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7-13-2009 @ 1:38PM
I can only assume the OP is specifically talking about a holy paladin and elemental shaman. The stats desired for both roles are the same and in all situations are considered BiS for both.As an elemental shaman, I disagree with the OP for a couple reasons. The first is that the stats desired for an ele shaman are spellpower, crit, haste. This is similar to holy paladins except that stats like mp5 and spirit have zero effect on our class. At least with mp5, paladins have a trash stat with some effect. In 3.2, that trash stat will be improved while the mana regeneration/efficiency through other means will be reduced. This means that the mail belt you want today may not be the mail belt you want tomorrow. However, the mail belt the elemental shaman wants now is the only real option for him.Second, if you think the holy pally itemization is bad in Ulduar, you should look at the elemental shaman itemization. It's significantly worse. We've been raiding Ulduar since is came out (albeit casually) and have gotten one non-tier piece upgrade. I've gotten one tier piece from badges and one from Emalon.Lastly, as am elemental shaman, Blizzard has put zero items from the badge vendor that are useful to us. Remember how I said that spirit and mp5 is useless for an elemental shaman? It's akin to putting spirit on tanking gear or strength on resto druid gear. It's that useless. Effectively, the only opportunity for upgrade for the elemental shaman is in Ulduar with low drop rates and some items aren't even available (ever see ele shammy boots in U25? They aren't there).
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