Heroic Morchok 10man Resto Shaman POV

Welcome to Dragon Soul Heroic mode for Morchok. In this guide I’ll run you through everything you need to know about how to best utilize your Resto Shaman spells and abilities for a healing showdown.
Morchok has only one main difference from his normal version. When he reaches 90% of his health he’ll go into an early life crisis and develop a multiple personality disorder. It’s not treatable by medication and as you’ll probably have read in many guides like  Type H for Heals or Icy Veins your best option will be to divide and conquer. This will leave you with 2 teams of 5 ( or another set up for 25man ) and probably your team will include 1 tank, 2 healers and 2 dps.

Gear Check

Equip your shield if you haven’t already since Stomp is doing physical damage and your shield , for example Ward of the Red Widow will give you an extra 12201 armor which is equal to about 13.66% increase of damage mitigation bringing you to approximately 53% damage reduction depending on your gear. Your best bet as restoration shaman is to soak the damage with the tank while the other healer and the rest of dps run around soaking the damage from the Resonating Crystals. Fun times. The reason for this is that although as healers we bring a lot to our raid, the one thing we don’t bring is mobility. The less the restoration shaman has to move the more healing throughput he will have. Staying with the tank and having a good communication with him secures you with at least half as running around as you would have to run otherwise. (If your raid leader decides you won’t soak , then buckle up for some tough love )

Preparation Tips and Tricks

Make sure your weapon is imbued with Earthliving Weapon enchant and your Water Shield is up .Know your team and your tank. I suggest running with a good healing addon like Grid or Vuhdo that will keep your groups together. Put Earth Shield on your tank and keep it up at all times ( stating the obvious but ok ).Start overhealing yourself and the tank so that your well spent Ancestral Healing talent points will proc that wonderful 10% damage reduction and 10% maximum health pool increase. After you see you can’t climb more on your health riptide yourself and the tank. As long as riptide is ticking your stacks will never drop thus securing you and the tank an extra 10% damage reduction and health pool increase which will be life altering for this fight. Always refresh both riptides as they are about to expire and a small tip. Refresh the tanks right before you start running out for the black blood phase. This will secure him with the debuff even if he runs the opposite way of you so you don’t have to build it up as soon as you reach him again.

Fight starting in 5..4..3..2..1. Pull.

Run with the tank and drop your totems in between the location where Morchok is now and to where the tank will start tanking his split version. This way you get to benefit from your totems as much as possible without having to recast them and lose mana in the process. Have DBM ( or any other raid warning addon ) let you know when the stomp is coming. Depends on your healing assignment but probably you won’t have to heal your tank just yet. Be sure to keep him and yourself riptided and feel free to spend your third riptide at the raid member of your choice.
Tip. Remember you can only have 3 ppl riptided maximum in your raid if its glyphed so if you are unsure of your uptime keep it down to yourself and the tank. Best however to learn to always cast it on cooldown this will give you the most throughput.Fill your time before the first stomp with lightning bolts to keep your mana up ( provided you’ve spent points in Telluric Currents ).
Before the Stomp.Make sure you and the tank are as close to 100% health as you can get.When DBM tells you the stomp is being cast and has between 4 to 2 seconds left on the counter start casting healing rain ( If you have spend talent points in Focused Insight squeeze that in before the healing rain). This will ensure your rain coincides with the stomp timer perfectly thus minimizing your overhealing and saving you some precious mana.
After the stomp.Spam heal the tank who by that time will be gasping for air.There are many ways to do that, an effective one is either use an instant heavy heals macro (check my Resto Shaman Macros post for reference) or cast a riptide to keep your tidal waves up and consume both with Healing surge.Chain heal your group of 5 to as close to full health as possible and proceed to follow the tank and set camp at his location.The trick here is to put your healing rain in such a strategic location that it will include all 5 members of your party everytime you put it down. To that end ask your party to stay close enough and IN healing rain outskirts up until they need to run to take the damage of the crystal. (Now it depends if you are at the Morchok side or the Kohcrom side you will have different set of stomps and crystals. Healing wise the Morchok side is harder due to the fact it has one more additional stomp and one more crystal to deal with ). Be sure to keep your riptides on cooldown and as priority have yourself and the tank at full health before each stomp.Also don’t forget to spam riptide while running and unleash your weapon.I suggest you use unleash at the end of your run and cast a greater healing wave on the tank  if he needs it by that time.
Resonating crystal time.Once the resonating crystal spawns it takes 12 seconds to detonate.Within this time a stomp will occur, all 5 members need to soak that stomp before running to the crystal if this happened to spawn that far. Otherwise the tank is responsible to bring Morchok closer to the Chrystal to make it easier for the party. While Morchok is pounding on the tank try not to panic. Be on the lookout for every stomp and every crystal. Before the stomp make sure you and the tank are as close to 100% health as you can get. Achieve this by casting greater healing waves or chain healing the tank if you can afford to lose his riptide.
Before and after the next Stomp.3 seconds before the stomp cast healing rain and 1 second before the stomp cast greater healing wave on yourself.  Precasting that will land you with an immediate much needed heal as soon as your health drops. While healing rain, riptide and probably other hot procs are ticking on you and the tank chain heal the other 3 members that will already be running for the crystal. Drop healing rain at their location and by then the tank will have dragged Morchok close enough on them for him to be in that healing rain also.Run to his location as soon as you are done casting the rain, chain heal the 3 players that will soak the crystal damage and prepare yourself for the next stomp.If everything looks ok by this time squeeze in one or two lightning bolts and drop your mana tide totem.After it expires replace it with healing stream totem again and keep dropping it on cooldown preferably right before a black phase and right before a stomp.
Black Blood Phase.Repeat as above till the black blood phase. As soon as your feet hit the ground riptide the tank and leg it till you find a secure spot behind pillars. While on the run riptide yourself also and if someone needs little health unleash your weapon on him and start casting lighting bolts at the boss till the black blood phase ends from behind a pillar. Run towards the tank and pop spiritwalkers grace so you can heal on the run. Go through your healing rotation as above but before that make sure you re benefiting from your totems.Check your buffs and recast if needed. When your spiritwalkers grace is on CD heal with riptides and Unleash life. For the people with 4 pc set bonus.Make sure you keep one spiritwalkers grace for when the boss is below 20%.You will need it as soon as Heroism buff is over ( assuming you cast it at 20% of the bosses health ). If everything worked out the boss will be dead and you ll get hopefully a nice new bis neck piece to show off for your efforts.
Tip.For shamans with the 4 pc set bonus. Save your spiritwalkers grace for just before heavy stomps.
This concudes this guide for Heroic Morchok healing showdown.

