The Pledge of the F2P Enhancement Shaman (6.0.3)

Oh how I long for the days of the Cataclysm. To have the tools and damage necessary to be a force with which to be reckoned. Earthbind totem where have you gone? Earth Shock I do miss you so. Damage and burst on par with other classes, perhaps I miss you most. I will play as Restoration and partially enjoy it. I will even play as Elemental and not hate it. And yet… Enhancement, you are my first and true love. Yes, I will play with sub-par damage. YES, I will play with an arsenal of macros to make myself as useful as possible. YES! I will find glory in the clutch interrupts, instant shield and Aura of Protection purges, and absurdly large Healing Surges. YES!!!! I WILL play as an Enhancement Shaman!

I will carry a ridiculous amount of Lesser Mana Potions. I will burn through Elixirs of Minor Agility just to get my damage to a not quite acceptable level. I will live on Bloodmyst Isle to stock 10 Crystals of Ferocity for every battleground. I will live with a whopping 3 item slots available in my bags, due to all the silly intellect gear and consumables for Elemental and Restoration. I will proudly wear those rare gear pieces that I spent so much time farming, just to make Enhancement a little less bad. I will do all this and more because I will play as an Enhancement Shaman!

I will run into the heat of battle, just to spread my Flame Shock. I will step right up to that Shadow Priest. I will speed pot into the enemy pack at the flag in Eye of the Storm, just to Thunderstorm as many of them off of the bridge as possible. I will…. wait… that last one was an Elemental ability. Ok, I will keep my riptide on as many of my comrades as possible, just to keep their Ancestral Vigor up. I…. hold on, ok that one was a Resto ability that doesn’t even exist anymore. Alright then, I will purge, purge pur….. crap all the shammy specs have purge. What the hell does Enhancement have that Ele/Resto don’t?! Nothing?! Really?!!! Ok, they have Lava Lash…. They are….. melee. They can cast 5 strong heals in a row… (Yes, yes I know Ele can cast many more heals that are nearly as strong). That’s it!? Oh wait, I almost forgot, they benefit nicely from haste. Ya know what, SCREW this!!!! I will NOT play as an Enhancement Shaman!

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Pockers, Horde, People, Sets

Update: It’s been about 9 months since I’ve posted anything on here. I think it’s time for a little freshening up and updating. I am still playing a shaman quite a bit, but pretty much as resto exclusively now. A few months back I wanted a change of pace and so I made a Horde shammy, Pockers. Having been twinking for a couple of years, I’m frankly kind of burnt out on the gear grind. In gearing her up I didn’t, and haven’t, put a great deal of focus on getting an LFH, MM, swift pot recipe, and some other things. I do try for them, just not so consistently. Having a lot of commitments in real life keeps my WoW time fairly limited, and I’d rather spend that time doing fun things like battlegrounding, instead of farming particular items. So far this has worked out just fine. Pockers isn’t BiS, but she’s geared enough to have fun and be competitive on most levels.

Fun: Over the last couple of years, I really didn’t play much with other people. I was on Ursin, and there really weren’t many people around. Other twinks would come and go, but really I didn’t consistently see many people. That all changed a few months ago when I learned that a tight-knit group of friends from the 19s had been rolling on Ursin. I got in on a few games with them, had a lot of fun, and still play with some of them from time to time. Playing with them taught me quite a bit about team play. There is so much strategy that can be had by playing with a team, communicating in Skype. I would say playing with these guys pretty much jump-started my desire to improve as a player again. Since then, I’ve been much more active on twinkinfo.com and making more game friends.

Speaking of friends, rolling Horde has really brought me in touch with many more notable players from twinkinfo than by playing on Alliance. It has been a blast playing alongside players now, who previously were on the opposing team. I would say my fun has increased dramatically in playing Horde side. There’s also that thing about shorter queue times, heh. It’s hard to beat getting a Horde WSG pop in less than a minute compared to Alliance’s 10 minute WSG wait. This also ties into having less time to play and getting quality fun time out of a limited window.

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Standard Set Mog

Something Shammy: Well, I suppose I’d better put in something more about playing than about general updating. So, here are a couple of resto sets that I commonly switch between in WSG. Level 20 shammies are not the most defensive healing class at the moment. We have good armor, but our escape abilities are none (unless you have a helpful racial). This generally leads to us restos reasonably stacking stamina. Intellect is helpful to a small degree, due to Battle Fatigue. Since Intellect is less valuable, Crit and Haste become much more useful stats for PVP healing. Anyway the first set, here, is my standard playing set when there is a strong potential that I am going to be attacked while in a battle. (Keep in mind stats on Chardev are not accurate, this is just an easy way to take a look at the gear).

