Feb 19th 2010 4:14PM Look, all I'm saying is that if someone wants to speak as an authority for the Resto Shaman community they should either have very good information on the class, or the encounters, and this guy has neither. He's flat out wrong on gearing. I'm sorry, but having a haste rating on par with Ulduar content is pathetic and shows no knowledge of how a raiding shaman should gear.
Feb 19th 2010 12:41PM Honestly I can't be too surprised with anything inaccurate in this article. I thought perhaps some of the advice was leveled at fresh 80s, which would make things like Glyph of Water Mastery sort of make sense. However I decided to do a little searching and found that there is only one level 80 shaman named Lodur. Lodur of guild Unpossible on Zul'Jin. This is a female draenei (just like the one in the picture) with the same glyphs and gearing choices as outlined in this article, and it's in a guild attempting to raid ICC25.
Assuming this Lodur from Zul'Jin is the same person who is writing the column, they have no credibility at all. Gemming for SP when their haste is below 800? Wearing crit/mp5 pieces just because they are 264? Gearscore nub for sure.
All of these poor choices would be forgivable if they had still led to success, but Lodur's guild is only 7/12 ICC25. They haven't even killed Putricide or Blood Queen (Not even on 10 man). They aren't even a top 20 guild on their server (let alone in the world). Now that's fine and all, we can't all be top tier players, but anyone could benefit from learning a bit about their class. Here's a few tips Lodur:
1. Haste and Crit are not equally valuable, and SP is certainly not better than Haste. Haste helps CH as well as LHW/HW. If you are gearing specifically for LHW, then you can stop at the soft cap (which is north of 1200 haste, not 700...).
2. Glyph of Water Mastery is 30mp5... It doesn't scale. And if you are having mana issues in T10 gear, then you need to seriously re-evaluate your play style.
3. Glyph of Healing Stream Totem is so fail I don't even know where to begin. If healing stream totem is a significant portion of your effective healing you are doing something very very wrong.
So please, if you are just starting out as a Resto Shaman, try looking elsewhere for some useful information. This guy doesn't know what he's talking about.