid is within range of at least one HoT healer, if not two. Other positioning factors include Shaman FRT coverage. All these elements play into an optimal positioning setup. Communicate with your raid leader to ensure that healers are properly spread throughout the room.

          The majority of Shaman will be casting CHr1 & 3. The efficiency and HPS combo of this spell is unmatched compared to the other spells in our arsenal. This requires some ability on part of the player to determine if anyone will be in range of the bounces. If not, utilize mid to high ranks of HW. You can do this either in conjunction with T1 8pc or not. If you think you can get HW bounces use T1 8pc, if not just use your best hybrid gear while maintaining T2 3pc. Consult the RShaman Calculator to determine what spells and ranks you should use.

          Healers tend to fall behind in HPS during air phase. This is because healers are moving to Ice Blocks while the Frost Aura damage persists. Once behind an Iceblock Shaman should maximize CHr3usage to top the raid and mitigate HPS loss due to required movement. Once the raid resets after a Frost Breath, there will be lots of ground to cover in healing. When transitioning from air phase into ground phase, melee will become your primary healing targets. Top them off before addressing the ranged as the Priests and Druid(s) should be prioing them. Rinse-repeat until victory.

    Kel'Thuzad

          Kel'Thuzad is the final and ultimate boss in all of Classic. He is the most difficult boss by far and is comprised of 3 phases. It is advisable to wear a bit of FrR for KT similar to Sapphiron. If you do decide to wear FrR do not opt to equip any more than the Week 1 Sapphiron gear set outlined here. Much of this boss is positioning and each raid may have different strategies on how to accomplish this boss. For the purposes of this guide I will go over a brief rundown on each Phase and provide healing specific tips relevant to each.

    Phase 1: Add Phase

          Phase 1 of KT is a relatively straight forward add phase. During this phase 3 types of adds will spawn in the cubbies around the perimeter of the room. As a healer your position will be within the circle in the middle of the room. The 3 add during this phase are: Unstoppable Abominations, Soldier of the Frozen Wastes, and Soul Weavers. Unstoppable Abominations need to be picked up by a tank and will do the majority of the damage in this phase unless shit hits the fan. These Aboms have a Moral Wound ability that will reduce incoming healing and make tank longevity an issue. They will either have to die quickly or Taunt rotations will have to be established to allow at risk tanks to recuperate. The Soldiers are very straight forward; simply have your ranged DPS burn them down or upon reaching the raid they will cast Dark Blast and explode causing significant AoE damage. Finally, the Soul Weavers, like the Soldiers, move slowly toward the center of the room casting a frontal cone, Wall of Souls. This ability is not dangerous if the Soul Weavers are killed before reaching the center of the room. If they do their frontal cone ability will knock players back potentially into other mob spawn areas leading to a wipe.

          For healers there shouldn't be too much to this phase. Simply watch your tanks and make sure to pick up any raid damage caused by your ranged DPS failing in their job.

    Phase 2: Kel'Thuzad [100%-40%]

          Phase 2 is your first interaction with Kel'Thuzad himself. He has a host of abilities that require the raid to spread out quickly to avoid exaggerating several lethal mechanics. Healers concern themselves most with Frostbolt Volley, Detonate Mana and Frost Blast. Frostbolt Volley goes out every 15 seconds and deals unavoidable frost damage to the entire raid, a key reason to consider FrR gear. Detonate Mana is a particularly nasty mechanic that will burn 50% of the afflicted player's mana pool over 5 seconds before they explode dealing significant arcane damage to nearby players. Frost Blast is the second most dangerous mechanic in KT's arsenal. Every 30 seconds, KT will randomly target a player in the room blasting them with frost damage and freezing them, and all players within 10 yards of the target, in place. Any player frozen by Frost Blast will take 130% of their total health in damage over 5 seconds and need to be immediately healed. You must be aware of Frost Blast and this mechanic should be prominently displayed on your UI.

          There are three more mechanics to concern yourself with during this phase. Shadow Fisure will place a random red circle on the ground periodically throughout the phase. After 3 seconds it will explode and deal lethal damage to anyone inside the perimeter. A Frostbolt - Single Target that will apply frost damage to the highest threat target and should be interrupted by your melee and cannot be redirected by Grounding. The final mechanic is also the most dangerous in this phase, Chains of Kel'Thuzad. Every minute, this ability will Mind Control the MT and 4 other unfortunate souls in your raid. The MCed players should be CCed by Mages and Warlocks; however, any player in the raid may use Magic Dust to apply a ranged CC in case of emergency.

          As a Shaman, you should have Frost Resistance Totem down during this entire phase. The key mechanics to watch out for are the first three listed and our primary concern will be to LHW spam anyone affected by Frost Blast. During this phase make sure to maintain a 10 yard distance between yourself and any other players. The Shadow Fissure will seek to displace you and force elements of your raid to clump up so as to be susceptible to Frost Blast. If you are displaced by Shadow Fissure simply resume your position once the mechanic has ended.

    Phase 3: Controlled Burn [40%-Dead]

          Phase 3 is the final and most difficult phase of KT. While KT continues to perform all of his Phase 2 mechanics, he will spawn 5 Nerubian bigbois, Guardians of Icecrown, into the encounter which must be dealt with. Although up to 3 can be CCed with Shackle Undead, two must be tanked by OTs or kited. If you attempt to CC more than 3 of the Nerubians KT will cast Shackle Shatter breaking all CC on the adds and causing mayhem that will likely wipe your raid. This phase introduces additional difficulty to the healing roster as now two additional tanks will require a steady stream of healing. If you are assigned as one of the OT healers in this phase make sure not to run through other players or position yourself in a way that increases the risk to your raid from Frost Blast.

          T2.5 will likely not be a viable option during this encounter. Lean toward T2 3pc with BiS offset or T1 8pc.

    posted in Shaman
  • The Egregious TBC Resto Shaman Guide

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    Hello fellow Totem-Mule,

          If you find yourself reading this guide then you are probably interested in or considering playing the Restoration Shaman. This will be a comprehensive, in-depth guide of what it means to play the Resto Shaman at a competent level in Classic TBC. Within will be discussed all aspects of the class from what’s new, to gearing, to UI in an effort to bring you up to speed on the basics of this utility healer.

          We welcome the Alliance to the fold and will preface the guide by going over the four Shaman races.

     
     

    RACES:

    Troll:

    • Best choice for Resto in PvE, mediocre in PvP
    • Berserking is a strong healing cooldown on a 3 min CD
    • Provides a minimum of 10% haste for 10 sec, scaling up to a cap of 30% at low health
    • Lacking PvP racial comparable to Orc stun resistance or Tauren War Stomp

    Orc:

    • Strongest in PvP, weak in PvE
    • Blood Fury increases spell damage and healing by 143 for 15 sec
    • Stun resistance is very effective in PvP. Ideal for those pushing Glad

    Tauren:

    • Strong in PvP, weak in PvE
    • War Stomp → heal combo is p o w e r f u l
    • Huge model; best race for accumulating server fame (size does matter)
    • Male model gets extra 2.6 yards to their hitbox and female gets 1.6

    Draenei:

    • Your only choice as Alliance
    • Sadly not super great for either PvE or PvP

    … you can always just pick your favorite.

     
     

    WHAT’S NEW IN TBC (Spells & Talents):

          As you may have noticed we’re not in Classic anymore. Good job, you’ve taken your first step in TBC toward becoming a better player. Situational awareness is key. There are a few new Spells and Talents that you should familiarize yourself with. These consist of six new spells and four new talents available to the Resto Shaman. They are as follows:

    New Spells:

    • Wrath of Air Totem (all specs):
            Think of this as Windfury Totem for casters and healers. This totem provides a bonus of 101 spell damage and healing to all players within 20 yards. This totem will be mandatory when in a ranged or healer group unless running Tranquil Air for threat. Wrath of Air Totem does not apply an aura in the same way Windfury Totem does so it is not possible to twist WoA with TA to the same effect as WF with GoA.

    • Water Shield (all specs):
            Water Shield is T3 8pc bonus as a spell. While active it grants 50 MP5 with three charges. When struck a charge will be consumed and provide 200 mana back to the caster. The charges have a short ICD similar to Lightning Shield. You must keep Water Shield active 100% of the time. If you are low on charges, know big damage is coming up and won’t have time to reapply, then refresh it early during a lull period even with a charge or two remaining so as not to lose uptime. Finally, because this spell costs no mana it does not trigger the five second rule (5SR) when refreshed.

    • Earth Shield (Resto only):
            Earth Shield is a new pseudo-HoT and defensive ability Resto Shaman receive from their 41 point talent. It applies a shield with six charges to a single target that not only heals the target when struck for a base of 270 but also provides a 30% chance of ignoring spell interruption on the target while active. Only one elemental shield can be active on any target at a time. ES and WS cannot persist on the same target at the same time so keep this in mind when casting ES on yourself or other Shaman. A mistake many Shaman make is to only think of this as a Main Tank ability and neglect to use it on melee or casters for certain mechanics.

    • Totemic Recall (all specs):
            This is a very simple but much needed addition to the Shaman class. This spell destroys all currently active totems and refunds 25% of the base cost of each totem. This ability will save you from totem pulling mobs, packs, bosses and generally being the cause of many problems within a raid. A meta level play is to recall your totems at the very last moment to effectively reduce the cost of your totems by 25%.

    • Earth Elemental Totem (all specs):
            This is a utility totem that provides an effective tank in support of the Shaman for two minutes. Although this can be applied as a wipe prevention measure in dungeons and Heroics, it can equally as easily cause a wipe if used recklessly.

    • Fire Elemental Totem (all specs):
            Another utility totem that provides some decent AoE and single target damage in support of the Shaman for two minutes. You can use this totem at almost any time within an encounter for extra damage.

    New Resto Talents:

    • Nature’s Guardian:
            Optional. Nature’s Guardian gives the Shaman a chance to passively heal oneself if damaged below the 30% threshold. Each point gives an additional 10% chance for this effect to happen capping at 50%. It is important to know that every single instance of damage taken under the 30% threshold has a chance to proc this talent, not just the damage responsible for crossing the 30% threshold. This means that, if the frequency of damage is relatively consistent and the damage minor, it is unnecessary to max out the talent in order to benefit from it. Most Shaman typically run three points in this talent if they opt to spend points in it.

    • Improved Chain Heal:
            Mandatory. Imp CH increases the amount healed by your Chain Heal by 20%, 10% per point. This value affects the spell coefficient. In TBC Purification, and by extent Imp CH, affects not only the base of the spell but also the additive +healing from gear. To do this it modifies the coefficient. To calculate your new CH coefficient you would follow this equation:

                      (CH base coefficient) 74.13 * (Purification) 1.1 * (Imp CH) 1.2 = 94.29%

    • Nature’s Blessing:
            Mandatory. Nature’s Blessing increases spell damage and healing by 30% of your total Intellect pool. This talent is worth about 100 healing on the lower end at the beginning of TBC dungeons and gains in value as your gear improves throughout TBC.

