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4-16-2007 @ 4:56AM
Shalkis: It doesn't. That's the problem: Resto is the only viable end-game Shaman spec, and even THEN it's beat by more dedicated classes.The problem with being support is simple: In order to do your role (again, what's a hybrid class if your stuck to one roll? Is it hybrid in that you can choose AFTER you roll?) you need help. Mostly in the form of gear. At end-game, this gear comes from Rading. But no Shamans can get such high-end gear because they're not good enough for people to bring on raids. It's a rather vicious cycle.Step back and consider it like this. Let's say your on a Raid, and you have an Elemental Shaman in your group. If he suddenly runs up and starts hitting things, he's not slinging spells, and not playing his role. This is an invite for a wipe. Not that him running up and wacking things is a good idea - he's very limited in his DPS. So then what's he supposed to do when he's OOM, which is much more likely because of this nerf? He's stuck to attacking. He doesn't have a method to get Crowds of him (like Polymorph can for Mages), or a way to eliminate aggro (like hunters do), and he can't quickly recover mana (like Warlocks can do). He's screwed, and thus the group's endangered too. One very positive method Shamans had was our clearcasting overcame the shallow mana pool. Now that's broken.Let's say instead it's an Enhancement Shaman. The enhancement Shaman is built as an off-tank. But his best DPS setup just got taken away. Now he can't crit as often, and can't lay down the DPS. You want that?Now Resto, well shallow Mana pool aside, they're sitting ok. But Honestly, if most people wanted to be dedicated healers, they'd roll Priests and spec Holy. And when he's OOM, do you want someone decked in +heal gear to get running to the front, and hope he gets out alive?Now, I'm trying to avoid these pitfalls by going 40/0/21, a Hybrid Elemental, meaning I have Nature's Blessing (nex Nature Spell is instant with use). The spec I'm going with though means I can't get the 41 point talent in Elemental, so I don't get that Talent-tree Defining talent.What I'm really saying is there's no good way to handle this - We're short on Mana, we can't CC, we can't put up DPS without twinking equipment.Also, a lot of the anger as was mentioned in the TFA is the kind of disrespect the class is getting. Instead of invesigating and balancing, they're taking one of our talent trees and making it less useful. Then in the Patch Notes, we get things like "Fixed Shaman Trainer Animation", and something about a troll racial ability that didn't seem to have anything to do with Shamans.It's a general lack of respect that a lot of people are angry about, above and beyond the issues in the game itself.Again, I want to emphasis I love my Shaman, and the class has some AWESOME points - the Shaman Rez is the best in the game, it only costs Mana, not even a regent. Reincarnation is massively useful to save a raid or instance from going balls up. Ghost Wolf is a great travel form, and can honestly keep most people going past 40 (there's only a 20% difference in speed between GW and the 40 mount, and you can attack as GW, and it can be cast in Combat to get away). And Astral Recall, which acts like a Hearthstone but only has a 15 minute cooldown, is quite simply the best low-level trained skill shamans have. It means any mini-dungeon quest goes from being a hassle to a one-way trip. Again, no regent needed.But once the end-game comes, there's a lot of issues, and with the Alliance getting Shamans, I hope to hell they start paying closer attention to the players on this one.
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