Shaman: The First Ten Levels
You might recall, gentle reader, how I sought a new place and a new race. My desire to explore Horde content is not abated by Scourge invasions and fireworks – I have a new class to learn!
My new character is Stibbins, on Eitrigg. He is a shaman, or shammy, in the parlance of our times. I had very little knowledge of this class. I knew that a) they drop totems and b) they enrage the Alliance.
I did zero research. I want the shammy to show me what it can do, not some loudmouth in the forums.
So far, so good. My main is a mage, and I was never satisfied with the lack of survivability inherent in that class – one wrong move, and you’re just so much ground Gnome meat. Sure, that’s part of the fun of the class, but after 53 levels of it, I need a break.
The Shaman is just what the Foreman ordered.
See, I have spells that do instant damage, like the much-vaunted * Shock school (my current favorite being Earth Shock). I have spells that do damage over time. I even have a good old mageish Lightning Bolt.
But I also have a heal spell! Just one right now, but it’s enough.
And, to make the pot a little sweeter, I have totems! I recall the Earthbind totem well from Warsong Gulch (viewed from the other side, of course). They act as a constant AOE buff or debuff, but they can also act very Imp-like with the Scorching Totem, which spits little fireballs at enemies within range. I don’t see a very constant use for totems as I solo grind the levels, since the mob density appears to be rather low, even in the hard-scrabble Horde areas.
But the melee capabilities of the Shaman class are what keep me playing one. I get some cool buffs, like Rockbiter (which adds an Attack bonus to my melee weapon) and Lightning Shield (which acts as a limited-capacity Thorns spell), and I can wear leather armor!
It’s really rather nice to be able to play a character with the same (or at least similar) damage-dealing abilities of a mage and yet doesn’t die within the first few melee blows. And with little bits of other classes thrown in for good measure, I see Stibbins and I getting along smashingly.
Next time, I’ll discuss more of the Horde content itself, and how I think it compares to the Alliance side.