    • Earth Shield (spell):
            Mandatory. Outlined above.

     
     

    TALENTING:

          Now, let’s cover your spec options. Below is what should be considered the standard PvE Resto specialization.

    Deep Resto:

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          This is the bread and butter Resto spec for TBC and can be thought of the “triage” spec. You have all the tools you will need for Dungeons, Heroics and Raids. Improved Healing Wave and Healing Way for tank or slow paced single target healing and Improved Chain Heal for group/raid healing.

          There is a bit of leeway in this spec if you want 2/2 in Improved Reincarnation and can be found in the six points between Nature’s Guardian and Healing Grace. Threat is actually something you as a healer will have to manage in TBC -see the Threat section- and it is therefore inadvisable to pull more than one point out of Healing Grace. If you do want Imp Reincarnation I would suggest pulling two points from Nature’s Guardian or one point from each.

    Ele Warding Resto:

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          The next spec is Ele Warding Resto and is useful for those Shaman who are primary raid healers and who don’t hard cast Healing Wave. This may be your playstyle or may be a development over time as you progress into T5 and beyond, filling the raid healer over triage healer role.

          This spec sacrifices the ability to hard cast Healing Wave and reliability of the spell as a viable tank or single target heal in exchange for greater elemental damage survivability. Healing Wave can still be used in dungeons or very low pressure scenarios but LHW will now act as your go-to for single target damage solutions. This spec is possible but may not be optimal for an early game Shaman during dungeons and Kara. While there is still elemental damage in this content, the need to triage heal with HW outweighs the benefit of added survivability. Movinginto T5+ the frequency and lethality of elemental damage increases and utilizing Elemental Warding becomes increasingly attractive.

          This spec has six points of flexibility between Nature’s Guardian and Healing Grace. However, threat management is more challenging in TBC and it’s advisable to have at least two points in Healing Grace.

    Twisting Resto:

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          The final spec is for the Twisting Shaman and utilizes Enh Totems to further buff melee should you spend time in a melee group or are designing strats around melee comps.

          This twisting spec makes the same sacrifice of Healing Wave functionality for the added utility of buffing your Strength of Earth Totem. It is inadvisable to go further into the Enhancement tree to pick up Improved Weapon Totems as the application of this buff is very nominal as you sacrifice a significant amount of your throughput to obtain the talent. The loss of Earth Shield, Nature’s Blessing and Improved Chain Heal are significant throughput drawbacks that should only be made in the most extreme circumstances by those who have specific comp and strat requirements in mind.

          This spec has five points of flexibility in Enhancement and seven points of flexibility in Resto. In Enhancement you can do anything with the five points between Ancestral Knowledge and Enhancing Totems. That said, Imp Ghost Wolf is very attractive as the base cast time for the spell is reduced to two seconds in TBC. This means that two points in Imp Ghost Wolf reduces the cast time to zero giving you instant travel form. Additionally Guardian Totems can see use through the CD reduction of Grounding Totem. Look for mechanics that can be redirected in dungeons, heroics and raids to decide if this talent suits you.

     
     

    WHAT TO SAVE FROM CLASSIC:

          This section is for both those transitioning over from Classic who are interested to know what items are worth saving and those fresh TBC players who may be interested in what old content to farm. The question of what to save will depend on what path Blizzard chooses to take regarding patch structure for TBC. We’ll do a complete rundown of what to save and how to determine if it will be useful when TBC is launched.

    • Tier 2 (all 8):
            On Classic TBC release if you read in the tooltip, “... by 5%” instead of 30% you can toss this set. If the 3pc text still reads, “... by 30%” save it, it will be BiS throughout TBC.

    • Scarab Brooch:
            This trinket is amazing due to the manner of healing it provides. Scarab Brooch imbues each direct heal recipient with a shield that absorbs 15% of the total raw value of the heal. These shields cannot stack and will overwrite each other as a higher value shield is applied to the target. If you apply a shield with a value of 10 and follow up a consecutive heal with a value of 100, the shield with a value of 10 will be removed and the shield with a value of 100 will take its place. This trinket is limited in scope by the imagination and skill of its wielder. There will certainly be niche applications of this trinket throughout TBC.

    • Eye of the Dead & Hibernation Crystal:
            Eye of the Dead is a better version of Hibernation Crystal; however, both trinkets are still extremely good and hold up in competition with early TBC options. Save these as they will provide powerful trinket options into Kara. Unlike Scarab Brooch these trinkets will be replaced with time.

    • Rejuvenating Gem:
            Rejuvenating Gem is a BiS trinket option all the way up to Kara, hold onto it. Unlike Scarab Brooch this trinket will be replaced with time.

    • Hammer of the Twisting Nether:
            All main hand weapons from C’Thun to KT are viable and solid healing weapons up to Kara. This is equally true of shields and OHs from Wormscale Blocker and Sartura’s Might onward. However, Hammer of the Twisting Nether is on par if not slightly better than non Heroic pre-raid BiS options.

    • Shield of Condemnation:
            This item is directly BiS going into Kara.

    • Totem of Life:
            This item is directly BiS going into Kara by a margin of one point of healing over [Totem of Spontaneous Regrowth].

    • Tier 3 Ring and Bracers:
            Save these two pieces of T3 in addition with any others you are currently using. T3 or T3 equivalent BiS will last you up until TBC pre-raid BiS. Additionally, these two pieces of T3 will be part of my recommendation for pre-raid BiS gearing if you are twisting. If you aren’t then these two pieces will save you approximately the same amount of MP5 as you would lose from the alternative options and are therefore inadvisable. All of T3 in general will serve you well as you level to 70.

          There may be additional one-time-use or unique quest items that can be useful for TBC but have not been included due to their impracticality and limited time nature. Regardless there will still be consumables that can be of value from Classic into TBC. Things like Limited Invulnerability Potions, Free Action Potions, Magic Dust, Dark or Demonic Runes, Major Mana Potions, and Weapon Oils can all still be valuable raid consumables. Dark or Demonic Runes along with Brilliant Mana Oils are a mainstay in your consumable arsenal throughout TBC.

     
     

    GEARING AND PRE-RAID BIS:

          Proper itemization is one of the most vital aspects of WoW. Stats beneficial to the Resto Shaman are: MP5, Intellect, Healing Power, Spell Crit, Stamina, Spirit and Haste. We will go into more depth on the respective benefits of these stats in the Stat Priority section below, but for now, the order listed above is a fair guideline to gearing through early TBC when you do not have access to Haste.

          When gearing up during the initial stages of TBC Dungeons and Heroics it is important to prioritize mana stats (Int, MP5) over throughput stats (Healing Power, Spell Crit). Resto Shaman are sadly not very mana efficient during these early stages of play. However, in TBC itemization has drastically improved and it is possible to obtain gear that covers both your conservation and throughput needs.

          With that in mind we have gathered a pre-raid BiS list prior to Kara. All gear available during TBC launch will be considered for the pre-raid BiS list. Alternatives to some profession, Heroic and world boss gear will be supplemented for those disinclined or unable to put in the work.

    Pre-Raid BiS:

    SLOT ITEM LOCATION
    Head [Living Replicator Specs]
    Neck [Natasha’s Guardian Chain]
    Shoulders [Primal Mooncloth Shoulders]
    Back [Avian Cloak of Feathers]
    Chest [Primal Mooncloth Robe]
    Wrists [Primal Surge Bracers]
    Hands [Fathomheart Gauntlets]
    Waist [Primal Mooncloth Belt]
    Legs [Gilded Trousers of Benediction]
    Feet [Wavefury Boots]
    Ring [Cosmic Lifeband]
    Ring [Ancestral Band]
    Trinket [Scarab of the Infinite Cycle]
    Trinket [Eye of the Dead]
    Extra Trinket(s) [Lower City Prayerbook]
    Weapon: [Shockwave Truncheon]
    Off-Hand [Shield of Condemnation]
    Totem [Totem of Life]

          If you are planning on totem twisting use [Earthshatterer Wristguards] and [Ring of the Earthshatterer] in place of [Cosmic Lifeband].

    Alternative Pre-Raid:

    SLOT ITEM LOCATION
    Head [Headdress of the Tides]
    Neck [Natasha’s Guardian Chain]
    Shoulders [Mantle of the Sea Wolf]
    Back [Avian Cloak of Feathers]
    Chest [Earthpeace Breastplate]
    Wrists [Primal Surge Bracers]
    Hands [Fathomheart Gauntlets]
    Waist [Stillwater Girdle]
    Legs [Oceansong Kilt]
    Feet [Wavefury Boots]
    Ring [Ancestral Band]
    Ring [Cosmic Lifeband]
    Trinket [Scarab of the Infinite Cycle]
    Trinket [Lower City Prayerbook]
    Weapon [Lightsworn Hammer]
    Off-Hand [Crystal Pulse Shield]
    Totem [Totem of Spontaneous Regrowth]

          The BiS and Alternative gear sets provide a very even spread of stats and should keep you comfortable healing everything from Heroics to your first forays into Karazhan. There are some alternatives to those listed above which exchange healing for MP5, MP5 for healing or some other combination of stats, but, overall, the pieces with the best budget and highest impact have been selected. Unlike in Classic, the available gear is very well itemized and typically has both +healing and MP5 as well as Int and Stam. Across the set no item budget is lost to Spirit or the inferior damage-and-healing secondary stats.

          Although the BiS list includes three pieces of crafted gear from Tailoring which can be a challenge it will definitely be worth the effort even into T6. Technically the Whitemend set is better than the Engineering helm, especially if you get Enchanting for the additional +healing to rings; however, it prevents you from getting the BiS World Boss item [Gilded Trousers of Benediction]. If world bosses are unavailable to you the Whitemend set may be the prudent option . We will go into more depth on the benefits of each profession in the Professions section.

