Resto Shaman Deep Healing tested on 4.1 PTR
Yesterday, I was finally able to get onto the 4.1 PTR. The process has vastly improved since the last time I had been on the PTR back in the Burning Crusade days.
This is due to the speed at which I was able to copy my character and the ability to connect to play while the client is still not finished downloading.
My biggest complaint, however, is that my keybinds, macros, and addons did not copy with my character. I added another copy of the game to the Curse Client from the Public Test Realm folder and it was named World of Warcraft 2.
This allowed me to quickly and easily download some essential addons that I would need to ease my testing. I thought I could try out VuhDo finally since I was starting from a clean addon slate, but quickly switched back to Grid and Clique once I saw how many other essential UI bandaid fixes I would need.
After I finished my resto shaman mastery testing, I had the idea to copy my Interface and WTF folders from my live client and just change the realm name which I have now done but have not since connected to see if that fixed my keybinds, addons, and macros.
Getting these things set up is a priority for me if I am going to be able to do any competent Spirit Link totem testing in 5 or 10 man groups.
Testing PTR changes to Deep Healing
The proposed change to our Deep Healing is that it will now affect ALL heals and not just direct heals as it currently is doing on live (4.06).
According to the list over at Totem Forest, on live, Deep Healing does not affect: Riptide HoT, Earthliving HoT, Earth Shield, nor Healing stream totem.
Many people are taking the tooltip change at its word for ALL heals. However, my hypothesis was that Healing Stream totem would be the only heal not affected by mastery in 4.1. Why? Because on live it is unaffected by haste and crit so there was no reason to believe that mastery would be the exception to the “no secondary stats” rule.
The Results – Resto Shaman mastery change 4.1
I had a blast while testing. I had preplanned my spot of jumping off the top of SW keep to see if mastery was kicking in on the four indirect heals. Healing Stream Totem was the easiest to test, I just dropped it before diving off and observed the amount it was overhealing for. Then, I dropped it again upon landing.
Shaman Mastery in 4.1 affects
Riptide HoT, Earthliving HoT, and Earth Shield.
As it stands currently on PTR,
Deep Healing in 4.1 DOES NOT affect Healing Stream Totem.