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4-05-2011 @ 4:50PM
I've had a lot of success with a fairly different stat priority.Intellect > Haste (to 916) > Spirit = Crit > Mastery > Haste (above 916)Though I wouldn't recommend this priority for fights with lots of raid-wide damage (mastery shines there), it's a very HPM-oriented build.This is definitely the build I'd recommend for anyone struggling with their mana use (as I tend to do). Once you get the baseline of haste that any shaman needs, reforge until your crit and spirit are about balanced, adjusting for more or less spirit as needed.Crit is just such an awesome stat, really. It increases your heals-per-second and heals-per-mana simultaneously, and it has a reasonable chance to add to your mana regen as well.Couple this with some Telluric Currents (throwing out an LB whenever you have the moment to spare), and you can keep your mana from disappearing too quickly.
4-05-2011 @ 11:37PM
Your system is alot more in line with what i do as well. I wonder if this article is based on a Telluric Currents build though.
4-06-2011 @ 12:12PM
I am glad to see someone else with a crit build also. This is what I have done on my poor shaman alt because Spirit gear has eluded me. She only rocks around 1900 spi but with my crit heavy gear I have all the regen and throughput I need to heal the first tier (normal\10m) of raids. Once I can get some better gear on her that will bring more int and spi, I will either go for more haste (I have 1k now) or mastery. So, for all you shamans struggling to get to a decent amount of spirit, think of going with crit over that haste past the 916 softcap. You will get far more return from the crit than what that extra .02 cast time gets.
4-06-2011 @ 2:35PM
I actually love crit quite a bit, and mastery/ crit owns certain bosses in the face with a rather large stick. Knowing when to switch to crit over say haste can be a bit tricky, and of course there's the whole making sure you don't over do it. I'll be going into that more later with compensation through other stats, this is just the basics keeping in mind pre-raid gear.
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