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Restoration Shaman Healing Guide (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated Yesterday at 22:36 by Furty 82 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Restoration Shaman healing guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.5. 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 and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Myst. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Keehn, one of the foremost experts in Restoration Shamans. He is a former hardcore raider (in Danish Terrace, most notably) and the co-creator of Chain Heal, the best known community resource for Restoration Shamans. You can follow him on Twitter.

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. Patch 7.1.5 Changes

4. 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

5. Weaknesses

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

6. 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 Star Augur Etraeus, and their ability to maintain healing on the move allows them to stay relevant even during high movement. In Mythic+ dungeon content, Restoration is not quite as dominant as it can be in raids. With the proper talent selection and playstyle, however, Restoration becomes a potent specialization for dungeon healing. Restoration shines brightest when dealing with heavy group damage, but a more surgical set of talents can allow us to be very effective in a 5-man environment. Overall, this is possibly the strongest healer in raids as an overall package, and a perfectly viable choice for grinding high levels of Mythic+.

7. Contents

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

8. ChangeLog

  • 21 Jan. 2017 (this page): Updated the spec description and viability section.
  • 21 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Added additional explanations to Critical Strike and Haste.
  • 21 Jan. 2017 (spells page): Reworded some spell descriptions.
  • 21 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Truncated path to be simpler and less oriented towards very early Mythic raiding.
  • 21 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Made several additions and clarifications based on Keehn's suggestions.
  • 21 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Modified several talent usage descriptions and added Undulation as a potential talent.
  • 21 Jan. 2017 (addons page): Updated macros.
  • 21 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Further updated legendary descriptions and added Roots of Shaladrassil.
  • 20 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Full update to BiS list and legendaries.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Slight update for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added a Patch 7.1.5 changes section.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 16 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Updated healing spell priority for heavy raid damage and heavy single target damage. Also updated Movement Management section.
  • 16 Nov. 2016 (enchants page): Updated potion choice.
  • 16 Nov. 2016 (spells page): Slight update to Surge's description.
  • 16 Nov. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket choice.
  • 16 Nov. 2016 (talents page): Fully updated talents and descriptions with the aim of also offering more information for Mythic+ dungeons.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): In Patch 7.1, Torrent provides a 30% bonus to Riptide‚Äôs initial heal (was 40% before).
  • 11 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated enchants.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (spells page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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