     
     

    ENCHANTING & GEMMING:

          Enchanting as a Resto Shaman is as easy in TBC as it is in Classic. Simply:

    SLOT ITEM INFO
    Head Glyph of Renewal Thrallmar/Honor Hold - Revered
    Shoulder Greater Inscription of Faith The Aldor - Exalted
    Back Subtlety
    Chest Exceptional Stats
    Wrist Superior Healing
    Hands Major Healing
    Legs Golden Spellthread
    Feet Boar’s Speed
    Rings Healing Power Enchanting Only
    Weapon Major Healing
    Shield Intellect

          Gemming is a new and exciting addition in TBC. Gems are a product of Jewelcrafting and are profession items which provide stat bonuses to gear with special slots called gem sockets. Gemming is different from current retail in that no gem socket is prismatic. Sockets are broken up into the 3 primary colors, red, blue and yellow and can be properly socketed by either red, blue and yellow primary gems or by hybrid orange, green and purple gems. Each piece of gear with sockets will have a socket bonus that can be activated only if the gems used to socket the item satisfy the socket's color requirement. Primary gems satisfy only one color whereas hybrid gems satisfy both constituent primaries that comprise them. Additionally, primary gems offer a single stat bonus while hybrid gems are a composite of their constituent primary stats.

          Understanding how to gem properly in TBC is important for both gaining access to additional socket bonuses and for working to activate the 4th and final socket type, the meta socket. Meta sockets are always found in the helm slot and are a unique socket that may only house a meta gem, either an Earthstorm or Skyfire Diamond. All meta gems provide additional and often unique benefits to the wearer and can only be activated through specific gem requirements. Each meta gem will specify its unique requirements in text on the item itself and that text will change from grey to white when the requirements are met.

          As a Resto Shaman in PvE you will be aiming for the following gems by socket color:

    Early Game:

    • Meta: [Insightful] or [Bracing Earthstorm Diamond]
    • Red: [Teardrop Living Ruby]
    • Yellow: [Luminous Noble Topaz]
    • Blue: [Royal Nightseye]

    Late Game:

    • Meta: [Insightful] or [Bracing Earthstorm Diamond]
    • Red: [Teardrop Crimson Spinel]
    • Yellow: [Quick Lionseye] > [Luminous Pyrestone]
    • Blue: [Royal Shadowsong Amethyst]

          It is important to know that you do not always have to activate the socket bonus on a piece of gear. Sometimes socket bonuses are underwhelming and it is a better move to socket a Teardrop Living Ruby/Crimson Spinel or use one of the available yellow or blue sockets to satisfy your meta requirement. Understanding how to make the most out of your sockets and socket bonuses will be a learning curve and is something even experienced players take time to consider.

          Here is an aside on [Insightful Earthstorm Diamond]’s (IED) MP5 value depending on cast time. IED procs off any spell cast which includes heals, totems, DPS abilities and even Water Shield. On proc you will receive 300 mana which should be labeled as a “Mana Restore” in WCL (spell ID to follow). The proc has a 15 second ICD and as a result the gem has a 3.85% chance to proc if you are approaching it from a 2.5 second cast time. Haste will reduce the proc rate further and with more than 200 spell haste rating the proc rate drops to around 3.5%. Here are some MP5 values based on a 3.85% chance to proc:

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          These values assume a 100% active time and MP5 values will diminish linearly as active time decreases. The bolded selection highlights the value of IED from the standard CH and talented HW cast times to the extreme hasted versions of the same.

     
     

    STAT BREAKDOWN:

          In TBC Shaman benefit from the same three Primary stats, Intellect, Spirit and Stamina and the same three secondary stats +healing, Spell Crit, and MP5. Although much is the same, the benefits of some of the stats have changed due to new talent options. Later in the expansion a new stat is added, Spell Haste. Haste quickly becomes the choice secondary stat and will become your primary gearing and gem selection.

    Primary Stats

    Intellect:

          Functions mostly the same as it did in Classic. A single point of Intellect still provides the player 15 points of mana, increased to 15.75 with 5/5 points in Ancestral Knowledge; however, in TBC Intellect also increases the player’s spell damage and healing by 30% of the total Int pool when running 3/3 in Nature’s Blessing. This means that Intellect also provides .3 healing per point, increasing the overall value of the stat and making margin calls like 6 Stats vs 150 mana to chest easier to calculate.

          Int also provides a small amount of Crit per point, exactly .0125%. The amount of Int needed to gain a whole point of Crit has been raised from Classic and now requires 80 Int to gain an additional 1% Crit.

    Spirit:

          Functions exactly the same as it did in Classic but at a slightly different conversion. Shaman do not have a productive relationship with this stat as we do not have talents that allow for Spirit regeneration while inside the 5SR nor do we have a talent that increases the return rate of Spirit to mana. However, this stat still does apply a benefit if you spend time outside of the 5SR (O5SR) and marginally when running the [Primal Mooncloth] set. The equation for Shaman mana return O5SR is very simple:

                      (Spirit / 5) + 15 = MP2 while O5SR

          Where MP2 is the amount of mana returned every tick while not casting. All things considered you will never elect to gear for Spirit and it remains the lowest stat in priority.

    Stamina:

          Functions exactly the same as it did in Classic where a single point of Stamina is worth 10 health. Although in Classic it was common to select gear pieces with very low Stam and suffer very little in the way of drawback, TBC has far more lethal mechanics and making sure to have a decent pool of Stamina will be of higher importance as you progress through content.

     

    Secondary Stats

    Bonus Healing:

          Functions exactly the same as it did in Classic. To calculate how much actual healing you receive from your bonus healing you follow this simple equation:

                      Raw Healing = ((BaseMin + BaseMax) / 2) + (Coefficient * Healing)

          If you want to factor in Crit as well you would use:

                      Raw Healing = (((BaseMin + BaseMax) / 2) + (Coefficient * Healing)) * (1 + (Crit * 0.5))

          In this equation the Base Minimum and Maximum of the desired spell are averaged and then added to the spell’s Coefficient times the player’s total Healing pool. If you want to factor in Crit you take the same equation and multiply that by 1 plus the player’s total Crit times the bonus value of the crit, which is an additional 150%, so 0.5 in this equation.

          It is important to know that going into TBC a Downranking Penalty was introduced in an effort to make previous ranks of spells less appealing and less effective options. This effort worked to a degree but downranking is still prevalent in TBC. This penalty is calculated with this formula assuming you are at level 70:

                      (Spell Level When Trained + 11) / 70 = DRP%

          This penalty is then applied to the coefficient of the spell to reach the new value that will be multiplied with your total +healing. Keep this in mind when selecting spell ranks.

    MP5:

          Functions exactly the same as it did in Classic. A single point of MP5 returns 12 mana every 60 seconds. Mana is returned on the energy ticker, every two seconds, and having a sizable pool of MP5 will be more significant in TBC than it was in Classic. Fortunately gear is itemized more efficiently and less cost benefit has to be done when stocking up on this critical stat.

    Crit:

          This stat has undergone a slight change from Classic to TBC. To prevent the possible overuse of old gear going into TBC, Blizzard switched from whole percents to the rating system. In TBC it will take 22.08 crit rating at level 70 to gain 1% Crit. For healers the stat still provides the same 150% bonus to spells upon critical strike.

    Haste:

          Spell Haste is a new stat introduced with T6 and is also on a rating system. This is an exceptionally good stat for Resto Shaman and will be your most sought after secondary stat upon introduction. In TBC you will gain 1% haste from 15.76 haste rating at level 70. The way this works is slightly counter intuitive. You will not gain 1% reduced casting speed per percent of Haste but rather you will cast one additional spell in the time it would normally take to cast one hundred.

          As Shaman have no HoTs there are no haste breakpoints to be concerned with. As always the haste soft cap is reached when you reduce your GCD to one second, a change that was made in patch 2.4, for a value of 783 haste rating in TBC -which is impossible outside of Bloodlust/Heroism and Berserking for a base 2.5 second cast. The equation for haste is:

                      New Cast Time = Old Cast Time / (1 + (Haste Rating / 1576))

          To find the amount of haste rating you will need to reach a desired cast time simply follow this equation:

                      Haste Rating = 1576 x ((Old Cast Time / Desired Cast Time) - 1 ))

          With gear available in the game, it isn’t really possible to hit the haste soft cap without assistance from Bloodlust/Heroism and, even then, only while casting LHW. Since this is not an issue, and as Resto Shaman don’t revolve around the GCD as far as healing is concerned, the goal of Haste is to reduce the cast time of CH to the lowest possible value. This means that stacking Haste past the soft cap would be perfectly fine and it is not uncommon to see Shaman go full Haste gems and gear in Sunwell. Below is a small table of haste values needed to reduce Chain Heal’s cast time:

    Haste Needed to Reduce Chain Heal Cast Time

    CAST TIME HASTE RATING PERCENT HASTE
    2.4 seconds 66 haste 4.19%
    2.3 seconds 137 haste 8.69%
    2.2 seconds 215 haste 13.64%
    2.1 seconds 300 haste 19.04%
    2.0 seconds 394 haste 25%
    1.9 seconds 498 haste 31.60%
    1.8 seconds 613 haste 39.90%

     
     

    STAT PRIORITY:

          Resto Shaman stat priority begins similarly to early Classic and ends with a new stat hierarchy with the introduction of Haste. However, gear being far better itemized facilitates easier gearing choices and running less overall cost benefit analysis when deciding what pieces of gear to choose amongst all the possible options. The best way to do that is by building out or following a HEP (Healing Equivalency Point) system.

          It is useful to note that building your stat priority and EP values for healing is far more complicated than building EP values for DPS. Much of the value from stats revolve around the role you are filling, the healing roster you are a part of and the general mechanics of each encounter and trash pack(s). Below will be an outline of what I consider to be the traditional HEP values for the average Resto Shaman covering standard environmental factors. Treat them as a starting point and use them to help you build your own understanding of gear. Here are my recommendations for HEP derived from Chain Heal, values with Blessing of Kings are in parentheses:

    Stat Early Game (T4) Mid Game (T5) Late Game (T6)
    Int 1(1.1) .7(.77) .8(.88)
    Healing 1 1.1 1.2
    MP5 5 3.5 2
    Crit Rating .2 .5 .8
    Stam .2 .2 .3
    Haste Rating 0 .65 2

          Remember that +healing, as in Classic, scales to be more efficient than MP5 at mana conservation throughout the expansion due to downranking and its interaction with the spell coefficient. A clever Resto Shaman can achieve much of the same benefit of a high MP5 gearset while also preserving the performance opportunity of stacking +healing through proper downranking. Conversely MP5 does not offer the same opportunity simply due to the amount of MP5 in the game and its comparatively weaker relationship with your spells.

          This means that the more +healing you have, the more efficient your down ranked spells become relative to max rank. A complicated way of saying you improve the HPM of your spells through more +healing. A well-geared Resto Shaman can down rank more often than an intro-geared Resto Shaman. The curious result is that a well-geared Shaman consumes less mana/sec while providing greater throughput. Essentially that more +healing can conserve more mana than stacking MP5 can provide.