Tips and quick summary

  1. Have your weapon enchanted, keep water shield on you and earth shield on the tank at all times.
  2. Preheal yourself and the tank for the extra  Ancestral Healing buff and keep riptides rolling on him and yourself to keep the buff going 100% of the fight.
  3. Precast Healing rain 3 seconds before each stomp ( provided you and the tank are as close to 100% health as possible ) and precast greater healing wave on yourself the last second.
  4. Cast Chain heal on the other 3 members while they are running for the crystal and drop a healing rain at their location. Run to the tank and heal him and yourself while preparing for the next stomp.Use a heavy instant heavy healing macro if you can’t afford the casting time or take advantage of your tidal waves that proced from either your previous chain heal or riptide and consume both with healing surge.Throw some extra heals on the rest of the party. Fill your downtime if any with lightning bolts.
  5. Before the first Black blood phase drop mana tide totem and keep dropping it on cooldown after that. Remember to recast healing stream totem after mana tide is exhausted.
  6. As soon as Black Blood phase is active riptide the tank on the run and yourself , unleash weapon to a member than needs it and as soon as you are safe start casting lightning bolts behind a pillar.
  7. Pop spiritwalkers grace on your way back to the tank and prepare for the next black blood phase as above after step 3. Recast your totems if you feel they are too far away from your location.
  8. Pop Heroism on 20% of the bosses health and if you have 4pc set bonus remember to cast it as soon as hero fades.
Note to the wise. Healing is an art, its not about rotation. Also its about collaboration with your fellow healers and your tanks. Be intuitive and expect damage spikes. Make macros for instant heals when in need ( Check my post on Resto Shaman Macros if you need a heads up ) and don’t be afraid to dump your mana but with consideration to what is coming.In between the steps I mentioned of course you need to use your spells to fill in healing wherever needed.Also do I really need to say that you need to be able to know when to keep your tidal waves up so your spells are the most quicker and most efficient? If your instincts are right on spot then you should be able to heal even with low gear. One of my most memorable times on this boss is when I dropped dead like a noob right after the first split. I used my anhk to rez myself which left me with almost 10% of my mana. I still hit almost the same numbers of healing albeit I was sweating the whole fight.And we downed him. It was then that I started to wonder that maybe we re mana spoiled and that we can make due with less if we re smart about our downtimes. I don’t suggest you start a fight with 10% mana though. You don’t want your fellow healers to pop beta blockers just for your fun of it.

Thundering Deathscale Wristguards V Grotesquely Writhing Bracers HC

The contenders :

Lately I m seeing this question hovering a lot around InternetLand and I have to say I find it pretty funny so early in the patch. Is it purely rhetorical for some people or is it actually a necessity to find its answer? My opinion would be that we’re scrutinizing too much sometimes. Both bracers on a first glance look amazing and to be honest you will see little difference in your healing throughput switching between them. The real difference for me lies in their accessibility. In order to buy Thundering Deathscale Wristguards as of now you’ll have to part with around 25k depending on your server. As for Grotesquely Writhing Bracers HC  you’ll need to be in a raid team that will down Warlord Zon’ozz in heroic mode  and you’ll have to be lucky enough to be in the 0.2% of their drop rate. Not to mention you might not be the only shaman in your group fighting for them. So why the premature fuss? My only guess at this point is that players are asking themselves if its worth to spend so much gold to craft the bracers if later there is a much better BiS coming their way. Is this the ultimate showdown of BiS 4.3 Wrists for Dragon soul?
Lets look at the stats first and do some quick calculations.

(Total Intellect is calculated by adding Raw Intellect + 50int from  Brilliant Queen’s Garnet + Correct Socket bonus +  50int from  Enchant Bracer-Mighty Intellect )
As it derives from the table above its easy to see why there is so much confusion. Although the HC version of Grotesquely Writhing Bracers is boasting some minor upgrades in some stats the real question is. Does the small upgrade in spirit make up for the -5 intellect? And at the end should we go for haste or mastery? To answer to these questions let’s look at the following table to see what changes between the finer lines of cold stat numbers.
This is exactly how much Grotesquely Writhing Bracers HC will reflect on your actual stats compared to Thundering Deathscale Wristguards.

