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Restoration Shaman Healing Stat Priority (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Nov 30, 2017 at 23:39 by Furty 113 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Restoration Shamans in World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5, how the class benefits from each of them.

The statistics priority is important as it influences itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

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. Stat Priority for Restoration Shaman

  1. Critical Strike
  2. Versatility = Mastery = Haste;
  3. Intellect.

Currently, all available stats fall very close in value to each other, allowing you to prioritize item level and preserving set bonuses rather than stacking heavily towards a specific stat. Intellect currently scales noticeably better than the other stats, lending further encouragement to put item level first in nearly all situations.

Critical Strike provides a good throughput increase, synergy with the Haste buff provided by  Icon Queen Ascendant, and strong Mana return via Resurgence Icon Resurgence. Mastery still holds great life saving potential, leaving it roughly on par with Versatility. Haste is technically the best stat in terms of pure HPS potential, but in reality most damage isn't constant or severe enough that constant healing spam is necessary, and too much Haste will cause you to run out of Mana faster in very lengthy encounters.

2. Restoration Shaman: Getting a Better Understanding

2.1. Statistics Explanations

Intellect is your primary stat. You should look for this stat in all of your upgrades. It provides you with Spell Power, which increases the power of your heals.

Mastery increases your healing on targets with low health (through Mastery: Deep Healing Icon Mastery: Deep Healing). This is an especially powerful stat early in the progress cycle, as you are dealing with targets low on health much more often.

Critical Strike increases your throughput and your Mana regeneration (through Resurgence Icon Resurgence). Critical Strike will actively reduce the value of Haste as it will directly increase the uptime of  Icon Queen Ascendant.

Haste is important as well because it lowers the cast time of your heals, which is of particular value for Healing Wave Icon Healing Wave. It also lowers your global cooldown, bringing it closer to the desired 1 second global cooldown, which benefits all of your instant cast spells. Haste also causes your HoT and DoT effects to tick faster, as well as increasing the tick rate of your totems.

Versatility is a flat-out damage/healing done increase and damage taken reduction.

3. ChangeLog

  • 30 Nov. 2017: Updated stat priority.
  • 28 Aug. 2017: Updated stat priority and explanations.
  • 28 Jun. 2017: Swapped Haste and Versatility in stat priority.
  • 13 Jun. 2017: Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 21 Jan. 2017: Added additional explanations to Critical Strike and Haste.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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