Thoughts about Haste

22 11 2009

I’m gonna tackle this from two sides, just because I can do that. I’m an experienced Restoration and Elemental Shaman, topping charts whatever kind of situation I am in. One stat that is key to most casters is Haste, but Shamans moreso… or at least, that is what I am hearing but not practicing. I see in various places, “You need X amount of Haste in order to compete with any other healing/damage class.” I call shenanigans… but I might be a bit misleading, and I’ll get into that. First, let’s take a look at Elemental.

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Athesh’s “Escape” from Jail – D&D

16 11 2009

So, I’ve decided that since I’m not really playing WoW that much, I’ll start to talk about more things so I can actually have something to do/look forward to updating. Without much further ado, I present the solo(?) adventure of last night.

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Athesh, the Hand of O’ros – D&D

11 11 2009

So, my friend is doing a campaign with a small party, I’m gonna be the only healer, and it will be as a Paladin. To supplement some of the healing, I decided to take the Draenei Race and make it a D&D race for 2nd Edition. So, here he is:

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Circle of Healers – Just for fun…

6 11 2009

1. What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer? Nagrarok, a Restoration Shaman.

2. What is your primary group healing environment? I used to raid 10s and 25s every week, but kinda had to go full-stop after getting called back to work. Now it is just the occasional PuG.

3. What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why? Earth Shield. Like that one infomercial I used to see 5,000,000 times a night: Set It and Forget It. Would’ve enjoyed the implementation of Soul Link, but ah well.

4. What healing spell do you use least for your class and why? Tidal Focus. I never really use it… 60% would put me over 100% crit for the first, then it only lasts for 3 casts. Meh. Already have Tidal Waves giving 25% Crit consistently due to Riptide and using CH to get my SP buff.

5. What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why? The ability to switch from tank healing and raid healing at the drop of a hat.

6. What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why? Even though we did go through some minor changes with the ~25% boost to MP5 items and Water Shield proccing differently, I think our longevity is kinda cruddy on certain fights. Though, Earth Shield is still an extremely mana-efficient heal.

7.In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best healing assignment for you? For me, I tend to not pay attention to healing assignments as they generally aren’t given out. For my current playstyle and gear, I enjoy Tank Healing and occasionally Raid Healing.

8. What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why? Holy Priests. I have played with every healing class, but Holy Priests just seem to be the archtype Healer. Not a fan of Druids because they are all, “Look at me, I’m a tree, running around without a care in the world.” Jerks. Plus, I got denied entrance to ToC25 the other day because they wanted a Druid… which they never ended up finding.

9. What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why? Druids, for reasons stated above, and I tend to not see HoTs rolling on targets, so I heal over them. Maybe I’ll fix up Grid one day…

10. What is your worst habit as a healer? I use Chain Heal to see were a person is. Haha. The other day in VoA25 I was wondering where a person was so I could run over and make sure my Mana Tide was in proper placement. Fired off a Yamoto Cannon to see which general direction.

11. What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing? Not a big fan of people stepping on my toes to get things done. I understand people need heals, heals are on the way. Not a fan of doing other people’s jobs, like interrupting/purging when there are better equipped (people with hit rating) to do so.

12. Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other healers for PvE healing? From the general idea that I gain from various forums, Shaman healers are supposed to not be able to compete with Priests or Druids, but I have yet to find a parse that I’m not performing above and beyond the #2 from the parse. Chain Heal is really OP, but I enjoy it that way.

13. What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a healer? I was using World of Logs for in-depth analysis, but then I stopped raiding, so it is just Recount Overheal vs. Effective Heal, what were my most used heals? How is my mana doing at the end of a fight? Everyone I was assigned to take care of alive?

14. What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your healing class? I think people have a stigma about Shamans as being a utility for Bloodlust/Heroism, Totems, Purge, etc. I’ve been denied spots in 5-mans because people are like, “Shamans can’t heal effectively.” I’ve healed 5mans with just Earth Shield and Riptide. Hilarious.

15. What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn? Figuring out how to compete. I tend to get tells from Shamans all the time, “How are you doing so much more than me/him/us combined?” I know, I know, it sounds like I’ve got the largest ego ever. We are a simple healing class, 5 heals to manage. Also figuring out stat weights for various types of healing, realizing that MP5 isn’t always the best course of action and to get irked when SP/Haste/Crit gear is few and far between.

16. 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)? My performance, personally? Hmm… managed overhealing, high effective healing, high cleanses. There is that delusional talk again.

17. Haste or Crit and why? I enjoy crit for all the proccing effects, but I won’t turn down Haste. I’ve seen Shamans with high haste and low crit for raid healing with Chain Heal. I balance it nicely.

18. What healing class do you feel you understand least? Druids. I don’t see the appeal of rolling HoTs on targets and no matter how much gear you get, you will always look like a tree.

19. What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing? Grid for raid frames, Clique for healing. 5 button mouse, all healing spells bound to it. Haha.

20. Do you strive primarily for balance between your healing stats, or do you stack some much higher than others, and why? I have too much SP, according to a general theme I see in Shamans today. I lack Haste, and my Crit is pretty outrageous. I enjoy SP for the fact that it improves consistency. Haste is cool for fast casting, but too much kinda pwns the ole mana bar. Crit is good, but it is rather unreliable.