So now the question is. Is it worth it?

As you see from above you get a little boost in health and small boost in mana regen. 14point in battle. Yes.That is it only.
How does loosing intellect reflect exactly in numbers? (As seen in LiG5 )
  • 1 Intellect = 1 Spellpower
  • 1 Intellect = 16 mana
  • 1 Intellect = 0.002% crit (or 648.91 Int per 1% crit)
  • 1 Intellect = 0.08mp5 (through replenishment) + 0.01mp5 (through the regen formula) + XX (through Hymn of Hope, assuming 1 per encounter) + a variable amount through Water Shield procs
Loosing 5 intellect and gaining some health is not so vital for me as a shaman healer. Yes intellect is our base stat so stack it up like its made of gold but when it comes down to judging the slots value by only +5 or -5  then you d better think what you re doing wrong. Secondary’s do matter.So it all comes down in my opinion to how much you value Haste v Mastery. This is a whole other can of worms right there but the simple math behind is the following.
To value haste, 1% haste = you can cast 1% more spells in the same window as before. In other words, 1% haste = 1% throughput.
To value Mastery : (1- Health % required for breakeven) * 2.5% is how much each % of mastery improves healing.
Example : In 100% health: (1 – 100%) * 2.5% = 0. Or 0% health, effectively 1 hp (1-0%) * 2.5% = 2.5%.
That means that at 75% health, you get healed for precisely (1-.75) * how much mastery you have. At 50% health, you get healed for (1-.5) * mastery and so on.
Looking at MAXDps.com you’ll notice how much higher HEP the heroic version wrists seem to have making them seem so much more appropriate for BiS . However you need to take into consideration that MaxDps is only calculating with its own specific algorithms thus not taking into consideration your own specific gear choices, stat choices or reforging. Where do you sever yourselves from cookie cutter calculators over the internet?
Basically the value of haste is greatest when mana is not an issue. So at the point you want to make the exchange you need to ask yourselves. How much mana efficient are you? How much is your haste and what haste cap are you aiming? Don’t just look at the 1.09% healing throughput 1.09%haste is going to give you. You need to look at the rest of your gear and your raiding conditions because its possible if your raid is falling below 70% health,  1.04%mastery is going to give you more throughput and vice versa.So lets say in a raiding environment where you need more mastery than anything else then you should go for the HC wrists.

Conclusion :

Both bracers are Best in Slot for wrists even though they have so much different item level. The choice is yours depending on how much you value your haste or your mastery. As if goes for me. I will maintain my 2005 haste cap throughout all the content and will choose between the wrists accordingly to whatever fits my numbers better.

General Gearing, BiS 4.3 List and Tips : Where to start from and what to pick up down the Dragon Soul road.

I feel I have to make this post as much as to satisfy my slight OCD but also to put some things into perspective. Plus a little something for the reader  ,with the insatiable appetite, who went through my BiS 4.3 Resto Shaman Shopping List and at the end thought. WTF??? And was left wanting for more. In this post I m hoping to cover most of the combinations that would otherwise leave you wondering more time than what you’re willing to spend . Because some people would rather go to the movies rather than browse internetland for small pieces of info that when you bind together, final picture starts to make sense.  Although going to the movies is overrated. While on a first date. Best spend it in bed people. And no I don’t mean alone. Have the first date in bed. And blame it to being lazy.  Yeah…Moving on.
There was one thing I had to say when I first read the blue post on MMO Champion about how the not so secret stash of valor points vendors wouldn’t include tier set pieces. FINALLY!!!! How many people came into the new patch sporting 359 heads? Raise your hands don’t be shy. My finest example is my drood friend ( the one I continuously try to tarnish in this blog ) who after numerous raggy kills in the hunt for the head token and what was more than 30 Beth’Tilac kills for Cowl of the Clicking Menace ended up getting the middle finger from ingame RNG. Cant understand how people keep complaining of lack of sex while playing WoW since blizzard seems to continuously consummate its subscribers relationship. I want an annulment Blizz. Gief a better designed drop algorithm. However the more lewt on the table , the more we’re left wondering of how to distribute our VP most efficiently and even further down the road, how to take advantage of every little nook in order to maximize our healing throughput.

