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Posted 04 March 2014 - 06:17 PM

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Rhee’s WoD Resto Shaman Guide (6.02)

Hi there! I’m Rhee the shaman, and while I’m pretty new to the PvP scene of WoW, I believe I have found success in the shaman perspective of arena combat, allowing me to have ethos for a guide!

My first ever arena season was Malevolent season, where I played a hunter to around 2200 rating. Watching popular shaman streams like Flubbah, Kollektiv, and Cdew inspired me to play one!

My first season as a shaman was Tyrannical, where I found some success – achieving 2400+ rating as shatterplay – but I had to AFK mid-season, which resulted in an absence of any titles. First full season was Grievous, where I achieved R1 playing numerous comps, and I was very privileged to play with many talented players to get to this level.

Some people have been saying Shamans are terrible in 6.02 but after playing some games I have to say shamans still feel fine!

You are susceptible to cleaves as always, and I have found the best comps to include a hybrid. Boomkins, Ferals, Ret Paladins are your best friends.


-Talents-
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This is pretty much the “Cookie Cutter” talent build to be an effective shaman. With the exception of the level 30 45, and 60 talent choices.

I’ll provide a rule of thumb, where you can swap out the “Cookie Cutter” talent for the marked ones above, and explain why.

Use Earthgrab Totem VS Rogues, or Warriors, or Monks, or DKs (Who are NOT paired with a Mage)

Ex) Monk / Spriest / Shaman

  Ex) Rogue / Warlock / Shaman

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Why?
When used effectively, Earthgrab totem can save your life when the enemy players attempt to make a swap on you.
It disrupts the melee from making contact with you, buying you precious time to react appropriately. And it also disrupts the enemy team’s offensive cool down coordination. While the caster can still hurt you with his cool downs, the melee will have to suffer delay on his cool downs.

Tips:
Against rogue / warlock or shadow priest teams, you can drop this totem when the rogue attempts to make a swap to you with a vanish or a step + shadow dance combo. It pulses, so dropping it when you know that the rogue is running at you with vanish up will root him in stealth when he gets near you, hopefully wasting his dance or shadow blades uptime.
Against warrior or monks + caster teams, it’s a lot easier to make use of this totem as you can visually see the swaps. Simply drop it when the monk or warrior gets near you and ghost wolf away!

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I NEVER swap out Windwalk Totem verse any mage compositions because the freedom aura is simply too good for defensive and offensive reasons. Even against Rogue + Mage, I suggest you use Windwalk even though Earthgrab is extremely potent against Rogues.

Totemic Projection
This level 45 talent is really up to you. I personally never spec into it because my logic stands that double healing stream, grounding, tremor, freedom, and earthbind are just too good to give up.
However, when used effectively it can help your team out tremendously as you have absolute control of your totems.
If your team can use more CC, “throwing” Capacitor Totems can help your team out in that aspect.
Most shamans do not go this route, but Burbery, who is an extremely successful shaman always specs this, and is really known for this play style, so don’t be scared to try it out and adopt it.

Echo of the Elements
I have been playing with this level 60 talent quite a bit, and I have to say it has its uses against certain warlock/boomkin comps. Whenever you use a spell, you have a chance to proc Echo, which grants you double dispell or riptide or unleash. This talent paired with Glyph of Cleansing Waters will do wonders against a UA Lock when you will be able to constantly keep your team clean of dots. I could see this being extremely potent something like LSD2, but I wouldn't use it against a team with capable burst since you do sacrifice NS. You should keep NS for most caster/melee comps, and only go to Echo against wizard cleaves you feel comfortable enough to heal without NS.

Storm Elemental Totem
I really dislike our 100 talent.. But what am I gonna do right? I've seen shamans spec this but I dont find much use for it because you are going to need to drop other important air totems like Grounding/Capacitor that are on short cooldowns, limiting this totem's potential uptime and efficiency. You should play around with it though.

Cloud Burst totem has some uses but it isn't that strong. You can use it before openers and any time your healing stream or healing tide is on cool down. Stacking this shit with Ascendance is actually decent healing.

-Glyphs-

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They edited our 4-piece so that it doesn't give us aura mastery from Spiritwalker's Grace anymore, so you will need to pick up Glyph of SG all the time.

