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2-18-2011 @ 4:26PM
I like your idea of modifications to Spiritwalker's Grace, but I don't think it comes under the heading of defense cooldowns that the article's talking about. (Unless we're talking about giving shamans a unique niche INSTEAD of these cooldowns. Which is actually an interesting thought, but unlikely to happen given that Bliz is currently working towards 'bring the player, not the class'.)How about a complete redo of Spirit Link? Instead of linking the person to one or more other people which was apparently too hard to balance (/sigh), a spirit wolf/ancestor/water-elemental would appear and the person would be Spirit Linked to THAT instead. As long as the spirit creature was there, maybe 10 seconds or so, the person would take reduced damage. A slight variation on this would be that the person is actually SHIFTED INTO the spirit world briefly, reducing damage taken in the physical world. Another possibility is the ultimate ability that the Shadow Hunter Rokhan used in WCIII. From what I remember, he could surround himself with a large buzzing cloud of spirits that would drain life from nearby enemies and transfer it to Rokhan. Perhaps shaman could use a reworked version of Voodoo Spirits: putting it on (for example) the tank, and instead of the tank taking reduced damage for 10 seconds, he would be actively healed by the spirits buzzing around him.
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