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Ok boys and girls, this is what all your work has lead up to. All the
days of game play, the dramatic dip in most social lives, and the
potential WoW Widows and Widowers. Raiding, the ten and twenty-five man
encounters that will begin to occupy most of your end-game time.



Before we get into some of the finer points or in my case broad
sweeping details of how to set you Shaman for raiding, there are a few
general points of raiding I think all players should be made aware. The
proper raiding mindset can go a long way.



1. The Raid is not about you, it's about the entire Raid, sure
you're
there in an attempt to get loot, but if the Raid fails, YOU FAIL.



2. Your gear isn't going to be great to start. Don’t
worry about
it, that's why you are raiding.



3. Consider re-speccing if need be. It may mean chance to raid
or not,
consider building an off set of gear.



4. Even if you have great gear, you're character won't play
itself



5. Be prepared, bring consumables.



6. Stats are important, but for the most part are dictated by
gear.
Don’t fret too much over them to begin. As the gear improves,
so
shall your stats. Just keep an eye out for the correct gear.
I’m
not a mathematician so keep an eye on the Ten Ton Hammer Forums for the
latest numbers. The players at Elitist Jerks have some great number
crunchers too; I think Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan write for them.



With that being written, you may ask yourself. "Why am I even reading
this?” Well with a little luck I hope to get your Shamans
better
prepared for raiding.



I am going to focus on the elements within the players’
control
to better their raid readiness.



style="font-weight: bold;">Gear



No matter how great of a player you are, without the proper gear you
will not excel at raiding. Most likely you won’t even
survive; it
will just end in completely frustration, with you wondering why you are
even playing this game. Oh wait, that’s just me. Fear not,
there
is plenty of lower end content that will get you ready to survive your
upcoming trials and tribulations.



Reputation
Gear
:
Hopefully
everybody read the previous Northrend Reputation gear guide and took
immediate advantage of The Kalu’ak rewards. You should be
sporting your nice new blue chest and weapon(s). If you have time, keep
working towards the better rep rewards with other factions as well.



Questing
Gear:

Prior to
heading to glory and lootz in ten and twenty five man dungeons. Get
your feet wet with the build you’ll be using, and get some
gear
while you’re at it. Make sure you swing by Kilix the
Unraveler in
Dragonblight, pick up the following quests, “Death to the
Traitor
King” and “Don’t Forget the
Eggs” both can be
completed by heading to Azjol-Nerub. Located right next to Kilix for
your questing convenience. While you’re there, grab
“The
Faceless Ones.” Hopefully you can convince your group to jump
in
Ahn’kahet. These quests are a nice way to grab a quick three
blue
mail items.

Of course there are many other instance quest rewards to benefit from
so get out there and explore. I won’t burden you with listing
them all here. Don’t forget to wear your faction tabard while
completing these quests. You may as well keep grinding that faction.




Auction
House:

Never overlook
one of the easiest places to find some gear. The gold in Wrath of the
Lich King comes pretty easy, so don’t be afraid to spend a
little
of it. We all want that Traveling Mammoth, but it may just need to wait
a bit.



There is gear o plenty out there; just be sure you are getting the
right gear for your build. The two most common builds for raiding are
currently Restoration and Enhancement. Sorry for the lack of Elemental
love, but it just doesn’t seem to be a popular choice for
many
raids. Don’t let me stop you from experimenting, and if you
find
a great Elemental raiding system, please share with the forums.



Keep the following statistics in mind when selecting your raiding gear.
These are a general guideline to get you moving in the right direction.


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style="font-weight: bold; background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153); text-align: center;">Restoration style="font-weight: bold; background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204); text-align: center;">Enhancement style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153);">Mana style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Hit style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153);">Hit style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Crit style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153);">Crit style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Attack
Power style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153);">Spellpower style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Expertise style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153);">Haste style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Agility



style="font-weight: bold;">Gear
Enhancement


Once geared to the best of your current capacity, there are still a few
things you can do to improve yourself for raiding. Enchants and other
Enhancement are all very reasonable additions to your arsenal. With
luck the cost to you will be minimal. The following chart does not take
into account the additional bonuses that players can achieve through
crafting for themselves. For example the bonuses that a Jewel Crafter
can do for a ring, some of the bonuses may be worth it, I
don’t
know if they are worth the time and effort to achieve, so
we’ll
leave them out for now.