Glyph of Ghost Wolf: Basically allows you to kite well when enemies target you. Shamans get targeted a lot, and this glyph is a must have when it comes to kiting and surviving.

!I will rarely switch this glyph out. But you can against certain double caster teams if you feel comfortable enough to survive without it. Something like Warlock/Boomkin, or Shadow Priest Warlock, etc. Especially if you have a another source of freedom from your team you can swap this glyph out for something more useful.

Situational Glyphs

Glyph of Healing Stream Totem: Even though they nerfed healing stream the 5% protection from certain schools of spells is still useful for fighting against frost mages or DKs. Healing Stream has decent up-time and is on a relatively short cool down so this glyph is still potent.

Glyph of Capacitor Totem: Great glyph to use to buy you time to recover since shamans are still really squishy in WOD. This glyph makes it so Capacitors are super easy to land.. I try to take advantage of teams stacking with this glyph as that triple stun will win you a game (seriously).

Tip: This glyph with Earthgrab Totem is a secret weapon of mine when it comes to dealing with melee + caster comps that will try constantly to make a deadly swap to you.
Ex) Against Rogue / Warlock, drop Earthgrab Totem first for the root when the rogue connects with you, step forward a bit, then drop Capacitor Totem so the rogue is not in range to kill it. Watch him get helplessly stunned and then smile since you lived!

Glyph of Cleansing Waters: Great glyph to use against DoT cleaves such as Boomkin / Warlock / Healer, or Ele Shaman / Warlock / Healer. Even greater when used with the talent "Echo of the Elements" as you will have 2 dispells, increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of this glyph.

Glyph of Hex: Okay glyph to use when the other team does not have a de-curse for your hex, or if your team is lacking CC. I don’t use this glyph that much because usually I will be occupied enough to have Hex back off cooldown when I really need it. But it can be extremely effective if your partner’s CC is roughly on the same cool down as Hex with this glyph.

-Stats-

I haven't really played around with stats since in WoD your stats are fixed in a sense that reforging doesn't exist. However you can still prioritize stats by buying certain off-pieces or dropping a 5th set-piece for a piece that gives better stats (since you only need 4 pieces of the set to get the bonus).

#1 Mastery: Mastery seems amazing in WoD. Mastery paired with crit enables you to top your partners off no problem when you do have to cast. This is because mastery allows your heals to be more potent when your partners are lower on HP. This paired with crit will make your casted heals amazing.

#2 Crit: Crit rating scales extremely well with shamans because our heals are amazing when they crit. Since we actually have to cast now (with the nerf to passive healing via totems) crit rating is a big factor.

#3 Versatility: Versatility seems to be our next best stat since it increases your healing done, and decreases your damage taken. Perfect for squishy blues!

GEAR

You should get the 4-piece and buy the chest piece that isn't part of the 5-piece set. The chest piece that is part of the 5 set gives poor stats, meanwhile the off-set chest piece provides you with mastery & crit.

For enchants, go full mastery.

TRINKET

I've tested both PvP trinkets (one used to get out of CC), one which provides spirit and one which provides crit rating.

I have to say that I like the spirit one because it helps with mana management. Since we don't have mana-tide totem anymore, you have to be some what cautious of burning mana.

For our second trinket slot, I would go with the on-use trinket which passively gives mastery and gives versatility on-use. Battlemaster Trinkets have been nerfed where the HP gain is minimal, and the extra mastery really does help.


-How to be an effective Resto Shaman-

Shamans are great when it comes to keeping their team-mates up with potent healing and support. Our toolkit, mainly Wind Shear, Grounding Totem, Windwalk Totem, and Tremor Totem allow our partners to stay out of CC and sustain offensive pressure by disrupting the enemy team.

However, Shamans are weak when it comes to survival and you will always be the weakest link of your comp. Shamans are pretty much susceptible to death in any given moment to any given comp. Therefore, you will need to build the skillset of surviving on top of having effective grounding totems, shears, and the like.

