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With the new PTR information out there, I thought it would be interesting to discuss the new Resto Shaman Tier Bonuses. I'd like to see what people think of them and some suggestions for use;

2-Piece Bonus

When Earth Shield heals a target, the target will also gain 100% of the amount healed as an absorb.

My opinion; meh. It's a nice idea, and one of the major problems that Shaman have been feeling in ToT is the complete dominance of absorbs over heals that let our Mastery shine. That said, I don't think the solution to "too much absorbs" is "MOAR ABSORBZZ!". However, just looking at it on it's own it's a reasonably powerful extra heal which doesn't require any thought to keep up. It will scale with spellpower (good) and maybe Mastery and Crit (need to confirm) but definitely not Haste. Looks OK, since Haste is pretty meh until something new comes along for us.

4-Piece Bonus

Spiritwalker's Grace will also summon a spiritual version of yourself that will mimic all cast time targeted spells for 15 seconds.

Well. Well well well. This is the same type of bonus that we saw in T13 with SWG also giving a major throughput buff. Back then we didn't have Ascendance or Elemental Mastery and it really made a difference to our ability to keep up with big damage spikes.

These days we have loads of tools to deal with massive damage spikes, so why do we need another burst cooldown? Our burst is really good these days (to the point where I beg fights to have burst sections) and our sustained healing is relatively weak. So why do we have yet another burst tool?

Anyway, the best use for this kind of thing is I think in combination with another burst tool, and since I already have an Ascendance Macro and this will go in there perfectly. On the other hand, if there are high tank-damage phases we could use this cooldown to double our healing on the tank (double-healing Mastery-buffed GHW, anyone?). Given careful thought, this could be a very good utility cooldown.

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