The hardships of a Enchance shaman

3 03 2009

There are many hardships that I have seen as an Enchance shaman from the short few months I have been playing. Many people will probably disagree with me, but hear me out. I feel there is nothing wrong with the spec it’s self. Maybe a few things that can be changed but over all if worked at hard and well, can a Enhance shaman really shine.

Besides looked apon like a back up healer. Please people out there who don’t play Enhance Shamans please understand this. With out heavy healing gear could a Enhance shaman really have the edge needed to do some things that a normal healer can put out. Here’s why:

  1. Our mana reagen is based of melee attacks, Hence Shamanistic Rage. With this attacking shamans pretty much never run out of mana. It’s our main sours of mana, other then that it’s replenishments from other classes, like paladins Judgment of Wisdom. Yes, Water Shield dose help, but remember it is only 100MP5. You would think that’s a lot, but most of our stat based mana reagen comes from our Intellect, since we don’t have a need for spirit, or getting MP5 from the Attack Power gear we are wearing. Nor are we speced in to it, a true enhancement shaman is speced in to Imp. Shield. Witch only increases the amount givin by orbs, rather then the bace return.
  2. Our cast times are much longer then a Resto Shamans. Since well we aren’t speced in to any “Resto” talents. My opinion is that going elemental will up an Enhancement shamans DPS by far.
  3. Spell power is vary low. We get it maybe from people like me who still have a Spell damage trinket  because we keep loosing our rolls on the Grim Toll and the Sphere of the Red Dragon’s Blood and from our Attack power. It never gets more then maybe 700 though versus 2000 like a full fledged healers are packing.

Of cruse a Enhance Shaman with a Decent healing set could pull the job off and well. I for instance don’t carry my healing set with me since it’s a collection of level 70 epic elemental stuff and a few blues I’ve picked up along the way. I’m not really going out of my way to get a healing set. Since I have no want to heal as my shaman. Other people need to understand that not only do some people enjoy to play the class, they enjoy to play the spec. Enough said :).

One other hard ships the shaman face in this day-in-age. Is gear, there is plenty of hunter gear for us to roll on and rub in the hunters face, or getting that shiny fist weapon that we then flaunt in the rouges. The main reason why Hunter gear really isn’t “optimized” for both parties is one simple key. EXPERTISE. Hunter’s who get stuff with expertise is either 1. A little confused 2. can’t find any thing better, and 3. huntarded. really the only place i get expertise from is Rings Sets and Necks. Maybe there’s a bit on a weapon or so, but hitting Expertise capped for Shamans is a bit on the hard side with out being all “best in slots”. I have this Ruthlessness for instance. I felt bad taking it out from under the Paladins and Warriors (even though I didn’t even roll or say any thing and got it) but they’re rolling on any thing with AP these days. Want me to stay away from your STR? Stay away from my Agi! It was one of the only rings I have seen yet that has Expertise on it. Actually there is only the Hemorrhaging Circle that has Expertise on it and agi. Sigh!

I’m starting to think that maybe they need to change Spirit weapons to not Incresase my parry but increase my Expertise instead… What Enhancement shaman is tanking this day-an-age? I guess we will just have to wait for that blue post from Ghost Crawler that says

Spirit Weapons Was:

Gives a chance to parry enemy melee attacks and reduces the threat generated by your melee attacks by 30%.

Now Is:

Increases the shamans Expertise rating by 6 and reduces the threat generated by your melee attacks by 30%.

Hehe I would worship him for that kinda message. So I guess I’ll just pray for that day along with “Spirit Wolves (Feral Spirit) DPS will now scale with the Shamans Attack Power, How ever Healing effect will not change“.  I can dream can’t I?




2 responses

7 03 2009

Hey bud I just stumbled across your blog as I was doing some random blog searching.

Have you seen the patch notes for 3.1? Unleashed Rage increases Expertise now so it will be far easier to get expertise capped. And in 3.1 Spirit Weapons will reduce the threat of all spells and attacks. Both very exciting changes.

Also, there’s lots of gear out there with Expertise on it, including the Enhance Shaman tier pieces mostly have Expertise. If you’re a JC then you can use the +27 Expertise gem, if not the other Expertise gems will help you hit the cap. And that Hemorrhaging Circle is a great ring specifically for all the Exp.

May all your hits be crits!

7 03 2009

(at) Stonebaby (Ak’s keyboard cant find the damn at key.. changes languages on me a lot)
Yes, yes actualy I’m on the PTR 3.1 doing some extensive DPS and spec checks. I’m actualy sitting Over Exp Cap. Witch is rather nice but I’ll have to find away to bring it down and up hit instead. I’m just right now battleing with making my spec work around replenishments, so i can inch in a few more DPS points 😀 I’m working on a post about that.

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