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Restoration Shaman Healing Stat Priority (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Jan 10, 2017 at 01:32 by Furty 82 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Restoration Shamans in World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.5, how the class benefits from each of them.

The statistics priority is important as it influences itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

The other pages of our Restoration Shaman guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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. Basics

  1. Intellect;
  2. Mastery;
  3. Critical Strike;
  4. Haste;
  5. Versatility.

Mastery is overall your best stat for early Mythic progression, particularly on fights with periodic phases of intense damage rather than sustained healing for an entire fight, allowing you to budget Mana more easily. Critical Strike is very close in value, and is likely a better stat to budget into for less experienced healers, or players not concerned with the Mythic race. In either case, a balance of both stats is very important. Too little Critical Strike and you will run dry before the fight is finished, but with too much you will be sitting on excess Mana which is wasteful. Find a balance that works for you and develop an understanding on how your Mana ebbs and flows on each individual fight.

2. Getting a Better Understanding

2.1. Statistics Explanations

Intellect is your primary stat. You should look for this stat in all of your upgrades. It provides you with Spell Power, which increases the power of your heals.

Mastery increases your healing on targets with low health (through Mastery: Deep Healing Icon Mastery: Deep Healing). This is an especially powerful stat early in the progress cycle, as you are dealing with targets low on health much more often.

Critical Strike increases your throughput and your Mana regeneration (through Resurgence Icon Resurgence). Critical Strike will actively reduce the value of Haste as it will directly increase the uptime of  Icon Queen Ascendant.

Haste is important as well because it lowers the cast time of your heals, which is of particular value for Healing Wave Icon Healing Wave. It also lowers your global cooldown, bringing it closer to the desired 1 second global cooldown, which benefits all of your instant cast spells. Haste also causes your HoT and DoT effects to tick faster, as well as increasing the tick rate of your totems.

Versatility is a flat-out damage/healing done increase and damage taken reduction.

3. ChangeLog

  • 21 Jan. 2017: Added additional explanations to Critical Strike and Haste.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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