Blasting the elements

So raiding went alright on Sunday. We actually did quite well, one-shotting Heroic Flamebender as well as Kromog (who we only got down for the first time last week!) 

We spent most of the night progressing on Iron Maidens. I had talented in to Elemental Blast as this is apparently what all resto shamans should be using, and I’ve got to say, it was interesting trying to weave it in to my rotation. But perhaps that fight overall isn’t the best fight to be trying that out on for the first time. To start off with, unless you’re healing on the boat, there is VERY little for healers to until the bosses get to 20% and all hell breaks loose. And even then there’s little we can do as most abilities seem to near on one-shot people. I did find that my mind hadn’t settled in to the “just be calm and continue your rotation using Elemental Blast” mindset when things did get crazy. Part of me felt bad for casting that instead of a heal. So to all my shaman friends out there – should I be casting Elemental Blast on cooldown? Or only when I need it/before big incoming damage?

What was awesome was having a mostly full mana pool all the time. The spirit gained from Elemental Blast really does help, and I can now understand why resto shamans steer away from spirit gear and go for throughput trinkets etc. 

We got them down in the end, bringing us to 8/10 Heroic 🙂

I’m really looking forward to seeing how I go with all of the other fights using Elemental Blast. I’m also REALLY looking forward to 6.1 coming out so I can get my new/old glyph, Glyph of Telluric Currents [causes Flame Shock, Lava Burst, and Lightning Bolt to cost no mana and deal 100% more damage.] With this I’ll be able to help out with dps during quiet times without worrying about losing out on mana by doing so. (only wish Chain Lightning was included in that, too!) I know this will make my healing go down, but hopfully it will also make my overhealing go down by not healing during low damage times. 

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