The Story so far down the loot path of Tier 13

This time around Blizzard made it very clear that some dps items would stay in the dps spectrum thus infusing them with Hit Rating as one of their secondary’s stats.So no confusion there, you simply cant choose to equip Opal of the Secret Order, Seal of the Grand Architect, Nanoprecise Cape .
  • Back and Relic :
There are 2 items in the entire patch as of now you can safely spend your first VP on and that’s Woundlicker Cover and Lightning Spirit in a Bottle. So start from there. No boss drops any cloaks or relics for you , neither is a word out for a heroic version of them. Feel free to buy them, enchant them and epic gem them as well if you can afford it.
  • Tier Pieces :
Probably you’ll be playing with Blizzards newest toy , LFR. Although somewhat iffy still when it comes to loot rules ( where an ench shaman can and will probably need on Timepiece of the Bronze Flight though if you do just know you’re being dicks ) , I’d suggest you’d try and get your 4 set pc bonus through there. Casual raiders or not, its worth it. When you get to upgrade your LFR items with normal versions and later heroic ones, keep in mind that mix and matching will still retain your 2 or 4 pc item set bonus. ( Of course at this point any upgrade you get will be good unless you re already equipped with 391 heroic versions from Firelands. )
  • Wrists and Feet :
 When it comes to our own BOE  extravaganza , there are a set of bracers and a set of boots you can buy either in AH or using your alts or leeching of your friends. I wouldn’t suggest you waste your own VP for Bracers of the Spectral Wolf as they are very poorly itemised hence you’d have to change them as soon as possible. Try to get them if you desperately need the upgrade either with gold or using an alt. So either grab Grotesquely Writhing Bracers that drops from Zon’ozz or if you can afford it go for what is BiS for this slot Thundering Deathscale Wristguards from leatherworking Pattern: Thundering Deathscale Wristguards. The Sabatons of the Graceful Spirit are good for starters for you as are Mindstrainer Treads that drop from Yor’sahj.
  • Waist :
For your waist slot you can certainly start from Belt of Ghostly Graces that randomly drops from trash in Dragon Soul. Another BoE , get that from the auction house if you can afford it. However you’ll want to change that as soon as possible with either Girdle of Shamanic Fury that you can buy from the VP vendor, or Girdle of Shattered Stone that drops from Morchok or what is BiS for you in this tier Belt of Shattered Elementium that drops from Spine of Deathwing.
  • Neck :
Jelewry! For the neck slot I’d definitely suggest for you to wait for Morchoc to drop your BiS Petrified Fungal Heart since any pug group can one shot him even if you’re not in a raid group. If you find yourselves after weeks lacking this specific slot use your last VP to buy Threadlinked Chain.
  • Rings :
Moving on to the rings. You can start from Band of Reconstruction if you feel like spending VP points there. However feel free to equip best in slot Ring of the Riven from Hagara and double BiS Signet of Suturing shared boss loot.
  • Main Hand Weapon :
For your main hand there is no VP option. Simply wait for LFR drops and upgrade them as soon as possible with the Normal and Heroic versions. Definitely go for Maw of the Dragonlord from Madness of Deathwing especially for the fights were you stack its proc like it’s a gift from Santa. However Vagaries of Time is also great for you and so is Scalpel of Unrelenting Agony. I wouldn’t recommend using a staff no matter how good it may look on paper comparing to your say Ko’gun, Hammer of the Firelord.
How do those weapons fair up against each other though? The following list should provide with an easy solution for quick reference.

Weapon / Main Hand

iLvL

HEP

1

Maw of the Dragonlord HC

416

8,619.5

2

Vagaries of Time HC

410

7,679.5

3

Maw of the Dragonlord

403

7,660.0

4

Scapel of Unrelenting Agony HC

410

7,559.7

5

Vagaries of Time

397

6,809.9

6

Maw of the Dragonlord RF

390

6,796.5

7

Ko’gun, Hammer of the Firelord HC

397

6,784.8

8

Scapel of Unrelenting Agony

397

6,683.6

9

Vagaries of Time RF

384

6,046.1

10

  Scapel of Unrelenting Agony RF

384

5,914.7

However be careful of how you utilize this list. Just because one weapon seems to give you more HEP than the other it doesn’t mean that you should just go and disenchant the one you already have. On my WoL logs I can clearly see that in Ultraxion lets say, where all my raid is stacked in front of me, my Maw of the Dragonlord is owning every single other weapon on this list. Its proc is simply devine. It will fair up from 10% to 15% of your healing depending which version you own so lets say you have Vagaries of Time normal versus the Maw of the Dragonlord RF , for Ultraxion you should go for the Maw even though its lower in the list , hands down. So check your WoL or healing Skada meters for specifics of what weapon to use and when. ( I’ve added in the list Ko’gun, Hammer of the Firelord HC for comparison to previous tier )

 Off Hand :

Since there is only one shield Timepiece of the Bronze Flight dropping from Warmaster Blackhorn , whenever it drops for you go for it. I m not recommending Ledger of Revolting Rituals for you , you’ll be stripped from half your armor and in Dragon soul where there is so much physical damage incoming its almost next to an absolute must have.
  • Trinkets :
Lastly the trinket section. Vixsin from LiG5 has a great post explaining this Dragon Soul: The Final Trinket Showdown . All I have to add here is that there are 2 valor point trinkets you may equip also Bottled Wishes and Reflection of the Light if you absolutely need to replace some of yours. I wouldn’t suggest Reflection of the Light since you’ll have plenty of spirit to go already so opt for Bottled Wishes if you want to reach your second haste soft cap of 2005. But for the love of everything that is fluffy replace that with your BiS Heart of Unliving that drops from Spine of Deathwing and Windward Heart shared boss loot.