Rule #1: Always pretend you are in trouble.
- As I’ve stated before, we are susceptible to death at literally any given moment because we have no defensives while stunned or silenced.
- Learning to be defensively aware should be your top priority.
- Get in the habit of keeping a mental timer on enemy stuns and silences.
- Get in the habit of constantly checking enemy positioning vs yours. As you get more experience you will able to tell easily when the enemy wants to push up for a swap if you position yourself adequately.


Rule #2: Learn to be preemptive
- Our major defensive cool downs require us having to trinket, so learning not to trinket by being preemptive will substantially increase your chances of survival.
- Practice swapping Earth Shield + Riptide before you get swapped to. It can be hard at first, but trust me even the smallest things like this can go a long way for your survival.
- Practice dropping totems preemptively before the enemy team swaps on you. A fresh healing stream will do wonders before a swap lands, and a healing tide will be even better too.

Rule #3: Don’t panic
- Once you get the hang of managing your defensives and get used to the overall damage of arena, the panic will go away when scary swaps come, but I feel like this is often so easily overlooked when I watch other aspiring shamans.
- If you don’t panic, and look at exactly the offensive cool downs of the other team, you won’t waste unnecessary defensives, and therefore increase your time of survival.
- Using your trinket inefficiently and in panic will most likely lead to a loss.

Rule #4: Have a strong presence
-  Opposed to other healers like Resto druids, Hpals, or even Monks, Resto Shamans lack CC as our Hex is on a fairly long cooldown.
-  Effective healers (druids, hpals, monks) abuse their ability to CC and definitely pronounce their presence in the arena.
-  Mediocre shamans have a defensive mindset because they think our class lack the tools to have a strong presence. Top tier shamans use everything to their advantage (shocks, shear, hex) to disrupt the enemy team and declare their presence.
-  Don't waste your hex. Try to look for certain situations so that your hex actually does something meaningful and affect the outcome of the game. An example is to look for hexes on the off-target when the enemy player able to decurse is stuck in a minor CC, even something like a DR stun. Its great to hex an enemy mage's partner especially if he is being heavly pressured because it uses the mage's global. You can also hex to stop important casts when your wind shear is on CD. Hexing a enemy healer when he is low is EXTREMELY potent and not used often. The damage threshold to break a Hex is actually pretty high.
- Look for situations to land a capacitor stun. I always look for a situation to land a triple capacitor if the enemy team is stacking up defensively.


Our Defensives (Listed with importance)

!There is something wrong with our Healing-Tide totem or Healing Stream, as both ticks for relatively the same amount in full pvp gear (around 6.17k per tick). As of right now Healing-Tide is your worst cool-down, so don't be afraid to just use it when you are behind on healing and your healing-stream is on cooldown. Hopefully we see a fix for this soon.

Spirit Link Totem
PvP Trinket
Ascendance / Aura Mastery
NS or Ancestral Swiftness
Healing Tide

The idea here is to generally use certain defensives first before using the others as each provides higher percentage of survival. With the exception of healing stream of course as you should be using it almost off-cooldown. Its up there due to its potency as a passive healing source.

So, you should look to use NS frequently when the enemy team has ways to interrupt your cast or when your teammate is hovering around 30~50% for a quick heal. Always look to Unleash Elements into a NS Greater Healing Wave, as NS without Unleash won't heal for anything.

Tip: Against teams that are not spread pressure, but rather single target killers, you can use Ascendance before you NS for the extra heal to guarantee that they will most likely be topped off.

Tip: Against teams with obvious patterned CC like Hunter / Melee / X, you can Ascendance before you get put into a scatter shot, and the healing bonus will be applied to HoTs you have active on your partners. Sometimes against hunters I'll just pop ascendance before I know I will get Scatter Shot and throw an unleash riptide on my partner, and they will have a huge HoT when I'm CCd.

Tip: It is FINE to Unleash Elements + Riptide! Its extremely effective when you need a quick heal before you know you will be CCd because it can crit for decent healing, and provide that big HoT. Its super effective verse spread pressure teams, and I believe its one of the most underrated spell combos shamans can do.

Always try to preserve your PvP trinket by coordinating partner cool downs first as the absence of your trinket just makes you a juicy target for 2 whole minutes. I generally like to hold my PvP trinket until I have to Spirit Link, but of course it all depends on the situation.

