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1-18-2011 @ 2:09PM
Dear Blizzard:Leave my totems alone.Just in Cataclysm - First you took Sentry Totem. Then it was Poison Cleansing. Then it was the Searing Totem's ability to use Fire Nova. Now it's Tremor and Mana Tide. The overhaul of totem design is starting to get to me. Really. You're messing with the fundamental mechanic of the shaman. Consolidating totems: good! Removing or redesigning totems: bad!This rant brought to you by a proud shaman player (85 goblin, 84 dwarf, 80 troll, 63 troll, 54 tauren, 24 troll)
1-18-2011 @ 2:19PM
I'm still a little annoyed over the loss of Sentry Totem.Not my, or others, fault people were so unimaginative that they couldn't understand how to use it. It's a sentry, right there said in the name. Put it down, then use it to monitor an area. Hell, Call of Duty has the same exact spell in it.The only thing that needed to be changed was an alteration to how it worked. Perhaps instead of making us change complete views, make it replace the mini-map with its view, or something similar.
1-18-2011 @ 2:27PM
I too, miss sentry totem. I agree it was a miss-understood, under-used spell.
1-18-2011 @ 2:58PM
Gotta disagree with you regarding redesigning totems. The willingness of Blizzard to redesign the content of the game is what has kept it interesting to me since vanilla. If they see a mechanic that isn't working the way the wanted it to then they have the ability to adjust it rather than keep it in its original form simply because that's how it was initially designed.Plus, it seems to me that every one of the expansions was, in many ways, an opportunity for them to give the game an enormous overhaul. Which, in my opinion, has always improved the quality of the game.
1-18-2011 @ 6:51PM
Seems like blizz is ****ING with our class mechanics. Druid shifts can't break roots anymore either.
1-18-2011 @ 8:01PM
@zarosAnd why not? If you're a cat frozen in ice, and you turn into a tauren or an elf, those feet are still stuck in the ice. That makes sense. Making tremor totem a longer cooldown makes some sense as well, because now it can be placed while you're sleeped/feared/ whatever, times changed, and totems with them. Poison cleansing and the removal of fire nova from searing totem I don't get as easily, as those seem to be obvious rules patches and nothing more. I would have said 'put back poison-cleansing totem, let resto have it cure diseases again, and make it act like the new tremor totem in cooldown and ease-of-use.'Besides, f***ing with the class mechanics is what, from a metagame point of view, cataclysm was all about. It was blizzard looking at WoW, both the world and the gameplay, and saying 'yea, that didn't work so well when it first went in, and we never really got rid of it, so let's do that now and say Puff the Magic Dragon did it with his world-breaking wake-up-stretch.' It's like what dungeons and dragons did with fourth edition, sweeping all the old, easily-exploited rules and questionable story logic and starting over with nothing but the guidelines. Shamans are the same, they still heal with water (and now look like it) smite with lightning and fire, and pummel their enemies with the strength of the earth and the fury of the storm, only now they rely on spirit more. Frankly, the game is more fun that way, worrying because you know that while other classes can heal with higher numbers, you will outlast them, and even make THEM look better by how well you do. That's the new MTT change, shamans saying "Yea, strength of earth behind the hands of a healer, keep your light and your moss, this is a microcosm of the world saying 'leave it to me, I can handle it'. Because I can handle it, I'm a SHAMAN."
1-18-2011 @ 9:44PM
Mibu, easy as hell.Tiny cat feet are hella small.Tauren hooves hella large.Ice doesn't grow to fit, it shatters.Tauren hella large feet, turn to tiny cat feet, it slips out.
1-18-2011 @ 10:58PM
I just want a cool looking totem for my tauren.Please let us switch totems between races. Or do some pimping. We've been using the same totem since the game launched. :(
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