Restoration Shaman

Patch 9.0.5

Thaner
Last Updated: 17th Jun, 2021

Covenants

Raiding

Currently the best restoration shaman Covenant for raiding is Necrolord. 

Primordial Wave is a great ability as it covers a lot of the bases that healers need to deal with during progress. On top of that, Necrolord soulbinds look very good, which also contributes to the overall choice.

Mythic+

Dungeon wise resto shamans are very flexible. We can either choose Necrolord for more HPS or Venthyr for more DMG.

The lack of venthyr players forces us to play that covenant but at the end of the day I would suggest playing whatever your group needs.

Soulbinds and Conduits

Raiding

Potency: Swirling Currents

This is a great conduit which increases the healing of your next 3 Healing Surge, Healing Wave or Riptide after you cast Cloudburst Totem.

Potency: Heavy Rainfall

A decent conduit which increases the healing of your Healing Rain for 20 seconds after casting Healing Tide Totem, which can be useful during heavy raid damage events.

Potency: Tumbling Waves

A covenant-specific conduit which gives Primordial Wave a chance to not incur its cooldown. While it sounds good, it currently seems to be completely random and can proc off itself a couple of times or not proc at all during the whole fight, which is not ideal for healers. An important thing to note: when you get a proc, you NEED to cast Riptide before casting Primordial Wave again.

Endurance: Vital Accretion

An amazing conduit, which increases your maximum health while your Earth Elemental is up. This makes Earth Elemental a decent defensive cooldown with an extremely long duration.

Finesse: Thunderous Paws

A nice conduit, which increases your movement speed after casting Ghost Wolf. It doesn’t have much of an impact on early ranks, but a higher rank of it provides you with a significant movement speed boost.

Finesse: Spiritual Resonance

Provides you with 4-18 seconds (based on the rank) of Spiritwalker’s Grace whenever you gain Bloodlust or any similar buff. This can be useful for repositioning during Bloodlust, however, the viability heavily depends on the moment when Bloodlust is used.

Finesse: Totemic Surge

Reduces the cooldown of your Tremor Totem, Capacitor Totem and Earthbind Totem. The viability heavily depends on whether you need to use these totems in the raid, meaning bosses with a Fear, Charm or Sleep effect, which can be removed with Tremor Totem, or bosses with adds which are not immune to CC.

Mythic+

Potency: Swirling Currents

This conduit is very decent in Mythic+ settings since Healing Surge and Riptide are the primary sources of healing in the dungeon setting. Overall a strong pick if you need more healing output.

Potency: Heavy Rainfall

A decent conduit which increases the healing of your Healing Rain for 20 seconds after casting Healing Tide Totem. Very useful this season because of how often we need more AOE healing vs Prideful mob.

Potency: Tumbling Waves

Random procs are very annoying but it's a really good conduit if you choose to play Necrolord for keys. It's a juicy proc and can easily carry you during Prideful fight.

Endurance: Vital Accretion

An amazing conduit, which increases your maximum health whilst your Earth Elemental is active. This makes Earth Elemental a decent defensive cooldown with an extremely long duration.

Finesse: Totemic Surge

Reduces the cooldown of your Tremor Totem, Capacitor Totem and Earthbind Totem. Unlike in the raid, this conduit gets a lot of value in Mythic+ by default, allowing you to use CC and remove Fear mechanics much more often. Overall a very solid pick and gives a lot of extra utility.

Endurance: Refreshing Waters

Increases healing surge healing on yourself. Best choice in the endurance slot for keys. The amount of healing surges used in dungeons is absurd. It's a very strong conduit.

Legendaries

Primal Tide Core - Default choice for Necrolords due to synergy with the covenant ability.

Spiritwalker`s Tidal Totem - Great legendary for keys, especially for Venthyrs since Primal Tide Core doesn't synergise that well with Venthyrs. Helps a lot with the Prideful mob.

Deeptremor Stone - Strongest legendary in terms of DMG output. Recommended leggo for high keys where DMG matters.