Xata has been level 80 for a few weeks now and I started to think about what I liked and disliked about her. I have previously played a priest (main), a rogue and have briefly dabbled with a paladin.
Love: Learning something new
I’m not an expert on Shamans. I’m certainly not an expert on restoration (my primary spec) or elemental (my secondary spec) Shamans. I love that each time I group up with people as either spec I have to focus on what I’m casting. I love that I haven’t mastered the use of all my spells and abilities yet.
Hate: How similar the talents and spells are to my priest, just with different names
50% mana regeneration while casting? Sure… wait, am I playing my priest or shaman? Hmmm and the talents are even in the same goddamn spot on the talent tree. I’m amazed they bothered with a different icon sometimes. And I can’t help but translate my shaman heals to the equivalent priest heals. Riptide is like Renew. Healing Wave is like Greater Heal. Lesser Healing Wave is like Flash Heal. Earth Shield is a bit like Power Word: Shield.
At least Chain Heal feels significantly different to Prayer of Mending and Circle of Healing. But that’s another story.
I also don’t understand why there is a cooldown on Riptide. It costs enough mana that I can’t imagine anyone spamming it anyway.
Love: Dual specs and Lava Burst
Dual speccing to a DPS build for dailies is so convenient and speeds things up considerably. When I do dailies as elemental using Flame Shock + Lava Burst it’s faster than my geared up Shadow Priest or my rogue.
Hate: Feeling like my heals hit for nothing
I’m not 100% sure but I don’t think my green healing numbers include healing from my Earth Shield. And I feel like my Riptide heals only marginally more than my Healing Stream totem – which I equate to the power of Vampiric Embrace (read – cute, but of little use). Yet the combination keeps my tank up mostly by itself so I know it’s working.
I also get sad when people post the healing meters and I’m way below some of the other classes. I don’t need to top healing meters, but I’d like to be in the same ballpark.
Love: Being exotic
I’m a draenei. And I’m not one of those pale skinned creatures with white hair, oh no. Xata is dark skinned with black hair and looks absolutely amazing in whatever gear I throw her into in Northrend.
She even sounds exotic when she scoldes me.
Not enough mana indeed.
Hate: Totem range, Horn of Winter and Strength of Earth
If you end up fighting out of range of your totems, what is the point? In my opinion there is absolutely no point in laying down totems if the tank runs forward, charges in and starts tanking out of range of your totems.
I have gotten into the habit of laying down only the caster totems before the pull and then wasting (usually 2) cooldowns immediately after the pull to run in closer and lay down totems benefiting the tank and melee.
I hate that whenever a DK is in the group (and when are they NOT in a group) with their Horn of Winter buff I end up dropping Stoneskin totem. I am not convinced this totem is even worth it. Is it worth a cooldown?
If there are no DKs and I am dropping Strength of Earth but with hunters standing 40 yards away from the tank I try and drop Strength of Earth somewhere in the middle of the hunter/s and melee and spend the whole fight unsure if either is benefiting.
Lets just say I usually prefer to take the lower MP5 from Blessing of Wisdom than dropping a Mana Spring totem. At least Blessing of Wisdom will travel around with me.
Love: Impressing people with my use of totems
Totems give amazing buffs to the party and are so often overlooked by non-shamans. I know previously to playing a shaman I never looked twice at the totems although a small part of me understood that standing near them was probably better than getting caught on the other side of the room from them.
All it takes is one tank who notices that I’m dropping Windfury at his feet and saying “wow I’m liking your totems Xata” or a group member saying “I thought I was going to fear right into those other mobs – oh right, we had tremor totem” and I’m happy I rolled this class.