There will be a comic next Sunday, it’s in the works! Along with the busy October I’ve had this back injury (that my doctor is working on) for about two weeks or so now and it’s making it difficult to sit leaned over my tablet PC for extended periods of time.
However! I’m sure what you all really want to hear about is WoW.
Now, I don’t claim to be an expert on the Shaman class, but I did level my space goat from 1 to 70 in full Restoration spec so I’m familiar with how the whole thing works. My World of Warcraft career started off with a Night Elf Rogue and she was really the only character I played extensively until Burning Crusade came out. At which point I started Arliece and leveled her alongside my husband’s tank Druid. So for my first healer, I chose what may be one of the more complicated healing classes. Or the easiest, depending on how you look at it.
Priests gets two viable healing specs and whole lot of tricks, they are the original healy class. Holy Paladins have a few options in the healing department, and I know tree Druids have more than their fair share of HoTs. (Am I missing any of the other healing classes? Bandage spec Rogue, perhaps?) With all of these options your difficulty comes in deciding which heals to use in which situation. For a long time all Shamans had was; Healing Wave, (which felt like a lifetime to cast when in a pinch) Lesser Healing Wave (which was NOT mana efficient), and Chain Heal. Then, any aspiring Shaman healer was pretty much told “Just spam Chain Heal.” I’ve actually been yelled at for deviating from that perfect plan. Thus, your difficulty level with a Shaman comes from not having a whole lot of options. Shaman healers did a lot of what I called Preemptive Healing, casting a heal and hoping it hit at just the right time. There was Nature’s Swiftness, which gave us an instant-cast nature spell every 3 minutes. Also hoping your Healing Way procced and increased your critical chance on your next heal.
I got through Kara and my fair share of Heroics in this fashion. I loved Shaman healing, regardless.
When Wrath came out I did the great Server/Faction hop. I left my 70 Rogue and my 70 Resto Shaman on Argent Dawn and made the move to Hyjal with only a 20 Blood Elf Rogue for company. Larscelia has been my epic-geared and stalwart companion ever since. She’s been through Naxx countless times, downed a number of bosses in Ulduar 10 and made her way to Faction Champions in ToC 10. (I hate that fight, btw.) As inevitably happens though, I felt the call of the healer. The Schadenfreuidan Slips has a number of awesome Shaman and I’m pretty sure all of them has a healing spec as either their main or off spec. So I was a little intimidated when I rolled Thistlehoof and started leveling her up. Without the benefit of a Druid to tank for me, I went Enhancement and actually found myself enjoying it a lot more than I expected to. Those damn wolves are fun as hell! Somewhere around 40 I dropped the 1K to dual spec and picked up my Resto spec. At 40 not much was different from what I remembered about Shaman healing. But eventually Thistlehoof made 80 and I realized just how much things had changed since my last Kara raid.
I love the fact that Shaman have a bigger arsenal. Lesser Healing Wave is viable now, Healing Wave tends to be a waste. Rip Tide is love and if you glyph for Chain Heal you hit a fourth target! I’m having a ton of fun back in the healing role! I still don’t feel like I’m up to speed with all the changes but our guild’s resident healy Shaman has been coaching me. I’ve healed Naxx twice now and a fair number of heroics. No worries though, Lars isn’t getting the back burner, I don’t think I’ll ever get the hang of DPSing end-game content as Enhancement.
Next challenge: Death Knight tanking!
What about you guys, did you step away from a class only to come back and remember how much you loved it? What classes or specs are you struggling with? What classes or specs did you take to right away? What classes or specs do you want to take up?