The Egregious TBC Resto Progressive BiS Guide


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          This guide will provide a walkthrough of TBC from a Resto Shaman's gearing perspective. Certain considerations are made and cost-benefits are weighed. The majority of this work is based off the Beta difficulty and EP values I have generated for the spec.

          To find more information about Resto Shaman, gearing as a Resto Shaman or the spec/class in general, please visit the Classic & TBC Shaman Discord. Feel free to DM me, Melderon or any of the Shaman Trainers with your questions. Before you do, please quickly search the channel you're in before asking general questions as there is a solid chance most general questions have been answered.

          **Aside on gemming: if you find the EP of a socket bonus (like Cyclone Headdress) exceeds the EP value of gemming straight HSP (healing spell power) then break from pure Teardrop gems. However, the majority of your socket bonuses are well bellow comparable value to straight +HSP. If you want to be more versatile you can hybridize in every slot. Based on current assumptions about difficulty from Beta, this should not be necessary.

          At the end of the day, make your own gemming decisions that suit your unique raiding environment. These are guideline recommendations and, as long as your gear and play theory support your raid, there is no wrong way to heal or gear in this role.

          Use tools like the TBC Resto Shaman Calculator to help inform your gearing decisions, spell rank selections and progressive EP understanding.

          Onto Resto gearing.
          

    Pre-Raid BiS:

          Doesn't fucking matter. Get as much gear as you can to fill your shit slots while gearing in T4 or catching up post-T4. I've worked on dozens of pre-raid BiS lists and each and every one of them suffers a fatal flaw. If you want to know what gear to look for while you fill out your T4 BiS then you should head over to SeventyUpgrades, select the default T4 Resto EPs (I provided them from the calculator linked above) and grind the obtainable BiS pieces for each slot.

          If you're looking for a "best possible gear obtainable from Classic, questing and attunement dungeons prior to a week 1 Kara clear".... you're already way better than the content and you're going to smash Kara. If you're coming into the game late -post T4- and want to farm absolute BiS prior to entering a guild raiding T5+... just get T4 BiS. Don't spend your money on crafted gear outside of LW which offers both early and late game BiS options and the Drums raid consumable(s).

          I will update this if anything changes but there is no indicator that content will require crafted gear. Plan your professions around T5+ and around the newly introduced Tinnitus, [4/29/2021]. This could easily mean going Engineering for speed runs, boss speeds, DPS parses, etc. may be ideal or become the new meta. (I will update this section as the communities understanding changes.)
          

    T4 BiS:

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    • There is no profession cycling in TBC. You can choose two, and only two, professions to receive benefits from. This means LW and Enchanting offer the most benefit to you and your raid as you cannot pick up and drop professions to obtain more than two profession benefits.
    • No WB, world drop or Season 1 gear is considered.
    • An interesting gearing option is to run Elemental T4 2pc if you primarily reside in a caster DPS group.

    Gem as follows:

    SLOT ITEM LOCATION
    Head Cyclone Headdress Prince Malchezaar
    Neck Emberspur Talisman Nightbane
    Shoulders Cyclone Shoulderpads High King Maulgar
    Back Stainless Cloak of the Pure Hearted Prince Malchezzar
    Chest Windhawk Hauberk Tribal Leatherworking
    Wrists Windhawk Bracers Tribal Leatherworking
    Hands Gloves of Centering Maiden of Virtue
    Waist Windhawk Beltt Tribal Leatherworking
    Legs Heartflame Leggings Chess Event
    Feet Forestlord Striders Chess Event
    Ring Jade Ring of the Everling Prince Malchezaar
    Ring Naaru Lightwarden’s Band Magtheridon Quest Item
    Trinket Essence of the Martyr 41 Badge of Justice
    Trinket Ribbon of Sacrifice Opera Event
    Extra Trinket(s) Lower City Prayerbook Lower City [Revered]
    Extra Trinket(s) Scarab of the Infinite Cycle Aeonus (16%)
    Weapon: Light’s Justice Prince Malchezaar
    Off-Hand Tears of Heaven 25 Badge of Justice
    Shield Aegis of the Vindicator Magtheridon
    Totem Totem of Healing Rains Maiden of Virtue