The general rule of thumb is that when you use your PvP trinket, use a defensive following right after it.
Some examples are:
Trinket -> Spirit Link Totem
Trinket -> Healing Tide
Trinket -> Aura Mastery w/ Ascendance


-Useful tips-

Tremor/Avoiding Fear Tips

!!WoD has reworked Tremor Totem (I actually kind of like this change). You can't tremor DURING a fear. So now you have to "pre-tremor" Warrior fears, Warlock fears, and Priest fears. These classes will try to mind-game you but you should be able to sense when the fear is needed depending on the situation of the game. Obviously just drop tremor if your team is behind and you see the Warlock running at you.

1) Always remember that its better to waste a tremor (being faked to drop it) than trying to not be faked and being full feared. Dont risk it!

2) Against a warlock, its sometimes good to drop tremor offensively so the warlock can't peel his or her teammates. Be cautious though, only do this when you know the kill is secured.

3) Always watch positioning of fear classes, and react to them. Frost shock them, drop earthbind totem, tell your partners to make their lives hell in trying to reach you for a fear. This awareness and reactiveness will help you not waste a tremor, and actually use one effectively.

Grounding Tips

Grounding Totem is your best friend when it comes to survival. Spam grounding totem when you are stuck in a stun like deep freeze in an attempt to ground the silence effect that is always followed up.

1) !!:With WoD changes, there are more spells that you can Ground since categorizations have been simplified. One example is that you can ground Binding Shot.

2) !!: Grounding Totem will only ground magical effects like Counterspell, Spell Lock, and Silence. Won't work for a rogue garrote. You can also spam Aura Mastery during your stun so that when the effect expires you can immune the silence effect.

3) !!: In certain situations, you can use grounding totem as a cover from magical interrupts to get a cast off. Do this when in a do-or-die situation (when you obviously don't have aura-mastery). Just drop grounding and cast, and hopefully you can ground windshear or a CS.

4) The biggest tip I can give with grounding totem is that it is on a very short cooldown relative to its potency. Take the risk and drop grounding totem when you "feel" a spell incoming. Don't ever be scared to drop grounding totem.

Surviving Tips

If you play a shaman, you will get trained, and you will sometimes fall over. However you can prolong the game by surviving, which enables your team to have more of a chance to secure a kill.

MELEE CLEAVES (Warriors, Ferals, Combat Rogues, and other foul creatures)

1) Glyph of Ghost Wolf, Glyph of Spirit Walker's Grace ALWAYS.
   - Glyph of Capacitor Totem is used most of the time, but I don't go this route IF my team already    has a lot of stuns / double stuns.
   - Glyph of Grounding Totem is used against Ferals or Ret Paladins, IF you have enough stuns. You can reflect Hammer of Justice, or Cyclones, giving you precious time to top yourself off.
   - Glyph of Healing Stream Totem for DKs if you have enough stuns.

2) EVERY GLOBAL COUNTS  

Trying to juke two melee is one of the most time consuming and risky maneuvers to do. This is because your instant healing will always be lower than the damage the two melee is putting out. This is why every global needs to be spent wisely.

- In between fake casts, refresh Earth Shield & Riptide.

- In between fake casts, don't be scared to unleash + Riptide. (Do it moderately high health)

- Whenever the two melee are caught in the tiniest CC, you need to EITHER create space or cast.

- Creating Space means dropping earthbind totem + freedom totem + unleashing (bonus speed) + ghost wolfing around the pillar or across the entire map if the CC on the melee is long enough. You do this if you are moderately high HP, and if the two are stuck in long CC with no outs.

- Cast when you are low as hell, and the two are caught in CC long enough for your healing surge to be casted. YOU NEED TO BE AWARE of the CC duration on the two melee so you dont waste precious time trying to make space (stepping forward), or unleashing (wasting a global second), then casting, at which point the melee will be out of CC and kick you.

3) Things to do when locked out

- Create space. Jumping off is actually good, it buys you a bit of time to take less damage.

- Prep your totems.

- Use versatility on-use trinket. (Take less damage)

- Use racial.

- Use Ascendance. This is so damn good to do if you need to use the cooldown. Ascendance wastes a global, and if you want to Ascendance + NS to get topped, this is a useful thing to do when locked out.

