Every week, WoW Insider brings you Totem Talk for elemental, enhancement, and restoration shaman. Do your likes include bladed weapons, the elements, and fights with little to no movement or target-switching? So does Josh Myers, new kid on the block and now host of Totem Talk: Enhancement!
I remember my first epic very well. It was Shard of the Virtuous
, which dropped off Maiden of Virtue during the first raid of my life. We went on to set a bunch of world records, wiping to Shade of Aran
four times because our restoration shaman couldn't run out of Arcane Explosion and hitting the 10-minute enrage timer on Terestian Illhoof
. Finally, we called the raid for the week after wiping on the Chess Event
. This was the week after patch 2.3 was released, and Karazhan had been farm content for over a year.
I didn't care about any of these slight defeats, however. I didn't care that the protection warrior tank called me the worst player ever. I barely noticed that our hunter went AFK on every trash pull and did the least DPS on every boss. After six months of grinding, 12 levels of gaining experience through only running Burning Crusade
dungeons before the dungeon finder was released, and getting side tracked by PvPing for weeks at every single bracket, I finally had an epic item to show for it.
Purple gear is cool. The later patches of Wrath of the Lich King
did some damage to the prestige that purps once had, but Cataclysm
has done great things to remind us that epic gear is supposed to actually be epic. A month ago, I wrote a pre-raid gearing guide
, as writing a guide to epic gearing made little sense when the majority of WoW
's population wasn't seeing any raids. It has now been over a month and a half since Cataclysm
hit store shelves, and some players are only starting to see their first epics now. As a result, I can now happily release a guide to enhancement shaman epic gear.