Restoration Shaman Patch 9.1 Changes Analysis — Shadowlands 9.1
On this page, we tell you how the Patch 9.1 changes for Restoration Shaman affect the spec and what the current state of theorycrafting is.
Restoration Shaman in Patch 9.1: Chains of Domination
This page will go over how the changes currently on the Patch 9.1 Public Test Realm (PTR) will affect Restoration Shamans, specifically how the changes impact the playstyle, best Legendaries, Covenants, etc. If you are simply interested in what the current changes are for Restoration Shaman on the 9.1 PTR, you can read our Patch 9.1 Shaman Changes.
Due to the nature of testing and ongoing development, any changes to Restoration Shamans on the PTR are likely to be incomplete and/or not final. Make sure to keep checking this page over time for additional changes, and we highly recommend reviewing our Restoration Shaman guide once Patch 9.1 goes live for definitive thoughts on what changed and its impact on gameplay.
Best Talents in Patch 9.1 for Restoration Shaman
The only talent changes in 9.1 so far is the addition of the Living Tide talent (which replaces the removed Spirit Link), which causes Healing Tide Totem to have half cooldown and heal for 100% more each time it pulses.
This change will make HTT into a very powerful, and relatively short cooldown, throughput talent in PvP, but you will still have to be careful with its positioning in order to avoid having it die prematurely, especially as the healing is largest towards the end of its duration!
Best Legendary in Patch 9.1 for Restoration Shaman
Splintered Elements, the new Necrolord legendary, causes each hit with spells replicated by Primordial Wave to increase your Haste, stacking. While this does reward you for getting a lot of replicated spells out, it currently has weak tuning and does not look to be a contender for the best or even second-best Legendary in any type of content.
Elemental Conduit, the new Venthyr legendary, applies Riptide to all friendly targets hit and Flame Shock to all enemy targets hit. While this can be a very powerful effect, it requires a lot of hits to achieve its maximum potential, and it is quite likely that anyone hit by Chain Harvest will be topped by it, increasing the overhealing on the Riptides.
Seeds of Rampant Growth, the new Night Fae legendary, causes each pulse of Fae Transfusion to reduce the cooldown on Healing Tide Totem. While it can be good if it lets you use HTT at a critical time in the encounter where you would ordinarily not be able to, it can just as easily be useless if you are not using HTT on cooldown. Might be a good combo with Living Tide in PvP, though, as the double cooldown reduction is great on paper!
Best Covenant in Patch 9.1 for Restoration Shaman
While there are new rows of powers to account for, they seem to be relatively balanced among Covenants and are not enough by themselves to change the preferences detailed in the Restoration Shaman Covenant guide.
- 12 May 2021: Added new legendary and PvP talent information.
- 28 Apr. 2021: Page created with initial testing information.
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