First off… Shamans!
Grats on the Purification buff!
For anyone who hasn’t seen the news (what rock are you living under?!):
We are also applying a hotfix for Purification for the Restoration shaman passive from 10% to 25%. We think that shaman healing per second is not as competitive with other healers and while we hoped to bring down Holy priest and Holy paladins (in particular) in 4.0.6, which we did, shaman still appear to be behind. In this case, it is simply easier to buff Restoration shaman rather than nerf everyone else or rebalance the encounters.
In Addition- Restoration Druids and Restoration Shaman
We agree with the sentiment among some players that Restoration druids and Restoration shaman are lacking in the healing cooldown department. The shaman buff and Power Word: Shield adjustment above should bring all healers reasonably close in terms of throughput. The decision on who to bring then might end up being dictated by the strong cooldowns offered by paladins or priests. This isn’t the kind of thing we can address via a hotfix, but it is something we are looking at for the next major content patch.
I’m very happy for my Resto Shaman colleagues! And the second half of the quote here has me super excited. I’m really looking forward to seeing what they come up with for potential new Shaman and Druid Healing CDs!
Lots of good ideas being tossed around by Druid bloggers who are more awesome than myself:
They all have such great ideas.
For me, I’m just excited to think that we may FINALLY get a our new Cataclysm toy. After all, 4.0.1 took away our toys (perma Tree of Life form (R.I.P), multi-target Lifebloom, long Regrowth HoT) and gave us Efflorescence (a much disparaged and bloated talent).
I’m sure there are tons of great Shaman cooldown ideas out there from Shaman bloggers…seeing as I don’t play one, though, I don’t know of many blogs. ^^*
But, yea, here’s hoping that all us Resto Druids and Resto Shamans get something very shiny!!