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Free-Healing Mog

The second option, here, is for “free-healing”, more when I can cast undisturbed. The most common time that I use this set is when our FC is in our FR on cap or anywhere ground floor, and I am on the roof. This set absolutely helps in keeping an FC alive during assaults where the focus is strictly on them. In battlegrounds with scaling, the set gets me to about 18.x% crit, and 5.92% haste (if I recall correctly). Stamina is much lower with this set, but it’s pretty much a glass cannon healing set. More spirit would also be good, but right now I’ve been finding the Crit and Haste more valuable. The times where I’ve used this set and gone oom, I’ve just used a Lesser Mana Potion. I have yet to go oom a second time while using this set. If it becomes an issue, I’ll have to change some things around. Paired with Lifeblood, this set has helped me keep someone up much better than the standard set. I might add a second Swift Hand of Justice to it when I get one, but the Insignia is still useful if I happen to get hit by a Scatter Shot or some such during an assault.

Well, that brings some things up to date a bit. I suppose you could say that Pockers is my main now, though I still bounce back to some other toons periodically. Hopefully, I can update on here a little more frequently. See you out there!

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How I Shammy (5.x)

Throughout the time that I’ve been playing WoW, and especially while twinking, the amount of addons, macros, etc. that I use has been growing. In settling on playing a shammy most of the time, a good deal of these have become shaman-centric. So, I figured it was time to jot some of these things down with the idea of sharing and learning from others. This will be centered around twinking at level 20, though many of these would work at any level. These are generally used for PVP and though most of them can be used with any spec, Resto would take advantage of a few more of them than Ele or Enh would. Without any further intro, I’m just gonna jump right in it.

Addons

Addons

Addons

You will most likely notice with the screenshots that I’m not covering all the addons that I use. Really I’m just going to mention those that have a more functional purpose other than looks/cleanliness.

1. Mage Nuggets
Yes I know, a shammy is not a mage; however, Mage Nuggets provides an excellent purge notification for shammies. Any time your target uses a purge-able spell, a little box will pop up right in the middle of the screen listing what it/they are. This is a tremendous help with taking shields, rejuvs, speed of lights, and the like off of your target as quickly as possible.

2. Tidy Plates – Threat Plates
There are many nameplate addons out there that can do what Tidy Plates does, I’m just more used to using it at this point. So yes, Tidy Plates looks nice, but it has some very helpful setup options to make tracking friendly and enemy buffs/debuffs much easier. In the setup of Tidy Plates you can set up what specific spells, debuffs, and the like that you want to track. They will then appear as a little icon with a timer on it right above a mob or player’s nameplate. This is very helpful for tracking a number of things.  A couple big ones that come to mind for me are Weakened Soul – for tracking when a priest will be able to shield themselves, and Ancestral Vigor – for tracking what friendly targets around me have the buff. Also, Tidy Plates allows you to display all enemy cast bars which works well in battlegrounds for planning an interrupt.

3. Vial Cooldowns
This for me is a big one. Vial Cooldowns displays enemy cooldowns over their nameplate. This is an enormous help for tracking rogue Kicks, shammy Wind Shears, shammy Thunderstorms, Pally Avenger’s Shields, Pally Hammer of Justices, etc. The default position for displaying the cooldown is on the left side of the nameplate, which can fairly easily be moved by messing with the lua. I like mine on the right so it doesn’t interfere with the Tidy Plates display.

4. Vuhdo

Vuhdo - Red for Hammer of Justice.

Vuhdo – Red for Hammer of Justice. Also, be sure not to anger the Yeti.

There are many options out there for raid frames, even the native raid frames seem to be quite good. I honestly haven’t tried that many different raid frame options, but of what I have tried I like Vuhdo. Vuhdo is massively customizable. I like to be able to view class color, HP, mana, and various HoTs, buffs, and debuffs. I prefer to use mouseover macros with the raid frames for quicker heals which also allows me to keep an enemy as my target. One of the biggest helpful features of Vuhdo for me (as resto) is to be able to set specific colors to a frame whenever that player becomes affected by a certain stun, cc, debuff, whatever. This is an invaluable help when running as resto when choosing who to use Purify Spirit on. For me I generally save Purify Spirit for when a team member gets Hammer of Justiced, Feared, rooted, Polymorphed, etc. In Vuhdo, I simply set frames to turn a specific, very noticeable color for those particular spells. Hammer of Justice is red, Fear is orange, Entangling Roots is Yellow, Polymorph is blue, etc. The nice thing is that any number of spells can be whatever color you want.

Macros

Set Focus – An essential macro for me as much of my other macros and playstyle utilize my focus target in some way.

/focus

Target Focus’s Target – Does what it says.

/assist focus

Wind Shear – Stops your own casting and casts Wind Shear. Simple.

