Blog Azeroth Shared Topic: Classy Skills
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?
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
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)
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!
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.
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!
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?
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!