I am a pretty fail shaman. Amongst other things, I constantly forget earthliving on my weapon…but I think I’ve gotten pretty good about keeping watershield up now! I desperately want to unfail as a shaman, but I just am not quite sure how. I am pretty stubborn and hard-headed at times, and generally try to figure things out on my own by researching, “reading the manual” and trial and error. Unfortunately, these things aren’t helping me :(
If you follow my blog, you know that my main is a fairly accomplished resto druid (Beruthiel). What you may, or may not know, is that I also have each of the healing classes at level 80, with a Holy Paladin (Dannie), Disc Priest (Earenn) and Resto Shaman (Mynn).
It’s Mynn that we are here to talk about today (Hello, Mynn).
I leveled Mynn as pure enhance from level 1-70, and played exclusively enhance throughout TBC. I was good at it, and I really loved it. However, with WotLK I found that I didn’t care for the enhance changes and I decided I’d try something different and went Elemental giving her dual spec resto. With the constant need for heals, resto became my main shaman spec quite early on in her leveling process, with Elemental becoming just a means to level. And even now, my resto gear has so far surpassed my elemental gear that I’m not even sure why I mention she has an elemental spec.
But here is the problem: I am not at all comfortable in my shaman skin, and feel like a failure of a resto shaman. If mediocrity was my thing, I’d be golden. But it’s not. And I want to do well.
My struggle is this: I feel that I’m a fairly competent healer, but I find that I struggle horribly with my shaman in just about most settings from 5 mans to 25s. In 5s with a good tank, and DPS that doesn’t do too many stupid things, I am fine. But, put me into a challenging situation (say, H HoR) with a slightly undergeared tank (say, Brade’s DK) and some DPS that doesn’t always assist and I just flail. Give me a simple 25 man raid where there is just lots of raid damage and I can fall asleep on my chain heal button I feel OK…but put me in a 10 man, such as a TotGC where I have much more responsibility as a healer and I just feel like I can’t keep up my end of the deal.
I’ve done a decent amount of research, realized that I made some errors in my gemming/gear that I’m working towards fixing (silly shaman trying to gem like a paladin, get yourself some more haste already!). I think I have a decent spec and viable gear, but I could be wrong, and I know that some of her pieces need upgrades (and her boots enchanted!). Perhaps it just all comes down to that I just don’t “get” shaman healing. I feel so clumsy and uncomfortable when I heal with her and often at a loss when it comes down to being in a pinch. With my paladin, priest and druid everything feels so natural to me, yet my shaman feels so…forced.
The best way I think I can describe it is that with my other healers I feel that they have something they “excel” at, but my shaman truly feels like she’s a jack of all trades, and master of none. Now from reading varying sources, I know that this isn’t necessarily true. But for the life of me, I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong or how to make healing on Mynn feel more natural. Hell, I’d even settle for just being a more competent shaman healer!
So I ask you, my fellow trolls, tauren, orcs and spacegoats, what am I doing wrong?! (You will find Mynn in the normal parses, and to be slightly fair to myself both Nazyud and Virile are main healers on our progression team). What are your secret tips and tricks in tough situations? How do you remember to keep earthliving on your damn weapon? (I swear, I never had trouble remembering to keep WF on them as enhance!). Have I completely failed in my gear, gemming, glyphing choices? I want to “get it”, I want to learn, I want to hear the wind, dammit!
Will trade the secrets of the grove for totem talk!
It’s been an incredibly busy week for me this week, and I’ve had the good fortune to catch the office bug and have been quite ill (hence my lack of posts :(). I actually had a fun post planned for today about the adventures my priest is having, but much to my delight Tam has asked me to chime in on a questionnaire that Ms. Medincina posted about, to get a feel for why we heal, how we heal, and well just healing in general!
So, I thought I’d graciously take Tam’s light nudge, and give the questionnaire a spin! One thing that I’d like to do that is a bit different though, is I am going to answer the questionnaire from the perspective of all three of my healing 80s with raid experience: Druid (Beru), Paladin (Dannie), Shaman (Mynn). I will refrain from the priest, since I haven’t priest healed since BWL and while I am quite enjoying healing with lasers beams of light, she’s only level 73 :) I am also going to post my answers, and then go back and read what everyone else has written…so I don’t get outside influence on my replies!
