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Restoration Shaman Healing Guide (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Oct 11, 2016 at 20:56 by Furty 66 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Restoration Shaman healing guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Restoration Shaman in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Furty who raids in Serenity, one of the top World of Warcraft guilds. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

1. Class Overview

Restoration Shaman is an extremely flexible specialization that truly shines when healing groups of players that are clumped together. They have a variety of unique tools to deal with large influxes of damage, such as Spirit Link Totem Icon Spirit Link Totem and Cloudburst Totem Icon Cloudburst Totem, allowing them to trivialize many potentially lethal situations. They are also unbeatable in situations that force the party or raid to stack up and heal through constant, heavy incoming damage, due to the efficiency of their kit. Restoration is typically undeterred by high movement due to Spiritwalker's Grace Icon Spiritwalker's Grace and a variety of instant cast heals and totems. Restoration Shamans are also capable of putting out a respectable amount of damage when necessary, allowing them to assist with pushing tight damage checks and bursting down high priority adds.

In order to properly play a healing role, you will need more than just class-specific information. To better understand healing in general, we recommend that you read our healing guide.

2. What Has Changed?

  • Totems no longer have restrictions based on element.
  • Many totems can now be placed with a targeting reticle without requiring a talent investment.
  • Many of the niche totems, such as Grounding Totem, have either been removed or relegated to PvP-only roles.
  • Earth Shield is now a PvP-only talent.
  • Water Shield has been removed.
  • Many glyphs are no longer present within the game.
  • Many changes to the talent tree, including a variety of new abilities and passives.

3. Strengths

  • Excels at group healing
  • Outstanding at dealing with incoming burst damage
  • Amazing life saving potential
  • Good mobility
  • Great non-healing utility via Wind Rush Totem Icon Wind Rush Totem
  • Strong sustained HPS
  • Decent damage output when needed

4. Weaknesses

  • Mediocre targeted healing and tank cooldowns
  • Mediocre in situations that force a large spread

5. Viability in the Current Patch

Restoration Shaman is currently one of the most essential healers to a raid composition. As an overall package Restoration is very attractive, bringing some of the highest possible HPS to the table alongside an abundance of raid utility. Their Mastery, Mastery: Deep Healing Icon Mastery: Deep Healing, allows for them to really take over fights like Tyrant Velhari, and their ability to maintain healing on the move allows them to stay relevant even during high movement. In dungeons, however, Restoration is significantly weaker on the whole. Restoration is a very efficient specialization, and much of the kit benefits from the larger raid size. Abilities like Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal, Healing Rain Icon Healing Rain, Healing Tide Totem Icon Healing Tide Totem, and Spirit Link Totem Icon Spirit Link Totem cannot reach their full potential in 5-man environments. Restoration shines when dealing with group damage, and 5-man environments typically involve more tank healing, which handicaps a lot of the strengths of Restoration. Overall, this is possibly the strongest healer in raids as an overall package, but unremarkable in dungeons.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 8 pages:

7. ChangeLog

  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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