Sadly this tooltip is a common scene among restoration shamans. Frankly, our mastery sucks. Priests get better absorbs and a HoT, Druids currently get bonus healing on targets who have their HoTs applied and Paladins make shields when they heal that absorb. Shamans get a heal that scales on how low the target’s health is and as far as my experience has gone we get little to no useful bonus from this.
You may not see it, and I may not see it soon, but making a shaman in the World of Warcraft was a Pheshamanal idea! I can sing “Shaman ama” while I quest through Ashamanvale.
Okay, okay. Enough with the puns. I suppose the first thing I should do is apologize for making this blog. Well, not so much the blog itself, but the name. I’m truly, terribly sorry. From the bottom of my heart.
My quest through shamanism started during Wrath of the Lich King. It wasn’t really my first interest. My first toon ever was a Mage. I got him up to roughly level 26 and decided the down time was too much, so I switched to Warlock. It took me just about the same amount of time to get to Outlands on my warlock as it did to get my Mage to 26. Needless to say, I was happy. After raiding with no direction towards theorycrafting or skill in Karazhan, I switched to a Death Knight for my adventures through the vast terrain of Northrend. This turned out to be a fairly bad decision, because I’m not really made to be a melee class. I enjoyed my Death Knight, and still do a little bit now that I’ve changed her from a bimbo to a rasta beauty! The diversity of the class is fun, but I mostly jumped on because everyone was doing it, and I didn’t feel like I fit into my warlock too well anymore for PvE. This is when I started making alts to see what I might like to play. I made a Druid, a Paladin, a Shaman and a Hunter, in that order. Hunter was too easy after playing a warlock and the Druid, while gripping in lore and roleplay possibility, didn’t match my complexity meter. The feral dps rotation was just… too difficult for my feeble Warlock mind. Next up was the Paladin. Wow. To begin with when I was playing him, he was very difficult. This was actually my first alt, on a different server with friends. He’s actually as old as my Warlock. I played him as a tank through the low levels, and then I switched to retribution when it still sucked. I gave up on him for a little while because I was playing my Warlock, and then my Death Knight. Now that ret is a faceroll spec, and I have a bunch of Northrend holy gear, I play him more often. Lastly was the Shaman.
I had a lot of reasons for sticking with my Shaman. The lore and roleplay potential were a lot more viable and to my liking than the Druid. They both had a shamanistic background, in that they were considered very wise within their tribes and communed with the spirits, and deal with the elements. Druids have cool shapeshift forms and have flight form (woohoo!) but Shaman was still for me.
I started out as just elemental because I was playing with a friend of mine (who happened to be a Shaman as well), and she was playing enhancement. Having spell casting gear meant that I could give her decently effective heals while she tanked for us in the Barrens. After awhile I went Restoration mainly so that I could get into instances easily, and get my friend in as well. The spell flavor for both elemental and restoration were huge attractions to me. They both related to my personal experience in life as well as the character that I wanted to roleplay, both in WoW and outside of WoW.
As for the personal experience, I won’t go too far into it because this blog isn’t about me, it’s about Shamans and WoW, but I’ve always felt very akin to water, and the elements in general (as well as being a huge Avatar: The Last Airbender geek.) Shamans also exhibit a very spiritual nature, and that is generally my philosophy and belief on life: spirituality.
I have more expertise in the restoration tree despite never being in Outland or Northrend, though I intend to raid with her as a restoration shaman when I get her at level. My account is actually currently inactive, but I plan to start playing again soon in preparation for Cataclysm. It may be obvious why I chose my Shaman for Cataclysm, but in case it isn’t, I suspect that there will be a lot to do with spirits and the elements particularly in the expansion. I think that there will be a lot of turmoil with Deathwing coming back, and a lot of the lore that I’ve followed that encompasses the event of the Cataclysm indicate a lot of involvement from the Elements and their Elementals.
I shall leave this post as it is for now, since this was mainly an introduction post, but I should get a column and weekly post up soon about Shamans as well as perhaps some other facets of WoW that I enjoy.