Life in Group 5 – A Resto Shaman Blog
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Resto Cheat Sheet: WoD Leveling and Pre-Raid (T17) Gearing

The start of an expansion is always a fun time, full of new things to see, new things to do, and new things to learn. And, if you’re anything like me, my head’s been spinning since Warlords of Draenor launch, filled with a metric crapton of questions that have been accumulating since mid-beta testing. Things […]

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How to: WoD Bronze, Silver, and Gold Proving Grounds for Resto Shaman

In an effort to increase the success rate of early Warlords of Draenor heroic dungeons, Blizzard has established Silver Proving Grounds as the test of heroic-dungeon-ready players. In order to queue for the new heroics, you must first prove that you have what it takes to heal under pressure. (It’s also worth noting that if […]

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Updated Resto Guide for Warlords of Draenor

he wait is finally over! After a year (or more) of previews, teasers, alphas, betas, and everything in between, Warlords of Draenor is upon us. And to go along with the new expansion, I’ve updated the Life in Group 5 Resto Shaman Guide to reflect the changes that have been made to Resto’s arsenal of […]

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A Big First Look at WoD Alpha Notes – Part 2: Resto Shaman Changes

(If you haven’t already checked out Part 1 of this two-part analysis, you can find it here). Continuing on with this incredibly verbose commentary on the Alpha Patch Notes  … On top of all the changes we’ll be seeing with the healing game, we’ll also be seeing some changes aimed squarely at Resto Shamans’ arsenal […]

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A Big First Look at WoD Alpha Notes – Part 1: Healing Changes

As it so often happens for me (thankfully), when WoW activities cool down and farm content starts to age, my work oftentimes picks up to fill in the gaps. It’s been easy to let WoW slide into the background in the past couple of months, as I’ve increased my work hours and diverted my remaining […]


 
 

 
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Musings On Resto Shamans’ 4-Piece Tier 12

With the Firelands PTR testing in full swing and 4.2 on the horizon, information regarding the upcoming patch seems to be flowing freely within the community these days. And amid growing anticipation for new quest hubs, new mou...
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An Intro to WoL: Wading through the data

World of Logs is the latest and greatest in a string of independent online combat log parsers, borne into the WoW community in early 2009, about the time that Ulduar was released. As stated on the website, the goal of WoL is ...
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Ready Check: Questions for New and Experienced Resto Shamans, and Everyone In Between

Back when LiG5 was in its infancy, and this lone blogger was searching for topics to spark a discussion about healing, I wrote a very simple post accompanied by a quick and easy healing flowchart, in an attempt to illustrate my...
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The Resto Shaman Guide to Proving Grounds (Endless)

Healers who spent their time in Mists of Pandaria searching for that ever-elusive “triage” need not look any further than the newly-introduced Proving Grounds to get their frenzied healing fix. Set in the Temple of the Whit...
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The 5.0 Shaman Talent Preview

Although it will be at least another six months before we find ourselves knee-deep in Pandas and cross-faction conflict, and toe-to-toe with another set of as-yet unknown antagonists, information about Mists of Pandaria is slow...
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Reflections on 4.0.6

It seems like just yesterday we were newly 85, stumbling around the fresh Cataclysm landscape, getting used to new mechanics and new healing norms. But, this past Tuesday marked the first “major” patch of Cataclysm content,...
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