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10-05-2011 @ 12:24PM
@Lissanna: "You have no idea how frustrating it is to be someone who understands how the healing class mechanics actually work and not just how to read totally meaningless HPS numbers this expansion."Is it the same kind of frustration as being sat because those lying meters are valuing that Druid over anything you bring?As william.i.harrison pointed out, that Spirit Link Totem isn't nearly as good as you think it is. What's more, it's HEAVILY dependent on positioning, has a clunky mechanic that means it is never where I want it to be (it's always off, no matter what I do), and if raid members aren't topped off, it actually STEALS HEALTH FROM THE TANK and gives him only a 10% DR in return (which, let's be honest - does anyone really think Inspiration/Ancestral Fortitude is worth stealing half the tank's health? Please tell me you don't think that...).It has the POTENTIAL to be really awesome. But as with many things, potential does not equal actual usefulness. It is, by far, the most powerful mechanic that we bring to the table - which should tell you something.But if you think that SLT plus the buffs Shaman are getting is going to fix things without a Druid throughput nerf, you're very wrong. I still have my doubts about the Holy Priest buffs, though they have solved a major issue with the spec - that it did not bring an effective raid cooldown. However, just from being on the PTR and trying out the new buffs to Shaman, I can tell you this much - the Devs have not, in any way, addressed the actual issues with Resto Shaman, which are that our heals are far too positionally dependent and we have very little mobility when we need it. The fact that they have tied one of our T13 set bonuses to our ONLY source of mobility (Spiritwalker's Grace) means that we are going to be shooting ourselves in the foot repeatedly, because that was a CD that you saved for when you NEEDED to move, and now we're going to be using it on CD (meaning that when we NEED to move, it very well may not be up).You say that you would bring a Holy Priest or Resto Shaman over a Druid in almost every encounter, but I really don't understand why you would say that. Every bit of theorycrafting currently supports bringing a Resto Druid over those two classes in every situation other than Baelroc. There is a reason why Paragon chose not to take a single Shaman to their Heroic Rags kill, and why Shaman have lagged behind every other class on that fight. That you guys are getting nerfed is regrettable, but considering how strong you are in current content, are you REALLY surprised?
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