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6-21-2007 @ 5:35PM
From my experience the alliance don't know what to do with a shaman and that's why there isn't a large population of them. Since re-rolling to one I've seen group after group and guild after guild under-utilize the abilities shaman can provide to a raid.@1 A well geared elemental shaman will keep up decent DPS and buff the casters by a huge margin. Enhancement shaman have been known to top many damage meters given the opportunity to play to their full extent. I'd rather a shaman over an extra rogue or mage anytime, add in the extra damage the shaman caused to be done by group members as their own and they'd easily top any meter.As for healing, shaman are a niche healer and people need to realize that. We shine at group healing. All those pretty lights zipping around in high-end kill videos? Yeah, that's what shaman do. The CMs and GMs have said it time and time again "Chain Heal is overpowered." Add in we're the only class with a REACTIVE heal (Earth Shield) and we're fantastic to bring along.I do agree however that totems need to be reworked. The time and high mana cost of constantly having to rebuff is a huge hinderance to the class right now. 6-8 seconds of being completely out of the fight every 2 minutes is a bit much and it adds up on long fights when those few seconds can really count.
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