Since I’ve just gotten back in to the swing of WoW blogging, I’ve taken notice of the ongoing weekly class-related topics started by Laeleiweyn of World of Lae. These “alt appreciation” topics celebrate a different class each week, giving those of us with alt-itis a chance at giving said class our own personal attention.
This week, as the title of this post implies, is Shaman week.
I haven’t had much experience with Shaman, aside from my stint raiding as Enhancement back in TBC through Kara and Zul’Aman. I avoided the class altogether in Wrath and didn’t get my Draenei Resto Shammy (Tvparty, after the Black Flag song) out of Outlands in Cata.
I took part in the RAF program during MOP and got my Troll Elemental Shaman, Eightbit, up to 88, but never sealed the deal. He’s still sitting there collecting dust, and I logged on him for the first time in months today just to take these screen caps. I leveled him up to 85 as Resto, swapping to Elemental to quest out Pandaria but getting lost somewhere in Kun’lai Summit.
I’ve recently rolled a Pandaren Enhancement Shaman (named Mutoh, after my original Enhancement Shaman I mentioned earlier and also the same name as my Prot Warrior over on Uldaman) on my normal realm, but haven’t gotten him beyond level 15 yet. I did farm JP for a 2nd BOA mace, so I intend to do something with him.. I just don’t know what yet.
I remember playing Enhance back in TBC and being miserable trying to find the right gear. Itemization was a clusterfuck in that expansion, especially for a STR focused mail-wearer when mail was either stuffed with AGI for the Hunters or INT for the casters. Everything eventually balanced out, with AGI becoming the primary statistic and making everyone happy again.
Also gone are the days of dropping 4 different totems every single pull, but I rather like the more cooldown-focused mechanic they have today. I’ll also always remember playing Horde first and hearing the sound of Bloodlust. I defected to Alliance at some point during TBC when they finally got their hands on Shaman, and I remember laughing my ass off the first time an Alliance Shaman popped their version of Bloodlust, called Heroism. Going from an Orcish warcry to cheering Alliance yelp left much to be desired.
Horde Bloodlust = RAWRGALGJKEJAR!!! FUCK SHIT UP, BRO!! *pyro and death metal music*
Alliance Heroism = YAY GUISE WE CAN DO DIS! *hi-five*
Even though I don’t play my Shaman much, very few things are as fucking rad as spamming Chain Lightning over and over again, summoning fire elementals and teabagging your dead friends as a Ghost Wolf. I also like screaming OPRAH WINDFURY!