Shaman

Shaman class hall
Totem Talk: Shaman tuning in Legion We’ve made it to the home stretch before the release of the next expansion for World of Warcraft, Legion. So what does that mean for the state of Shaman? Well, it means we’re entering the final iterations of  content before release on live. This also means moving into the tuning phase. The tuning phase is...

Totem Talk: Classic Restoration Shaman spells return for PVP Whenever an expansion is in the works, things get paired down, shuffled, changed, and of course moved around. Legion is no exception to this and things are still in flux. But unlike previous expansions a lot of Restoration Shamans’ old favorites have been not completely removed, but instead re-imagined slightly or re-purposed. Today I’d like to talk about...




Totem Talk: Restoration Shaman in Legion Now that Legion has moved out of alpha and into the beta stages of development, more aspects of Restoration Shaman are being solidified as the ever-looming release date comes closer. While things still aren’t final, we are getting a clearer picture of where things are headed. I will give you the normal disclaimer here, however:...

Totem Talk: Taking a look at Doomhammer’s artifact traits It strikes me as a little bit funny that for all of the time in which I’ve been talking about Enhancement in Legion, I haven’t really analyzed the Doomhammer traits in any particular depth. Sure, on some level it’s kind of silly — after all, there’s no choice involved. If you’re wondering which Doomhammer traits...

Totem Talk: What are we waiting to see for Enhancement Shaman? I’ve said here — multiple times, even — that I’m pretty happy with the state of Enhancement Shaman in Legion. It’s fun to play, it has enough dials to tweak that you can re-summon some of the feeling of older Enhancement playstyles if you wish, and while it lacks some things that I would like...

Going down?
Totem Talk: Enhancement Shaman before Legion and previous expansions Well, it’s happened now — Legion has been dated and we know exactly when we’re going to be getting our Burning Legion invasion. This is kind of a good thing, since it means a bit less speculating, but it also means that we’re pretty well settled on the near-final version of Enhancement Shaman. Things are...




Totem Talk: Fire, earth, ice and shocking revelations OK, I’m sorry about that title, I just couldn’t help myself. Well, I probably could have, but where would the fun be in that? Anyways, this week I thought we would talk a little bit about my time with my brand spanking new Elemental Shaman in Legion. Much like I did with Restoration in our...

Totem Talk: Leveling as Restoration in Legion One of the big things that has long been a thorn in the side of healers since World of Warcraft first went live is leveling. Questing or playing solo as a healer has always been slow going and sometimes downright difficult. Over the years, there have been marked improvements: new spells, dual-spec, group-finder and better...



This is not how Sundering works.
Totem Talk: Taking another look at Legion’s Enhancement talents Deleting a character is never fun, not even when it’s a test realm character and it’s the only way to keep doing things like visiting class order halls. But here we are, a patch dropped, and I did what I had to do. Now I’m back to level… well, 100, which didn’t mean quite as...

Totem Talk: Sharas’dal, Scepter of Tides The Legion alpha is still moving forward and we are inching ever so much closer to the beta phase and then release. I’m not sure about you, but I can’t wait. In the meantime, I’ve had to content myself with pouring over all of the news and updates that have been coming out. Now since...

No, this is not why.
Totem Talk: Why would you choose Enhancement? I considered going over the latest set of alpha changes for Enhancement for this week’s column, but I ultimately decided against it. Partly because I’ve been doing that for the past several columns, and partly because the two biggest talent changes that we’ll be seeing aren’t in at the time of this writing. Celestalon has...

Totem Talk: Updated Elemental Shaman talents in Legion Last time we spoke, we were talking about the February updates to the Legion alpha and all of the changes it brought with it. I touched on it only very briefly, but there were quite a number of Elemental Shaman talents bursting on to the scene. I promised that this week we would talk about them more...

Through the ghosts.
Totem Talk: Latest Enhancement Shaman changes and Old Enhancement The Legion alpha is rolling along, and the good news is that the changes to Enhancement Shaman seem to be just a wee bit less severe than they were the last time around. This is a good thing insofar as it means that we’re getting closer to what the spec is probably going to look...

Totem Talk: Latest updates to Elemental and Restoration Shaman Two weeks have passed since we last spoke, and things haven’t been quiet on the Shaman front since then. The class has seen a flurry of updates so far in the Legion alpha, and things seem to be getting, at the very least, interesting. For me, the best part is that it feels like Blizzard is starting...

This is still not Legion, but it feels closer.
Totem Talk: Enhancement Shaman changes in the latest alpha build I admit without shame that there’s a certain degree of terror every time I see Enhancement Shaman highlighted for major changes. It’s silly, really: there’s no reason to be, but still I worry that we’re going to lose everything distinctive and fun that’s been added to the spec for Legion. When I saw that a...

Shaman Restoration Artifact
Totem Talk: Legion’s Restoration Shaman Artifact Scenario Last time we talked, I gushed about our new class order hall. The look, the feel, the ambiance all sing to me in a way that I did not expect it too. Everything just works, at least for me, in reinforcing that class fantasy of what it is to be a Shaman. Totems everywhere used...