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4-30-2008 @ 11:58AM
Wow, it's so nice to see all the pleasant people from the Shaman forums have shown up here...Anyway, thanks for the writeup. I've been thinking about trying a build like this myself since I hear lots of loud talking and finger pointing, and not alot of actual first hand testing.As for the Elitist Jerks", although they do SEEM to have all their duck in a row as far as the math goes, you always have to remember that they are truly elitist. They work with top gear in the top levels of PvP and in end game content. That means that alot of their "advice" doesn't apply to me in my scrub gear: A salad of mixed greens, blues, and purples. Besides, they say themselves that they're a bunch of jerks, so I can't argue with that.The weakness I see in the cookie cutter builds is that you get into this mindset of limiting your play style: caster vs melee vs healer. I like to mix things up alot more so I don't fall asleep at the keyboard.For instance, while doing dailies or grinding on mobs, I like to soften them up from long range with a few lightning bolts, and then finish them off once they get within melee range. You can't play that way effectively ina cookie cutter build without switching up either your equipment or your talents. And, at least for me, it's alot easier to change my talents around than to find two more "Axes of the Whispering Mongoose" or whatever it is I would need.Some people might enjoy watching bars and numbers scroll past, but I actually enjoy nuking stuff and getting all "face melty" on people much more. Different strokes I guess.
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