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4-16-2007 @ 3:22AM
See, the problem is bigger then a nerf. It's the core issues with the class.If I spec Resto, I'm stuck as a healbot. My spells do little damage, and I don't want the Aggro anyway. If I am NOT enhancement, my Melee will suck. I'm stuck with 40-50DPS one-handers, or staffs but then I give up my shield so my defense sucks.If I spec elemental, I have a serious hobble in that I can't CC any one for a long time. We also have shallow mana pools and don't get benes like mana crystals and we can't drink in combat. Our heals are less efficent then a dedicated healer.In the end, we're always stuck in a support role. Now, before End Game, that doesn't matter. And for the most part, small PVP it doesn't hurt so bad. Where it REALLY kills is in End-game raids where, simply put, if you want a healer, you get a priest, or a Pally, or a Druid, if you want a spell slinger, you get Mage or a Warlock, and if you want a melee DPS, you have your choice. Let's put it this way, no one ever says "LFShaman DM". "LFPriest", yes, "LFMage", yes, "LFTank", yes. Never "LFMShaman". I made a joke on the Blizz boards that the flavor text for Earth Shield should say "You know, they only invited you because their regular priest is at her cousin's wedding."We are supposed to be flexable, and we are in that we can edit the character how we want. but once we've chosen that, we're limited to support roles.Now, I've suggested on the Blizz boards one way to fix this: a trainer skill that will significantly make our respecs cheaper after a certain level (I said 40 for sake of an example). This means if I'm needed to be a healer, I can respec Resto more easily, rather then just being let left out. But please, ignore our comments, we just play the class. We're just twinking little Powergamer Munchkins, right?No, this class has fundamental flaws. And rather then investigating them and trying to balance them out, they refuse to fix issues (for example, the useless Sentry totem, the hit-or-miss Tremor totem, ect).I like my Shaman. I enjoy playing her and will continue, but I'm going to make it known that in my opinion, things need to be fixed.
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