Sep 15th 2008 12:56AM Hey Jeff,
Funny you mention that Priest are also neglected, they share the same class designer (Koraa) with shamans.
Sep 14th 2008 11:58PM Thank you for this post but it is true, it is far too early to call. However, it is a good indication of the current situation where Paladins look like they will be toned down and shamans are in need of serious tweaking.
The shaman community is quite worried given that it seems like we are the most neglected class and have been given the lowest priority. Bundle that with the fact that Wotlk is to be released this year and is competing with Warhammer we feel that they might rush through development and forget about us similarly to TBC.
PVE wise for elemental shaman, little has changed thus far and the spell rotation still revolves around LB spam (current reports suggest that Lava Burst isn't worth adding into the rotation). Resto looks fine and interesting while enhancement require PVP modifications.
I hope they put some effort into building this class.
Sep 12th 2008 1:11AM "It is not fair to act as if shamans were the only ones to get nerfed or that the shaman nerfs were the most egregious ones."
First off, from all reports by players currently on Beta and playing shaman it was clear (even mentioned by Blues) that DPS was way below appropriate levels and in many cases just on par with tanks. Healing-wise, it was shown that spells were less effective. For elemental? Well honestly I don't think anyone is bothering with the tree anymore because like everone has already mentioned, there is nothing new being offered. LB LB LB LB LB LB LB LB LB LB to death because the rotation which includes Lava Burst is pointless. Not to mention that Thunderstorm is only there to look pretty, at 6 yards (wow a 1 yard buff!) it's rediculous ESPECIALLY given that BLUES reported it was a mistake and that the 5 yards was the 'knockup' effect and that they will change it back (20 yards) in which they didn't.
I won't even go into the changes they made with Spectral Transformation this week, honestly, 'too similar like Druids iconic ability' is not a good excuse and shows that the current class designer (Koraa) isn't communicating enough why these changes are being made. You have a whole bunch of shamans arguing they prefer ST over the new Earthbind (due to not being able to put down tremor and the 1-hit kill totem issue) yet Koraa still insist the change is made.
There are still many issues with shamans, yes the dot shocking on the shaman forums did return (although quickly removed by moderators). A whole forum just covered with dot shocks and no real address by any BLUES as to why they won't answer our concerns.
Indeed everyone was nerfed pretty heavily in the latest patch but for most classes if you were to read their forums they arn't as frsutrated because:
1. They were expecting the nerf to come.
2. Unlike shamans, they were not the most underpowered class in the game.
Everyone was nerfed, but shamans were already the lowest of low and then made even lower (in amazement of all shamans who have kept up with these changes). They are kicking us while we were already down and honestly, I don't think that is fair.
The only players i see as shaman in the future are those who have rolled with the punches and have settled for less than we deserve (as enhancement) or resto shaman who I'm sure will be buffed back. The elemental class is pretty much dead.
. . . . . . . . . shocks 4 life.
Sep 10th 2008 10:24AM Mate, check my post higher up. Someone actually commented that Shamans were OP.
You compare class forums and you'll see a noticeable difference: there are classes eagerly waiting for Wotlk to be released so they can change specs and play with new talents. On the other hand you have the shaman where if your Elemental your still spamming LB end-game, Resto's currently Oom twice as quickly as other classes (and healing is much lower), Enhancement... well let's not go there.
Spectral Transformation too similar to Druid transformation? Who gives a damn if they are similar, it's what everyone wanted.
As a shaman I envy druids and locks. They have so much going for them that when I look at their talent trees I see so many new spells and abilities that I'm tempted to switch classes and scrape my shaman to the side.
Zach; its fantastic that they responded so quickly and hastily to warlock changes but that is just bias if you only consider one class.