Final Conclusions :

As a final note. When it comes to replacing your 384 LFR tier pieces with 397 ones or 410 ones I’d suggest you go for Spiritwalker’s Faceguard, Spiritwalker’s Tunic, Spiritwalker’s Mantle and Spiritwalker’s Gloves .Yes its the elemental tier Hands. I know its weird. But our Spiritwalker’s Handwraps suck big time. Best if you go for Gloves of Ghostly Dreams that you can buy from the VP vendor. If you get a Imperfect Specimens 27 and 28 shoulder drop and you feel that you must, then go for our Resto hands. But…I wouldn’t. Use the LFR ones till you can make the change. Its just a waste of a token imo. Your 4pc bonus is worth it so use the LFR ones till you feel safe to make the change trying different combinations. (If you re missing pieces go for the VP ones although I wont personally. The Ghostworld Chestguard is so bad for both specs :-/ . But as always should you find yourselves sporting a 378 for a long long time, by all means feel free to exchange that )
This concludes the preliminary quick gearing list for resto shaman, so now we can immerge ourselves into the possibilities that lie ahead while progressing in Dragon Soul.

CharDev Table Analysis :

(Talents and glyphs included )
If you’ve followed my guide ( or dressed up on your own in a similar way ) then possibly you’re looking like this
What and how to reforge your resto shaman at this point.I’ve reforged down to match my first soft haste cap at 916 and further more using this priority . Haste -> Matery, Haste->Spirit, Crit-> Mastery, Crit->Spirit accordingly. My goal is to get my mastery above 18 and my haste rating as close as 916 as it gets. This way you get all your riptide, healing rain ,earthliving weapon to have one more tick and since you’ll be progressing you’ll want to be spirit efficient. ( However if you feel you can afford to have less spirit feel free to reforge away from items not already reforged to critical rating or mastery rating ). As of this moment I m rolling with :
(Probabilities are that at this point I’ve already upgraded my gear. This example was just a few weeks into patch 4.3 and with only few HC bosses down. If you need an updated view of my gear feel free to check  my Armory. Note to the wise.I might be sporting my DPS os gear. I love running dungeons as ele. )
My spirit is around 2700 I find that I don’t need more and my mastery is hovering at 16 while I ve chosen to hit my second haste cap of 2005. And crit is what is left. This might not be for everyone though. I’ll make a separate future post regarding differences in specs and stats in different raiding environments, group compositions and raiding difficulty progression. As it goes for me (I m currently raiding in a 10man environment) I’ll continue removing spirit as soon as I get my hands on Heart of Unliving and reforging it to mastery and crit depending on the incoming damage in my raid. I m well into Heroics right now and I find this reforging is more than sufficient. (Sidenote. I’, not promising my haste/mastery/spirit balance opinion wont change according to my needs. Let’s say if I find that for my  progression and team I m running out of spirit believe me I’ll reforge down to 916 haste cap, and give all I have to mastery and spirit instead.Do the same. Check your raid, check your mana efficiency, check your master efficiency, put those WOL logs in use or at least your skada logs. )
So what are general rules you should follow regarding reforging for different situations? Take a look at your raid and the incoming damage. If your raid is mostly below 70% best to put more into mastery than crit, if you find it to be above that, feel free to upgrade your crit. Also how far into progression are you? Are you out of mana when you need it even with Telluric Currents then up your spirit a little bit, take it out of crit or see what soft haste cap works for you 916 or 2005. However the more you get into Normal DS gear and HC the more you ll see its harder to reforge haste.
This is how a mid way into progression gear should look like:
This is after lets say farming Normals for 3 to 4 weeks and starting on first HC bosses. There is more mastery in this combination as you ll find your raid more often than not below 70%. Haste is still as close as it gets to 2005 soft cap with a glyphed riptide ticking once more. Its significant for 10 man raids. Since you’re wearing the Spine of Deathwing trinket your spirit regen will be eventually more than 3k but if you feel you need more, take a little out of your Mastery.
Lastly this is what you would call an endgame Best in slot for 4.3 Dragon Soul:
Full on HC gear with full epic gems and enchants. At this point you re probably over spirit regeneration requiremements and mastery so at 2005 soft haste cap your crit is boasting around 20%. Remove from this combination some of the amazing HC gear that you possibly don’t have and reforge some crit into mastery and you ll be laughing at Deathwing progression.
This concludes with my gearing guide about early epics and some examples for progression restoration shaman gearing. In the future I’ll go more into how to properly manage your stats for different raid enviroments and different progression and how to reforge correctly your spirit , haste and mastery accordingly. Good luck with the loot drops btw since it seems all the crappy players get all the luck. Just my observation.
___ A  Resto Shaman blog for the Curious or the Lazy Raider___

Me,Myself and PowerAuras. Elemental Redux.

Long story short. I have to admit this shaman used to be a shelved lvl 25ish char. My main was a mage. Arcane. I loved my one button rotation more than I loved chocolate cake. Ok that’s a lie. Major lie. OMG god of chocolate pls forgive me!! Ok he gave me a sign so now I feel all warm and fuzzy again.
 So in my search for raiding environment I stumbled upon the raid that would change my playstyle. Why?Because when I got there in that 10man raid there was already another arcane mage sitting her ass on what I thought to be my rightful spot. So what did I do? Yes of course I hated her existence ever since, yes of course I pinpointed every single one of her mistakes . However true to my nature I decided not to waste my time and move on to what the raid seemed to be actually missing. HEALZ!
And so I embarked on the journey of mainswitching to shamy healz. Now I m thinking of sending a box of chocolates to that mage because if it wasn’t for her I would still be on my mage. NO I wont. Who am I kidding. I still hate her guts. You know what I love? My shamy healz. So few months later and into the fiery pit of Ragnaros what do you think happened? Yes suddenly we were full of healers that could outheal my shaman not because I m not good enough but because firelands was a rape for shamy healers. So since I absolutely wanted to raid and when it 2 healer fights I didn’t see myself keeping my spot I turned to my os for help. First came enhancement. Soon after I realized I cant dps to save my life in melee and as much op as this spec is supposed to be I turned to elemental. And at first I sucked. Until…tah daaah. Yes.My love affair with power auras came to play. And some epic lewts. Every little bit helps and major upgrades are sure to boost your dps so don’t be scared to use the same main and off hand from your Resto spec for your Ele spec. Yes even without reforging more often than not the stats alone will be enough to up your gameplay. Because shamans are hybrids and it’s a reason we are brought along. Its one of our strengths.  If you have the luxury of being in a major 25man raiding environment then sure spec both of your trees for resto purposes. Both for progression and tailored for different bosses.But for those that are either moonlighting in their ele spec or its your main spec , as promised on my Resto PowerAuras Post here is my power auras elemental config.

