Resto shaman gear datamined from 4.2 PTR
My favorite season is here again, and no, it’s not bird watching season. It’s time for patch watching!
My favorite source for 4.2 information is MMO-champion. In fact, the two screent shots you see here were captured today on that website.
Resto Shaman gear information from 4.2 has appeared, including the Tier Twelve set boni.
Restoration 2 pieces – Your periodic healing from Riptide has a 40% chance to restore 1% of your base mana each time it heals a target.
Restoration 4 pieces – Your Chain Heal spell will jump to one additional target.
T11 2 pc Not very useful throughput, 4 pc Good regen
T12 2 pc Good regen, 4 pc Not very useful throughput?
One of the interesting things I noticed is that in T11, the 4 piece is the regen bonus and the 2 piece is the minor throughput bonus. T12 will feature a regen bonus in 2 piece which again is centered around Riptide. However, to get max benefit, the shaman must adapt their play and try to roll as many Riptide HoTs as possible on different targets. This comes into direct conflict with the 4 piece bonus, which is based on Chain Heal. As you probably know, the person who is targetted by Chain Heal has their Riptide HoT consumed automatically, boosting CH as a result.
In 10′s, I keep Riptide on CD so the bonus will accompany my playstyle very well. However, I don’t use Chain Heal very often and sometimes there aren’t enough people in range to get all 4 jumps out of it. Because I don’t know how the encounters will be designed in Firelands, I won’t be quick to judge the added 5th jump of Chain heal (T12 4 piece bonus) as useless in 10′s content. Anyways, I’m not really sure when or if ever I will be able to pick up the fourth piece of T12. We are working on our fifth month of raiding in Cataclysm and I still do not have the T11 4 piece bonus. QQ
And as always, datamined information is extremely subject to change, so don’t go official forum posting about how you are going to cancel your account yet.
I’m excited about
T12 2 piece (which will be easier to obtain) will give me the regen I still haven’t gotten from T11 4 pc. Chain heal might be getting a buff to make it better for 10′s? Firelands encounters might be designed to favor CH even in 10′s?
I’m not thrilled about
Playstyle encouraged by T12 2 piece contradicts the playstyle encouraged by T12 4 piece because CH consumes Riptide HoT. It could be difficult to ever see that mythical 5th jump of Chain Heal in 10′s environment because of range/positioning requirements + less players.
4.2 Datamined 378 Resto Shaman gear
The loot table for 359 gear seems to suggest Mastery stacking as the vast majority of Mail w/ Spirit gear had Mastery on it as a secondary stat. The loot I saw from T12 seems to be going Spirit+Haste as 5 out of 6 items had those stats present on them. The other drop was Spirit+Mastery.
At 2005 haste break point we gain a 2nd additional Riptide tick. That goes very well with T12 2 piece bonus. Are we going to be seeing a lot more Chain Heal? More haste on gear and Chain Heal 4 piece set bonus seem to suggest we will.
What do you think about the datamined information from 4.2? Is the new trend going to be Haste to 2005 then reforge to Mastery?