05-05-2011, 03:14 AM
Bit of a request for help, my girlfriend is a resto shammy ilevel 346. We've been doing a great run through heroics but now we've come to raiding she's been told that she's not doing enough healing.
I've been perusing EJ and this forum but wondered if there were any comments from more experienced Shammys about general tips?
Usually Earth shield is up on me, water shield and earthliving on her, riptide and chain heal when required healing wave as and when. I'm using cooldowns to mitigate as much as i can..
Her Armoury - http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/character/hellscream/ankh/simple
Mine (it may be me?) - http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/character/hellscream/lachlan/simple
Any help would be appreciated...thanks
05-05-2011, 03:33 AM
We need more info about spell usage. In almost any situation, you want to have Riptide going out on cooldown - keeping it ticking on 3 targets is amazing. Always keep Earth Shield up on a tank. For single-target healing, GHW for heavy damage and HW is your filler, smaller heal. AoE healing is primarily Chain Heal and Riptide - make sure to drop a Healing Rain if people are stacked up and will remain there for most of the duration.
She needs to drop a point from Ancestral Resolve to grab the new Spirit Link Totem. It is amazing anytime your raid is stacked up and taking damage, which is quite often. Otherwise, spec/glyphs look fine.
Gemming and reforging could use a little work. Her mastery is extremely low - with the new buffs to it (it now works with HoTs and Earth Shield... well, it works with everything!), it's extremely potent and I would stack it once you get to the haste soft-cap (12.5% haste with Wrath of Air totem down, it's 900ish rating if I recall correctly). Stacking Haste past the soft-cap is pretty inadvisable at her gear level, since she won't have the mana to sustain it most likely.
(Edit: the soft-cap is the point at which Riptide and Earthliving gain an extra tick. This is pretty huge :-P )
I'd also do a lot of regemming. Gemming to blue socket bonuses is a good idea, given the value of Spirit. Yellow sockets are a bit different, because all of the yellow stats (Haste/Crit/Mastery) are far inferior to Intellect. She does need 2 orange gems to activate her meta, but she has quite a few extra. For instance, belt and boots - going orange for a +10 spirit socket bonus is inadvisable unless you need that slot to activate your meta. You simply lose too much Intellect.
Last thing - both of her trinkets are quite weak. Mandala is *okay* but something you should be looking to replace (any of the other 359 healer trinkets would be better). The other trinket is low level and thus has very little Intellect. Save up for Core of Ripeness (http://www.wowhead.com/item=58184), and look into Tear of Blood (http://www.wowhead.com/item=56351) or Witching Hourglass (http://www.wowhead.com/item=56320). If you have the gold, buy a DMC: Tsunami (http://www.wowhead.com/item=62050), which is especially amazing because the stacking Spirit buff works with Mana Tide.
edit: Also, I don't know a ton about Prot Warriors but I'm reasonably sure that 47% block is low. (I know it would be a for a Pally.) Reforge your threat stats into avoidance, reforge everything into Mastery, and enchant a couple pieces that you forgot to enchant.