    Intellect vs MP5

          Both Int and MP5 provide mana, but in opposite ways. Int provides a static amount of mana up front while MP5 contributes more and more mana the longer the fight goes on. Accordingly, the relative value of MP5 on any given encounter increases with the duration of that encounter. We can easily calculate the time it would take for MP5 to surpass a given amount of Int in terms of mana provided.

    • 1 Int = 15 mana, 15.75 mana with Ancestral Knowledge
    • 1 MP5 generates 15.75 mana in 78.75 seconds

    Quick maths:

          If we assume a given encounter is 5 minutes (300 seconds) long, how much Int is needed to provide the same mana as 1 MP5?

    • 1 MP5 = 60 mana over 300s
    • 60 mana = 3.81 Int (with Ancestral Knowledge)

    Swap your gear around accordingly from fight to fight.
    Remember that Int has a few perks over MP5 too:

    • 80 Int = 1% Spell Crit
    • 1 Int is .3 +healing with Nature’s Blessing
    • Mana from Int is available on demand, have to wait for MP5
    • Int increases maximum mana pool
    • Enables you to start using your mana consumables sooner.

          With a sizable pool of Intellect you can afford to use your consumables in a way that is more efficient. Relying on static mana from Int rather than a constant stream of mana from MP5 makes it easier and less stressful to get your consumable rotation exactly on point. Finally, the more Int you have the longer you can retain a mana deficit allowing your MP5 to function for greater periods of time.

    Static vs Effective Mana

          It is important to know the difference between Intellect and MP5 as well as to understand the difference between your static vs effective mana pools. Your static mana pool is very simple; it is the value of mana gained from your total Int between your gear and buffs as well as any modifiers that may alter Int’s value. This mana is the resource available to you at the beginning of an encounter before any passive or active regeneration occurs.

          Effective mana on the other hand is the total amount of mana you will have access to over the course of any length of time. To find this value simply set a time frame and then use that time to calculate how much mana you would get from your MP5, buffs, consumables and any abilities such as Mana Tide or Innervate that may be applied to you. To get the most value out of your effective mana pool it is important not to allow your mana to cap during a period of combat. If you do cap mana then you are wasting your passive regeneration at least and potentially delaying further application of your active mana regeneration at worst.

          Use this information to help inform your gear, consumable usage and spell rank choice decisions in live raid settings. Knowing how to gauge your effective mana pool is critical in being a well informed player and should improve your ability to attenuate your mana usage within each encounter.

     
     

    SPELL PRIORITY & ROTATION:

          For Resto Shaman and healers in general there is really no hard rotation to adhere to. There is, however, a spell priority you will follow when addressing which of your healing spells best fits your current needs. Some good healing hygiene and general knowledge regarding each of your primary spells will be outlined in this section. Keep in mind that each healing spell fills a certain niche and are essentially mutually exclusive when paired with their ideal use case.

    Chain Heal

          Our bread and butter and the most efficient heal in our arsenal.

          Resto Shaman are key players in raid healing. We may not be as powerful as a Druid, Priest or the holy grail Paladin for direct tank healing, but with our CH we can do both effective tank and melee healing simultaneously. Additionally, our spell critical strikes have a chance to grant Ancestral Healing, a very useful physical damage mitigation buff. A crit can happen on any or all of the three CH segments. With CH, we can add a steady stream of anywhere between 1,500 and 4,000 (depending on the CH rank and player’s stats) to the tank every 2.5 seconds, even less when hasted, and additional healing to nearby targets.

          Even spamming Chain Heal (Rank 4), you have the capability of pushing out insane throughput with a single spell. It is not uncommon for CH to comprise 90% or more of a top end Shaman’s casts. It is also important to never stop casting. If you find that you are casting at a target who is at full HP and all nearby players are as well, then cancel your cast and queue up another heal, but always keep casting. Sometimes it is even beneficial to let the heal land if you are uncertain your target or nearby targets will take damage in the final moments of the cast. This is why you have your arsenal of consumables and your pool of MP5.

          To up and down rank effectively involves an acute knowledge of one’s mana consumption, encounter time, incoming damage and resource regeneration rate. Without comprehending these factors it can be easy to run yourself out of mana far before the fight is over. At such a point you will be rendered useless or be forced to steal an Innervate from another player. A good Shaman should rarely ask for an Innervate –though it’s always nice to receive one. The goal of any healer is to use all of their mana effectively and be as close to OOM as possible at the end of an encounter. Any extra mana at the end of a fight can be viewed as either loss of potential healing or effective overhealing. Both are bad, though overhealing less so.

          When selecting ranks of CH keep this basic table in mind (set at intro gear level, 1800 +healing with Purification and Nature’s Guardian affecting the coefficient):
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    For further information on +heal scaling and other spell values check the Egregious TBC RShaman Calculator.

          The entire base CH coefficient is:
                      71.43% + 35.72% + 17.856% = 125%

          Multiplied by Purification (10%) the coefficient is:
                      78.57% + 39.29% + 19.46% = 137.50%

          Multiplied by Purification and Imp CH (20%) the coefficient is:
                      94.29% + 47.14% + 23.57% = 165%

          Multiplied by Purification, Imp CH and T6 4pc (5%) the coefficient is:
                      99.00% + 49.50% + 24.75% = 173.25%

          CH is, in its purest form, your main heal and it’s important to know those HPM numbers outlined above will continue to scale with a greater pool of +healing. You will use CH to heal tanks, melee and ranged. Although this is the case do not mindlessly spam a mid rank of CH. Think about what kind of mechanics comprise the encounter and where your CH will be most valuable. Pre-cast on melee members when AoE damage is going out. Use it on tanks if a proximity based AoE is about to be dropped onto the floor, this will allow you to both heal the tank and the melee.

          There are some useful aspects of gameplay to keep in mind while utilizing this spell. First, there is a known issue with the CH AI where if the spell bounces back to the caster on its first jump it will not jump to a final target. To mitigate this it is sometimes beneficial to heal oneself first to avoid potential jump loss. Additionally your Earth and Fire Elemental Totems do not count as party, group or raid members. This means if you land a CH on a player in your riad it will not jump to either elemental; however, if you heal the elemental first CH will jump to nearby party, group or raid members.

          Trinket nomenclature is important. If a trinket says “direct healing spells” then each of the three CH segments counts toward a chance to proc the trinket. If the trinket states “each spell cast” then only the initial land of CH counts toward the proc chance and not the consecutive jumps.

          Even though CH is your definitive best friend, you should be aware of situations that call for your other healing spells.

    Healing Wave

          This is your slow, big single target heal; basically, your tank heal. One benefit of this spell is that it applies the talented buff Healing Way. Healing Way can stack up to three and increases your consecutive HW (not LHW) spells on that target by up to 18% -up from only base in Classic. It is a useful tool when tank healing on encounters where the primary threat is tank damage such as: Gruul, Magtheridon, Attumen the Huntsman, and many others. It is important to know that each point in Healing Way increases the chance to apply a stack by 33%. The buff itself will not be 33% less effective if you remove a point. You can therefore in a pinch pull a point out of this talent and still be left with a comfortable 66% proc chance.

          Utilizing HW can be a challenge. Even though the spell is relatively mana efficient using only the max rank(s) of the spell can quickly deplete your mana pool. This means that you will need to have several ranks on your bar (see the KEYBINDS section) to address multiple damage potentials. A low, mid and high output HW is ideal as it should cover the breadth of possible tank damage. When considering what ranks to choose it is important to know how the spell coefficient and Downranking Penalty works. The longer a spell, the higher bonus you will receive from your +healing. Fortunately in TBC you will not be selecting HW ranks from below the full 85.71% coefficient; however, you will likely be using at least one rank that suffers the DRP. Talenting into Improved Healing Wave does not reduce the coefficient. So with that in mind, keep your lowest rank at HW R5 as that is when the coefficient has capped.

          Using HW on the tank is good practice when there is little damage going out on the raid. This is because typically when Blizzard decides for there to be less raid damage there is a compensating increase in Tank damage. So, if you know raidwide damage is about to dip, top off your raid and then begin casting HW on your tank to help with the overall healing. Again, as I said in the CH section, there is no real reason to ever stop casting as someone is always going to be taking damage.

          One mark of a great Shaman is keeping Ancestral Healing up on the Main Tank and as many other OT as possible. On fights with heavy tank damage. A clever Shaman can pop off a HW(R1) every 14 seconds on the tank while raid healing to both refresh their Healing Way stacks and for a chance to proc AH. With the utilization of mouseover macros, your target frame functionality can now be used as a second focus frame. If you keep that directed at your tank all the time you will be able to see whether or not the Ancestral Healing or Inspiration (the Priest AH equiv) is active. If not, try to proc one. A good fallback is just to spam your tank with CH until it procs.

          That method of healing may result in less overall healing than a Shaman who spams CHr4 into the raid. However, if your raid has problems with tank healing, this method of healing is particularly beneficial.

    Lesser Healing Wave

          The Flash Heal and Flash of Light of the Resto Shaman.

          Using LHW effectively can be challenging. Since it does not benefit greatly from the coefficient–it has a very short cast–it will be the weakest spell in your arsenal. However, short of NS HW R10, it is also your fastest heal. There are a maximum of three scenarios where casting LHW is viable.

    • You, your tank, or another raid member is about to die and they need healing ASAP–and your NS is on CD.
    • Your raid is spread out in a manner that renders CH ineffective.
    • Your tank is taking large damage and neither Inspiration nor Ancestral Healing are active; therefore, you must heal the tank and proc Ancestral Healing ASAP.

          In these three situations casting LHW becomes the prudent option. Encounters where LHW can be a handy option are: Maiden, Aran, Netherspite, Gruul, etc. Whenever you need to do quick healing in anticipation of follow up damage, or quickly get someone in the raid a couple more health points, LHW is the way to go.

    Earth Shield

          Although we’ve gone over Earth Shield lightly in the What’s New in TBC section there is considerably more to know about this new spell. Let’s do a quick recap before we go into additional information on this new spell.

                Recap: Earth Shield is a new pseudo-HoT and defensive ability Resto Shaman receive from their 41 point talent. It applies a shield with 6 charges to a single target that not only heals the target when struck for a base of 270 but also provides a 30% chance of ignoring spell interruption on the target while active. Only one elemental shield can be active on any target at a time. ES and WS cannot persist on the same target at the same time so keep this in mind when casting ES on yourself or other Shaman.. A mistake many Shaman make is to only think of this as a Main Tank ability and neglect to use it on melee, ranged or casters for certain mechanics.

          If the target is taking consistent damage, Earth Shield will typically last for about 30 seconds before needing to be refreshed. The max rank version of this spell receives a coefficient of 28.6% and is based on the +healing of the player at the time of cast and not at time of proc. This means you can drop a Wrath of Air Totem, pop an on use +heal trinket and front load a stacked Earth Shield on a player before an encounter begins.