This time I run around SW with my power auras full on un proc .Mostly because if I am in my ele spec it will be because I m training myself with dummies. Dummies? I meant raid dummies.Abusing puggies is my guilty pleasure but I wouldn’t go as far as to call them dummies. I have a much better more eloquent and extended vocabulary  in my artillery for that purpose. In anycase above you can see a fiery orb that is my Lava burst off cooldown. The white circle indicates there are no totems down due to my noobish ways of forgetting to put them down when there is another shaman in the raid. Feel free to deactivate it. The icons on my right are from my dominos bars I ll cover those in my UI post.

This one is not so fancy it merely indicates that the fire elemental has 5 or less seconds before disappearing. Used to be amazing before Blizzard decided to nerf Tier12 2 pc bonus. Gief back my fire elemental Bliz.

As you can see the fiery orb is replaced by a CD timer indicating when its going to be off cooldown. The arc above my head appears as soon as I cast Flame Shock and the timer indicates how much time the dot has left.  On my right side above my dominos there are 2 white dots. First one appears when my lighting charges on my shield are 7. The second appears when they reach 8. When they reach to the final 9 Blizzards automatic aura flashes above my head. Lastly the timer after the dots is indicating how much time my searing totem has left before it needs refreshing. I will just push my dominos button underneath when I feel like it, thats why its there.

A random screenshot indicating how all the auras are working together.

Last Addition to the gallery my power torrent proc ( Little swirly flowery thingy at the end of my dominos).Very very very useful for all kinds of situations.Trust me.You need this.

Configuration ScreenShots

Power Auras Export :

Lightning Shield 1st  stack :
Aura[5]=Version:4.23; g:0.9843; icon:Spell_Nature_LightningShield; buffname:Lightning Shield; r:0.9765; begin:1; x:76; stacks:7; texture:45; alpha:1; size:0.13; y:-29; texmode:1@
Lightning Shield 2nd stack :
Aura[6]=Version:4.23; b:0.9373; icon:Spell_Nature_LightningShield; buffname:Lightning Shield; r:0.9529; x:110; stacks:8; texture:45; alpha:1; size:0.13; y:-29; texmode:1@
Lava Burst :
Aura[7]=Version:4.23; b:0.8353; g:0.949; icon:Spell_Shaman_LavaBurst; buffname:Lava Burst; begin:3; x:-108; bufftype:15; texture:199; alpha:0.54; size:0.31; y:-31; texmode:1; timer.b:0; timer.g:0.851; timer.h:1.85; timer.UpdatePing:true; timer.enabled:true; timer.cents:false; timer.Relative:LEFT; timer.x:59; timer.UseOwnColor:true@
Flame Shock :
Aura[8]=Version:4.23; b:0.0275; g:0.451; target:true; icon:Spell_Fire_FlameShock; buffname:Flame Shock; r:0.9451; x:-4; bufftype:2; texture:7; alpha:1; mine:true; size:0.8; torsion:1.02; y:-23; texmode:1; timer.h:1.85; timer.enabled:true; timer.cents:false; timer.y:57@
Searing Totem :
Aura[9]=Version:4.23; b:0.0667; g:0.6078; icon:Spell_Fire_SearingTotem; buffname:Searing totem; begin:3; x:-173; bufftype:19; texture:13; alpha:0.1; size:0.02; y:-31; texmode:1; timer.b:0; timer.g:0.851; timer.h:1.57; timer.UpdatePing:true; timer.enabled:true; timer.cents:false; timer.Relative:LEFT; timer.x:334@
Wrath of Air :
Aura[10]=Version:4.23; anim1:4; icon:Spell_Nature_SlowingTotem; buffname:Wrath of Air; bufftype:19; texture:2; alpha:1; speed:0.74; texmode:1; inverse:true@
Fire Elemental Totem :
Aura[11]=Version:4.23; InvertAuraBelow:5; icon:Spell_Fire_Elemental_Totem; buffname:Fire Elemental; x:-146; bufftype:19; texture:218; size:0.63; texmode:1@
Power Torrent :
Version:4.23; b:0.5137; anim1:11; g:0.9216; Instance25ManHeroic:true; icon:Ability_Paladin_SacredCleansing; buffname:Power Torrent; begin:1; x:191; Instance10ManHeroic:true; texture:112; alpha:0.11; speed:0.12; Instance5Man:true; Instance25Man:true; Instance10Man:true; Instance5ManHeroic:true; size:0.25; y:-62; texmode:1; finish:3; timer.h:1.44; timer.enabled:true; timer.cents:false; timer.Relative:CENTER