#showtooltip Wind Shear
/stopcasting
/cast Wind Shear

Riptide Mouseover – Casts Riptide at whatever is under your mouse pointer. Largely used hovering over Vuhdo raid frames

#showtooltip Riptide
/cast [@mouseover] Riptide

Healing Surge Mouseover – Casts Healing surge at whatever is under your mouse pointer. Largely used over Vuhdo raid frames

#showtooltip Healing Surge
/cast [@mouseover] Healing Surge

Self Riptide/Healing Surge – Without holding down the shift key, will cast Riptide on myself. With holding down the shift key, will cast Healing surge on myself. Holding down the shift key is trickier to do while running, so it works better to use it with Healing Surge since you have to stop moving to cast it.

#showtooltip
/cast [@your name, nomod] Riptide
/cast [@your name, modifier: shift] Healing Surge

Focus Riptide/Healing Surge – Without holding down the shift key, will cast Riptide at focus. With holding down shift will cast Healing surge at focus. Holding down the shift key is trickier to do while running, so it works better to use it with Healing Surge since you have to stop moving to cast it.

#showtooltip
/cast [@focus, nomod] Riptide
/cast [@focus, modifier: shift] Healing Surge

Purge/Purify Spirit - Uses mouseover for target. If mouseover is friendly, it casts Purify Spirit. If mouseover is an enemy, it casts Purge. Also includes a stop cast which helps a lot now that LB doesn’t cancel upon moving. Can also be changed to Cleanse Spirit when not specced as Resto.

#showtooltip Purify Spirit
/stopcasting
/cast [@mouseover, nomod, help] Purify Spirit
/cast [@mouseover, nomod, harm] Purge

Rogue Escape Button – Somewhat of a trinket against rogues. Not always effective, though definitely worth using. Uses Anti-Venom to remove Crippling Poison, uses Swiftness Potion, casts Ghost Wolf.

#showtooltip Anti-Venom
/use Swiftness Potion
/use [@your name] Anti-Venom
/cast Ghost Wolf

General Strategy

PVP is very dynamic, which is one of the big reasons that I like it. It’s hard to nail down an absolute strategy that works even most of the time, though there are some things as a shammy that I prioritize in a fight. Some of these things are resto specific, though most of them are things that I use with the other two specs as well. If I’m not in WSG or not with the flag carrier in WSG, one of the first things that I do is look at who is alongside me and use the focus macro to quickly make them my focus. I will usually choose a strong dps class (a hunter is a very common choice for me). If there is time before combat, say if we’re defending something, I will generally try and get teammates’ Ancestral Vigor (health buff) up by throwing around some healing. Positioning myself out of harms way is also a good idea at this point as well. When combat ensues, I will look for a priest right away to target them and purge their shield. Top priority at all times is keeping others and myself alive of course. At this point in the healing game I will target my focus’s target with the macro/binding. The idea is to help in my focus’s attack by purging their target’s buffs, HoTs, and shields, interrupting their target at certain points, and adding dps when possible. If I’m ele or enh, I’ll generally be attacking and looking to add off heals or go all healing when necessary. From here on it’s generally a game of healing people, aiding my focus, keeping priest shields down, and interrupting any crucial heals.

Now, if I am running with a flag carrier in WSG, things are a little different. The focus in this scenario is of course keeping the FC alive. I pretty much always keep the FC as my focus. Then with my Healing Surge/Riptide focus macro I will be able to heal them without ever targeting them. A big priority with them is to keep Ancestral Vigor on them at all times. Once it’s up, a simple Riptide on them periodically will keep it up. Ancestral vigor on myself is also a good idea. When crossing mid, staying a bit ahead of the FC is generally a good idea as well, depending on where the opposing team is. Other than these general priorities, running with an FC is pretty straightforward.

Well, that’s the gist of how I shammy. I am not a top notch shammy, but am always trying to improve and have fun. I would love to hear any feedback or advice on how I’m going about playing one. One thing that I know a good deal of players use that I don’t is mouseover interrupt macros. I’ve put a lot of time into getting them set up and using them and just haven’t had good results. I will most likely revisit them down the road as I do see that they would be much more efficient at interrupting non-targets. Anyway that’s that for now. I will try and keep this little post updated as I change the way I do things.

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10 Days

WoWScrnShot_061013_135316It’s been quite a while since I last posted anything besides some simple sightseeing adventures. The last thing I actually wrote about on here was how into shammy-ing I was getting. Well, some time has passed and I still love my little shammy. When I left off, I was a solid enhancement fan and I still am. I did take the plunge and spend a lot of time with both Ele and Resto though. Both have been fun and mostly now I’m running as Ele. With level 20s getting Fulmination and the ability to move while casting LB in 5.3, I like Ele even more than in 5.2. I still switch specs here and there and have really settled into Pock. He is solidly my main twink now.

