A couple things to report.
I have come to the conclusion that Shaman is in fact the “Red Mage” of WoW. What made me decide this? It is because people seem to be just as opinionated in WoW over how other people play their shaman’s as they were in FFXI over Red Mage behaivor.
I was soloing some quests on Karynna, and a Night Elf Hunter came through. It became obvious that we were working on the same quests, and that we had a “boss” monster to fight that was slightly more difficult than the others. I asked him if he was working on the quest, and he confirmed, so I invited him. We were doing ok, least I thought… and he asked me if I could “turn off my totems” I told him I didn’t think so, least I hadn’t found a way yet.
He said “Oh you new to Shammy?”
I said “ya, kinda new in general” (this was probably a mistake)
He said “Oh that explains it, You should go check out some shaman forums, then you’d get better”
I said “Oh” (not realizing that apparently I suck at shaman… ><
He says “You’ll want to get used to NOT using those totems much… you don’t really want to use them, most shamans hardly use them.. You need to just focus on casting.”
?!? … I’m kinda thinking this guy was just off his rocker.. and I fought the urge to tell him that I wasn’t playing a mage right now. >< But since I’m new, and trying to not be crappy to him, I said “OK” then tried it his way while we fought the last few mobs. We finished up and turned it in, then I thanked him for the duo and logged out.
But Really? They give you totems … and you aren’t “supposed” to use them very much? I totally use them the majority of the time. I think many of times I would have died had it not been for my totems. Especially the Flame Searing Totem that gets me in and out of trouble… I could see how different rules may apply for grouping or solo.. but “Don’t use them?”
Its not as fun to “just” cast, and I don’t get the damage for my spells as a mage would. I suppose If I wanted to go strictly elemental shaman maybe it would be a little better ….. but I don’t wanna! I want to do an enhancing blend.
/sigh Guess I’m doomed to being a “sucky” Shaman… ah well just call me a RDM/NIN using ……enspells and (gasp) actually wanting to fight…
My Shaman Karynna is level 28 now.. I’m getting closer to my level 30 for a mount, yay! but it may be a little bit as I have been slightly distracted by a few other characters and their planning.. lol. Definately not the single character devotion I had when playing FFXI, course in FFXI you got to keep the same character and level different jobs, and that is something I do miss. Also I could really do without the whole Alliance / Horde thing… you can’t even be friends with someon who is playing on “the other side” kind of sucks, because I can’t talk to my sister when Deon & I play our blood elfs.. Maybe because I’ve never been a fan of any PVP stuff, so I don’t appreciate the seperation.
I have more Alliance characters than Horde, but still! lol..
I have started a new set of dueling side Paladins.
I have started a new Draenei Paladin named Meghara. Her purpose is to get to level 22 and duo with my husband’s Shaman Mysticalien because he likes the character, but doesn’t like leveling it alone anymore, so I’ll be working on her probably for a little bit to get her caught up to him. Shouldn’t be too bad, I am familiar with most of the Draenei quests, (least I think) and she’s already almost level 10.
Then there is Katauna
She is my new wild haired Blood Elf Paladin. She is mostly for farming money for my always broke Blood Elf Mage – Shivasnow (who is now 21 btw)