          The healing done by Earth Shield is attributed to the recipient player and not the caster directly. This means that in addition to healing the target each point of damage healed will generate a base of .5 threat divided evenly among the mobs in range. This can be very valuable for a tank and a drawback for melee and casters, beware. Warriors and Ferals receive .7475 threat per point of healing due to the Defensive Stance and Defiance multipliers. The interaction is defined by this formula:

                      Earth Shield Threat = 50%(Base) * 130%(Def Stance) * 115%(Defiance)

          Paladins receive additional threat through their passive ability, Spiritual Attunement, that restores mana equal to 10% of the healing they recieve. Each point of mana they restore will generate 0.5 further threat. However, unlike Warriors receiving extra threat only from Earth Shield healing, all healing will increase Paladin threat due to this mechanic.

          Here is a bit of info on the pushback capabilities of each class; the following casters: Moonkin, Ele Shaman and SPriests have no talents to prevent spell pushback. Destro Locks have 70% pushback resist through talents, Ele Shaman can run four pieces of S3 arena gear for 50% and Mages have a range of pushback resist options ranging for 70 to 100%; however, there is no pushback resist for Frost spells. Consider this information when applying Earth Shield in non traditional situations.

          Technically applying your ES to any caster provides the same reduction in pushback as no caster exceeds 100% reduction thereby wasting a percentage of the buff. Essentially, assuming all things equal, there is no reason applying your ES to any class should be a mathematical improvement overy any other. However, some classes may be running a crucial role, responsible for a critical mechanic in your raid, or simply are the highest DPS player and may be ideal candidates for ES. Additionally Destro Locks with ES can cap at 100% pushback reduction which can be extremely powerful in AoE scenarios.

    Water Shield

          Get in the habit of refreshing Water Shield. This is a critical ability that must be active on you at all times while in a PvE scenario, period. I commonly watch RShaman vods or review my own and the first thing that I notice is when WS falls off and is not refreshed for a length of time. I would suggest getting an addon such as TotemTimers or ShieldsUp to track this. An alternative is to create a WA that spams you every time it falls off. Or even better, do both.

          A great habit to get into in TBC is refreshing WS every time you reposition or every time you have a spare GCD. Make this habitual. Think about it in the morning, in the evening, when you put your kids to bed. Water Shield (Rank 2) provides 50 MP5 while active. If that weren’t stupid enough on it’s own it also restores 200 mana every time a charge is consumed. Charges can be consumed either through direct damage, cleave, frontal cones, tail swipes, AoE and even some auras. As it requires no mana to cast, it does not trigger the 5SR so there is literally no drawback in expending a global on refreshing this critical ability. Finally, this ability counts as a successful spellcast and has a chance to proc [Insightful Earthstorm Diamond] so make sure to spam it during movement periods.

    Nature’s Swiftness

          NS is a valuable tool; one of our two CDs aside from Mana Tide Totem; however, it isn't as big of a deal as we would like. There are 2 methods you can make use of when approaching NS.

    • The Selfless Healer method where you hold NS for an emergency, and
    • the Selfish Healer method where you use it off CD for raw throughput.

          There is really no right or wrong way to utilize this spell as, either way, you are correcting health deficits within the raid. The only advice I can offer is to be cautious when first entering a new group of players. Get to know them, their tendencies and strengths and weaknesses. Then you can decide what is and what is not a good way to use NS.

    Downranking

          In TBC as in Classic, downranking plays an important role in healer longevity and in effectively attenuating HPS to outgoing RDTPS without egregious overhealing. At the end of Classic during the TBC pre-patch Blizzard implemented a downranking penalty in the hopes of dissuading players from overutilizing extreme low ranks of spells. However, this effort didn’t work out entirely as intended and many of your spell’s lower ranks are still quite appealing from both a throughput and HPM perspective.

          I will be continuously updating the TBC Resto Shaman Throughput and Efficiency Calculator where you will be able to play around with +heal values to assess spell values for yourself. In the meantime suffice it to say that you will be using several spell ranks across all of your main heals that will have been learned during Classic. I will list what I consider to be the ideal ranks of each of your main spells:

    Chain Heal Healing Wave Lesser Healing Wave
    Rank 1 Rank 1 (for HW stacks) Rank 5
    Rank 3/4 Rank 7/8 Rank 7
    Rank 5 Rank 10
    Rank 12
    (do not go below 5)

          Use these ranks as a starting point and adjust them as you develop your healing style. It may be that you want different rank breakdowns for your particular raid environment or simply feel more comfortable utilizing different ranks. As you progress through the expansions and gain confidence in your mana consumption and regeneration you can uprank CHr3 up to 4 and uprank HWr7 to 8 as well. When selecting which ranks you want to run go to the Shaman Calc, input your +healing and look at the spell breakdowns. Ideally you select spells with a solid heal value and decent HPM in relation to the other spell ranks. You will want to select ranks that offer raw healing values that make sense in relation to types of damage done in your raid environment and not simply go based on the HPM value.

          Keep in mind that you typically want to leave some space between each of your healing ranks as running back to back ranks of the same spell makes it extremely challenging to put both effectively into practice. If you do have certain spell ranks too close together you will notice that you tend to favor one over the other. If this is the case simply rebalance your spell rank selection.

     
     

    CONSUMABLES:

          Consumables are the most important preemptive measure to raiding a Resto Shaman can take outside obtaining pre-raid BiS. Hate them or love them, you aren’t bringing your full value to the raid without them. While in TBC there are about as many performance consumables for Shaman there are far less supplementary consumables that you will have to worry yourself with. This is a small blessing and simplifies the grinding and raid prep process considerably.

          Take this time to familiarize yourself with what consumables you can consider “standard” for your typical progression raid:

    Baseline Consumables

    • Elixir of Healing Power x20
    • Major Mageblood Potion x20
    • Elixir of Draenic Wisdom x20
    • Super Mana Potion x20
    • Brilliant Mana Oil x2
    • Golden Fish Sticks x20
    • Dark/Demonic Rune x20

    Supplementary Consumables

    • Flask of Distilled Wisdom
    • Major Mana Potion x20
    • Brilliant Wizard Oil x2
    • Superior Wizard Oil x1
    • Major Fire Protection Potion x5
    • Major Frost Protection Potion x5
    • Major Shadow Protection Potion x5
    • Major Nature Protection Potion x5
    • Major Arcane Protection Potion x5
    • Major Holy Protection Potion x5
    • Drums of Battle (Leatherworking)

          Consumables listed in the Baseline Consumable section are those that you will have in your bag at all times and use on every encounter. They are the best and highest impact consumables you can be using. The Supplementary Consumables are generally a step down from their higher end counterparts or are situationally based. Resistance potions should obviously be used on encounters or in situations where you are looking to mitigate a specific type of damage. On the other hand the oils are situationally ideal depending on the balance of MP5 and +healing you are looking to strike. Your go-to here will be Brilliant Mana Oil.

          If you are new to raiding, try to plan for 20 wipes. I find that number generally sufficient for new groups of players. Obviously you only need to stock up for your unique raid requirements so you may find yourself wanting to take more or less of all or some of these consumables. Remember to always be looking for the application of unique consumables in each encounter to further your gameplay.

     
     

    PROFESSIONS:

          In TBC the profession game is far more important for PvE performance than in Classic. For the first time each profession will grant the user a unique bonus only attainable through that specific profession. While each profession has a different unique bonus, some are vastly more valuable for certain classes and specs than others. The professions and their unique PvE benefits to the Restoration Shaman are as follows:

    • Alchemy: [Redeemer’s Alchemist Stone]
    • Blacksmithing: N/A
    • Enchanting: Enchant Ring - Healing Power
    • Engineering: [Living Replicator Specs] into [Primal-Attuned Goggles]
    • Jewelcrafting: [Kailee’s Rose]
    • Leatherworking: [Drums of Battle]
    • Tailoring: [Primal Mooncloth] & [Whitemend]

          While nearly all of these professions offer something useful in one way or another to the Resto Shaman the professions that you will most concern yourself with are Alchemy, Engineering and Tailoring. Of these, Tailoring is by far the most valuable profession to have in the early game and even into mid to late TBC. Both sets of gear, [Primal Mooncloth] and [Whitemend], can be worn concurrently offering powerful bonuses, and the [Primal Mooncloth] set should last the wearer until the Black Temple.

    The Early Game

          While Tailoring is your solid first choice for professions, Engineering is an unclear second. The benefit of Engineering is relatively close to that of [Whitemend] in the early game. Because of this Tailoring can allow the player an opportunity to pick up an alternative secondary profession to Engineering for slightly increased performance. If you decide not to go Engineering and run [Whitemend] instead then the ideal secondary profession choice would be Enchanting. Enchanting offers the ability to imbue both the user’s rings with an additional bonus of 40 +healing total. This outstrips the add value of the Jewelcrafting exclusive gems (available in patch 2.2) and puts the Tailoring/Enchanting combo slightly ahead of Engineering.

          Conclusion: running Tailoring/Enchanting in the early game is slightly above the value of Tailoring/Engineering if you elect to run only two professions. This however, is not true if you have access to world bosses and can get your hands on [Gilded Trousers of Benediction]. If this is the case then Engineering is clearly superior.

          If you want to get really ridiculous with professions in TBC eeking out every last ounce of performance, you can. To do this you would start off with Tailoring/Engineering and make both the [Primal Mooncloth] set and [Living Replicator Specs]. Once done, drop Engineering and pick up Enchanting to enchant both of your rings. To add another level of crazy on top of that drop Enchanting once both your rings are done and pick up Leatherworking to provide [Drums of Battle] to your raid group. You can of course throw Jewelcrafting in there somewhere prior to Leatherworking, but [Kailee’s Rose] is a very marginal performance increase and likely not a very attractive use of thousands of gold.

          The goal of this profession cycle is to end on Leatherworking in order to continuously use [Drums of Battle] in your raid environment. The drawback of doing this profession cycle is that you cannot unequip items from professions you no longer have active. This means that you cannot swap your full gearset to PvP and any new upgrade can drastically impact your budget causing you to begin the cycle over again. This is why it is important to plan ahead and, in the early game, beneficial to hold onto Tailoring as that will be the profession holding back the majority of your gear swapping abilities. If you want to hold onto a bit of profit generation you can drop Tailoring and keep Enchanting earlier on in the cycle. Just remember not to take off your crafted gear or you will have to pick up and max out Tailoring again to use it.

