So with HTT going baseline, we'll be getting a new talent to compete with Ancestral Guidance and Conductivity.
Given the nature of the tier, and the type of talents you think the class needs, what talent do you think will be created to take the place of Healing Tide Totem?
Here are some considerations;
Here are some ideas I thought sounded really good;You have to remember that the new talent has to
(1) Be useful for all 3 specs. Something that only effects Resto throughput, healing on the move, plays with Chain Heal, etc is going to be a no go because its useless for DPS specs
(2) It can not be a DPS increase. If they added a DPS increasing talent to a tier with 2 healing talents, it would be immediately mandatory for maximum
Stone Shield from Endus, MMOC;
Telluric Currents from Shaima on the Official Forums;The best possible solution is some kind of absorb/damage reduction single-target shield talent, IMO. That would make it noticeably different from AG/Conductivity, meaning there's less need to directly balance it against them (and rendering the tier fairly boring, choice-wise, as a result), and also giving Resto Shaman a fair chance at being tank healers if they want to be. They could choose to be a tank healer, and take that, or a raid healer, and take AG (or maybe Conductivity, if the tweaks work out).
If they don't want to go with absorbs, then something like this could work;
Stone Shield - 3 minute cooldown - Provides the target a shield, absorbing (X) damage, and reducing damage taken by 30%. The shield can be recharged by overhealing from the Shaman who cast it, increasing the total protection to as high as (X*3).
I'm not sure where X should be, off the top of my head, but the idea would be that you could use it either as a single-hit absorb for the 30% reduction, or a solid resistance against a heavy DoT effect, if you can keep enough healing on the target to keep it charged up and not broken. It also prevents it being too OP in PvP, since if you pop it before a burn, you only get X protection, but if you pop it pre-emptively in PvE, you can triple that. With something like a 15s duration total unless broken; it's not something you could keep up forever, like Earth Shield. It also prevents it being stupidly strong for soloing Enh/Eles, though still of obvious use.
Focused Insight from Flinntte on the Official Forums;I'd like to see Telluric Currents as your new lvl 75 talent.
Telluric Currents: Your lightning bolts restore mana, and heal you and targets around you when you do damage.
Given the Lightning Bolt buff (move while casting) that you guys got last patch, that could be a really nice talent.
And of course a lot of people want Spirit Link Totem to become the next talent.I still wish there was a way they could work the old Focused Insight passive back into a talent. It was kinda neat, but no one ever took it because there weren't enough talent points to spare. Maybe something like:
Focused Insight: Your Shock spells increase the healing done by your next healing spell by 30% and reduce the mana cost by 30%.
Basically the same as the old version. It could be made more interesting, but I like the Shock component, since Shocks are used often for the dps specs anyway.
So what do you think? What will be the next Level 75 talent to replace HTT?
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