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Restoration Shaman Healing Stat Priority (WoD 6.2.4)

Last updated on Jun 22, 2015 at 15:57 by Damien 33 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Restoration Shamans in World of Warcraft WoD 6.2.4, 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 Reviewers

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Babàyo, one of the best Restoration Shamans in the world, who raids in From Scratch, and by Stoove, our in-house Restoration Shaman theorycrafter and occasional blogger.

1. Basics

  1. Intellect;
  2. Spirit (until you are comfortable with your Mana regeneration);
  3. Mastery;
  4. Haste;
  5. Multistrike = Critical Strike;
  6. Versatility.

More information and detailed stat weights for 6.2 can be found in @CanibehealzLW and Jeathebelle's Spreadsheet.

When gearing, simply prioritise items according to how much Intellect they have on them. However, if you are comparing two items and one of them has Spirit on it, you would normally take the Spirit one, unless the other item is a huge upgrade for you (for example from Normal to Mythic).

These statistics have been obtained by combining common sense, in-game testing, and simulations using Simulation Craft.

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.

Spirit increases your Mana regeneration. You should prioritize items with Spirit. Once you are comfortable with your Mana regeneration, you can start prioritising other statistics. Spirit is only available for healers on Amulets, Cloaks, Rings, and Trinkets.

Mastery increases your healing on targets with low health (through Mastery: Deep Healing Icon Mastery: Deep Healing). Thanks to Purification Icon Purification, a passive ability, you get +5% Mastery from all sources.

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. Note that Haste no longer causes you to suddenly gain a tick one your HoTs, once you pass a certain threshold. Now, your HoTs, gain a partial tick at the end to ensure that they scale linearly with Haste, so Haste caps are gone from the game.

Multistrike causes abilities to have an increased chance to hit/heal a second and a third time, each time dealing 30% of the initial damage/heal.

Critical Strike increases your throughput and your Mana regeneration (through Resurgence Icon Resurgence).

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

3. ChangeLog

  • 22 Jun. 2015: Patch 6.2 update. The stat priority did not change, but we added a link to an updated spreadsheet with stat weights.
  • 24 Feb. 2015: Haste has gotten slightly better, but is still below Mastery. One consequence of that is that it changes the way you look for upgrades and we added a note to that effect below the stat priority.
  • 14 Nov. 2014: Updated stat priority for Level 100.
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