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Restoration Shaman Frequently Asked Questions in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 28, 2018 at 22:10 by Seksixeny 15 comments

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General Information

On this page, we list all of the frequently asked questions for a Restoration Shaman in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth 8.0.1.

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

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Seksi, member of two top 60 guilds, Group Therapy (shaman) and Wiping as Intended (priest). While you can routinely find him participating in discussions across all healer discords, he is particularly active on Ancestral Guidance, Earthshrine and Focused Will.

1. Battle for Azeroth Restoration Frequently Asked Questions

This section will go over several of the most frequently asked questions regarding Restoration Shamans in Battle for Azeroth.

1.1. What Changed for Restoration Shaman in BfA?

A summary of all changes can be found in our intro page.

1.2. What Stats Are Good for Restoration Shaman in BfA?

Due to the stat squish, Intellect is now our most powerful stat by a large margin and should be stacked as much as possible. In 99% of the cases this means that you should use the highest item level gear you have available. Items with Leech / Avoidance are worth ~10 item levels extra, 15 if they are rings. Finally, rings do not have Intellect and thus you can afford to lose 5 to 10 item levels on them in order to use the best secondary stats possible. Keep in mind that trinkets and Azerite gear usually have special effects alongside their baseline stats which are critical for determining their worth.

1.3. Are Restoration Shamans Good For Mythic+?

While we are not very far behind other specializations in BfA and can reliably complete 10 to 15 keystones every week, Restoration Shaman is not currently a meta healer for pushing / speed running keystones. Keep in mind that better knowledge of the dungeons / specialization / gear can more than make up for the difference between Restoration Shaman and the meta healers.

1.4. Are Restoration Shamans Good For Raids?

Restoration Shamans have traditionally been a must have in raids due to their powerful, unique tools (Spirit Link Totem Icon Spirit Link Totem, Ancestral Protection Totem Icon Ancestral Protection Totem and Ancestral Vigor Icon Ancestral Vigor, especially) and strong cooldown-oriented healing. While our big cooldown healing is weaker in BfA, there are plenty of good alternative playstyles in our new talent tree — from flexible High Tide Icon High Tide-powered Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal "spam" during heavy damage periods to powerful Downpour Icon Downpour / Wellspring Icon Wellspring rotations replacing most would-be Chain Heal casts.

1.5. How Does Earth Shield Interact with Chain Heal?

Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield does not increase the whole Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal by 10%, when cast on a target with it. Only the first hit is increased, and this applies to all other interactions with Earth Shield; only its target gets the healing increase and only while Earth Shield is active.

1.6. Does Chain Heal Require High Tide to be Used?

High Tide Icon High Tide makes Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal heal for about 47% more, with most of the extra healing coming from the last, extra bounce. While this is a very powerful buff, Chain Heal remains a strong spell on its own that can, and should , be used when you need extra Tidal Waves Icon Tidal Waves and the group is hurt. It is also a great spell to cast while you have Innervate Icon Innervate on yourself!

2. Changelog

  • 28 Aug. 2018: Added two new FAQ entries.
  • 04 Aug. 2018: Added page.
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