Blog Azeroth Shared Topic: Classy Skills

ST Classy Skills - Fire Ele

Ohh!  Look look!  I am posting a Shared Topic post while it is ACTUALLY the Shared Topic of the week.  <dance>

This one was an idea of mine:

We all have our favorite classes, and sometimes, even with our favorites we wish they had just a little something more. Like another skill that would be super cool and perfect to our class. Like for my Shaman, I think I should have more elementals.

If you could have another skill or two for your class, what would it be?

This is kind of related to Matty’s idea about Playing Favorites.  I have my favorite characters.  I have my favorite classes.  Effy, my Shaman, is certainly at the top of all of those lists, despite my long line of alts over two accounts.  It makes sense that I would use Effy as my basis for thinking about this topic too.

So what skill(s) would I like to see added to the Shaman’s spellbook?

ST Classy Skills - Fire Ele 2

Like I said, moar eles!

This topic also relates back to the story I finished yesterday – Part 3 of As the Sun Sets.  While writing the last part, I was thinking of all the great abilities Effy has learned over her many, many years as a Shaman.  Skills I could showcase in a piece that took on more life than I originally intended for a “retirement” piece.

As always seems to be the case with my stories lately.  lol

ST Classy Skills - Earth Ele

I realized one of the greatest pieces of her arsenal is her elementals. There are four elements Shaman call upon: Fire, Air, Earth, and Water.

  • Fire: Damage Dealing (Lava Burst, Magma Totem)
  • Air: Crowd Control (our interrupt in Wind Shear and a movement impairment from Thunderstorm – Okie, so I might be reaching a tiny bit with this one)
  • Earth: Protection (Earth Shield and Stone Bulwark Totem)
  • Water: Healing (Healing Wave, Chain Heal, Healing Rain)

ST Classy Skills - Earth Ele 2

Effy’s Fire elemental made numerous appearances in Part 1 and Part 2.  Her Earth elemental made an appearance before her fall in Descending Twilight Part 2.

But doesn’t there seem to be a disconnect here?  Fire Ele…  Earth Ele…  Wait!  Where are the elementals for Water and Air??

I feel this needs resolution!

Air Elemental

ST Classy Skills - Air Ele

Today’s Air Elemental will be played by Tiny Twister!

The Fire elemental is a melee ranged DPS pet.  So to complement him, I suggest a ranged casting Air elemental.

The Air ele would have similar mechanics and timers as the Fire and Earth eles.  I agree all three of these guys running around at once might be a bit OP.  So choosing which one of the three to use in a situation would be key here.

The Air elemental would cast Lightning Bolts.  An added Chain Lightning for its Primal Elementalist counterpart would be really cool.  I also think the Air elemental should have an interrupt, because that seems most logical for the element of Air to me.  Maybe the lightning would have a small chance to interrupt.

Primal Elementalist also gives the eles a channeled ability.  Fire ele increases damage/healing while channeling on the player.  Earth ele reduces damage while channeling on the player.

For the Air ele, I would suggest a whirling vortex surrounding me with a chance of stun when I get hit by someone.  Defense reactive, only affects me, and only works while the pet is channeling and not DPS’ing.  I do not think that sounds too crazy.

Water Elemental

ST Classy Skills - Water Ele

Water Elemental played by the Water Waveling!

The Water ele would be a pure healing pet, unattached to the other eles.

Healing Tide Totem is boring.  I say replace it with a Water ele.  I would much rather see a pet casting watery heals all over my raid team than a pulsing totem sitting on the ground.  Healing Stream Totem can stay, but for our big healy cooldown, I say gimme an ele!  :D

Resto Shaman have a talent called Ancestral Awakening, which is a given passive ability for Resto now.  This ability has always annoyed me, because it says in the tooltip “you summon an ancestral spirit to aid you” and I want a lil guy to pop up!  So my alternative to a full blown Water ele would be one that appears when I crit to heal someone.

Oh, and this Water ele should somehow look different than the silly pet Mages get.  Why do they have an elemental anyway?  I say it is because Mages really want to be Shaman.  Elementals… Heroism…  Uh huh.

What can I say?  I am a Shaman.  I like the elements.  I like my pets.

And can you tell I have been playing around with my Primal Elementalist talent?  :P

~ Effy

I have been doing some PvP, working towards doing some 3's Arenas.

I have been doing some PvP, working towards doing some 3′s Arenas.

Okie, this post’s song is a bit of a stretch, but Concrete Angel by Gareth Emery seemed fitting for a Earth elemental!  He is my personal guardian angel sometimes!  :)

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10 thoughts on “Blog Azeroth Shared Topic: Classy Skills

  1. I like this idea, now I admit I don’t play my shaman near often enough to even use the current elemental to full advantage but I like your suggestions all but one muahhhhh they keep that old water elemental for you shamans and change our mage elemental to the arcane model .. great song choice too!!

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    • LOL A true Mage, it seems! :) I would be just fine with that, as long as the Shaman and Mage do not have the SAME pet. I like the idea of an Arcane pet for the mage instead. It seems far more fitting. As a Shaman, I have always secretly coveted the Mage’s Water elemental.

      ~ Effy

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    • Oh really? I will have to check that out! I noticed the damage reduction, but not that. Even more reason to stay talented into Primal Elementalist! Thanks! :)

      ~ Effy

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    • Yah, definitely. I am not suggesting anything smarter than our current Healing Stream Totem, but just a better visual.

      Thanks for the comment, and for stopping by! :)

      ~ Effy

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