          Your profession cycle will look like something like this:

    • Tailoring [Prof 1] (can hold or drop as you please)
    • Engineering [Prof 2] (cannot unequip helm until replacement)
    • Enchanting [Prof 2] (can hold as Prof 1 for gold generation and easy replacement ring enchants)
    • Jewelcrafting [Prof 2] (optional)
    • Leatherworking [Prof 2]

    The Late Game

          As you progress through T6 and into Sunwell you should have replaced all your crafted gear with the superior T6 options. At this stage Alchemy and Engineering will become your professions of choice offering the most impactful bonuses available. Alchemy will obtain [Redeemer’s Alchemist Stone] with the addition of Sunwell and Engineering’s [Living Replicator Specs] will upgrade into [Primal-Attuned Goggles], both BiS items throughout the rest of TBC.

          If you wanted to stop there you could; however, you can again go through the profession cycle to get every last benefit available. To do this drop either profession and pick up JCing for the unique gem, Enchanting for the rings and end on Leatherworking for [Drums of Battle]. Remember that if you drop either Alchemy or Engineering that you will not be able to unequip their respective piece without re-leveling the profession to equip it again.

          Your profession cycle will look like something like this:

    • Alchemy [Prof 1] (hold for trinket swapping)
    • Engineering [Prof 2] (cannot unequip helm ever)
    • Enchanting [Prof 2] (can hold as Prof 1 if won’t trinket swap for gold generation and easy replacement ring enchants)
    • Jewelcrafting [Prof 2] (optional)
    • Leatherworking [Prof 2]

     
     

    TOTEMS:

          Something you will have to get used to when transitioning from retail is dropping four totems every two minutes, or just simply dropping totems at all. Totems are integral to the Shaman class and if you fail to drop them effectively you are a bad Shaman. A common mistake many Shaman make is not Totemic Recalling their totems as they are about to expire or as their party members out-range them. This is a mana loss overall and should be considered a mistake. If your party outranges your totems, reposition with them, recall your totems and replace. Do not simply replace them as you run. Same goes for when your totems are about to expire; simply recall and refresh to save on mana. An exception exists if you want to trade mana for an extra GCD.

    SHAM 099 – Remedial Totem Dropping

          If you are new to the idea of placing buff sticks, your group can help you learn to refresh totems in a timely fashion and to manage their short range. I advise you to notify your group to spam a macro in party chat should they notice a cherished buff has fallen off. A buff-hungry DPSer will be all too eager to assist you in this way.

          Get in the habit of thinking about your totems and their position in relation to your party members. Remember that your party members must be within 20-30 yards of the totem depending on your spec to receive a benefit from them.

    SHAM 101 – Totem Keybinding

          A mistake a significant number of Shaman make is not to bind all of their necessary totems. Totem bindings are a required part of playing the Shaman class. There may be a moment where you have to swap from one totem to another rapidly or where there will be no time to open your spell book. Clicking them is not an option either. Every time you click a spell a kitten is brutally murdered.

    SHAM 102 – Totem Timers

          If you don’t already have one from retail or Classic, I would heavily advise downloading an addon to help with management of your totems. Addons like TotemTimers are all-in-ones; however, you can build your own custom set of totem times through WeakAuras, the greatest addon to ever exist. Whatever you do make sure to scale your totem trackers to a decent size and place them in an area of your UI that you are familiar with tracking. If you’re building out a new UI or are new to the class make sure these notifications have some prime real estate on your screen.

    SHAM 103 – Totem Utility

          A further mistake many Shaman make is to neglect the benefit of casting non-melee totems while in a ranged DPS or healing group. This is a very serious lapse in judgment as there are several totems that can be worthwhile to a ranged DPS or healing party. Chief among these would be the Wrath of Air and Tranquil Air Totems. In TBC Shaman obtain a new caster/healer totem in Wrath of Air. This totem becomes the Windfury of the caster/healer group(s). Make sure it’s down 100% of the time in those parties unless you are running TA for threat.

          In addition to direct performance totems there are utility totems as well. If you’re not using Tremor Totem during fear mechanics, resist totems during high periods of specific elemental damage, or cleansing totems to remove debuffs… you’re an idiot.

    SHAM 301 – Totem Twisting

          Sometimes it can be worthwhile to swap quickly between totems of the same element, a tactic known as “totem twisting.” While demanding on both your mana pool and your attention span, this tactic can be particularly effective with Windfury Totem as it applies a 10 second buff that persists even if the totem is replaced. For example, if you find yourself with extra mana at the end of a fight you can twist between Windfury and Grace of Air to pump out some extra DPS from your group.

          In TBC onward, twisting will fall more into the realm of the Enhancement Shaman in your raid; however, if you are running particular melee heavy raid comps you may be in charge of a melee group and be asked to twist. For the most part Resto Shaman will be in charge of caster or healer groups where twisting will be limited to utility and not DPS boosting. In these scenarios the extent of your twisting may be monitoring your KTM and twisting TA if a Mage or other player is rising too high on threat.

          I will run through the list of raid viable totems per element:

    Earth:

    • Strength of Earth Totem: REQUIRED 100% uptime on this totem when in a melee group.
    • Exception: Tremor or Earthbind.
    • Tremor Totem: An important totem to use when a boss encounter has fear/charm/sleep mechanics.
    • Earthbind Totem: A very useful tool in kiting/running from loose trash in an instance.
    • Stoneclaw Totem: Good to drop before Earthbind in order to take loose mobs off your tail.
    • Stoneskin Totem: Not a very worthwhile totem. Use this if there are, for some reason, two Shaman in a melee or tank group.

    Fire:

    • Frost Resistance Totem: Very beneficial to have down if you are a healer/ranged DPS group during Twin Emperors, Sapphiron or other encounters with Frost damage.
    • Searing Totem: A nice addition to DPS race boss encounters and useful for snap-aggro on a boss with an aggro reset (Skeram, Noth, etc.).
    • Fire Nova Totem: A nice addition to nuking adds on encounters such Anub’rekhan and Maexxna.
    • Magma Totem: A nice addition to nuking adds/trash if you have the mana.

    Air:

    • Windfury Totem: REQUIRED 100% uptime while in a melee DPS group. Exception: NR/TA
    • Grace of Air Totem: A nice buff for a group with a Hunter or if you are one of two Shaman in a melee DPS group.
    • Wrath of Air Totem: REQUIRED 100% uptime while in a caster or healer group. Exception: NR/TA
    • Nature Resistance Totem: Very beneficial for fights involving high amounts of Nature damage. See Viscidus and Huhuran.
    • Tranquil Air Totem: Optimal while in a group where overthreating the tank is an issue. Exception when NR is required.
    • Grounding Totem: Useful for redirecting ranged attacks from susceptible mobs and bosses. Crucial in PvP.

    Water:

    • Mana Spring Totem: REQUIRED 100% uptime. Exception when FR is required.
    • Mana Tide Totem: Use on rotation with Dark/Demonic Runes and Mana Potions.
    • Poison Cleansing Totem: Mandatory on fights with high poison output (Viscidus, Huhuran, Grand Widow Faerlina and some Naxx trash).
    • Fire Resistance Totem: Very beneficial for fights involving high amounts of Fire damage.
    • Healing Stream Totem: Useful if there are two Shaman in one caster DPS/healer group.
    • Disease Cleansing Totem: Nominal usage.

     
     

    ADDONS & UI:

          A healer’s UI is crucial in adapting quickly to a fluid raid environment. It is equally important to have both a clear and “drama free” UI as well as a focally centered UI on your screen.

          Only you can know what is right for you but consider orienting your unit frames in the lower middle section of your screen. The advantages of this are a clear and unobstructed view of your raid, an unobstructed view of the ground you are standing on, and a central focus point for your eyes to rest upon while keeping the entire screen in your periphery. I find that visuals are always helpful. I apologize in advance for the quality, in those days my computer was not the greatest machine.

    Egregious vs Magtheridon

    Youtube Video

          Despite being Elemental in this video, you can clearly see how much of the room I am able to view with my minimalist UI. All important CD information is displayed on my bars and superfluous keybinds and bars are hidden. I recommend blocking your CDs by category or duration so that you can easily identify what you have available at any given time.

          Notice how the upper portion of my screen is unobstructed and I have a clear view of what is happening on either side. I believe–and this is not up for debate–it is very important to keep alert and raid aware, as well as cut down on potential avoidable damage taken. Addons can help you in this endeavor.

          There are many unit frame options and all of them have their own unique feel yet they all serve the same function. I would advise you spend a few hours, or days, playing around with each one to find which suits you best. The most common options for raid frames are:

    • Grid2 (I prefer this raidframe)
    • Luna
    • VuhDo
    • PitBull
    • Shadowed Unit Frames
    • Blizzard Raid Frames and Units Frames
    • sRaidFrames
    • XPerl

    Spend some time on your UI and get to know the ins-and-outs of your chosen unit frame. In addition to a unit frame, there are several other addons that are crucial to be an effective healer. Those addons are:

    • WeakAuras (mandatory)
    • Clique or mouseover macros (mandatory)
    • TotemTimers
    • Details
    • Bartender2 or Dominos
    • BigWigs or DBM
    • OmniCC
    • EnemyCastingBar
    • ItemRack

          You can, of course, download more addons as you see fit but these cover the basics of what are beneficial for healers. I consider WeakAuras mandatory as the level of customization and information availability it offers is unparalleled. Learning how to make quality WeakAuras alone can raise your level of gameplay from average to excellent. I also consider either Clique or mousovers mandatory for PvE healing as the reduction in lag time caused by constantly clicking can be drastic over the course of a single encounter or raid.

    KEYBINDINGS:

          I am going to start this off by saying that I cannot keybind for you… sadly. Only you know what suits you best. But here we go.

          Along with a proper UI, keybinds can greatly improve player reaction time and decrease wasted time when utilizing abilities. Keybinds also allow the player to subconsciously react to situations with muscle memory if they have formatted their keybinds well. It is the goal of every great player to keybind all their important, and even some of their moderately important, abilities. When keybinding, keep this picture in mind.

    TBCKeybinds.png

    • White: Signifies movement and utility keys.
    • Green: Signifies keys that you can reach most quickly and most accurately.
    • Orange: Signifies keys that are slightly less efficient than Green.
    • Red: Signifies keys that are incredibly hard to hit precisely.

          Your frequently used abilities should be bound to Green keys and the less frequently used abilities to the Orange or Red keys. If you’re a Gladiator or used to high end PvP you may elect to free up the Q, E and possibly S keys for additional bindings. I don’t recommend doing this in PvE as it is common to maneuver your character while mousing over a target frame and the additional movement keys make this far easier. I also subscribe to the philosophy that you should never remove functionality from the game, only add, and by taking away these movement options you have removed functionality.

          Here is a list of Shaman abilities that you should consider keybinding. I will rank them in –what I consider– the order of importance for PvE. Please note that it is impossible to cluster spells in linear text. Know that I do not mean to suggest you start at 1 and bind to 5, then Q to R, etc. in the order I have listed. Use your brain.

