Jul 6th 2009 11:08AM True, we have less non-set itemization than would be ideal, but we're not screwed at all. Good ele shamans are consistently in the top 5 on dps and on fights like general are in a position to be on top and never have to step foot in a green puddle. Without the plethora of non-set drops you just have to really know what's an upgrade and what isn't (god bless the EJ SEIC spreadsheet). If the lack of raining gear makes the bad ele shaman leave the spec so be it.
Mapenga / H-Draka
Feb 1st 2008 1:43PM Please see Tobold's comments regarding how to interpret Wowjustsu's numbers (which it seems you've used as the basis of your analysis). While the scale would remain largely the same as in your analysis it is pretty clear that Wowjutsu's numbers are quite inflated.
Aug 17th 2007 9:54AM The lack of real discussion about the Shaman class, the almost constant complaining about viability, and the lack of players are all related.
There are fewer decent shamans of the three viable specs (yes, all three specs are viable for end-game if they are played correctly and with finesse) to discuss ideas and tactics than there are people playing other classes. As a result fewer good ideas are tossed around and fewer people pick up on little tips and tricks that make Shaman viable and downright fun.
Personally, I'm much more in favor of a threat dump for the Shaman class than I am for crowd control. Crowd control certainly makes things easier when running an instance or a raid, but on the list of importance it comes below focus fire and coordination. Heck, it's on a 20 min cool down but does any else ever pull a mob away from a group, drop earth elemental, set elemental as focus, and toss the ele heals every once in a while. That, my friends, is two minutes of CC on that mob.
Threat reduction would mean that we can all kill or heal our targets faster and more effectively, which in the end is more beneficial to a group than one more crowd control. Now if I could find the strength to hit exalted with KoT to get that dang Time-Lapse Shard to have my own agro dump.
Jul 31st 2007 10:06AM @ 18 - I had the same exact experience when I was leaving Mulgore on my first (and still main) toon. I remember asking someone whether I would die in the Barrens. I was terrified to go over that hill and leave the lush green countryside.
Jul 26th 2007 9:42AM I'd love one!