Under My Voodoo (Glyphage)

21 06 2009

Subtitle: What are all these circles in my Talents window in the tab called “Glyphs”?

So, you decided to roll a shaman, eh? Think you got what it takes? Well, Shamans do what… Nintendon’t. That doesn’t make sense, but you should probably reroll. We used to be a very overpowered class. We could do it all, tank, heal, DPS, make small things pop out of the ground, etc. Just kidding, we couldn’t tank effectively. Yet, we still have a shield. I call it a Stat Platter, holds some nice stats, an intellect enchant, it slices, dices, and blocks 5% of the time. I guess we are in a good position (an even better position in 3.2, resto-wise). Any good Shaman will take up the mantle of healing  because it is an enjoyable experience. Stressful, yes. But mildly enjoyable. Frantic, yes, but not really enjoyable. Ah well, let’s get you Glyphed. That came out of no where.

So, as a Shaman, your Minor Glyphs are gonna be a complete crapshoot. I enjoy bagspace, I really do. I want there to be an updated backpack, but Blizzard hates me (RE: Southfury River).

  • I take the Glyph of Renewed Life, screw Ankhs.
  • I need to get somewhere quickly, not really, but I like to feel that I am important. Next, I use the Glyph of Astral Recall. Then in the extremely rare event where everyone is in KT’s room, no Mage, all their hearths are down (extremely rare), you can /point /laugh that you have a 7.5 minute Hearth.
  • Finally, the only one that is absolutely awesome for Restoration Shamans, the Glyph of Water Shield. This one won’t really matter in 3.2, as Improved Water Shield isn’t gonna take our precious Water Shield charges, but for now, it is balls.

As for other options, if you like to walk on water, take that one. If you like to breathe under water, take that one. If you PvP, which I don’t, take the Ghost Wolf one. For any sort of Shaman, except Elemental with the Thunderstorm glyph for PvE, minor Glyphs are gar-bahge.

Now, there is much to little debate of what Major Glyphs to choose. I roll with a whole lot of awesome, so I come prepared.

  • Glyph of Earth Shield: Our most mana-efficient heal deserves to heal a little bit better. As my favourite Informercial use to have as a catchphrase, “Set it and forget it.” At least until it drops down to below 3 charges, then reset it and forget. Rinse repeat.
  • This next one is debated, but I tend to enjoy an extra 30mp5. It won’t really matter that much in 3.2, what with an over 25% increase to all items that give mp5, but if you are having mana issues, take the Glyph of Water Mastery.
  • Glyph of Lesser Healing Wave: 20% extra healing on targets that have your Earth Shield. Pretty nifty. Since this is your primary heal and Shamans have shifted to a more tank healing role, might as well grab it up.

Possible replacements for the last 2:

  • Glyph of Chain Heal: Meh, it is okay. By the end of the Chain Heal whip, you are only going to be healing for 1k, possibly an Earthliving proc, no proc of Ancestral Awakening. If you run really melee heavy, it might be a nice investment.
  • Glyph of Riptide: I guess an extra 6 seconds is nice, accounts for an extra 1200-2400 on our only castable HoT. Also is nice for fights like Loatheb. Scenario: Riptide a target prior to Necrotic Aura lifting, chain heal quick to land right as it lifts, riptide another target, Nature’s Swiftness another Chain heal to get a nice bit of healing done. Can be done without Glyph, though.

As for the rest, I don’t find any of them useful. Healing Wave is one of the least casted spells by any good Shaman. Too high of a mana cost, too long of a cast time. In 3.2, we are getting a talented 25% boost to its effectiveness, but until then and even after, it won’t be cast enough to make the Glyph beneficial. Earthliving is garbage. It is already in a good place to not need a 5% increase to proccing. Mana Tide is more geared towards PvP, unless you aren’t being mana efficient. Healing Stream is rather nice for AoE heavy fights or random AoE crud that a boss does (I am looking at you, Hodir and XT-002), and a 20% increase might be nice, but since it is little used (unless you are running with multiple resto Shamans) I wouldn’t recommend it.

Speaking of Glyphs, open letter to Blizzard: “Please adjust the Auction House to display Major and Minor glyphs in their own dropdowns under their respective class. Come on, we know you have the time.”

Warning: I may be wrong at any time. In fact, it happens a lot. If you disagree, let me know. Boom, headshot.



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