Way of the Totem

Circle of Healers – Resto Shaman

by on Nov.03, 2009, under Uncategorized

A lot of people keep pinging me for this and Matt already posted one at www.worldofmatticus.com and I still feel a little odd about posting some things up there like this when I have this perfectly good blog to dust off once in a while.

So here it is!

What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer?
Lodur, Restoration Shaman

What is your primary group healing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)
25 man PvE raiding

What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why?
Everyone is expecting me to say Chain Heal I know it, but I’m going with Tidal Force. it gives you that extra little OOMPH when you need it on both your Healing Wave spells and your Chain Heal

What healing spell do you use least for your class and why?

Honestly there isn’t a single one I don’t use! but of all the tricks I have I do use Healing Wave the least.


What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why?
We’re versatile.We can easily roll between Single Target and Raid healing at the drop of a hat.

What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why?
People have this perception that Shaman are broken and can’t keep up with the other classes on both Single target and Raid healing. This perception makes it hard to show some people how amazing we are as healers.

In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best healing assignment for you?
Raid Healing. The amount of Heal Per Second and Heal Per Mana a Shaman can put out while rolling heals on a raid is sometimes pretty ludicrous.

What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why?
I love them all but if I had to pick one it would be Druids. I’ve two healed a 10 man with a druid and the two classes just compliment each other so well with their versatility.

What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why?
Priests that do nothing but spam Circle of Healing >.> this is an old wound but every now and then I’ll get into a pug that has one that does it. No clue why it bothers me so but that’s it

What is your worst habit as a healer?

My worst habit as a healer is watching the mana bars of the other healers in the raid with me >.>

What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing?
DPS that won’t do anything to help keep themselves from dying. Standing in fire, eating cleaves, not using lock stones or potions, standing in fire, not casting FD or Vanish when threat is high, oh… and standing in fire.

Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other healers for PvE healing?
Shaman are very well balanced when paired against all the other healers. We may not have as many healing spells as say a priest, but we do damn fine with the ones we’ve got.

What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a healer?

World of Logs. After a raid I’ll upload my combat log and go over the percentage of spells cast and make sure I’m using the right ones based on mana consumption. I’m not a meter healer, I just like making sure I’m doing the best I can with my HPS and HPM

What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your healing class?
That shaman can’t heal heroics >.> no, seriously. Go HERE and read about my experience with this lol

What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn?
Finding a balance between spellpower and MP5 and then learning their healing rhythm. It’s a lot harder than it sounds when you’ve never healed as a shaman before.

If someone were to try to evaluate your performance as a healer via recount, what sort of patterns would they see (i.e. lots of overhealing, low healing output, etc)?
Honestly there is no pattern. My recount / WoL / Stats for a raid change based on raid composition as well as what roles I fill in during the raid. Some nights I top the Overheal, others I’m no where near the top.

Haste or Crit and why?
Haste, I’m a haste junkie as I love having my chain heal below a 2 second cast time!

What healing class do you feel you understand least?
Holy Paladin. Never played as one and haven’t spent enough time around them to know them inside and out.

What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing?
only one I use that could be considered healing related is grid and thats just because blizzards default raid frames blow. other than that nothing.

Do you strive primarily for balance between your healing stats, or do you stack some much higher than others, and why?
I’m not a min maxer. I like having all my stats balanced so that I can bounce between everything I need to in a raid.

3 comments for this entry:
  1. Matojo

    The more I read about shamans, the more I want one at 80. You buggers are *crazy*, maaan.

  2. Lodur


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