Restoration Shaman PvP Rotation and Playstyle (Shadowlands / 9.0.5)

Last updated on Mar 19, 2021 at 12:21 by Tiqqle 5 comments

PvP requires you to perform various actions in the course of a duel, match, or battleground: interrupting/silencing enemies, healing your teammates and yourself, defending yourself, keeping yourself alive, etc.. It is a game mode that fully utilises your kit, especially spells that are rarely used in PvE. On this page, we go through all the spells you need to use in PvP as a Restoration Shaman, how you should use them, and we explain what your playstyle should be.

This page is part of our Restoration Shaman PvP Guide.

1.

Playstyle for Restoration Shaman

The main role for a Restoration Shaman, besides keeping your team alive, is to use your utility to disrupt and stop incoming spells or damage. Restoration Shaman have the Mana and the Mastery to sustain a team for a very long time. It is rare to lose a game because you are out of Mana.

Restoration Shaman's Riptide Icon Riptide is very powerful, and should be used on cooldown to keep your team healed. As Necrolord (see Restoration Shaman covenants page), you will benefit from Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave, which will allow you to have an additional Riptide Icon Riptide to use on your team. This will also allow you to spread heal your team using Healing Wave Icon Healing Wave.

To disrupt the enemy team you will want to take advantage of a few spells. Grounding Totem Icon Grounding Totem is important to utilize. This can absorb any spell that is about to be completed. You will want to use Wind Shear Icon Wind Shear on any meaningful spell that you can. This includes crowd control or big damaging abilities.

1.1.

Before Gates Open

Before the gates open, you should use Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield on a teammate that might be the kill target for the enemy team. It has a short cooldown, so it is acceptable if the enemy team swaps their target, but it is important to keep it active on the teammate that the enemy team is focusing.

Use Water Shield Icon Water Shield on yourself for passive Mana regeneration.

Make sure your team has a strategy for crowd control; Hex Icon Hex is a strong crowd control that can be used on a healer without a trinket. However, do not make it your primary focus to Hex a healer. Your job is to keep your team alive.

1.2.

The Opener

The other team is going to try to force your trinket in the opener so they have an advantage later in the game. Use Grounding Totem Icon Grounding Totem to try to avoid incoming crowd control on you, and hold on to your trinket for as long as you can.

2.

Healing Techniques

2.1.

Burst Healing

Use this if the enemy team uses their cooldowns to try to kill a teammate.

2.2.

Sustained Damage Healing

Use this to heal sustained damage throughout the match (damage done when the other team does not have burst cooldowns available).

It is important to note that there are multiple ways to keep your team alive to heal through sustained damage.

  1. Maintain Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield on the teammate taking the most damage.
  2. Use Healing Stream Totem Icon Healing Stream Totem for the Swirling Currents Icon Swirling Currents buff and passive healing.
  3. Use Unleash Life Icon Unleash Life to increase the heal of your next direct heal.
  4. Use Riptide Icon Riptide to generate stacks of Tidal Waves Icon Tidal Waves.
  5. Use Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave to spread Riptide Icon Riptide, to allow for multiple teammates to receive Healing Wave Icon Healing Wave.
  6. Cast Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal if are using Tidebringer Icon Tidebringer.
  7. If your team is stacked and taking heavy spread or single target pressure, Earthen Wall Totem Icon Earthen Wall Totem should be the first cooldown you use. This will give you time to heal your teammates even if you get interrupted on a cast.
  8. Cast Healing Wave Icon Healing Wave when you have 1-2 stacks of Tidal Waves Icon Tidal Waves.
  9. Cast Healing Surge Icon Healing Surge on yourself if you are using Swelling Waves Icon Swelling Waves.
  10. Place Healing Rain Icon Healing Rain on yourself to dispel incoming crowd control if you are using the Cleansing Waters Icon Cleansing Waters PvP talent.
2.3.

Totems

It is hard to find a place for every totem a Restoration Shaman has. Below are all of the totems you have and the best time to use them.

  • Earthbind Totem Icon Earthbind Totem: this is a Totem that slows an entire team. The best time to use this is when enemies are focusing you. You can easily place this on one side of a pillar and use Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf to quickly get to the other side.
  • Earthen Wall Totem Icon Earthen Wall Totem: this is a major defensive ability with a short cooldown. It should be used when the enemy team is dealing strong sustained damage and you need time to cast healing spells.
  • Tremor Totem Icon Tremor Totem: removes Fear, Charm and Sleep effects from party and raid members within 30 yards. You should use this totem before you get feared. This will make the enemy players waste their important crowd control.
  • Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem/Earthgrab Totem Icon Earthgrab Totem: you can use either of these when the enemy team is stacked. The Earthgrab Totem Icon Earthgrab Totem is best used when enemy teams will likely be focusing you. Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem is great against teams that will be far away. It gives the enemy team another ability to deal with. Earthgrab Totem Icon Earthgrab Totem is baseline, so something you can do is root an enemy and place a Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem to get a full stun.
  • Healing Stream Totem Icon Healing Stream Totem: this is a relatively weak heal, but should be used often during an Arena match. It is best used in the opener or when enemy teams are finished with their burst damage.
  • Healing Tide Totem Icon Healing Tide Totem: this is a decent spread healing ability. It is best used in combination with your Spirit Link Totem Icon Spirit Link Totem. The healing from this Totem will help deal with the damage you are taking while Spirit Link Totem is active.
  • Spirit Link Totem Icon Spirit Link Totem: this is your strongest totem. It will keep your entire team alive as long as it is active. It is best used when someone is about to die and you do not have the time to cast spells. You will want to pair it with Healing Tide Totem Icon Healing Tide Totem.
  • Mana Tide Totem Icon Mana Tide Totem: this will provide Mane back for the Restoration Shaman giving him the ability to keep ahead on Mana.
2.4.

Defensive Techniques

Astral Shift Icon Astral Shift is your only real defensive for yourself. This cannot be used while stunned so it is best used when the team is about to stun you or if they are using burst cooldowns.

Earthgrab Totem Icon Earthgrab Totem this ability can significantly assist your team with disengaging the other team's offensive plays, or allow your team to reach your opponents easier.

Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf becomes a very strong defensive ability when trying to get away from enemies. While it is active you cannot be snared and will help you create distance between you and the enemy team.

Spiritwalker's Grace Icon Spiritwalker's Grace is not a direct defensive, but it will help you avoid damage. Instead of standing still and trying to cast, this cooldown gives you the ability to run away from the enemy team and still have the ability to cast spells. It also makes you immune to interrupts and silences afterwards if you are using the Ancestral Gift Icon Ancestral Gift PvP talent.

Nature's Guardian Icon Nature's Guardian gives you a tool to survive stuns, something that Restoration Shamans are normally weak at. If a team is able to make this go off, play extra defensively until you are able to use Nature's Guardian Icon Nature's Guardian again.

3.

Changelog

  • 19 Mar. 2021: Updated based on Patch 9.0.5 for Shadowlands.
  • 02 Dec. 2020: Updated to prepare for Shadowlands first PvP season.
  • 19 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1, and new author.
  • 12 Jul. 2020: Updated Burst and Sustained Healing rotations.
  • 20 Jan. 2020: This page was checked for Patch 8.3 and no update was deemed necessary.
  • 16 Dec. 2019: Page added.
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