When blizz says all heals they mean “ALL” heals! – Healing Stream buffed on 4.1 PTR
On the 4.1 PTR last night, I tested the change to restoration shaman mastery. The announced change from live 4.06 to 4.1 PTR is that Deep Healing will now affect ALL heals, not only direct heals.
4.06 Heals Not affected by Mastery:
- Riptide HoT
- Earthliving HoT
- Healing Stream totem
If you remember, on live 4.06, resto shaman deep healing mastery is not boosting Riptide HoT, Earthliving HoT, Earth Shield, or Healing Stream Totem. I had previously tested on the 4.1 PTR to see if Deep Healing was now affecting those “indirect” heals. I concluded that Mastery was indeed now working on 4.1 PTR for ES, Riptide HoT, and EL HoT with the exception of HST not being affected by Deep Healing mastery.
Old 4.1 PTR Heals Not affected by Mastery:
- Healing Stream totem
Today, I bring to you some good news:
Deep healing is now giving the proper increase to Healing Stream totem on the 4.1 PTR.
At 13 mastery, I observed an increase of 35% to Healing Stream totem after falling off Stormwind Keep and taking enough damage to get the “Going Down” achievement. Here are the screenshots:
New 4.1 PTR Heals Not affected by Mastery:
PTR Surprises – a bug with HST and more UI improvements
I found a small bug with this change, however. HST totem doesn’t get the mastery bonus until its second tick. It takes one mastery-less tick for it to kick in. It’s a minor problem and even if it doesn’t get fixed, the new change to HST is nothing to complain about!
Another pleasant surprise on the 4.1 PTR is the newly movable player and target frames. It’s great for people like me who still use the default UI frames. You can see I was playing around with it in the above screenshots.
The Impact of Deep Healing buff in 4.1
Secondary stats are a hot topic for shamans around forums and the blogosphere. Life in Group 5, Totem Forest, and Healing with Lazers all talk about them in their latest posts. (Check side bar for links on Blogroll.) Conventional wisdom around the community has shifted since Cataclysm launch to conclude that Crit is the worst stat, and the current debate is centered on Haste vs. Mastery.
For myself as a 10N resto shaman, I am looking forward to shedding some crit in favor of mastery in the coming Trollpocalypse. Restoration Shaman Mastery will get much more attractive to everyone (raiding both 10′s and 25′s.) Deep Healing will truly affect all heals, including Healing Stream totem. And thats the impact of 4.1.