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Restoration Shaman Healing NetherLight Crucible Relic Paths (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Nov 30, 2017 at 23:41 by Furty 113 comments

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General Information

This page will help you choose the right paths on your Netherlight Crucible as a a Restoration Shamans. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. For more information, please read our Guide to the Netherlight Crucible.

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

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Future. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Seksixeny, Restoration Shaman and general healing expert. He has been raiding in Group Therapy since Cataclysm and currently creates articles for Chain Heal as well as heavily participating in Discord healing discussion at various WoW healing channels. You can find him for questions / suggestions on Earthshrine, in the Restoration Shaman lounge.

1. General Optimization Advice for Restoration Shaman

Netherlight Crucible

Optimizing through the Netherlight Crucible is straightforward; you are offered 2 initial paths, Shadow and Holy, and you should determine your path contingent on which leads to your best Tier 2 traits. If the 2 available paths are equal or very close in ranking it is usually best to adhere to the fork that leads to the highest value Tier 3 trait, as this often results in the largest DPS increase. If the best available Tier 3 trait is in the middle, you should always default to the highest ranked Tier 2 upgrade, as you are able to reach it from either path.

Tier 2 traits such as Shocklight Icon Shocklight and Murderous Intent Icon Murderous Intent have exceptionally high value for Restoration; roughly equal to +4 weapon item levels on your Artifact.

Be aware that the theorycraft for the Tier 2 upgrades available through the Netherlight Crucible is still in a primordial state, and therefore the ordering of upgrades detailed below is not entirely definite. This will be continually updated leading up to and following the release of the Crucible as things become more clear.

2. Tier 2 Upgrade Priority for Restoration Shaman

2.1. Highest Priority

These traits are the most valuable, and all of them are worth more than any Artifact trait.

  1. Shocklight Icon Shocklight
  2. Murderous Intent Icon Murderous Intent
  3. Light Speed Icon Light Speed
  4. Master of Shadows Icon Master of Shadows
  5. Refractive Shell Icon Refractive Shell
  6. Infusion of Light Icon Infusion of Light

2.2. Low Priority

These traits are much weaker than their peers listed above and should be avoided when possible (particularly the bottom two).

  1. Shadowbind Icon Shadowbind
  2. Light's Embrace Icon Light's Embrace
  3. Chaotic Darkness Icon Chaotic Darkness
  4. Secure in the Light Icon Secure in the Light
  5. Torment the Weak Icon Torment the Weak
  6. Dark Sorrows Icon Dark Sorrows

3. Tier 3 Upgrade Priority for Restoration Shaman

The Tier 3 upgrades are identical to the relic priority found in our Artifact Traits and Relics page, however, they have been relisted here for your convenience.

3.1. Raids

  1.  Icon Queen Ascendant
  2.  Icon Pull of the Sea
  3.  Icon Empowered Droplets
  4.  Icon Floodwaters
  5.  Icon Wavecrash
  6.  Icon Tidal Chains
  7.  Icon Buffeting Waves
  8.  Icon Caress of the Tidemother
  9.  Icon Ghost in the Mist

3.2. Mythic+

  1.  Icon Tidal Chains
  2.  Icon Queen Ascendant
  3.  Icon Buffeting Waves
  4.  Icon Pull of the Sea
  5.  Icon Wavecrash
  6.  Icon Empowered Droplets
  7.  Icon Floodwaters
  8.  Icon Caress of the Tidemother
  9.  Icon Ghost in the Mist

If you are unlucky enough to roll all defensive low value traits for your Tier 3 upgrades, you should be aiming for the best Tier 2 option available in the Crucible, or whichever defensive/niche trait you prefer to focus on, as they have minimal DPS gains.

4. ChangeLog

  • 30 Nov. 2017: Updated Tier 2 & 3 hierarchy.
  • 12 Sep. 2017: Added Netherlight Crucible page for Restoration Shaman.
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