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style="font-weight: bold; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Item style="font-weight: bold; background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153); text-align: center;">Restoration
Build style="font-weight: bold; background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204); text-align: center;">Enhancement
Build style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204);">Enchant-Gloves style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153);">Exceptional
Spellpower style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Expertise style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204);">Enchant-Weapon style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153);">Mighty
Spellpower style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Bezerking style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204);">Enchant-Boots style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153);">Greater
Vitality style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Superior
Agility style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204);">Enchant-Bracers style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153);">Superior
Spellpower style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Expertise style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204);">Enchant-Cloak style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153);">Greater
Speed style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Major
Agility or Greater Speed style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204);">Enchant-Shield style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153);">Greater
Intellect style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Not
Applicable style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204);">Leg
Enhancement style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153);">Sapphire
Spellthread style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Icescale
Leg Armor style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204);">Shoulder
Enhancement style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153);">Great
Inscription of the Crag style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Greater
Incription of the Axe style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204);">Helm
Enhancement style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153);" colspan="1"
rowspan="1">Arcanum of
Blissful Mending style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Arcanum
of Torment style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204);">Enchant
Chest style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153);">Greater
Mana Restoration style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Powerful
Stats style="background-color: rgb(204, 204, 255);" colspan="3"
rowspan="1">Use an Eternal Belt Buckle to gain an
additional slot for some Stat
shortcomings



Glyphs

A recent addition with the release of WotLK, for veteran players
it’s an often overlooked element. The bonuses that come along
with the Glyphs can give you that little extra edge over a less
prepared player.

**Note**
when changing specs, remember to change your
Glyphs. I’ve made this mistake more than once. While not
fatal,
it sure doesn’t advance your game play.



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style="font-weight: bold; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204); text-align: center;">Glyph style="font-weight: bold; background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153); text-align: center;">Restoration style="font-weight: bold; text-align: center; background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Enhancement style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204);">Glyph(Major) style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153);">Chain
Heal style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Stormstrike style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204);">Glyph(Major) style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153);">Water
Mastery style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Flametongue
Weapon style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204);">Glyph(Major) style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153);">Earthliving
Weapon style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Lava
Lash style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204);">Glyph(Minor) style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153);">Water
Shield style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Player's
Choice style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204);">Glyph(Minor) style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153);">Player's
Choice style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Player's
Choice style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204);">Glyph(Minor) style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153);">Player's
Choice style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Player's
Choice



style="font-weight: bold;">Consumables

Consumables are another great weapon in the players’ arsenal.
The
bonuses that come along with them are completely within your control.
Well not completely, depending on your profession, but they are hardly
rare. Make sure to have and use these items while raiding. At the very
least you will be appear to be a very dedicated and competent raider.


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style="font-weight: bold; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204); text-align: center;">Type style="font-weight: bold; background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153); text-align: center;">Restoration style="font-weight: bold; background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204); text-align: center;">Enhancement style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204);">Flask style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153);">Frost
Wyrm

Pure Mojo style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Endless
Rage style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204);">Battle
Elixir style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153);">Spellpower style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Expertise
     

Wrath

Accuracy style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204);">Guardian
Elixir style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153);">Mighty
Mageblood style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Mighty
Thoughts style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204);">Food style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153);">Firecracker
Salmon or

Equivalent style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 204);">Rhinolicious
Wyrmsteak or

Equivalent style="background-color: rgb(204, 204, 255);" colspan="3"
rowspan="1">Fish Feast is perhaps the ideal raiding
food, but it does involve a lot
of cooking time.

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Through your own raiding experiences you will find some other items or
ideas to enhance your raiding abilities. Following these guidelines
will at least get you moving in the right direction. Share your
thoughts and tips with your Shaman brethren in the Ten Ton Hammer
Forums.


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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016

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