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4-05-2010 @ 11:02PM
I've leveled as a resto (or holy) specced Druid, Shaman, and Priest and I must say this is a massive hit for shamans, especially we fools who level as healers. The broad ability to dispel damage causing effects (curse and poison) and high crit ratings are what balances their generally inferior healing spells (outside of Chain Heal). They've got no HoT until you hit minimum level 60 when you get Riptide (which blows next to, well, any other HoT), their single target heals are adequate at best (without that huge crit rating, they're awful), and good luck maximizing your leveling heal gear without wearing cloth. I'll reserve judgement until I see what else they've got planned for shamans, but unless there are some big plusses, I think this may mark the end of the Resto Shaman. Each healing class has something that makes them stand out- for shamans, it's Chain Heal and broad cures. Druids & Priests both now have multi-target heals and, with this change, shamans have the weakest set of dispels. Without some big plus, I don't see the spec remaining competitive- and according to Armory Data Mining, Shamans are already the least popular healing class. And one more thing- how do they see it as a good idea to both increase dispel mana costs AND make it possible to waste casts where no debuff exists? This really makes healing without addons much more difficult and needlessly complex. I certainly hope they plan to go back and reprogram EVERY SINGLE pre-Cataclysm dungeon. Think of how many boss (or even trash) encounters that exist now count on rapid fire dispels. You ever run Mara without poison dispels?
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