Restoration Shaman Patch 9.2 Changes Analysis and Tier Set Thoughts

Last updated on Mar 02, 2022 at 00:22 by Seksixeny 36 comments
General Information

On this page, we tell you how the Patch 9.2 changes for Restoration Shaman affect the spec and what the current state of theorycrafting is.

1.

Restoration Shaman in Patch 9.2: Eternity's End

This page will go over how the Patch 9.2 changes 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 9.2, you can instead read our full list of changes to the entire Shaman class on our dedicated page below. For an additional list of content present in Patch 9.2, you can also check out our Patch 9.2 Overview page.

2.

Base Spec Changes for Patch 9.2

The Elemental Conduit Icon Elemental Conduit change makes Chain Harvest Icon Chain Harvest come out of cooldown significantly faster when you can apply multiple Flame Shock Icon Flame Shocks, improving its value in multi-target fights.

Also, the Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock damage boost makes it stronger as a damage option when moving, but the Raging Vesper Vortex Icon Raging Vesper Vortex change is a large damage nerf, especially against multiple targets, where it is around a 10% damage loss. Regardless, Kyrian remains the best damage option available in most scenarios.

3.

Best Talents in Patch 9.2 for Restoration Shaman

There have been no PvE or PvP talent changes for Restoration Shamans, though with a new raid and a new season for both Mythic+ and PvP, as well as the new tier sets, High Tide Icon High Tide will become a favored talent once again and Unleash Life Icon Unleash Life also gains distance relative to Torrent Icon Torrent.

4.

Restoration Shaman Tier Set in Patch 9.2

Within the new Sepulcher of the First Ones raid that will be coming in Patch 9.2, every class will once again earn pieces of a gear set that is uniquely class-themed with its own set bonuses for every specialization. For Restoration Shamans, these set bonuses are:

4.1.

Restoration Shaman Tier Set Thoughts

The set is heavily focused on Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal, with the 2-piece bonus boosting its throughput significantly, as long as you use a lot of spells that can crit multiple times per cast such as Riptide Icon Riptide, Healing Rain Icon Healing Rain and Chain Heal itself. As these spells are the bread and butter of 9.2 gameplay, getting good value out of this part of the set bonus should be easy and intuitive.

The Heal the Soul Icon Restoration Shaman 4-Piece bonus is much more complex and has two major components:

  • The free instant Chain Heal Icon Chain Heals when you cast certain totems are where the majority of the set bonus' value lies. These Chain Heals are boosted by effects such as Unleash Life Icon Unleash Life, High Tide Icon High Tide, and Jonat's Natural Focus Icon Jonat's Natural Focus, making them potentially very powerful, especially as you can rapidly cycle through your totems to deal with burst damage.
  • Reducing the cooldown of a totem by 2 seconds per critical bounce of Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal is of extremely high value for low cooldown totems such as Cloudburst Totem Icon Cloudburst Totem or Vesper Totem Icon Vesper Totem, but of very low value for utility totems such as Tremor Totem Icon Tremor Totem. Thus, in order to get maximum value with the current design you will want to delay using long cooldown totems for as long as possible, and avoid using utility totems altogether.

Overall, these are strong set bonuses that return Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal to the center of the Restoration Shaman rotation, even if you opt to still never cast it manually, as your totems will be doing so regularly for you.

You can get great value from this set by just playing as you were used to before 9.2. But, once you have the 2-piece bonus, you can track its stacks in order to avoid going over 100% Critical Strike chance on Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal and use the 4-piece as an extra raid cooldown by chain-dropping your totems during intense damage moments.

Being the last healer in the raid to use healing cooldowns is not as much of a throughput loss when it means you can funnel the cooldown reduction into short cooldown totems and the flexibility of this bonus allows you to focus on using specific totems depending on the situation, such as Vesper Totem Icon Vesper Totem when damage is key or Cloudburst Totem Icon Cloudburst Totem for raw healing.

5.

Covenant Changes in Patch 9.2 for Restoration Shaman

Although there were no changes of note to Covenant abilities or Soulbinds for Restoration Shamans yet, as of Patch 9.1.5 players can freely switch between Covenants provided they have obtained the Renowned Icon Renowned achievement on any character of their account. This achievement only requires you to reach Renown level 80 with any Covenant.

This means that adapting your Covenant to the content, or even boss, you are doing will be easier than ever, allowing you to benefit from niche tools such as Phial of Serenity Icon Phial of Serenity's unique debuff removal or the teleportation properties of Door of Shadows Icon Door of Shadows and Soulshape Icon Soulshape.

In addition, Conduits will get more ranks, which increases your power but does not change gameplay significantly.

6.

Legendary Changes in Patch 9.2 for Restoration Shaman

There are no Legendary changes to speak of, but Patch 9.2 will eventually introduce the ability to use two Legendaries at once, although one of them has to be your Covenant-specific Legendary, which means Splintered Elements Icon Splintered Elements, Elemental Conduit Icon Elemental Conduit, Seeds of Rampant Growth Icon Seeds of Rampant Growth, or Raging Vesper Vortex Icon Raging Vesper Vortex.

Unfortunately Splintered Elements Icon Splintered Elements is somewhat weaker than the remaining options, which will cause Necrolord to fall behind once double Legendaries are unlocked. Do keep in mind that Necrolord will stay a healing powerhouse, but it lacks in damage and utility potential.

The remaining Legendaries are all strong in their respective niches, with Raging Vesper Vortex Icon Raging Vesper Vortex being the best for DPS and Elemental Conduit Icon Elemental Conduit having great burst area healing with some leftover healing from the Riptide Icon Riptides. Seeds of Rampant Growth Icon Seeds of Rampant Growth is also interesting due to its strong synergy with Heal the Soul Icon Restoration Shaman 4-Piece for massive Healing Tide Totem Icon Healing Tide Totem cooldown reductions.

Kyrian is likely to be the default PvE Covenant choice of 9.2 once double Legendaries are unlocked, as its area damage benefits suit Mythic+ perfectly and it also brings excellent single-target damage and stacked-group healing for raiding purposes.

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Changelog

  • 02 Mar. 2022: Added info on Vesper Legendary nerf hotfix.
  • 21 Feb. 2022: Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 25 Jan. 2022: Updated with the latest PTR changes.
  • 15 Jan. 2022: Page added with initial thoughts and information.
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