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1-25-2011 @ 7:36PM
This is off-topic of the Stonecore, but it's entirely relevant to the column in general, so here goes:I just started a Resto shaman this past weekend - healed my first three dungeons and everything. It's largely thanks to your columns here that I had some idea of what I was doing. Healing is quite fun and *vastly* different from my usual DPSing, so I think I'll stick with it for now. Thank you for your work here at the website; you helped me a great, great deal.My question is: why do resto shamans prefer to use a 1H caster weapon and a shield instead of 2H caster weapons? My shaman won the nifty caster staff from the Deadmines, and it gives her spellpower and thus her healing a great boost, but everything that I can remember reading about equipping a healing shaman talks about 1H weapons and shields. Is it because we can use shields and get the extra defense as well as the stats? Is it that staves or the 1H/offhand combo aren't as good for us as a shield?Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
1-25-2011 @ 7:46PM
A few reasons. First up, there isn't much competition for caster shields. It's elemental, resto shaman, and holy paladin. Second, since Wrath one-hand + off-hand has generally had better stats than a staff. This is even more apparent since off-hand items (including shields) can be enchanted, and there are no unique staff enchants this expansion. Third, for those times when things go wrong and something is actually hitting you, a staff doesn't give you the armor a shield does. A shield typically bumps you up from mail armor to (effectively) plate levels of armor.Chances are, however, that a staff will be a bit better than a mace (or dagger)/shield combo from an earlier tier, from a pure healing standpoint.Some people also feel that shields just feel more 'shamany.'
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