4) Cooldown Usage

- NS is your strongest cooldown against a melee cleave, this is because it is so damn difficult to cast with two of them sitting on you. I would say NS is bigger than link because most of the time the melee can kill SLTotem extremely fast (since they are right on you), and can damage through the cooldown as well.

- Spirit Walker's Grace is a potent cooldown as well, but you need to be extremely aware of what skills the two melee have used. You need to make sure stuns (shockwave, feral bash/stuns, kidney) are out of the way, as well as CC that can interrupt your SWC (Blind, Warrior Fear).

- The general idea is to counter their offensive cooldowns with your own. But you need to make sure not to overuse cooldowns as a melee cleave can kill you when both of their kicks are up.

- I generally counter immense offensive cooldowns (Reck, Incarnation, Killing Spree, Wings) with an Ascendance + NS, then move on to use SWC effectively.

- Unless you have a ret paladin as your team mate, you have to trinket the stun where the melee cleave pops major offensive cool-downs, UNLESS your teammates assure peels.

- In between rotating your cooldowns effectively, you need to rotate the cooldowns your teammates offer you as well. This includes something like Hunter's Roar of Sacrifice, Ret's Sac or BoP, and etc.

- You CAN'T stack defensives needlessly, and the basic idea is to have some form of defensive from either you or your team for every enemy offensive cooldown.

5) POSITIONING

You have to take advantage of the fact that the two melees are tunnel-visioning in killing you. PUT THEM IN A BAD SPOT.

- Drag them back behind a pillar, which will  
  A ) Force the enemy healer into a bad spot for easy control, or a potential kill target.
  B ) Limit healing received to both melees, making them take more damage, and back-off.

- Keep rotating between pillars across the map so that they are consistently forced to be in a bad spot. When the melee has no trinket, and you manage to land a stun on it behind a pillar, it will die.

- Kite across the map with Ghost Wolf + Unleash+ Freedom Totem.


MELEE + CASTER Teams (Rogue/Warlock, Feral/Warlock, Rogue/Mage, etc.)

1) For your third glyph, use Cleansing Waters vs Warlocks, Healing Stream vs Mages  


2) ANTICIPATE THE SWAP.

- As the game progresses, you will feel the enemy team trying to pull you out to the open as you are always a viable kill target. Swaps are often times very obvious with the enemy team physically pushing in and CCing your teammates. Swaps are oriented around offensive cooldowns so keep a mental timer on the melee's offensive cooldowns as most swaps are coordinated with them.

- Be ready to quickly swap Earthshield, and always keep a riptide on yourself as these two hots will help in keeping you alive.

- You need to practice preemptively (before being stunned) dropping Capacitor Totems, and Healing Stream/Tide as these totems will require the melee to swap off for a second to kill them, buying you time to not take damage in the stun.

3) Against Melee + Caster Teams you need to make sure to coordinate your team's defensives prioritizing your security.

- This means to not waste YOUR cooldowns on your teammates unless its really needed, or vice-versa.

- This bascially means to let your teammates use their defensives first before you use trinket or a major defensive like Spirit Link Totem to save your teammates.

4) KEEP YOUR TEAMMATES OUT OF CC

Before you get swapped to, you need to shear, drop grounding, or drop tremor totem so that your partners can help you.

- The enemy team will eventually get your teammates' trinkets, especially if they have spammable CC. You need to drop totems and keep your teammates out of CC before being stunned or silenced.

- If you failed to preemptively stop CC, use your pvp trinket and get them out. You will be surprised what your team mates can do for you. Prioritize dispelling the teammate with either more control or defensives for you.


DOUBLE CASTER TEAMS (Wizard Cleaves)

Probably the easiest comps to play against and survive against since our tool-kit is designed to annoy wizards.

With the change to tremor totem, most wizard cleaves won't even target you for a kill, but attempt to put you in a bad spot for control

Something like God Comp can take advantage of the new Tremor Totem since they can chain CC us when we are feared into a terrible spot.

1) AVOID FEAR.

Easier said than done, but fear is the start of infinite CC because it will often put you out of positioning.

Shamans weren't scared of fear before since we could tremor to break fear and just wind shear or ground the follow up CC.

