Apr 5th 2010 11:02PM I've leveled as a resto (or holy) specced Druid, Shaman, and Priest and I must say this is a massive hit for shamans, especially we fools who level as healers. The broad ability to dispel damage causing effects (curse and poison) and high crit ratings are what balances their generally inferior healing spells (outside of Chain Heal). They've got no HoT until you hit minimum level 60 when you get Riptide (which blows next to, well, any other HoT), their single target heals are adequate at best (without that huge crit rating, they're awful), and good luck maximizing your leveling heal gear without wearing cloth.
I'll reserve judgement until I see what else they've got planned for shamans, but unless there are some big plusses, I think this may mark the end of the Resto Shaman. Each healing class has something that makes them stand out- for shamans, it's Chain Heal and broad cures. Druids & Priests both now have multi-target heals and, with this change, shamans have the weakest set of dispels. Without some big plus, I don't see the spec remaining competitive- and according to Armory Data Mining, Shamans are already the least popular healing class.
And one more thing- how do they see it as a good idea to both increase dispel mana costs AND make it possible to waste casts where no debuff exists? This really makes healing without addons much more difficult and needlessly complex. I certainly hope they plan to go back and reprogram EVERY SINGLE pre-Cataclysm dungeon. Think of how many boss (or even trash) encounters that exist now count on rapid fire dispels. You ever run Mara without poison dispels?
Apr 1st 2010 7:25PM I'm really getting sick of the hardcore PVZers who so quickly dismiss the Fungus spec. Sure, you take a hit of @15-20% BPS(Brains per Second), but the long term survivabilty and lower dependence on sun more than make up for it. And while I agree that the Coffee Bean seems like a wasted slot, most serious yard tanks are already taking it for their magnets anyhow.
Mar 10th 2010 7:07AM Eh, PuGs aren't so horrible for a healer. I've been levelling a Resto Shammy and a Prot Palli together (all PuGs, no quests from level 25 to 50 so far) and I find the common PuG nightmares to be much more tedious as a tank.
Feb 28th 2010 11:38AM With the data-mined info, it seems obvious that Gnomer would get heroified (but I haven't heard anything about such).
Feb 7th 2010 5:26PM Yeah, this is miserable for healers: watching everyone in my party EXCEPT me load up on the Lovely Charms...
Jan 19th 2010 9:48PM I think the much bigger effect the new LFG is going to have on ALL realms won't be seen for a little while longer: dramatically increased crafted item prices and mat costs in the AH. As more players are levelling through instances, fewer are working their professions. I think this is really the time to start gathering like mad and levelling some craft alts. When any expansion hits, and players start levelling new races & classes and mats costs briefly skyrocket. With Cataclysm, I think this'll be significantly greater, as fewer of the new 80's will have the skills & mat hordes to satisfy all the Goblin DKs, Worgen Druids, and Tauren Pallis.
Jan 14th 2010 10:02PM One thing that should be pointed out (but I've yet to see in an article): only BoP drops are tradeable cross-realm. This is especially important in runs like Uldaman, where the Medallion and Shaft must be held by the same character to open the hidden chamber and get the boss inside.
Jan 9th 2010 10:28PM I tanked my palli up to @35 as Ret (not that spec matters so much under 40) before re-speccing to Prot, and I got hooked on Seal of Command (in fact, it's still my favorite tanking seal). Spreading out the holy damage from every hit is great in low-mid level PuGs (especially with AoE DpSers). The combo of Seal of Command, Consecration, and Righteous Fury makes holding aggro much easier.
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