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2-10-2011 @ 7:01PM
I have a quick question for either the writer or fellow commenters. Currently I am mainspec Resto and offspec Enhancement, but I am considering switching to Ele for my offspec due to the similar gear structure for Resto and Ele. Is it viable to use a gearset optimized for Resto while dpsing as Ele? I know some secondary stat weights are different, will I be gimped for Ele if I reforge away from mastery for example? On a related note, do you think Ele is in a good spot right now in comparison to Enh, both playstyle and dps wise?Thanks for the advice everyone!
2-10-2011 @ 7:23PM
Your biggest problem (or at least, my biggest problem...) with trying to share gear between elemental and resto is that Elemental has a spirit/hit cap. In 5-mans, you'll be sitting on absurd amounts of hit that will do nothing for you; I suspect the problem repeats itself in raids once you start getting raid-geared.The other stats all have uses, even if elemental wants to reforge all its crit away while most advice for resto I've seen recommends the same for mastery (though I can't call it a bad stat.)It's certainly doable, but you need to decide ahead of time which is your main spec for enchanting/gemming/reforging purposes. Then, as you gear up, you can pick up alternate pieces that let you fine tune things like your hit cap or whatever.
2-10-2011 @ 8:20PM
It is absolutely possible, though not optimal. I currently am doing that very thing, and with the spirit-to-hit conversion, you can definitely do some nice DPSing.For now my healer gear is my DPS gear, but I'm starting to pick up pieces dedicated to DPS, and the gemming/reforging/enchanting is different; it's VERY nice not to carry around 2 sets of gear, but eventually I'm gonna have to have a dedicated DPS set if I want to min/max to the fullest.But go to it! It's a blast for sure. I was enhance for Wrath, and the only thing I miss about it is my Ghost Wolves.
2-10-2011 @ 9:34PM
Other than the spirit/hitcap problem another person mentioned, your other biggest problem is Crit.For resto shaman, Crit is probably our best reforge-able stat. It is the only stat (other than intellect) that increases both Healing-per-second and Healing-per-mana. According to this article, Crit ain't so great for elemental.If you only plan to use the Resto spec in group settings, though, Elemental is a cost-effective option. Optimized or not, you can do some real damage in Resto gear as you're doing daily quests or other solo activities without having to invest in new enchants, gems, or reforges.
2-10-2011 @ 11:21PM
one thing you also have to consider is when you start collecting the T11 set. the set bonuses are, of course, tailored for one or the other meaning you wont benefit from the healing set bonuses while in elemental mode and vice versa. at one point you really are going to be bringing 2 sets of gear if you intend to be completely proficient in both roles.
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