I’ve been playing around with the talent calculators for several days now (curse you servers for being down!!) and have finally discovered the spec I’ll use for my Shaman.Â It took a lot of theorycrafting, some trial and error on my level 31 Shaman, and a lot of concessions to finally decide on exactly what type of playstyle I want.Â It wasn’t easy.Â The Shaman is an incredibly diverse hybrid class that can be a decent dps’er, a great healer (at high lvls mind you), and a decent debuff/utility char.Â I spent a lot of time wishing I could have it all.
Lvl 40 w/ 25 Points
10pts in Mork taking ‘Do Sumfin Useful’
15pts in Gork taking ‘Leaky Brainz’ and ‘Geddof!’
I decided on this spec after playing around with how useful ‘Shrug it off’ was and how much those extra few points in Mork make a difference for my healing spells.Â In the end I just wasn’t satisfied with how situational ‘Shrug it off’ was and the additional healing numbers were just not enough to make me feel gimped for not spending 15pts in Mork.Â Going up to ‘Geddof!’ was an easy choice because of how useful the knockback is in T4 – it seems like there are cliffs, bridges, walls, ledges, and all sorts of places where knocking people off is so unbelievably useful.Â ‘Leaky Brainz’ was taken because of a few reasons; the first being I have absolutely no ideal place for that last point.Â Second choice would have been taking ‘Hurts, don’t it?’ but I’m not sure how often I’ll be spamming Brain Bursta – it seems easier to spam ‘Leaky Brainz’ and debuff their nukers like Bright Wizards before putting a toughness debuff on someone.
There I go theorycrafting again but so far this spec has worked out really well for me and I can’t imagine a spec that is more balanced for damage, still has utility, and provides me with a truly useful adaptation of the Shaman.Â I’ll be dealing damage and healing at what I consider to be peak efficiency.Â My biggest regret though?Â Not taking Da Green for more utility.Â There are some amazing things in that mastery line which are looked over far too quickly and I’ll admit I used to be one of the ones that dismissed them early.Â Just take a look at ‘Ere we goes again’ and ‘Sticky Feets’.. *drool*Â That’s another reason why I love the Shaman though.Â There’s not one route (in theory) that is absolutely the end-all be-all.Â There are arguments for the strengths of many specs.