          

    T5 BiS

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    • No profession cycling.
    • Continuing with T4 profession selections.
    • No World Boss, world drop or PvP gear is considered.
    • You can run T4 2pc here for a marginal personal sacrifice. This is a personal/raid decision and really doesn't matter outside an EP perspective. To retain T4 2pc you would opt out of T5 shoulders and run T4 instead.
    • An interesting gearing option is to run Elemental T4 2pc if you primarily reside in a caster DPS group.

    Gem as follows:

    SLOT ITEM LOCATION
    Head Cataclysm Headdress Lady Vashj
    Neck Lord Sanguinar’s Claim Kael’thas Quest Item
    Shoulders Cataclysm Shoulderguards Void Reaver
    Back Sunshower Light Cloak Kael’thas
    Chest Cataclysm Chestcuar Kael’thas
    Wrists Blackfathom Warbands Hydross the Unstable
    Hands Worldstorm Gauntlets High Astromancer Solarian
    Waist Girdle of Fallen Stars TK Zone Drop
    Legs Sunhawk Leggings Kael’thas
    Feet Orca-Hide Boots Leotheras the Blind
    Ring Jade Ring of the Everling Prince Malchezaar
    Ring Coral Band of the Revived Lady Vashj
    Trinket Essence of the Martyr 41 Badge of Justice
    Trinket Ribbon of Sacrifice Opera Event
    Extra Trinket(s) Lower City Prayerbook Lower City [Revered]
    Extra Trinket(s) Scarab of the Infinite Cycle Aeonus (16%)
    Weapon: Lightfathom Scepter Lady Vashj
    Off-Hand Tears of Heaven 25 Badge of Justice
    Shield Aegis of the Vindicator Magtheridon
    Totem Totem of Healing Rains Maiden of Virtue

          

    T6 BiS

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    • No profession cycling.
    • Continuing with T4/T5 profession selections.
    • No World Boss, world drop or PvP gear is considered.
    • At this stage do not run T4 2pc. It's a complete waste.
    • An interesting gearing option is to run Elemental T4 2pc if you primarily reside in a caster DPS group. At this stage in the game maintaining Ele T4 2pc is specifically for speed runs, DPS parse runs or if you fancy yourself more a support player than direct healer.

    Gem as follows:

    SLOT ITEM LOCATION
    Head Skyshatter Helmet Archimonde
    Neck Nadina’s Pendant of Purity Mother Shahraz
    Shoulders Skyshatter Shoulderpads Mother Shahraz
    Back Shroud of the Highborne Illidan
    Chest Skyshatter Chestguard Illidan
    Wrists Swiftheal Wraps Tailoring
    Hands Skyshatter Gloves Terron Gorefiend
    Waist Naturalist’s Preserving Cinch Supremus
    Legs Kilt of Immortal Nature Shade of Akama
    Feet Boots of the Divine Light Hyjal Drop
    Ring Blessed Band of Karabor Black Temple Drop
    Ring Blessed Band of Karabor Black Temple Drop
    Trinket Memento of Tyrande Illidan
    Trinket Essence of the Martyr 41 Badge of Justice
    Extra Trinket Ribbon of Sacrifice Opera Event
    Extra Trinket(s) Lower City Prayerbook Lower City [Revered]
    Extra Trinket(s) Scarab of the Infinite Cycle Aeonus (16%)
    Weapon: Crystal Spire of Karabor Illidan
    Off-Hand Tears of Heaven 25 Badge of Justice
    Shield Bastion of Light Anatheron
    Totem Totem of Healing Rains Maiden of Virtue

          
          

    Sunwell BiS

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    • No profession cycling.
    • Continuing with T4/T5/T6 profession selections.
    • No World Boss, world drop or PvP gear is considered.
    • At this stage do not run T4 2pc. It's a complete waste.
    • An interesting gearing option is to run Elemental T4 2pc if you primarily reside in a caster DPS group. At this stage in the game maintaining Ele T4 2pc is specifically for speed runs, DPS parse runs or if you fancy yourself more a support player than direct healer.