- Against Shadow Priests, when you know fear is coming up, adjust your positioning, as well as your team's positioning so the priest doesnt get a "free" fear. If you see a priest darting at you, then guising, tell your team to pull back.

- Make the the Priest's life hell by creating space between, snaring the priest with Frost Shock and Earth Bind, as well as other snares/slows from your team.

- Always let your team know if you don't have tremor so they can play and position accordingly.

2) DONT SHEAR or GROUND RANDOM SHIT.

Unless you know you are going to secure a kill, don't Wind Shear random shit just because your mind/reaction wants you to.

- Shear CC; Try not to shear casted damage, or casted heals. (Unless its for the secured kill or you have grounding)

- Even if you have some offensive momentum going, shearing a heal opens up opportunities for the casters to CC. Even if you have Grounding Totem, it is super easy to get rid of because casters have numerous abilities, and Grounding Totem won't stop two CCs targeted at you.

3) ABUSE PILLAR.

Abusing a pillar means to hide behind a pillar so that the casters can't CC you, and only poking out to heal or purge.

- Abusing a pillar enables you to save wind shear/grounding since you can just side step to be out of Line of Sight.

- Abusing a pillar makes it harder for them to swap to you.

- Abusing a pillar sometimes forces the casters to push in to CC, putting them in a bad spot, dragging the enemy healer out for more control.


GENERAL TIPs

1) Memorize the totem placement pattern.

Fire totems don’t matter, but be wary that your Earth Totems drop on your front-right, your Air Totems drop on your bottom-left, and that your Water Totems drop on your bottom-right.
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Learn to hide your healing streams behind pillars as decent players will always look to kill them. So just position yourself so that the pillar is behind you to the right and drop a healing stream, which will hide it from enemy LoS. Healing streams work through walls and z-axis too.
- On a map like Blade's Edge with z-axis, you can drop your healing stream or healing tide underneath the bridge to protect it from being killed and it will heal your partners up top.

Since you know that your Tremor Totem (an Earth Totem), will drop on your front-right, make sure to position yourself to get your partners out of fears or wyvern stings since the range on Tremor is only 30 yards. I’ve seen many shamans “miss” their tremors because its not in range, and weren’t aware of the totem’s position.

Same with your healing stream, you can hide your Grounding Totem against hunter teams to protect yourself for 20 seconds from getting trapped. Same logic, hide it behind a pillar so that you are the only one getting protected from the grounding aura, while your partners are pushed up.

Last but not least. Now you know that your Spirit Link Totem will drop on your bottom left, you can “aim” Spirit Link to make sure your partners will get the health distribution.
Ex) Your partner is a bit far from you, and requires spirit link to survive. You run towards him, and you can jump, and rotate your camera around, and strafe in the air so that your left backside is facing your partner to guarantee the Spirit Link to “hit” your partner. This will allow you to link faster since you won’t have to run to him as much. I essentially call this “throwing your link”.

2) Totem Prepping

If you need to prep your totems for another tremor, make sure to just use and drop all your active totems like earthbind, freedom, grounding, healing stream, and even capacitor. Wasting any of the above is a big no-no. Sometimes I land random Capacitors with this strategy.

3) Rogues

Against a rogue, never trinket the first stun unless you want to spirit link, or if you are at the stage of the game where your defensives are limited or you are likely to die. The idea is to trinket the DR stun and then use your aura-mastery to immune the garrote. Be wary though, rogues will triple DR stun you for a kill.

A rogue will always try to gouge your aura-mastery heals. Just pop it, and run the direction the rogue is facing, also spin your camera around like a maniac if you think he is going to sprint or step gouge.

Be aware that rogues WILL use Blind to stop your aura-mastery heals.

Drop your fire-elemental totem early vs. a rogue to keep you in combat, and thus protect you from saps.

4) Healing Stream Totem

Don't waste healing-stream by just dropping it off-cooldown. Its best to try to drop it before the next CC lands on you so your partners have the stream to heal them while you are CCd. Same logic goes for Healing Tide. I always try to healing stream or tide (based on enemy offensives used) before I get stuck in a long CC chain, so against a hunter I will try to drop these before he even lands the scatter shot, which will be followed up by another stun or a freezing trap, into a silence.

