Heya Shaman folk!
Whelp, leveled my shaman to 90, currently running heroics and scenerios and a billion-and-three dailies with her, and I have to say- I feel torn between being a GOD MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE and feeling totally constrained by my mana.
I am still in fairly low level gear, sitting at 453 or something, and I have a DPS trinket- I'm really not ideal yet. But so far I'm finding I am equal to all of the heroics I have tried, going in blind without reading the dungeon journal. It's so much FUN to have to struggle for things, after the last raid tier doing the same thing all the time without having to work for it all that much!
My mana tide totem is seeing a lot more use than it did before, but I'm having a hard time determining when it's best to use Ascendency. Doesn't help that I managed to fry my AC adapter while healing a heroic- the thing was literally on fire, oops, had to drop rapid-like- and I haven't had much of a chance to really truly incorporate all my new abilities into my arsenal. This certainly makes a fantastic change from early Cata, when I had just about NO cooldowns at my disposal!
I'm loving being able to drop a healing tide, and when combined with Spirit Link? Ridiculous! I love the change to healing stream totem, too- if I think of it like a priest prayer of mending, it really helps. I try to use it on CD.
Chain heal, I'm barely using. At this point, I've reverted to triage healing with a bit of healing rain when my group is standing sufficiently close; chain heal doesn't seem to hit that hard anymore. Another unexpected change to me is my new usage of Unleash Elements, especially now that it can be used in conjunction with healing rain- I scarcely ever cast HR without UE nowadays. I feel like my toolbox has greatly expanded with my ability to use my greater elemental totems to empower me, with my UE/HR combo, with HTT and SLT and Ascendency- so much more fun than before, in my opinion!
Still, the mana crunch is hitting hard. It's weird to have to drink after fights, and I am more than a little concerned with how long I'll be able to last healing a raid. Guess we'll see, right?
How's everyone else doing?