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4-25-2010 @ 10:26PM
How close is a full set of BOA gear (minus the fishing ring) to what you used in terms of soloing group quests? I wonder because I'm trying to decide between Enhancement Shaman and Ret Paladin for the class I'm going to reroll in Cataclysm. They seem a lot alike, and I can't really see any huge differences in PVE survivability, "rotations," or anything like that. And I can off-spec healing for both classes if I wanted.Signed, Arcane Mage and Bear/Tree Druid.
4-25-2010 @ 10:35PM
I doesn't address your question, but I'm having a whole lot more fun with my Shamans than my Paladins while leveling. Granted, I don't have a Shaman at 80 yet and my main is a tankadin, but yeah, I can't go back to leveling as a Retribution Paladin. :P
4-25-2010 @ 11:02PM
A ret paladin is around 3-4 times as likely to survive a bad encounter as a shaman. Shaman are glass cannons, ret are more akin to APCs. A shaman can try to heal through damage giving up significant damage to do so, a ret paladin heals themselves with their rotation, can judge light to heal while doing damage for little to no cost (mana), and if pressed can also instant heal or even bubble and heal to full or (heh) hearth.Plate vs Mail is huge currently and the difference in BoAs favors the paladin as 1 weapon is all that is needed and the one available with the best enchant available is pretty effective. (Crusader on a paladin is nice)If I go ret on my paladin I can cut through a huge amount of mobs with little effort wearing worse gear than my shaman. Same sort of group requires the wolves to be up or I will die. Those puppies are a major factor in an Enhance shaman's ability to solo things.before level 58, they are about equal. Once you hit outlands, it gets bad.
4-26-2010 @ 12:04AM
BoA items are about as good as the best blues for that level. I levelled my enhance shaman with the BoA chest plate and I rarely found anything that was as good or slightly better than it (and even then the difference was too minor to want to lose the XP boost).And there is a survivability difference between a shaman and a paladin as the shaman lacks a good oh-shit-runaway button (totems are okay but so random they aren't reliable). When I needed to run I ended up using most of my cooldowns even when successful.
4-26-2010 @ 4:41AM
well, you can be a retardin and play the most played class in WoW and faceroll, or you can be a Shaman, the least played class in WoW.
4-26-2010 @ 6:51AM
The shaman is indeed more difficult to play, but I think that it is a more rewarding class, overall. Once you hit 60, you'll have enough tools that you'll almost match the retadin in survival, but you'll also have more moves at your disposal. Having spent a significant amount of time playing both classes, I would say without hesitation that the shaman is the more fun of the two classes.
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