    Gem as follows:

          Alternatively, you can run Teardrop Crimson Spinel across the board. The highest throughput you can obtain will be through the use of the red healing gems; however, the tradeoff for throughput to utility haste gain is around 1-2% increased throughput vs 10% haste. What this means is that the practical BiS gemming prefers the haste gems > healing gems. You can attenuate your haste and HSP on a personal level by balancing as many red and yellow gems as you feel best suits you and your raid.

    SLOT ITEM LOCATION
    Head Shroud of Chieftain Ner'zhul Kil'jaeden
    Neck Brooch of Nature's Mercy Akil'zon
    Shoulders Skyshatter Shoulderpads Mother Shahraz
    Back Shroud of the Highborne Illidan
    Chest Sun-Drenched Chestguard Leatherworking
    Wrists Skyshatter Bracers Sunwell
    Hands Sun-Drenched Scale Gloves Leatherworking
    Waist Skyshatter Belt Sunwell
    Legs Kilt of Spiritual Reconstruction Felmyst
    Feet Skyshatter Boots Sunwell
    Ring Blessed Band of Karabor Black Temple Drop
    Ring Blessed Band of Karabor Black Temple Drop
    Trinket Memento of Tyrande Illidan
    Trinket Glimmering Naaru Sliver Entropius, Mu'uru
    Extra Trinket(s) Hex Shrunken Head Hex Lord Malacrass
    Extra Trinket(s) Essence of the Martyr 41 Badge of Justice
    Extra Trinket(s) Ribbon of Sacrifice Opera Event
    Weapon: Hammer of Sanctification Kil'Jaeden
    Weapon: Crystal Spire of Karabor Illidan
    Off-Hand Book of Highborne Hymns Sunwell
    Shield Bastion of Light Anatheron
    Totem Totem of Healing Rains Maiden of Virtue

          

    Trinket Section [in progress]

          This is a section in progress. I will continue updates in the coming days/weeks with information I think is pertinenet to RSham trinket play.

    • Rejuvenating Gem: is an extremely strong trinket, especially prior to T6 and ZA; however, it's mostly a "lazy man's" solution to a trinket slot. While competitive in both surface EP and throughput with most trinkets even into T6, Rejuv Gem suffers from the lack of a meaningful proc or on-use component. Despite TBC adding few useful trinkets to the Resto Shaman's arsenal, the expansion does provide more Eye of the Dead style trinkets which have both a high HSP value and a strong proc or on-use component. These trinkets are far more versatile and will serve an active and engaged player better than an "equip and forget" trinket like Rejuv Gem. Get used to implementing on-use and proc based trinkets and move away from the "stat stick" trinket model.

    • Eye of Gruul: should not be overlooked as a resource trinket. Though on the surface this trinket's meager 44 HSP bonus and slim 2% chance to proc may seem unattractive, the mana component of this trinket cannot be overstated. Each bounce of CH has the opportunity to proc this trinket resulting in a 5.8% proc chance instead of two. Further, this trinket scales in benefit with haste. Not terrifically, but it scales none the less. At CH's base cast time of 2.5 seconds, this trinket is worth about 48 MP5 if continuously casting. That value drops the lower your active time and the fewer CH bounces you average and should be expected to provide closer to 30-35 MP5. In all, this trinket stands as the second highest MP5 item next to Alchemist's Stone and should be a staple in every Shaman's inventory.

    • 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.


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