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Hands-on with Ideazon's Zboard gaming keyboard {WoW}

Jan 27th 2008 7:56PM Forget the game keyboard. Get the Fang Gamepad by the same company. It's so much better. And I also use a Mac and had to download Controller Mate. I think it's a $15 registration, but it works with *any* USB gamepad and is probably 10x better than the ZBoard software. I think I'm going to get some a 3 button USB footpedal next...

Totem Talk: What's wrong with Shamans? {WoW}

Jun 21st 2007 5:51PM The problem with Shaman isn't with Shaman. It's with BC.

Every class got a new from of CC or Anti-CC and we got jack. Sure, Bloodlust is *great*. It's probably the only reason we're in arena teams. I roll enhancement and it isn't that our class is *broken*, it's that we're pathetic 1 vs 1. I use "Shock Troop" tactics in group PVP. I find a fight in progess and hopefully roll a 2h windfury crit on a clothie. I know I am going to die. I just want to take as many clothies as/if possible. But once i'm CC'ed or snared, it's over. Free HK.

As for PVE, we're the *best* buffers in the game. with spec, +98 str, +88 agility, 10% Melee AP on crit for 10 seconds (we'll crit again before 10 seconds), and a 6 second (5 if specced) cooldown on interrupts. And "oh shit" heals if needed. Throw us with melee classes and everyone's DPS will jump through the roof. Best cross-buffing melee group: Feral druid, Warrior, Holy Pally, Ret Pally, and Enh Shaman.

Resto is nice. It just takes 2 hours to kill anything while soloing. Best spec even though we're the "offensive hybrids."

Never played elemental, but I know mana efficiency is their major flaw.

So here's the problems I see with enhancement:

Enh tree has much useless crap. 5% mana? shield spec? Talent point for dual wield and 2h'ers? Does anyone actually use our 41 point talent? instead of 21/40/0 "suicide spec" or 0/40/21 "oh shit healz" spec?

totems. no ui. stationary. too much mana.

Warriors have charge; rogues have stealth. Our major problem is getting to our target. I can beat fire mages, but I can't ever hit a frost mage twice. I'll never get close to him again. Forget about hunters. Warlocks aren't as bad with the Insignia changes.

That being said, I *love* playing an enhancement shaman. Most fun class i've ever played (solo). And since we've been underpowered since BC, we're only learning the finer points of playing our class to compete. Which, if they do make us on par with other classes, we'll roll over them and get nerfed again.

BTW, I heard CalTech, MIT, and UC Berkley are all offering advanced math degrees to anyone who can actually explain how to maximize Windfury DPS with flurry, weapon speed, the 3 sec cooldown, and haste. Because it's that complicated.