Please note that this is a work in progress in answer to our lack of stickies, I know that there are large parts still missing and I will update it when I get the time and enthusiasm. I started writing this some months ago then got bored so it is also highly likely that some (if not all) of the information is out of date / incorrect / misleading, but this is a hazard that I will let you decide about for yourself ;p
What is a Shaman?
How Blizzard sees Shaman:
Shaman are the spiritual leaders of their tribes and clans. They are masters of the elements, using spells and totems that heal or enhance their allies in battle while unleashing the fury of the elements upon their foes. Shamans can wear medium armor, and even wield massive two-handed weapons in combat. They are a versatile class that can wade into battle, restoring their allies while hurling elemental bolts of lightning at their enemies.
How we see Shaman
What roles can Shaman perform?
If you go and sit listening to trade chat in any major city you will read some variations on the following:
Need Tank and Healer for BoT Trash Farming
LFM 1 rDPS BD must have 359 iLvl
LFM BH need 2 tanks, 1 theal, 2 rheal, 3 rDPS, 1 mDPS full on DKs
After you work out what all the groups of letters mean you will have learned a number of things:
1. There is some muppet out there who thinks that iLevel is a valid measure of a players skill rather than just an indication that they have managed to earn lots of Justice and Valour Points,
2. There is a Death Knight who wants to be carried through Baradin Hold,
3. People are looking for different roles for their raids and parties.
Going back to the trade chat above, you can see that the roles that people need for their groups are Tanks, Healers (Tank – tHeal or Raid – rHeal) and Damage Dealers (Melee – mDPS or Ranged – rDPS), so which of those roles can your average everyday shaman fill?
Tank – No :(
tHeal – Yes
rHeal – Yes
mDPS – Yes
rDPS – Yes
You can see straight away that a Shaman can fill most of the roles required in the game. Some people might argue that because Shaman can use shields they can tank and at times in the history of WoW that might have been true but nowadays not so much due, if nothing else, to a lack of threat generating abilities.
Edited, Mar 29th 2011 2:07pm by Karheim