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3-11-2009 @ 4:03PM
Other than bloodlust, why bother bringing shamans anymore? All their buffs are the same as those brought by other classes, just with the limitation of distance from the totem being a problem and the possibility of losing the buff because the totem gets killed, doesn't get refreshed, or the shaman dying.I'm not saying we need to go back to the days of shaman stacking, but Blizz is slowly but surely turning shamans into a liability instead of a strength, pushing essentially 100% of their value into bloodlust. Once they decide to push that into a couple other classes, there's no point in bringing them.
3-11-2009 @ 4:46PM
totem of wrath? wrath totem? all the poison/disease cleanse?
3-11-2009 @ 5:25PM
I don't know when the last time yall checked how many totems shammies get was... ?? there are some already that don't stack and QQ more if you don't like the non-stack change for mana totems. There are so many totems to throw out there that other classes don't give that there will always be a utility use in bringing shammies to raid. WF, Wrath of Air, the other wrath totem that elemental shammies get which its been so long i been ele i don't know the name of it; you've also got cleansing totems that make it easier to not have to waste mana every two seconds casting dispells; there are earthbind totems;aoe magma totems; tremor totem that gets rid of fear effects without having to have five priests to buff the entire group with 2 minute CD. many more. There used to be a time when you could stack the use of any potion in teh game for boss fights pre BC.. we got over that and forgot about it and now we use one a fight. did that bring an end to the game? no. it made you better players so you didn't rely on crutches. sigh. so many QQQQQQQQs
3-11-2009 @ 10:14PM
Totem of Wrath? Easily replaced by a Imp Divine Spirit or Demonic pact and Heart of the Crusader or Master Poisoner.Wrath of Air? Easily replaced by Improved Moonkin form or Swift Retribution.Windfury totem? Easily replaced by either of the above or Improved Icy Talons.SoE? Horn of Winter.Earthbind and Magma totems? Are you high? Earthbind is so situational and easily replaced by a hunter trap. And Magma? Sure, let's take away the only totem that might have some worth in Totem of Wrath or Flametongue by using what is still a fairly weak AoE.As for tremor, raid leaders love when you throw that out on Instructor. Try it. It's good for hours of wiping hilarity.About your best argument is the cleansing totem. And then there's bloodlust. What was once the best buffing class in game is now a middle of the road caster or DPS that gets shortchanged because it's a hybrid instead of pure DPS.
3-11-2009 @ 9:50PM
@vazhkatsi - The Wrath Totem is not stacking with Heart of the Crusader or Master Poisoner, nor is the Spell Power stacking with Demonic Pact, Flametounge Totem or Improved Divine Spirit. Besides, it takes up a valuable DPS Totem slot for the Elemetnal Shaman that uses it, so Demonic Pact (The other two being lower in Spell Damage) is actually better.
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