Anyway, with that little update over with, I better write something related to the title of this post. This last week was DMF which means Pock was a busy little bee doing dailies and the like in order to score a Discerning Eye of the Beast. Well, just as DMF started I happened to catch a link that I could do another 10 day MoP trial. So, I couldn’t resist the temptation to re-activate my main account for the 10 days and have some fun. There were a great many things that I/Revlo could work on.  In the end, I decided to not mess around too much with Pandaria stuff, but rather to burn through some old goals that I had for him and all of my toons in general (F2P especially).  All in all it was a pretty good grind. Instead of writing about each and every little thing that Revlo was able to accomplish, I thought I’d just post a list of his accomplishments for the 10 days.

Titles
Flamebreaker
Diplomat

Mounts
Black War Mammoth
Black War Elekk
Blue Proto-Drake
Silver Riding Talbuk
Cobalt Riding Talbuk
Tan Riding Talbuk
White Riding Talbuk
Silver War Talbuk
Cobalt War Talbuk
Tan War Talbuk
White War Talbuk
Great Purple Dragon Turtle
Great Brown Dragon Turtle
Great Blue Dragon Turtle
Great Black Dragon Turtle
Great Green Dragon Turtle
Great Red Dragon Turtle

Got the mammoth just in time for this crazy, cross-faction, CRZd, DMF shenanigan.

Got the mammoth just in time for this crazy, cross-faction, CRZd, DMF shenanigan.

Exalted Reputation
Kurenai
Timbermaw Hold
Sporeggar
Tushui

Achievements

Reputation:
The Diplomat
They Love Me In that Tunnel
The Czar of Sporeggar
Oh My, Kurenai
15 Exalted Reputations

Northrend Dungeon:
Northrend Dungeon Hero
Heroic: Culling of Stratholme
Heroic: Drak’Tharon
Heroic: Gundrak
Heroic: Halls of Lightning
Heroic: Halls of Stone
Heroic: The Violet Hold
Heroic: Utgarde Keep
Heroic: Utgarde Pinnacle
Heroic: Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom
Heroic: The Oculus
Heroic: The Nexus
Heroic: Azjol Nerub
Consumption Junction
Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?
Lightning Struck
Timely Death
Shatter Resistant
Good Grief
Defenseless
A Void Dance
On the Rocks
King’s Bane
Lodi Dodi We Loes the Skadi
Volazj’s Quick Demise
Gotta Go
Watch Him Die
Emerald Void
Amber Void

Outland Dungeon:
Outland Dungeon Hero
Outland Dungeon Master
Heroic: The Escape From Durnholde Keep
Heroic: Opening of the Dark Portal
Heroic: The Arcatraz
Heroic: The Botanica
Heroic: The Mechanar
Heroic: Shadow Labyrinth
Heroic: Auchenai Crypts
Heroic: Mana-Tombs
Heroic: The Steamvault
Heroic: The Slave Pens
Heroic: The Shattered Halls
Heroic: The Blood Furnace
Heroic: Hellfire Ramparts
Heroic: Underbog
Opening of the Dark Portal
The Arcatraz
The Botanica
The Mechanar
Shadow Labyrinth
The Shattered Halls

WoWScrnShot_061013_135703PVP Stuff:
Damage Control
Everything Counts
Resource Glut
Storm the Beach
Black War Mammoth

Other Things:
Have… Have We Met?
Veteran of the Molten Front
Stormstout Brewery

All in all, 10 days went by pretty fast. I did tend to avoid playing on the last day as I was pretty much burned out. I didn’t accomplish all of the goals that I had set, though I did get through a few things that I hadn’t planned on. Well, now I can get back to twinking. ;)

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Sightseeing: Bengal Tiger Cave

Big TY to Goesid for bringing this to my attention. :D

Getting There

Getting There

Looking back at the Tainted Forest.

Looking back at the Tainted Forest.

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South wall of Zul’Gurub

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The Cave

The Cave

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Master of Warsong Gulch

Never would have thought I’d get it on Pock, but playing a shammy is really sticking.

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Sightseeing: Vashj’ir

Not difficult at all on Tims the druid, but allowed me finish up Cata exploration. :)

Getting There

Getting There

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Sightseeing: Lake Dumont

Getting There

Getting There

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Sightseeing: Whispering Forest

Getting There

Getting There

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The Lake

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The Island

The Island

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Under the Water

Under the Water

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Tirisfal Coast

Tirisfal Coast

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Above Silverpine

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Tirisfal Bear

Tirisfal Bear

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The Ring

The Ring

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The Ritual

The Ritual

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