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2-09-2011 @ 8:21AM
I gotta say, just chaining a few heroics lastnight, things seemed to be ALOT better. I still had tough fights and all, but the Healing Rain/Chain Heal combo was awesome and extremely effective. We're still going to have tough fights no matter how geared we get, so the buffs weren't OP and feels right.I don't think GHW is going to replace healing surge, but be more of an 'oh crap' spell, coupled with Nature's Swiftness as its always been.In hindsight now, it really feels like what they nerfed in chain heal, was caught up by healing rain. So they've introduced an element that requires skill and knowledge from your heroic buddies and fellow raiders.I think Mastery is kind of a lost cause for the shaman. Unless you're specifically building a raid tank healer, and not being depended upon to do raid heals, then sure, its a nice stat, and even at that, i haven't tested it, but the bird's eye view of it, would suggest this.My preference is raid healer, as most other shamans, so if Blizzard ever decided to make mastery worthwhile, they'd have to have it directly effect out Healing Rains and Chain Heals. But who knows. I'm no theorycrafter and maybe that bit of mastery i can't reforge is providing alot more benefit than i can see.
2-09-2011 @ 8:35AM
It's funny you say this, 'cause I totally hate being set to do raid healing. Both druids and priests have better tools to do raid healing than us Shamans, while we together with pallys, and maybe disc priests, have better tools for tank healing.If there's one thing the Mastery talent together with how Riptide works, tells me it is that Blizzard wants us to be Tanks specific healers more than Raid healers.
2-09-2011 @ 9:37AM
I disagree. Mastery would not be the choice stat for tank healing, since you want to keep a tank topped off and while mastery may save a low health tank, it won't be effective most of the time. I'd prefer a combo of crit/haste , with a little mastery to tank heal.
2-10-2011 @ 6:30AM
... point is that we can't keep a tank topped off... no-one can! However, we are surely the best in getting the tank back to acceptable health level - fast. If you try and keep your tank topped off, you are burning off your mana faster than you should. With Mastery talent we can live life a little more dangerous since we know that Mastery talent will help us when the Tank is getting seriously low on health. Unleash Elements + Riptide + Greater Healing Wave is a seriously big heal now and quite fast to cast for the output it gives. Our raid heals however are still very poor compared to druids and priests. What we can do effective is this area is keeping the melee group up with healing Rain and Chain Heal. This hasn't changed since... forever.
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