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4-09-2011 @ 11:54PM
Well, it's nice to see an article for those of us who are leveling a Shaman for the first time. Cataclysm is a great time to level new characters, and of course many of us Alliance players are trying out Dwarf Shamans. Regardless of how much of the game takes place at level cap, it's encouraging to see articles for those of us enjoying the rest of the re-designed game.So it was a huge disappointment to see that the article was just about which Heirlooms to get. Really? Even though the introduction implies that it was written with first-time players in mind (without access to Heirlooms)? And even though the rest of us can probably already figure out which ones to get, knowing how important Agility and DPS are?I'm really underwhelmed, and disappointed that you sold the article as being one thing, when in reality that topic will only be addressed in an article you'll write at "a later time".
4-10-2011 @ 6:19AM
I guess Josh's thinking was:a) If you're on this website, you probably have a max-level character already,b) If you're leveling your first character then you won't be caring about streamlining questing.c) It would bust a bollock and a half to create a comprehensive leveling gear list - are you mad? As long as he said what stats you need (which he did) then you just equip whatever new stuff you come across. I think a lot of people need to bear in mind how they can make their heirlooms go further, so this article was pretty helpful to them I think.
4-10-2011 @ 6:22AM
I do not agree with your gripe at all. When reading the title to the article, I expected help on GEARING a low level enhance shaman. Seeing as new players on new toons are more worried about learning how to play the game, rather than maxing their gear while leveling, I do not see how you assumed the article was for new players only.
4-10-2011 @ 12:11PM
I'm going to chime in here and say that you do have a legitimate concern. The first paragraph could be misleading, and that was not my intent. This post was originally supposed to encompass all of enhancement leveling, but I realized while writing it that fitting everything I had to say about enhancement leveling into 1,000-1,500 words just wouldn't work. To that end, I switched gears from "enhancement shaman leveling" to "enhancement shaman leveling gear," but the opening paragraph was a relic from the original iteration that I didn't see as problematic at the time. To that extent, I apologize! On the flipside, I'm not sure you realize just how many people have ask me about heirlooms for enhancement shaman. Next to "how do I use unleash weapon?," it's one of the most frequently asked questions to me and something that is asked on the shaman forums almost daily. To that end, I think there is something of worth is discussing heirloom items and how to enchant them properly. Even beyond heirloom usage, I think there are some nuggets of information to take out of it for players without access to heirlooms. It discusses weapon speed, stat choices, leveling enchants, and provides a list of weapons that are alternatives to heirlooms. Please keep in mind that this is only the first article in a series on leveling. As there is relatively little news about enhancement, 4.1 won't need more than a single post during the week it is released, which means that articles on leveling should all be coming out in the next month or so. They will be more appropriately targeted towards both beginning players and players with level 85 characters.
4-10-2011 @ 1:11PM
Ronin, you know, worse and more disappointing things will happen to you in your long life, you'll think back of this article and say "God how I overreacted it"
4-10-2011 @ 4:10PM
@ Josh Meyers, thanks for the reply and the insight into how the article evolved. I'll be looking forward with interest to the rest of the series!@ Eldoron-- thank you for your great wisdom and insight into the meaning of the universe. I'll be sure never to post about a subject again, unless it's of life-or-death importance. Gee, I guess I can stop reading WoW Insider too, what was I thinking wasting my time like this when there are puppies to be rescued and put up for adoption? One of these paragraphs was sarcastic, the other sincere-- can you guess which was which?
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