Recently tried to play with a shammy in 2s. I litterally got obliterated by any rogue healer team. Even got my ass kicked by ww priest. What is a breeze with a druid suddenly changes into a battle against dampening/ enemy offensive cooldowns with a shammy.
How do you guys manage?
I honestly find it to be the opposite. I prefer to play with RSham over Druid. Maybe it's just that I play with a really good RSham and don't play with very good druids?
I just want to add to what Pinka said, there are certain maps where Sudden Death is better and certain ones where Taste For Blood is better. EotS for example when everyone is mid fighting for 15 minutes, Taste for Blood could be a better option. Rend their entire team and spam Whirlwind until the Tauren come home. If your team comp doesn't have much "burst" and is mostly an aoe pressure comp than you would want to go sudden death to get those execute procs. I usually roll both Glyph of Wind and Thunder and Glyph of Rude Interruption.
I generally always take sudden death for flag maps or maps where you need to kill a certain target such as Temple. Try to maximize your damage inside col smash, I know this may be obvious but make sure you get two mortal strikes in during CS and I generally try to time rend expiring towards the end of my CS rotation as well for that added "burst" which will more likely get them in execute range, which will net you the most damage since executes do 100-200k
Ultimately the more killing blows you get the more damage you should get because of execute.
The "Skill Ceiling" of druids may be higher than priests, but the "skill floor" required to do "well" on a druid is near non-existant compared to other healers.
Completely agree with this. I haven't played WoW in over a year prior to WoD and even then only played mongoloid warrior. In fact I don't think I've ever healed in arena, but used my free 90 from purchasing WoD to level a druid and the first week of hitting 100 I was 2k in both 2s and 3s. I know there is so much more I could be doing in each match it feels like I am having a significantly easier time then the opposing healer.
I would say that Arms really shines now with the mastery buff, Execute will delete anyone under 20% from the game. The AoE pressure from Arms is a lot better too. I really see no reason to go fury at this point.
If you were like me you started off playing Glad stance (bought all bonus armor pieces, 1h & shield) until they dropped shield slam dispel then went fury (bought second 1h) until they buffed Arms then swapped to that (bought 2h). But hopefully you can learn from my mistake since I've tried all available specs and just go straight to arms,