Hide your Healing Stream Totems behind pillars to stop them from being destroyed.

5) Toolkit

SHOCK!!! and I mean it. Frost Shock slows enemy players, and Flame Shock can be used for reflects, and dark sims. This is probably the most distinguishing characteristic between a successful shaman and a decent one.

PURGE!!!! Learn to have a habit of constantly purging. It will improve you tremendously as a resto shaman. Keeping a mage “clean” of buffs will allow you to sometimes instantly purge NS or offensive buffs. But learn to be mana-efficient with it as well, purging is high mana-cost.

**Purge will get rid of enemy shaman’s grounding totem or any other similar effects.

6) MISC

Wind shear will “eat” the reflect effect of warriors, but its better to flame shock so that your shear can be used for a cast instead.

If you shear a mage on a polymorph cast, just hex his ass (mage can’t use Counsterspell if you lock them out on poly) if your hex isn’t that crucial to your team’s CC. Often times, mages will just cast a ring of frost after the lockout and you can’t do anything about it. So hexing to stop a cast is extremely good.

Try to fake Counterspell from casters with a casted hex instead of heals. I found that in my experience casters tend to respond with CS for hex rather than a heal.

If your PvP trinket is on cooldown, and the enemy is obviously trying to kill you soon, and your teammates are out of utility, it doesn’t hurt to be “clutch” as it will most likely pay off.  Try to preemptively spirit link, healing tide, healing stream, tremor to increase your chance at survival because once that stun lands you are most likely dead anyway.


-Macros-

Some macros that I believe are essential as a resto shaman.
Replace the 1 with 2 and 3 for arena 1~3 macros that will aid you.

#showtooltip wind shear
/stopcasting
/stopcasting
/cast [nomod, target=arena1] wind shear
/cast [mod:ctrl,target=arena1] hex
/cast [mod:alt,target=arena1] frost shock
- Doesn’t have to be this format exactly, but just have your wind shear, hex, and shock for arena 1~3 bound.


#showtooltip Cobo Cola
/click TotemFrameTotem2 RightButton
/use Cobo Cola
- Destroys your fire elemental totem to go for drinks

#showtooltip
/stopcasting
/cast [@arena1] Flame Shock


#showtooltip
/stopcasting
/cast Grounding Totem

#showtooltip
/stopcasting
/cast [@arena1] Flame Shock


#showtooltip riptide
/stopcasting
/cast [nomod] riptide
/cast [mod:ctrl, @player] riptide
- I have self riptide bound so that I don’t have to waste time swapping targets to pre-hot myself before a potential swap.

#showtooltip Water Shield
/cast [nomod] Earth Shield
/cast [mod:shift] Water Shield
/cast [mod:ctrl, @player] Earth Shield
- Same concept as above for earth shield.

#showtooltip Ancestral Swiftness
/stopcasting
/stopcasting
/cast ancestral swiftness
/cast blood fury
/cast greater healing wave
/p NS!


/script function CompactUnitFrame_UtilShouldDisplayBuff(a,b,c)local _,_,_,_,_,d,_,e,_,f,_,g=UnitBuff(a,b,c)if UnitAffectingCombat("player") then return (e=="player" or e=="pet") and not f and d > 0 and g; else return g end end
END
- The above script shows your water shield on default raid party frames.

UI

I feel like many beginners tend to clutter their user interface with a lot of information because they are not comfortable with their level of awareness yet. However I strongly recommend keeping it as simple as possible. Using addons is fine to start off, but don't go overboard with it and start with one at a time to get used to them.

Try to keep your field of vision clear so that you can start to be aware of enemy positioning as well as yours and your teammates'.

This is my UI, inspired from Kollektiv's that grants me good field of vision, focus buffs / debuffs, targets buffs / debuffs, my totem frames, and arena 1~3 cast bars.

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Conclusion

I hope you have enjoyed the guide, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to message me in-game Rheey-Tichondrius, I’m always willing to help out or message me on twitch at username Rhee1.

Resto shamans are a great class once you get used to its weak points, and is definitely one of the most constantly effective and potent healers in 3v3 arena.

