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3-23-2010 @ 2:20PM
The next time you recommend Glyphs of Water Mastery and Healing Stream Totem, or leave out Tidal Waves, I am going to nail a kitten to my wall. Then that will be squarely on your conscience.
3-23-2010 @ 2:42PM
/agree Also stop putting mp5 so high in your stat rankings as in most raids will have a replenishment effect. between replenishment and imp. water shield I sit comfortably with 250 mp5 baseline and have no mana problems.
3-23-2010 @ 2:53PM
though i wouldn't take it to the kitten-murdering extreme that you do, i'd have to agree. glyph slots are far too scarce to spend one on either of those two glyphs. i understood when you suggested them in your "resto 101" post, considering many players taking advice from there are fresh 80 and could use all the passive mana regen they can get. from a raiding perspective, however, i don't think mana will ever be big enough an issue to warrant the use of Water Mastery.
3-23-2010 @ 3:20PM
I always enjoy Lodur's posts on WoM but his TT posts always seem a little over-obsessed with glpyh of water mastery. It's an extra 30 mp5. Compared to the extra healing from the glyph of LHW, 30 mp5 is not that useful. For one, LHW glyph will save you tons of mana just from being comfortable with using the more mana efficient little heal instead of a big bomb.And the more shamans you have, the better it is! Because it boosts LHW on anyone with AN EARTH SHIELD, not just YOUR earth shield. So it's great even for raid healing.Also, please stop forgetting to mention TW. When I was a n00b shaman I didn't really grasp tidal waves and how amazing it is. Every shaman should keep that thing rolling. My power auras shows me a wavy blue circle when I'm in combat w/o TW up, and a yellow exclamation mark when RT is available to proc it
3-23-2010 @ 4:10PM
Throwing Riptide out on nearly every cooldown is crucial. Vital. Essential. Mmkay? Early Shammy Tank Healing: Use LHW with glyph of LHW + riptide on every cooldown so you get a bunch of crits AND mana regen via water shield procs. Riptide, LHW, LHW, LHW. Crit is both your bomb and regen stat while haste is scarce.Mid Level Shammy Tank Healing: As above though you probably have the regen to drop a nuke on the first cast. Note: TW will haste that Healing Wave a bunch. Riptide on every cooldown, HW, LHW, LHW...High Level Shammy Tank Healing: You probably have at least the 2 piece T10 bonus which drops a bunch of haste on your spells, and you probably have more mp5 than you need despite trying to avoid it for more haste/crit gear. At this point, after a riptide your HW is maybe .1 seconds slower than a LHW. Your second LHW is probably somewhere between .2 and .5s slower. Still well worth the price of admission, imho. So....drop Riptide, HW, HW...LHW as necessary. Group Healing:I didn't notice that much of a change in 10 mans from low level gear to high level. Riptide, CH, (CH or LHW for spot healing). I usually throw my CH at the melee stack so I hit at least 3 people there, tank first. If the ranged are grouped up, I chain heal them, otherwise...spot heal with LHW. I don't bother move Earthshield unless its to an offtank or a kiting Hunter/Warlock/Mage or some such. If you don't already use it...I highly recommend using Power Aura Classic. Configure it to make a sound or give you a graphical cue whenever you are in combat and can cast Riptide. I also have separate auras for Tidal Waves (a blue circular aura) and the proc from my 2 piece T10 (a small red aura inside the blue...same shape). One other aura that shows if Watershield is low (faint blue shield icon), and another in the same place but much brighter if Watershield is OFF. You want 100% uptime on that.
3-23-2010 @ 4:40PM
glyph of water mastery is essential for new shaman healers. period. at least it was before triumphs were so easily obtainable. I think you need to quit harshing and remember that people are still crapily geared at fresh 80.
3-23-2010 @ 4:46PM
I'm not "harshing," I'm just upset that this blogger is giving poor advice. This post is about healing roles in raids, and nobody should be raiding with the glyphs that he's suggesting.Besides, there are so many ways to get around mana regen as shaman that there is no excuse to glyph improperly. I never used Water Mastery and haven't had any problems with mana since this expansion was released.
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