    • Chain Heal (Rank 5)
    • Chain Heal (Rank 3/4)
    • Chain Heal (Rank 1)
    • Healing Wave (Rank 12)
    • Healing Wave (Rank 10)
    • Healing Wave (Rank 7/8)
    • Healing Wave (Rank 1)
    • Lesser Healing Wave (Rank 7)
    • Lesser Healing Wave (Rank 5)
    • Water Shield
    • Earth Shield
    • Mana Potion
    • Dark/Demonic Rune
    • Nature's Swiftness
    • Remove Poison/Disease
    • Purge (way higher for PvP)
    • Earth Shock (Rank 1)
    • Trinket Slot 1
    • Trinket Slot 2
    • Racial
    • Water Totems:
    • Mana Spring Totem
    • Mana Tide Totem
    • Poison Cleansing Totem
    • Fire Resistance Totem
    • Healing Stream Totem
    • Disease Cleansing Totem
    • Fire Totems:
    • Frost Resistance Totem
    • Searing Totem
    • Fire Nova Totem
    • Magma Totem
    • Earth Totems:
    • Strength of Earth Totem
    • Tremor Totem
    • Earthbind Totem
    • Stoneclaw Totem
    • Air Totems:
    • Windfury Totem
    • Wrath of Air
    • Tranquil Air Totem
    • Nature Resistance Totem
    • Grace of Air Totem
    • Grounding Totem (way higher for PvP)
    • Lighting Shield
    • Frost Shock (Rank 1)
    • Totemic Recall

          One thing that will improve your ability to play the game as well as other classes is to develop a binding schema. For me R is always an interrupt of some kind, tildae a Purge/Dispel, V is always racial, C always my PvP trinket, etc. Again, only you know what works for you, but try to build out a similar scheme for yourself to avoid confusion and to increase your ability to play alts without confusing your muscle memory adjusting and readjusting to your keybinds.

          If you want further information on keybinding schemas specifically for WoW, I heavily recommend watching this video. I find this the best information ever compiled for keybinding in any game.

    Youtube Video

     
     

    HEALING STYLES:

          This may be more of an esoteric section dedicated to narrow shades of meaning than anything concrete you may want to walk away with. That being said, I believe there to be two distinct healing styles that surround all healers and by function the Resto Shaman. As far as I am concerned, there exists the Throughput Healer and the Clutch Healer. I could go into endless depth on these two distinct styles of healing but this overview should approach the major facets of these distinct styles.

    The Throughput Healer

          This type of healer is aggressive, active and broadband. Aggressive in that they are always looking for the maximum healing possible per cast, active in that they would rather expend resources than suffer idle time, and broadband in that they evaluate the entire raid’s damage intake simultaneously in order to inform their decision on where exists the highest throughput available. This type of healer is the archetypal “parse lord” who ranks well despite assignment, encounter mechanics and overall healing roster competition. This healer is always attempting to spend every single GCD during its highest value throughput window from moment to moment.

          The Throughput Healer will queue a heal on the backend of another with the goal of mitigating the most possible damage, not necessarily the most lethal damage. They are attuned, however, to their raider’s unique playstyle habits, to the most significant incoming raid damage, comfortable managing resource waste, and capable of attenuating their resources while achieving the highest possible raw output across an encounter. Overhealing is often a notable factor in the learning curve of a throughput healer. Unfortunately it is also an indicator of an over-exuberant healer who needs more time to mature in the role.

    The Clutch Healer

          This healer is systematic, calculated and cost-benefit oriented in practice. Systematic in that they maintain no less than the base output of healing required per encounter, calculated in that they are always prepared to identify and address an imminent flaw in execution, and cost-benefit in that they would rather spend inefficiently in both time and mana to achieve a high impact play. While this player is also consistently participating in each encounter from a raw output perspective they are more concerned in the moment with mitigating a potential fatal error in execution and strategy than their possible throughput potential.

          While there is certainly crossplay between these two styles, I find that healers tend to fall into one of these two categories more than the other. How I define them is based on how they spend those final fractions of a second before cast completion while determining whether to cancel and while planning their next cast. Are they thinking about maximizing their throughput or are they thinking about a potential save? The answer to that question demonstrates what type of healer they are.

          Both types of heler can be found in either the tank or raid healer role and any assignment in between. Knowing what type of healer you are will help you and your raid more effectively utilize your healing on each encounter and may help bring self-awareness to some of your shortcomings within the raid. Although it is possible to run a raid with only one type of healer represented in your roster, a raid will run far more effectively if you have a balance between the two. What type of healer you are is not set in stone. If you see that no one operates in a clutch capacity then become the clutch healer. If you see too many members of your healing roster always looking for the save and your raid suffers from a low healing ceiling, then become the throughput healer.

          With the healing roster size dropping down to between five and seven players per raid, it is possible to become intimately familiar with each healer on your roster and learn their playstyle habits. A good healer should strive to compliment any healing roster they belong to and mould their play to fit the needs of their raid. Be aware of what type of healing you are naturally inclined to provide and be open to modifying your playstyle to suit your roster’s specific needs.

     
     

    GROUP STRATEGY:

          In TBC raid size has been fixed at twenty five players for the vast majority of end game raid content. The drop in raid size means that you’re not likely to see more than five Shaman in any given raid, one per group. Additionally, Elemental and Enhancement Shaman are more well received in TBC and it is likely that anywhere between two to three of your Shaman will be DPS of either spec. This means that Resto Shaman for the most part are free to occupy a caster group or the iconic Group 5 healer group. Enhancement will take over the brunt of twisting and be the best melee group choice for Shaman whereas Elemental will be the best caster DPS group option due to Totem of Wrath. However, there are still three basic group types that you may encounter during your travels in TBC.

    Melee Group:

          If you are in a melee group either someone hates you, you are running a less than optimal number of Shaman or you are running two or more melee groups and don’t have enough Enhancement Shaman… again because someone hates you. In this scenario you may be asked to twist for performance reasons and may be expected to run the Twisting spec outlined in one of the earlier sections. In raid, your positioning and totem setup will be as follows:

                      Positioning: melee cluster or very close by to your assigned group
                      Air Totem: WF to GoA/TA twisting depending on threat
                      Earth Totem: SoE
                      Water Totem: MST or HST depending on mechanics and encounter time
                      Fire Totem: dealer’s choice

    Caster Group:

          A more traditional group assignment in TBC for a Resto Shaman; however, suboptimal as we do not have access to Elemental’s Totem of Wrath. The benefits of this group may be that you receive a Boomkin for extra crit or a runnover SPriest for added mana regen, though they are likely to be with Group 5. In this group your positioning and totem setup will be as follows:

                      Positioning: ranged near your assigned group
                      Air Totem: WoA or TA depending on threat
                      Earth Totem: dealer’s choice
                      Water Totem: MST
                      Fire Totem: dealer’s choice

    Group 5:

          The ideal group and one best loved by all dedicated healers. This group is typically comprised of the best of your healing roster and a SPriest -if your raid really loves you. In this group you will typically never have to worry about dropping TA and can coast on running only two totems for the majority of most encounters. Obviously any utility required in the Earth and Fire slot means you fill it. If your raid is running a SPriest in this group mana will be less of an issue as well. There is some debate as to whether a SPriest is ideal in the primary caster group or in Group 5; however, if healing ever becomes an issue in an encounter and you only have the one SPriest, an easy case can be made to move them into this group. In Group 5 your positioning and totem setup will be as follows:

                      Positioning: basically wherever you want
                      Air Totem: WoA
                      Earth Totem: dealer’s choice
                      Water Totem: MST
                      Fire Totem: dealer’s choice

     
     

    THREAT:

          Threat works exactly the same way as it did in Classic. Each point of healing generates half a point of threat divided evenly among all mobs present. While effective healing does generate threat overhealing does not. This covers basic threat for healing in TBC. However, it is important to know, as mentioned above, that Earth Shield applies its threat generation to the recipient of the spell and not the Shaman caster. Warriors and Ferals receive .7475 threat per point of healing due to the Defensive Stance and Defiance multipliers. The interaction is defined by this formula:

                      Earth Shield Threat = 50%(Base) * 130%(Def Stance) * 115%(Defiance)
          and not
                      50%(Base) * (1 + (30%(Def Stance) + 15%(Defiance)))

          Paladins receive additional threat through their passive ability, Spiritual Attunement, that restores mana equal to 10% of the healing they recieve. Each point of mana they restore will generate one half point further threat.

          Despite threat functioning identically between Classic and TBC the relationship healers have with threat has drastically changed. Reduced raid size in TBC means a paralleled reduction in tanks overall. Additionally, tanks are more likely to be deep Prot than dual wielding threat monsters, reducing overall threat generation compared to Classic. DPS also generate the same or less threat as they are doing the same or lesser damage than Classic thanks to the loss of world buffs. However, healers are doing on average two to three times the effective healing they were in Classic raids, generating far more threat.

          This increase in raw healing is multivariable: new ranks of healing spells, new relationships between how certain talents interact with spell coefficients, the increase in overall raid damage, a boom in +healing, and finally the reduction in healing roster size forcing higher performance from each individual healer. All factors considered, healers are at much higher risk of generating sticky aggro on pulls and even potentially pulling off tanks, experienced or otherwise, in early stages of play.

          Always be wary of initial aggro on pulls, any add phases an encounter may have and always watch your threat meter. It is inadvisable to have less than two points in Healing Grace, especially in the dungeon, Heroic and Kara period of the game, as threat in TBC is far more relevant to healers than it was in Classic.

     
     

    RECAP:

          Don’t suck ass.

     
     

    REFERENCE MATERIAL AND WORKS:

    Skyhoof’s EJ Shaman Material

    Skyhoof: How to Heal Like a Pro

    [Mechanic Primer] - Haste - How it works, and what that means.

    Bokomatic EJ Post on the DRP

    posted in Shaman
  • Classic Shaman Naxxramas: Sapphiron Frost Resistance Guide

    We thank NiJannon for his input in making this short guide.