I don’t stream unfortunately, but you should check out these streams for high level shaman content that you could learn a lot from. Practice and watching streams is how I progressed pretty fast too.

Cdew – twitch.tv/cdewx
Flubbah – twitch.tv/flubbah
Takenotezz – twitch.tv/jakenotezz
Eeluminati – twitch.tv/eeluminati
Kaska – twitch.tv/kaskatv

These guys seriously rock, and studying their globals, and trying to adopt them into your play style or imitating them will seriously improve your level of play in no time.

Edited by Rhee, 04 January 2015 - 01:59 PM.


#2 jaimex

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 07:33 PM

Very nice; comprehensive and covers pretty much everything. I myself was wondering about the best time to prep as resto, and you cleared that up nicely! Good job.
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Posted 04 March 2014 - 07:35 PM

Posted Imagelooks like the new special olympics logo,,,,   good guide tho
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Posted 04 March 2014 - 08:10 PM

Great guide! One thing I do with my earth shock, is I make a "Veev" macro... /cast [@arena__] Earth shock, and I add the # corresponding with the melee class in my arena frames in the starting area pre-game. Just makes it easier for me to remember to keep it up...  Obviously just having arena 123 macros for your shocks works just as well....

I also have a trinket + spirit walkers grace all in one macro (both bound separate as well) that I use against rogue teams.

Shocking is definitely something I need to work on though, in general.

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 08:13 PM

Seems like you put more effort into your guide than I did mine  +1

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Edited by Hektiik, 04 March 2014 - 08:14 PM.

A comprehensive look at resto shaman, from the inside out - http://i.imgur.com/icr36xO.png

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 10:01 PM

Thanks for the guide Rhee!
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Posted 05 March 2014 - 12:09 AM

i took your advice and imitated takenotez. game play stayed linear but i woke up covered in bitches
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Posted 05 March 2014 - 12:22 AM

Great guid rhee, a lot of helpful information for new resto shamans :)
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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:04 AM

Thank you for the great feedback thus far, will try to add more content to Useful Tips if I stumble across something in arenas!

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 08:03 PM

I´m I the only rshaman that has used glyph of lightning shield? I thought it to be especially handy vs good RMD as KFC last season.
Shammy and hunter both kinda need extra TLC when it comes to mage-rogue, and having undispellable -10% shield proc on me while keeping hunter protected with ES seemed like a good deal.

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 06:41 AM

Nah, against RMD Healing Stream glyph is too good to give up, and you shouldn't swap out vigor or ghost wolf either.

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 04:57 PM

Hi guys was playing earlier today, and while the clip I really wanted wasn't streamed by Jellybeans, I was able to find a clip that was pretty similar to a game I had vs a LSD where I use spirit link totem prior to a full NS clone landing on me when my warrior got stuck in a coil + ascendance combo, when he had no wall and I had no trinket as well.

In this video I use a clip against Tosan's Hunter / Lock / Rsham that is almost the same concept, where you should try to react and be clutch with your defensives when your PvP trinket is on cooldown.

Unfortunately, it is not from my perspective but I promise future videos will all be from my perspective. Hope you will enjoy. Explanation / Commentary starts at 2:20.

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 05:18 PM

Great Guide man.

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 05:34 PM

good guide !

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 06:12 PM

Thanks for the really good guide. I am trying to get much better on my shaman and find that dealing with melee is such a hassle. I never panic, but ultimately drop from damage.

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 06:59 PM

Hello Rhee the shaman

Thanks for the guide!

I'm having issues against kittycleave and tsg that will train me (rshaman) all game as KFC or Spellcleaves.  Can you please tell me which target my team should kill and the other to control, so that I dont have to use every cd in the opener or just get stomped in 18 stuns?
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Posted 06 March 2014 - 08:06 PM

Curious, whats the addon that shows what you ground in party chat? Is it ShamanFriend?

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 08:42 PM

Good guide.
I'd like to point out that the range on Tremor Totem is infact 30yds. Also, I am curious as to why you use Blood Fury with NS as opposed to using it with Ascendance?

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 09:32 PM

thank yoU!

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 09:47 PM

Great guide!!

don't want to sound like an asshole but how does sticky priority with guides and whatnot work? what about votlol's guide?





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