Before I get going, I’d like to offer my own gentle nudge to the following bloggers who I’d love to see respond: Lath over at Hots and Dots (*grumble about being days behind and seeing Lath already tagged!*); Lissana (if she hasn’t been tagged yet) from Restokin; and The folks over at Divine Aegis. I’d also like to invite anyone who reads this, wasn’t tagged, but IS interested in participating!
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You all remember my panic from yesterday, right? Well, since the patch hit today, I’ve decided to embrace it and take the bull by the horns. I started searching for anything and everything that I could find regarding the first encounter in the coliseum, in my attempt to prepare for my raid to face the Northrend Beasts tomorrow night. (If the servers are stable, I imagine Monolab will go into the 10 man for some exploration tonight).
I read through all of their abilities many times and started making notes on potential ways to deal with them, adding questions I had on what I read, and different things that might be worth attempting. There is a surprisingly small amount of information on the encounters currently available, which makes the strategy planning part of the raid kinda fun, but puts my OCD self very much on edge.
And then I found this (spoiler warning, don’t click if you don’t wanna know). If you have not discovered it yet, I would whole heartedly recommend trekking over and giving it a once over. There is some wonderful information available, with healing advice, to give you a jumping point on the encounter, as well as a video of the encounter (which is rare!). I certainly will be sharing it with our raiders before tomorrow night!
Dear Matticus, if you make it over to my small corner of the world, I would like to say thank you so much for putting the time and effort into putting the write up together. You have no idea how much calmer I feel after having read your thoughts (and realizing that I was spot on in some of my thinking, and not so spot on in others!).
Good Luck Everyone as you enter the Coliseum!!!
Well…I did it! Mynn managed to find herself at 80 on Sunday! She’s such a big girl and grown up so fast! I’m so proud! *sniff*
As soon as I hit 80, I went about my way spending lots of my suga-momma’s hard earned gold having some epics crafted to get me going. I mean…a girl’s gotta look good on her first night out on the town, right?! Of course she does ;)
I put on all my pretty new things, and set out on my way, mace in one hand and shield in the other, to see what kind of trouble I could find. As I was doing this, I realized that we hadn’t see our raiding resto shaman in quite some time. /sigh Monolith is a shaman graveyard…no really, we are. I can’t explain it, but we have been the last stop for many shaman since vanilla WoW.
Of course, this got me to wondering…what’s up with Resto Shaman? What makes them so hard to come by? You always see recruitment open for them. And once you have them, what makes them so hard to hang on to?
- Is the healing boring? My limited experience so far has been fairly fun, certainly more interesting than my paladin. More buttons to push :) But maybe shaman healing isn’t the cat’s meow?
- Is the healing weak? I don’t think so. Our most recent shaman performed very well, and I have certainly seen other shaman perform very well.
- Leveling? As anyone that’s made a shaman knows, the first 30ish levels are just horrid, in any spec. I think this makes the shaman a rarer breed in general.
- The awesomeness of the DPS shaman? Perhaps? We have had one of our TBC resto shaman go elemental. And I personally preferred the enhancement tree in TBC, and find the elemental tree immensely enjoyable currently. Perhaps the DPS trees are just more interesting than the resto tree? I don’t see how this could be though! Riptide is hands down the coolest healing graphic in the game!
- And then it dawned on me! Totems! That must be it! All that damn button pushing every single time we move from one place to the next has burned them all out! I do hate having to constantly drop all those totems (yes! I know…I know nothing of totems you say, Mr. vanilla shaman!).
In all seriousness, though, does anyone else have a hard time recruiting and maintaining resto shaman on their raiding roster? I’m quite curious if it’s just our bad karma or if it’s something in the gameplay that makes playing a resto shaman less enjoyable to play after extended periods of time.
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Val’ynar Fragment Count: 23 (almost there!)
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Next Alt: Isulde - Tank time here I come! RAWR
Looking for: a mod that monitors my earthshield charges. Any suggestions?