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2-21-2008 @ 1:19PM
Okay, Matthew, we get it--Shamans have a lot to complain about. And the reasons have been explored, EXHAUSTIVELY. Over and over. Now the 2.4 release looks like it'll cause even more problems for Shamans in PvP areas, and that's worthy of concern and discussion.But--does it have to be Every Single Time? With EVERY column? Come on! I'm not saying there aren't issues to discuss with shaman power levels... but isn't it possible to discuss something ELSE about shamans once in awhile? Please?I'm leveling an Elemental Shaman right now. How about some discussion of best places to level solo? Best ways to convince groups to hook up with you (for quests OR instances)? Totem-selection tactics in different fights, and what do with a mob who's immune to your Fire totems? Or even something about roleplaying the shaman's unique function in the world, and his/her ties to the nature spirits? (For that matter, what ARE the nature spirits--are they related to the evil Elemental Lords the high-levels fight?)Shamans have a lot to offer, and there's dozens of things we could discuss about them... making every week's column another litany of nerf complaints gets old. Please take this as constructive criticism: it's not all about endgame PvP rankings.
2-21-2008 @ 1:29PM
> but isn't it possible to discuss something ELSE about shamans once in awhile? Please?Here's the link, you can start from here.http://www.wowinsider.com/category/totem-talk/
2-21-2008 @ 1:36PM
Caly, I think you bring up some excellent ideas for the column.However, the last totem talks have been praising shamans utility, talking about how to step up to the raid scene, and why we love our shaman so much.Matthew rarely (if ever?) talks about shaman for PVP. I guess he knows that endgame isnt about the arena rankings.I enjoy Matthews writing and the way he has collected what we know about 2.4 and presented it here.
2-21-2008 @ 1:48PM
I'm sorry I found these comments very misguided. As is common, a lot of the pain of nerfings won't be felt until 70. If you aren't playing a 70 it can be difficult to empathize, however you should also keep in mind--most of us aren't leveling, we are playing max level characters and we care what is happening at 70."I'm leveling an Elemental Shaman right now. How about some discussion of best places to level solo? Best ways to convince groups to hook up with you (for quests OR instances)? Totem-selection tactics in different fights, and what do with a mob who's immune to your Fire totems?"WowInsider, please please please do not provide articles on best places to level solo--there are any number of online leveling guides that have already covered this type of information. Do not attempt to reinvent the wheel as I think a good majority of your readership are playing 70s. Also the comment about "convincing a group to hook up with you" right there decries the problems with the class and spec. Totems have been covered in a previous article I believe, and as for fire resist mobs--better use a different totem. There is no other trick. There are likewise totem guides on other sites (including WoW main)--there is no need to reinvent the wheel here.
2-21-2008 @ 2:34PM
Anonymoose: Fair enough. If WoWInsider is mainly made up of, and intended for, level 70s, then I'll back off. I apologize.My game has nothing to do with endgame stuff, raids, OR PvP... so if that's the focus here, I'll look elsewhere.
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