Me, Myself and Power Auras

Sort of an exaggerated suggestion. I  make it seem like I take power auras to my bed. That I d bumb uglies with them. Screw it, yes I would. I love powerauras. I adore powerauras. My heart has always beaten faster for all things functional minimal and pretty. Power auras are the Bauhaus of addons. They are everything you need to have on your UI to guide you through the perils of the worst raiding environment. Warningwise. I m this close to making a how to guide for power auras buuuut…I wont. There are so many out there. Google is your friend. And if you have half a mind you don’t even need that. Just spend few min with the interface and you ll be laughing. I don’t even remember how I was introduced to powerauras. It just feels that we ve always been together, we click naturally. It’s a testament of how much I m attached to them that I cant dps my ele os without them. I ll make a separate post for this reason just for the curious minds out there. So , what can power auras do for the resto shaman? For me they provide with enough visual warnings that I barely need to think of anything else but my healing assignment. You remember that nasty drood friend of mine? He s always insisting that “It’s a man thing. Not to rely on crutches when you re not injured otherwise your legs will atrophy.” Yeah. Ask him who has more powerauras than me now. Yes he s converted. But he s keeping it minimal and good for him or I d have to decapitate those legs of his. But generally ppl please keep it clean. There is nothing worse than a messy UI where you cant even concentrate on the fight.
When strolling around in stormwind or anywhere in the world I have all my auras in the hiding. Or when I m on my mount even in a dungeon or raid again I have them in hiding. Other than that I keep it simple. On my resto spec I roll with 4 auras but make no mistake if I feel I need another I ll put it in my rotation respectively. I don’t use any earth shield auras and such since my VuhDo keeps tracks of those kind of stacks.
In a raid the following image bellow is how my power auras in Restoration spec look like. Left dressed in yellow is my Unleash elements. On the right dressed in green is my Riptide. And the shield indicates when my Water Shield is missing.
When Water Shield is back on but I havent used any CD ‘s
Essential for my peace of mind the necessary cooldown timers. The vibrating circle is our Tidal Waves proc . As soon as they are consumed or expired the aura vanishes.
Lastly as mentioned when mounted or chilling out all the auras go to sleep.

New Addition to the gallery is my power torrent proc (The little flowery on top of me.It also swirls.Yes I’m a girl in case you haven’t figured it out so far). More important for ele though but once I added it there I had to give it to my resto too.Useful and it doesn’t really take up so much space. 

Another new addition to the gallery is a power Aura for my Spiritwalker’s Grace proc. Now with the tier 13 bonus I found it really valuable to keep a more careful eye on that.It’s indicated by the little waves inside the Tidal waves Power Aura.

Configuration ScreenShots

Resto Shaman Power Auras  Export 

Unleash Elements  :
Aura[1]=Version:4.23; b:0.2; g:0.9608; Instance25ManHeroic:true; icon:Spell_Shaman_ImprovedStormstrike; buffname:Unleash Elements; begin:3; x:-114; bufftype:15; Instance10ManHeroic:true; texture:163; alpha:0.54; Instance5Man:true; Instance25Man:true; Instance10Man:true; Instance5ManHeroic:true; size:0.77; y:-6; texmode:1; timer.b:0; timer.g:0.851; timer.h:1.72; timer.UpdatePing:true; timer.enabled:true; timer.cents:false; timer.Relative:LEFT; timer.y:-3; timer.x:107; timer.UseOwnColor:true@
Riptide :
Aura[2]=Version:4.23; b:0.2196; Instance25ManHeroic:true; icon:spell_nature_riptide; buffname:Riptide; r:0.349; begin:3; x:105; bufftype:15; Instance10ManHeroic:true; texture:163; alpha:0.54; symetrie:1; Instance5Man:true; Instance25Man:true; Instance10Man:true; Instance5ManHeroic:true; size:0.76; torsion:0.96; y:-6; texmode:1; timer.a:0.79; timer.b:0.2; timer.h:1.72; timer.UpdatePing:true; timer.enabled:true; timer.r:0.3725; timer.cents:false; timer.y:-9; timer.x:117; timer.UseOwnColor:true@
Water Shield :
Aura[3]=Version:4.23; g:0.7569; Instance25ManHeroic:true; icon:Ability_Shaman_WaterShield; buffname:Water Shield; r:0.3255; begin:2; Instance10ManHeroic:true; texture:21; alpha:0.42; Instance5Man:true; Instance25Man:true; Instance10Man:true; Instance5ManHeroic:true; size:1.2; y:-11; texmode:1; inverse:true@
Tidal Waves :
Aura[4]=Version:4.23; b:0.8941; anim1:4; icon:Spell_Shaman_TidalWaves; buffname:Tidal Waves; r:0.698; begin:1; texture:28; alpha:0.49; speed:0.54; size:0.81; y:-10; texmode:1@
Power Torrent :
Version:4.23; b:0.5137; anim1:11; g:0.9216; Instance25ManHeroic:true; icon:Ability_Paladin_SacredCleansing; buffname:Power Torrent; begin:1; x:2; Instance10ManHeroic:true; texture:112; alpha:0.11; speed:0.12; Instance5Man:true; Instance25Man:true; Instance10Man:true; Instance5ManHeroic:true; size:0.25; y:74; texmode:1; finish:3; timer.h:1.44; timer.enabled:true; timer.cents:false; timer.Relative:CENTER
Spiritwalker’s Grace
Version:4.23; b:0.8941; icon:spell_shaman_spiritwalkersgrace; buffname:Spiritwalker’s Grace; r:0.698; begin:1; texture:33; alpha:0.49; speed:0.54; size:0.66; y:-10; texmode:1; timer.h:1.4; timer.Texture:Original; timer.enabled:true; timer.cents:false; timer.Relative:CENTER; timer.y:49

