Hellow fellow shammy healers;
3 days ago I changed from 10 man raiding to 25 man, and have now had my first 2 raiding nights (6/12 normal) - struggeling to keep up with some of the others healers, and trying to perform as good as I can. I am not cutting-edge raider, but know my class fairly well - right now in 503 gear.
I am in general wondering how other shamans would advice how to gear for 25m TOT (normal) raiding, in order to maximise raid performance?
Currently I am considering the following;
#1 Max. spirit, max. crit - around 48-50% mastery and minimum haste: I started out in this, but my heals seems quite slow, and think so far I experience that I get a lot of interrupted casts and probably my cooldowns dont give full value.
#2 Max. spirit, haste until 5200 (incl. AS), around 48% mastery, and rest on crit; I then also use the glyph of riptide to get that extra tick, and HTT/HST (should) also give an extra tick. Tried this on boss #6 and #7 yesterday, and the result was better I feel, although not top notch. Not sure I really get the full value of riptide, and also hard to compare boss #1-5 to boss #6-7. Not really a fan of spamming riptide though, playstylewise.
#3 Max. spirit, max. crit, min haste, and even spec out of AS and use EM instead (for Ascendance and HTT); I am currently considering this as I rarely use the AS cooldown on 25 man and thinking of EM to give some extra boost to the cooldowns. It dident match my reforge well during yesterday raid, but was thinking of using it next time on boss #7, although that fight might actually more need the riptide spam.
Comments, suggestion - and especially practical 25m resto experience in ToT - is very welcome. I am not really so interested in the theoretical max. output (standing still patchwerk fights), but more what works for the rest of you in an actual raid-enviroment.
Have a nice weekend