It could be said that I change characters within World of Warcraft as often and as fast as FOX cancels TV shows. So far this expansion (Mists of Pandaria) I have played a Death Knight, a Warlock, a Paladin, returned to Warlock, returned to Death Knight and now dusted off my Enhancement Shaman from Cataclysm.
When I first hit level 90 on my Shaman, which took some work, he sat around in an inn for some time before being deleted. Enhancement Shaman, much like rogues, are exceptionally squishy when undergeared. Even while questing/soloing – their survivability is their DPS. At least when you’re used to playing a DK, who can swap into Blood Spec & Presence to become an unstoppable solo war machine…. Shaman are squishy.
This ‘squishiness’, along with my struggle to get a handle on the overhauled totem system, saw me abandon my Shaman, who I had finally leveled during Cataclysm. Since Vanilla, friends had been telling me how much I would enjoy the class, if only I gave it a chance. When I finally got there, I wholeheartedly agreed. At the same time, having just managed to wrap my head around the class finally, and perform fairly well – it was very frustrating and discouraging to have so much change right around the bend.
It has taken some time, not to mention a ticket to have him returned from the nether, but I am again enjoying my Shaman. After some reading, some videos, and practice – I have began to feel comfortable with the current state of Totems. Not to mention the fact that with Timeless Isle gear outfitting him out the gate, his survival is significantly improved over where it was when I left him…. back when his ilevel would have been just approaching 400.
I have managed to put my prejudices against the change aside, power through difficult situations, and am once again enjoying my Enhancement Shaman. I, like many, am currently turning to Honor Points to help me catch up in gear level so that I can be competitive and pull my weight in groups – but I am enjoying my lightning totin’ Goblin once again.