          All the possible slots to equip Glacial crafted gear are Glacial Cloak, Glacial Vest, Glacial Wrist and Glacial Gloves. There is a further quest reward for Glacial Leggings from the quest, The Only Song I Know..., and two Naxx drops for Glacial Headdress and Glacial Mantle pieces. These pieces rated in priority based on cost benefit value are:

          Tier 1: Glacial Leggings
          Tier 2: Glacial Mantle, Glacial Gloves and Glacial Vest
          Tier 3: All other pieces

          There are three possible consumables that will benefit your Frost Resist. They are: Greater Frost Protection Potion, Juju Chill and Flask of Chromatic Resistance. There is also the world buff from Darkmoon Faire, Sayge’s Dark Fortune of Resistance, and the Shaman Fire Totem, Frost Resistance Totem. For Week 1 Naxx progression the ideal FrR setup is as follows:

    Week 1 Sapphiron FrR

    SLOT Item FrR
    Head Helmet of Ten Storms +10 FrR
    Back Enchant Cloak - Greater Resistance +5 FrR
    Shield Enchant Shield - Frost Resistance +8 FrR
    Trinket 2 Frostwolf Insignia Rank 6 +10 FrR
    Consumable Greater Frost Protection Potion 1,950 - 3,250 Frost Damage Absorption
    Consumable Juju Chill +15 FrR
    World Buff Sayge’s Dark Fortune of Resistance +25 FrR
    Totem Frost Resistance Totem +60 FrR
    TOTAL 31.7% - 38.9% (factoring GFPP) 133 - 163.4 FrR (factoring GFPP)

          If you are an Engineer you may substitute Gyrofreeze Ice Reflector for Frostwolf Insignia Rank 6 gaining an additional +5 FrR. This will give you 48-53 FrR from your gear and a Juju, and up to 133 FrR with DMF buff and FrR Totem. That comes out to 31.7% FrR from Resist. If you have Elemental Warding that will up that figure to 41.7% - 48.9% FrR overall. The equation for Resistance is as follows:

                                        Number of Resist / 420 = % Resistance (Ele Warding applies another 10% after resist is calculated)

          To find out how much FrR Ele Warding is equivalent to, simply:

                                        0.1 * (420 - Number or Resist) = Ele Warding Resist Value

          If you have Shard of the Scale and are expecting an encounter 3 minutes or longer you may elect not to use a FrR trinket. I would not recommend using an On-Use trinket during progression on this encounter.

          One Greater Frost Protection Potion averages to 2,600 Frost Damage mitigation every two minutes, or 21.7 damage reduction per second. Converted into a raw resistance value in relation to Sapphiron's Frost Aura at 300 DTPS, a GFPP's FrR value would be 30.4 on average over the course of two minutes.

                                        (2,600 / 120) = 21.7 || (21.7 / 300) * 420 = 30.4 FrR

          Obviously this does not take into consideration the front loaded nature of the consumable but gives a rough overall value in terms of resistance for this item. This figure is useful for considering what FrR items you can replace Greater Frost Protection Potion with on farm content if your goal is to cut down on gold epxense. The Week 1 FrR requirement is also the highest performance set up; so if you aren't looking to save gold on consumables, this will be your week to week loadout for Sapphiron.

          What piece of Glacial gear you want to use on farm will depend on the gear available to you. Here are some good rules to consider when selecting Glacial pieces.

          Once on farm you only need one piece of Glacial gear to replace the use of Greater Frost Protection Potion. What piece you select will depend on what I outlined above. It is inadvisable to use more than two pieces of Glacial or to stray from the four ideal pieces of Glacial gear outlined above in Tier 1 and Tier 2. All of the pieces listed are extremely competitive with each other when considering their trade offs and complete gearset when equipped; however, the Glacial Leggings should be the easiest to obtain and they gain additional benefit from applying the Ice Guard FrR leg and head enchant quest reward from The Ice Guard.

          For Naxx farm the likely FrR setup you will run is as follows:

    Sapphiron Farm FrR

    SLOT Item FrR
    Head Helmet of Ten Storms +10 FrR
    Head Enchant Ice Guard +10 FrR
    Back Enchant Cloak - Greater Resistance +5 FrR
    Legs Glacial Leggings +40 FrR
    Leg Enchant Ice Guard +10 FrR
    Shield Enchant Shield - Frost Resistance +8 FrR
    Trinket 2 Frostwolf Insignia Rank 6 +10 FrR
    World Buff Sayge’s Dark Fortune of Resistance +25 FrR
    Totem Frost Resistance Totem +60 FrR
    TOTAL 36.4% - 42.4% (with DMF Buff) 153 - 178 FrR (with DMF Buff)

          In this setup, if you don't want to bother with DMF buff, you can swap Sayge’s Dark Fortune of Resistance out in exchange for Glacial Mantle enchanted with Ice Guard which should be the absolute extent of FrR trades you make for normal gear. If you make that trade you would not use a FrR trinket and will have 186 FrR for a total of 44.3% Frost Resist. Obviously as before, stacking Elemental Warding will increase any of the above values by a flat 10%. To figure out how much FrR that would be worth you can follow the simple formula outlined above.

          Once you get Eye of the Dead I would not advise using a FrR trinket.

          Although it was not mentioned in either of these two FrR setups, Flask of Chromatic Resistance is always an option; however, mana will be important on this encounter. It is recommended you use Flask of Distilled Wisdom as well as Major Mana Potions off CD. This will likely mean, unless your active time is very low, that you will not be able to chain Greater Frost Protection Potions beyond your initial pre-pot. Keep this in mind when approaching the encounter.

    posted in Shaman
  • Good Morning Azeroth #54: Special guest: MadSeason!

    Video

    A Classic WoW Podcast, featuring Kargoz, Defcamp, Melderon and Dunedain. Special guest MadSeason, one of the biggest World of Warcraft youtubers and certainly one of the best.


    Youtube Video


    Podcast Link

    https://soundcloud.com/def_meltv/good-morning-azeroth-54-special-guest-madseason

    About the Author

    ClassicWoW.live is the definitive source for Classic WoW content, tools, and community!

    For more official CWL content, head on over to our YouTube Channel

    posted in Shows
  • Good Morning Azeroth #53: Special guest John Staats, Designer of 90% of Classic WoW Dungeons!

    Video

    In this very special episode of Good Morning Azeroth, Kargoz, Defcamp, Melderon, & Dunedain are joined by one of the original developers of World of Warcraft, John Staats. The group discusses the development process of Classic WoW dungeons.


    Youtube Video


    Podcast Link

    https://soundcloud.com/def_meltv/good-morning-azeroth-53-the-dungeons-of-classic-wow-w-john-staats-wow-developer

    About the Author

    ClassicWoW.live is the definitive source for Classic WoW content, tools, and community!

    For more official CWL content, head on over to our YouTube Channel

    posted in Shows
  • RE: The Egregious Classic Resto Shaman Progressive BiS

    @protean2213 Hey, hope I can help clarify.

    T3 is a very well balanced set as far as stats go. It has high primary stats and a very strong mix of +heal and MP5. There is no wasted item budget on Spirit, resists or other less than ideal stats for our class/role. This stat balances makes it very attractive from a HEP value perspective. While not being the highest piece in any slot as far as +healing goes, many of the T3 pieces win out through HEP due to the high Int and MP5 values. These calculations also do not take into account Stamina which, in Classic PvE and in PvE in general throughout WoW, has been a critically undervalued stat outside tanking. I have recently updated my Naxx BiS list to include my current evaluations of gear available in Phase 6.

    To your question(s). T3 is not the highest throughput set in that it doesn't have the highest available +healing. If you value only +healing then you can rely on the BiS items outlined in the AQ list or in the Highest +Heal w/ T2 3pc that I have just included after the Naxx gear list. If you value a balance of stats then T3 outcompetes many pieces in terms of overall value. This segues into the set bonuses. Let's work backwards from 8 to 2pc. The 8pc is fantastic, so fantastic Blizzard split it off into its own spell, Water Shield, in TBC. However, you can never equip it as you would lose T2 3pc. The 6pc is so situational it's just bad. The amount of thinking a player would have to do to have it meaningfully up at any given point in time is one both extremely high and would reduce the niche value of a well geared Shaman. Almost completely useless as far as I am concerned. From there the 4 and 2 pieces are good. If you have noticed a theme the set bonuses trend toward mana conservation. T3 2pc may have the highest use in Classic as the impact from a speed running view is high but the value from the MST would be negligible. Replacing totems frequently reduces the value of MST and therefore the 4pc. However, the average player will likely see some value out of 4pc. In all, T3 2pc and 8pc are the strongest set bonuses. If you subscribe to my evaluation of gear in Naxx while not running T2.5 5pc you will be using 5 pieces of T3 which will allow you to comfortably use the 2 and 4 piece bonuses.

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  • Phase6/Naxx on PTR & HUGE Bug Fixes

    Introduction

    In this video, Melderon goes over the implications of the recent bluepost by Blizzard releasing the Phase 6 PTR on Classic WoW. Outside of Argent Down quests, Naxxramas, and new items, the Classic Team implemented some HUGE bug fixes. The most impactful is that a number of world buffs now impact ranged attack power, benefiting Hunters greatly!


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    Defcamp and Melderon are two brothers that love Classic WoW and are dedicated to providing high quality guides, podcasts, and other content for the Classic WoW community.

    Defcamp & Melderon TV links:

    YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/defcamp&melderontv
    Defcamp on Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/defcamp

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  • TBC Classic Class/Spec Overviews

    In their first TBC Classic Guide, Defcamp and Melderon go over the new abilities and roles for each TBC Classic WoW class and spec to inform the community on how to pick their class for The Burning Crusade: Classic. Enjoy! What class will you play in TBC: Classic? Let us know in the comments section!

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    About the Authors

    Defcamp and Melderon are two brothers that love Classic WoW and are dedicated to providing high quality guides, podcasts, and other content for the Classic WoW community.

    Defcamp & Melderon TV links:

    YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/defcamp&melderontv
    Defcamp on Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/defcamp

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  • TBC Concerns and Classic Elitism

    In this video, Defcamp and Melderon are joined by Classic WoW community members and friends, vXCozmoz and Pohgren, to discuss concerns concerning the implementation of TBC Classic and why some elitisms and issues from Classic WoW would hurt TBC Classic if they are allowed to persist.

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    https://soundcloud.com/def_meltv/tbc-concerns-and-classic-elitism-a-classic-wow-discussion

    About the Authors

    Defcamp and Melderon are two brothers that love Classic WoW and are dedicated to providing high quality guides, podcasts, and other content for the Classic WoW community.

    Defcamp & Melderon TV links:

    YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/defcamp&melderontv
    Defcamp on Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/defcamp

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  • Hellfire Ramparts (normal) TBC Quests and Loot Dungeon Guide Gameplay

    This guide for NORMAL Hellfire Ramparts covers

    • Horde and Alliance Quests
    • Boss Dungeon Loot
    • Boss and Mob Abilities

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    • Weaken the Ramparts
    • Dark Tidings

    Bosses

    • Watchkeeper Gargolmar
    • Omor the Unscarred
    • Vazruden the Herald

    Hellfire Peninsula Fel Orcs Thrallmar Honor Hold The Dark Portal

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