Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I am the ballot in your box, the bullet in the gun...

Dearest Megs...

Ima sorry to disappoint you. But this is, and shall remain, a family site. Besides, Halloween is a time of reflection on our mortality. Why else dress children as monsters? For a holiday that exemplifies the hormone driven sexual excesses you seem interested in, wait for Thanksgiving.

Weird weekend... finally finished all the netherstorm quests on my shammy... so Unbound could go back to resto.

However, a strange thing happened on the way to the talent trainer...

A prot pally friend of mine asked me to help heal kara. His guild has *one* decent healer. (A holy pal that spams 1.5 sec heals...) So I, ah... healed Kara as enhance.

KK. Things to note so far about shammies. First, every GODDAMN shaman blogger I used to read gave up. So... anyone has links, I'd love to see whats up. Since Ripper does mages better than I ever could, and BRK (pronounced "dorf") AKA Big Red Monkeybutt, does hunters... I'm pretty much stuck with shammies. Not that I doan love shammies. Shammies are cool, and get to hang with all the awesome tanks. Still... things to note...

Enhance.

Spirit puppies are probably one of the best pvp talents in the game. They add crap to dps, but those healz are broken, and I expect them to be nerfed. That bein said, enhance in pvp is like playin a rogue without a stun, or a ret pally without a bubble. Orra warrior without charge or intercept. You gonna do nice damage, but the ranged classes will destroy you. And the melee classes will hurt a lot as well...

However... the enhance shammy has the best talent tree of all three builds. Doan get me wrong... I loves me some resto. But if you go resto or elemental, you HAVE to put points in enhance. Mostly cuz the first two tiers of elemental and resto suck donkey balls. Cept for elemental devastation, which only enhance shammies would take...

But there are two talents in the upper enhance tiers that murder anything even loosely associated with game balance. First, a 3 point talent that gives you 100% of INT as AP. Not to bad... similar to a really nice hunter talent in the marksman tree. HOWEVER... later on you get a 3 point talent that gives you 30% of AP as Spell Power.

So... 30% of int becomes spell/healing power. Arcane Intellect... 25ish spell power buff. Battle shout... 100. Totem of earth... 54. Bless of might.. 125.

Then you put earthliving on both dual wielded weapons... +300.

I got unbound's +healz up to +1700. AS ENHANCE. As resto... she's at +1100. All I did was spam lesser heal and chain. And I was gettin higher numbers than I do as resto spec. When I got healer aggro, I'd throw the puppies at something and heal back up. Saved a wipe that way once. Got low on mana, I'd shammy rage my mana back up. When things got tight, I'd wade in, storm strike, lava lash, and spam insta cast maelstrom chain healz.

I still went back to resto. First.. earth shield got much lovin. My es is now proccing for 1200, 1800 on crits. (Theresa bug here, but i gotta look into it more... my ES doan crit when its on other targets...)

Riptide is precious... its like bein a resto druid, only still bein able to like girls. But... the gap between resto healin and enhance healin is less than I'm comfortable with. And I keep havin dreams of a crazy enhance/elemental build that would scale like a motherlovin bastich. Unbound can get to +1500 spell power easily... in my spell gear, with the proper talents, I might be able to hit +1700.

Still... resto in BG's is like bein a god. I laugh at ret pally damage. No purge, no dispel, no HK.

Other news... looks like the inscription market is slowin down. So, here at the end... Im at about 17k gold, up from 6k before the patch of infinite wealth. Melvin says he wont be impressed till I'm over 30k.

4 comments:

BM said...

You also forgot that strength and agi boost AP along with just straight AP increases on gear. SO there are multiple stats that are pumping that AP through the roof and the 30% would be based off that collective effort if im not mistaken.

Dagashai said...

I did mention strength of earth asa spell power buff mechanism...

Yeah, but I'm not too sure of raid buffs that increase str and/or agility, instead of straight AP. Str O Earth is pretty much it. And you get more mileage from wearin spellpower/int gear with the build, since int gives as much point for point as str or agil, AND adds spell crit. But still, BoM asa +125 spell power buff, OUCH.

The problem is that the only talent in enhance that adds crit is, well, thunder strikes, which every build should have. Nuttin later on. Resto gets +9% crit, and Ele gets +5%, plus elemenal oath fer another +5%.

So enhance is actually the lowest crit tree shammies have...

Anonymous said...

I agree, there are few Shaman blogs active out there. Got my shaman to 70 on Friday. Then he was 4th in damage done and DPS in a Gruul's PUG on Sunday, with Ret pallies all over the place. XD

That said, I've been grouping with a BM Hunter who has similar gear (maybe half Kara epics for both of us, plus I've got Scourge gear) and he's doing much better DPS than I am. I understand that BM is still awesome and all, but c'mon Blizz, I'm melee...I'm running up there and taking environmental damage etc., dying occasionally, while Hunters pew pew from a very safe distance. You think they care about a Cave In?

That said, Enhance is fun as all get out and I'll stick with it. Can't wait for dual spec to drop so that my pally can switch from Prot to Ret at will. Speaking of, I'm a little worried that my Paladin will be able to out-PvP AND out-PvE DPS my Shaman, as well as being able to switch specs and tank anything he wants. What's my Enhance shaman good for, in that scenario?

Well, he's still a heck of a lot more fun to play than Ret, which is boring for PvE.

...but I ramble. Good post. Here's one shaman blog that's been updated recently:

http://enhancementshaman.blogspot.com/

-Fedaykin98, Pally Tank / Enhance Shaman

Race said...

I've got a decent set of Spellpower gear. I was over 2k heals before 3.0 Not sure where I'd be setting now. I could easily heal T4 content as Enhance I think, but I havent really tried. On certain fights I do do some off healing. Ilidan demon phase, KJ on the channelers. and My heals in my Enh gear are pretty damn good. I can swap out for a spellpower weapon and a sheild and add a bit as well especially if I precast Earthliving. Healing stream totem and spirit wolves actually shoot my healing numbers through the roof. On some fight I'll beat people who actually heal. Hell on a quick go of Anetheron I was over 2500 dps and also was tops on healing. I'm not sure that a deep anhancement build would be good for progression raids though. Lack of true resto talents or eleemntal talents would show up in your performance.