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BiS 4.3 Resto Shaman Shopping List

(For a more in depth analysis and for the daring reader feel free to feast on General Gearing, BiS 4.3 List and Tips : Where to start from and what to pick up down the Dragon Soul road)
And so tier 13 hit our doors along with Santa Claus this year but unlike small people, acquiring those coveted pieces has nothing to do with whether you’ve been naughty or nice. Quite honestly I feel that the more naughty I become the easier it will be to get that damn 4set pc bonus that I ve long argued with my resto druid friend who believes its his tree form reincarnated. Yeah right. Like I stash the book of dead under my bed at nights  in the hopes I ll restore some of the glory of what resto shaman used to have back in WoLK. Yes I m bitter. I m bitter that I ve felt for the whole tier 12 of Cataclysm and especially in Firelands that I ve been working my ass off to get just a glimpse of what a druid or a paladin could achieve by just  a wave of their wands. And you only need to look at diagrams of WoL to see the heart wrenching truth. That the blue line is ALWAYS on the bottom of the list. Whether up or high its ALWAYS on the bottom of that list. So yey I get a tree form to play. Tell you what drood, I d appreciate it more if I was a freaking dog cause then I d have something to piss on. I m deviating from my point though. My point being I started this post willing to record somewhere online a BiS 4.3 shopping resto shaman list for myself. It did get to my attention that a lot of shamies out there have no idea how dress. Meaning they don’t really know whether to stack haste or mastery. There are a lot of forums out there with beautiful numbers for that and depending on my mood I might make a collection to prove my point. However for now below you can find a Haste/Mastery oriented Best in Slot 4.3 for your  Shaman. At least its what I ll be dressing myself in.Reforge at your discretion.
 BIS 4.3 RESTO SHAMAN GEAR LIST For Dragon Soul

iLVL

SLOT

LOOT

SOURCE

397

410

Head

Wolfdream Circlet (Spirit/Haste)

Spiritwalker’s Faceguard(Spirit/Mastery)

Vendor

Token

397

410

Neck

 Petrified Fungal Heart(Spirit/Haste)

Morchoc

397

410

Shoulder

 Imperfect Specimens 27 and 28(Haste/Mastery)

Spiritwalker’s Mantle(Spirit/Haste)

Ultraxion

Token

397

Back

 Woundlicker Cover (Spirit/Haste)

Vendor

397

410

Chest

Spiritwalker’s Tunic (Spirit/Mastery)

Token

397

410

Wrist

Thundering Deathscale Wristguards(Spirit/Haste)

Grotesquely Writhing Bracers(Spirit/Mastery)

LeatherWorking Pattern

Zon’ozz

397

410

Hands

 Gloves of Ghostly Dreams (Spirit/Haste)

Spiritwalker’s Gloves ( Haste/Mastery)

Vendor

Token

403

416

Waist

Belt of Shattered Elementium(Spirit/Haste)

Spine of Deathwing

397

410

Legs

 Spiritwalker’s Legwraps(Spirit/Haste)

Token

397

410

Feet

 Sabatons of the Graceful Spirit(Spirit/Haste)

Mindstrainer Treads(Spirit/Mastery)

Vendor

Yor’sahj

397

410

Finger

 Band of Reconstruction (Spirit/Mastery)
Signet of Suturing(Spirit/Haste)
Ring of the Riven  (Haste/Mastery)

Vendor

Shared Boss Loot

Hagara

397

403

416

Trinket

Windward Heart (Int/Ancestral Awakening)
Heart of Unliving (Int/Spirit stacking)

Shared Boss Loot

Spine of Deathwing

397

403

410  416

Main Hand

Vagaries of Time  (Crit/Haste)
Scalpel of Unrelenting Agony  (Spirit/Haste)
Maw of the Dragonlord Dragon Soul (Frontal cone heal)

Morchok

Yor’sahj

Madness of Deathwing

397

410

Off Hand

 Timepiece of the Bronze Flight (Spirit/Haste)

Warmaster Blackhorn

397

Relic

Lightning Spirit in a Bottle (Spirit/Mastery)

Vendor

Note : Please ,for the people out there screaming BUT BUT THESE ARE NORMAL VERSION LEWTS! Yes they are. Quite obviously when you loot HC simply go for the 410 versions.Sheesh.
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About me

I find it hard to put to words a good introductory note. I like chocolate and sometimes I like purring out my thoughts to unsuspecting fellow human beings. Sometimes unsuspecting animals also. So this is will be my outlet for all things shaman I can think of when I have the time. Or the mood. Or when I m not in the mood.Which will make it even funnier or bordeline violating.