Tip 1: JUST DO IT!
Definitely do it if you are still on the leveling grind, you will be picking up enough XP to make it a worthwhile diversion to your questing and grinding and you get access to epics. Epics which apart from being purple will be guaranteed upgrades more often than not.
Tip 2: Go Resto, Go!
Last night the decision was made for me due to Alzheimer’s.
- I just turned 50
- Battleground brackets are x0-x9
So I joined WSG only to realize that I couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. What’s worse, those dreaded DKs were experienced for the 1st time… And they don’t come in x0-x5 models.
I respec’d after that battle and went on to give more in BGs than I ever did as Elemental, or even as a Mage.
Tip 3: Rarer than hen’s teeth
You think finding a healer for a PuG ToC is hard… Try finding one for a PuG BG!
Generally the only other classes on the healing scoreboard were Locks and Hunters. It was an amazing BG if there were 2 healers.
You see, Instances and raids need the holy trinity of Tanks, DPS and Heals.
BGs require the Dynamic Duo of DPS and Heals.
No tanks required and every healer and their dog goes DPS.
Resto really is the fast track to making friends!
Tip 4: Earth Shield
Once you get it, Earth Shield(ES) is your friend.
ES will turn your squishy DPS only teammate into a self healing dynamo!
It will also give you a second or two to get off the next heal.
Tip 5: Mage buddy
I know, I know, I might be a little prejudiced, but Mages are great BG buddies.
Mages have little armor and small health pools, but HUGE DPS.
Thing is, as Resto we can change all this about.
- They gain an infinite health pool, self healing (ES) and a few more of your tricks.
- You gain an insane DPS protector with a whole lot of utility tricks up his sleeve.
Let me tell you, Gnomeaggedon always notices when he gets a heal… They are so few and far between. When I get one, I get all overprotective of my den mother and will wipe out anyone who even looks sideways at my health supply… They also get water and Arcane Intellect on tap!
I hooked up with a Mage last night (like I say, I am a little biased), in part because he was one of the few that remembered the objectives of the BG and didn’t get sidetracked. But also because he wasn’t afraid to run the flag, protect the flag and, most importantly, protect the hand that healed him (Others would cry for heals then leave me to die mid cast).
We slaughtered the flags, we slaughtered the Horde. The flag rooms were ours. In the end the Hordes only resort was to Zerg us… The 2 of us!
Tip 6: <– Resto
Make sure tour team mates know you are Resto right from the word go. Draenei are big and Shamans all look the same, so make sure you tell them you are their lifeline. Just type this when you zone in:
/bg <— Resto
Tip 7: Mark me up please
To be sure tour message gets through, go a couple of steps further, ask to be marked up so that your team mates can see you clearly and come to your aid.
Use any (or all) of the following lines:
/bg <— Resto
/bg Please mark me with a [square] and protect my arse so I can heal yours.
/bg Healing priority: 1. Flag carriers. 2. Flag defenders. 3. Me. 4. Mid-field playing Honor Farmers
Hopefully that will get the message across.
Tip 8: More than just heals
Yes you are a healer #1, but there is more to your Resto Shaman toolkit than healing damage.
Tip 9: The Purginagor
Make the opposition go down faster, be The Purginator!
Purge the enemies buffs…
They go down faster, your mates go down slower, less heals required!
Tip 10: Arcane Buster
- Mage shoving Arcane Missiles up your butt?
- Fear bombs going off left right and centre?
Remember that you have a few tools on your Bat Belt to sort this out!
Interrupt the Mage (or other caster…)!
Ohh poor Arcane Mage locked out of their Arcane tree? That will screw them, they probably only have arcane missiles and arcane explosion on their toolbar… Make them look through their spell book!
Fear Bombs… Mmm seems to me you have a totem design to bring fear bombers to tears, their knees and ultimately their graveyard… Tremor Totem… Use it!
Grounding totem is a great early warning system and wastes that Pyroblast the Mage has been winding up for the last 3 minutes.
Drop it and Laugh!
Tip 11: Last Healer Casting
What the opposition has healers?
Now we have a worthy opponent for your Resto Shaman.
Your DPS probably hasn’t noticed them, or can’t get to them. Meanwhile their targets have a never ending health pool. You will go OOM and probably trip up and miss a heal and this battle will be lost.
Windshear their heals… No heals for the enemy.
Flame Shock and Fire totem them. Now they have more to worry about than their DPS’s health.
Tip 12: Share the heals around
Not getting the protective love you expect, nay demand, from your DPS. A few well targeted chain heals will make sure they notice and appreciate you en-mass.
Just remember if you chain heal a party member (vs. Raid member) the chain heal will only go to your nearby party mates. Chain heal someone outside your party and the chain will just in and out of your party as required.
Tip 13: Totems of choice
Grounding. Don’t let them get the 1st magical hit.
Stoneclaw. Useless I hear you say, there is no aggro I’m a BG, there aren’t any NPCs.
Ha! I retort, what about pets!
Yep pets will get distracted. If you can LoS their owner, they won’t realise that Fido is gnawing on a stick rather than a shaman!
Earthbind. Unfortunately this is the same element as Tremor, so you will need to drop it as required.
Enemy FC stealing your flag, your FC getting chased down… Earthbind FTW!
Tremor. Alternatively, if you want to stay in control of the battlefield, don’t get scared, resist the fear!
Sure it pulses, so it might take a second, but it’s a beautiful thing when the gloating fear merchant realizes 1 or 2 seconds later that everyone has turned back to pummel their broken corpse!
Tip 14: Flag runners
Apart from Natures Swiftness and Earth Shield your mobile heals are limited.
So what’s a Resto shaman to do?
Earthbind the enemy to keep them off your FC’s heels and when your FC stops for the inevitable piece of honor farming mid-field, keep them green!
Tip 15: Flag defenders
Ohh the pain, Oh the shame of the poor enemy strike force that encounters a flag defender with healing support. Especially when that healer is also earth binding them, frost shocking them and chain lightning them to toast.
Last night our Mage FC had 2 heals for support, but a bucket load of horde gnawing on his Gnome behind. Enter Resto Chain Healing, Chain Lightning, all singing, all dancing Squidly.
Tip 16: Mid-Fielders
I’m in two minds about healing mid-fielders:
- If they are supporting the cause by preventing Flag Room intrusion or shepherding our FC, heal them.
- If they are honor farming idiots that think that since we are one flag up with only one minute to go… Let them Rez!
Seriously I have now lost 2 WSG (that I remember) because everyone thought it was now safe to honor farm.
Folks it’s only safe to honor farm if our flag is secure… and I mean in our Flag room, not in theirs
Tip 17: Win friends and influence people
- People like you when you keep them alive.
- People like you when you give them the chance to mana up without visiting the spirit healer.
- People will look after you once they know you have their back.
They will even salute you and grats you when you level up or get an achievement.
No one remembers the other 8 DPS, but they will remember the healer!
Tip 18: A tip for battleground survival
Gnomer wants a pocket healer
I was so envious of Evinflo Last night. Imagine being a Mage in a BG with not just the odd heal, but a constant flow, and Earth Shield to boot!
How I envied his need to drink to regain Mana.
How I envied his healer supported flag captures.
So a note to all you healers out there, when you see a Mage in the BG, especially if he is a Gnome by the name of Gnomeaggedon, befriend him, love him, HEAL him!
Gnomer and Out, Squidly and Stout!
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