I think I’d rather be a mohawk, but since that’s not in the game…
Overall I am now enjoying my Shaman. The small improvements have helped quite a bit, as has level 30. Seriously. As a hunter, the first 10 levels are really painful, particularly #9 where you really start to lag behind. Then you get a pet, and everything suddenly clicks. The class just works.
It’s the exact same thing with the shaman, except that it happens at level 30. This is based around 2 things: Windfury and Totemic Recall.
The lesser of the 2 is Totemic Recall. Basically, it makes totems worth dropping. The original cost may be too much, but the refunded mana makes it a bit easier to bear. Plus, there’s the no more random agro from nowhere when a patrol walks by one of your 2 min totems.
Windfury. Holy cow. I never understood why the shaman were so, up in arms about one single ability being nerfed. I mean they have probably 50+ spells in their spell book at 70, why should a change be that big a deal. Lemme tell you hunters, it’d be like nerfing your pet. This is the single reason Shaman can melee. Couple that with cheap leveling epics and a single proc can easily take 30-50% of the mob’s health, and it procs almost every fight.
I’m much happier.
[Note to self: Develop a mohawk class]
Mania asked to explain about what pets we have. This is my story:
In beta, I had planned to tame a spider, but I didn’t like the look of the green ones in Teldrassil. Since I didn’t know about petopia (did it exist?) and beta was temporary, I went with an owl. However, every NE I saw had a nightsaber or owl. When I reached darkshore for the first time, I saw the cool crabs and knew it was the pet for me.
So I tamed a pygmy tide crawler, named him Frothy (ever see a crab blow bubbles?), and that was it until level 60. At that point I was looking for something interesting to do, and 1.7 was promising new pet skills which I foolishly thought included crabs. I decided to become “the crab hunter.” So I grabbed a red crab, Toast, and an unnamed ivory crab.
Toast got to 47 before I realized I needed something better for DPS situations post-1.7, so I dropped the ivory and tamed a black raptor, Flight, from wailing caverns. However, since the only skills I had learned were growl and claw, I needed to drop Toast as well. When BC hit, I knew I wanted to retame Flight as a BEM black raptor at 65, so I leveled with Frothy to that point. From 65 to 70 Flight killed things so much faster than Frothy.
When I hit 70, I went back to level up Frothy. I’ve done tons of questing, hit exalted with Netherwing, and he’s still only 68. /sigh
On alts, my level 30 tauren, has had his owl, Euler, since level 10. My 15 draenai currently has a tallstrider, but is going to switch to one of those cool bloodmyst spiders soon and later either a WC serpent or windserpent.
Frothy – Blue crab tamed Dec 2004 currently 68
Toast – Red crab tamed July 2005 abandoned at level 47
Flight – WC black raptor tamed Sept 2005, retamed as a BEM black raptor in Feb 2007, currently 70
Hard to believe it’s been almost 2 weeks since my last post. I wasn’t busy at work so I really have no idea how it happened. 2.3 comes out today with <gasp> actual content. The biggest draw for most die-hards will probably be Zul’Aman, and I would have to group myself in with them. Provided that this bow actually drops there, I may actually have to find a guild and start raiding… Anyone know of a heroics/10-main raiding guild on Kel’Thusad? I’m still not interested in 25-man stuff, but I think I could handle a Kara run once a week.
The de-eliting of the noninstanced world is also great. There just were not enough people around to create a pick-up group of 5 to go through the content. I was also excited to try out the duskwallow marsh content until I remembered I play on a PvP server. More players + smaller area + new content = blood bath. I am now actually looking forward to trying out the STV quests which I previously avoided. The new flight path should help quite a bit.
The class changes to paladins and shaman make me want to level again. The return of a 6s Crusader Strike is my greatest joy, while the improvements to shocks for enhancement is perfect for my planned suicide build. My priest and mage have been collecting dust as Zap, Zap, Zap, loot gets really repetitive.
Been gone for a bit, but hopefully posting will be a bit more consistent next week. I just had to pop on and tell you about the latest gold seller scam.
I was over at the exodar on my auction house character checking on epic weapons for some of my alts as they level and I saw this message:
WTB [Krol Blade] 300g
Nothing too odd about that. I actually had just seen one on the AH for 200bid/250BO. I thought he must have just logged on and had a macro he hit whenever he logged on hoping to get his epic but hadn’t checked the AH yet. I was at the inn at the time trick-or-treating, and just figured someone made an easy 50g or he was already on his way to the AH. However, as I was heading back to the AH a few minutes later, he posted the same message again. I did a /who and sure enough he was a 32 hunter in SW. Thinking he was a newbie and not wanting to take advantage (and not thinking about how a newb that can’t find the AH could have 300g at level 32), I started a conversation (including his grammar and spelling):
Znodis: There’s a Blade on the AH for 250g
Scammer: You have blade to buy?
Z: No, there’s one on the AH.
S: I buy blade for 300g.
Z: Just go to the weapon’s tab and search for Krol Blade.
S: I no undresand want Krol Blade.
S: You sell for 300g?
S: I buy 300g.
Z: No. Ask a guard how to get to the AH if you don’t know.
S: /trade WTB [Krol Blade] 300g.
A short while later he started up again with his macro in /trade. So there you go a new step 2.
Step 1: Loot a BoE epic.
Step 2: List it on AH, then get on an alt and offer to buy it for
less(oops) more than the BO.
Step 3: Logout when the auction sells and don’t pay the guy. PROFIT!!!