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5-01-2008 @ 2:53PM
I recently faced this quandary on my resto druid. I leveled feral and went resto to check the tree out and PvP and ended up loving it. However, as resto, I found throwing on feral gear and trying to grind mobs was painful and terrible. So I went 19/0/42 and found a good balance for raid healing and soloing. I throw on DPS gear (healing gear has some damage, but really I wanted a little hit and definitely crit since my 19 points deal more in crit magnitude). I imagine this could be the same for resto shamans.However, what I'd LOVE to see is a guide to resto shaman leveling from low levels (I confess, I haven't checked for one and will make sure to do it). I love my 38 resto shaman but don't want to respec and be another DPS trying to find low level groups for instances. Sometimes it is painful leveling though and would love some tips on it.
5-01-2008 @ 3:35PM
Andrew, I have to say I cannot, cannot, cannot recommend leveling a lowbie character heal specced. I leveled my priest to 60 as holy and it was an exercise in masochism I don't want to repeat.Up until about level 63 or 64 you can actually main heal as an enhancement shaman, provided you have built a gear set to support you in this. While I was still a "baby" shaman, I always collected healing set items (without ninja-ing from dedicated healers) along side my enhance leveling set. If I showed up to main heal an instance I took priority on rolling for healing gear--and would not assume I could roll on dps gear unless no one wanted it.I know some folks who liked leveling elemental (which might still keep you close to resto without forcing such dramatic gear changes) but after leveling my priest holy I was tired of being hit--I wanted to hit things back for once.
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