A little while ago I did a post asking for help with my shaman. I read through everyone’s comments on the post and read a post on Power Auras, and made a few changes to Mynn (special thanks to Lash who took the time in game to help me figure out configuring power auras!). Drug was curious on how my shaman adventures would turn out, so I thought that I’d give a little update!
First, let me say that I have not completely re-gemmed yet. Most of my gems are SP/Haste, but I know that I should rock straight haste gems in my yellow sockets. I’m a’workin’ on it! Oh…and while I did enchant my boots since my last post, I got NEW boots that need a gem and an enchant still. I’m a’workin’ on that too! :) Ok, now that we have that out of the way!
I made a few changes. Most notably, I picked up Power Auras and made some very minimal settings for things that I needed help with. Such as:
Keeping earthliving on my weapon. This was something that I absolutely sucked at doing. I’d go an entire instance/raid without realizing that I had forgotten to put up/refresh earthliving. That is why this particular setting is massive and “in my face”. It only comes up when earthliving drops from my weapon, and it will stay on my screen until I refresh earthliving. Needless to say, my absentee earthliving days are in the past :)
The next setting that I did was to let me know when Riptide was on cooldown. While I had previously thought that I did a fair job about incorporating riptide into my rotation, I was flat out dead wrong. I had apparently been a riptide failure! I just didn’t realize it until I had something pointing out how god awful I was at making sure I kept riptide active. The actual text in this shot is from MSBT, I need to go in and turn it off, as it’s repetitive and un-needed, I just havent’ done so yet.
Much like riptide, I never really noticed how much I let my earthshield fall off until I had something pointing out when it wasn’t up. Now, I have GRID set up to show me when earthshield is active on a target but in the heat of battle would often look and see that it had fallen off, and I wasn’t sure how long ago. I also really struggled at keeping it up when I was in 5 man settings and not using GRID. This bad boy pops up when earthshield has fallen off my party/raid and needs to me applied. Much like my earthliving reminder, it will sit on my screen until I refresh it.
And lastly, watershield! Just like everything else, I was shocked to learn how frequently I was letting this drop. This reminder acts just as my earthshield reminder above.
So, how did that work out for me?
Well, here are a couple of parses from raids I did with Mynn since my post, and making the changes to both my healing and adding a few power auras settings (you will find Mynn only in the 25N ToC portion of these parses, and the second parse provided had a fair few of our progression raiders healing with me, which means I was much lower overall on the meters, but my personal performance breakdowns were still much better I feel). Overall I was quite pleased with the changes. My healing shows a much higher diversification of spell usage, and much higher uptimes on both my earthshield and riptide usage. The higher uptime on riptide also meant I had more uptime on tidal waves, which was significant as well. And while I know there is a still a long ways to go, I feel slightly more confident in my abilities to heal as a shaman, and didn’t feel as if I was floundering around quite as much!
Mynn is still a project in the works, but one that I feel some improvement on and that I’m starting to enjoy a bit more! As always, any additional suggestions on how I can continue to grow and improve are welcome :)