Originally Posted by RiSk
shammy = broken, FROST SHOCK SPAM and hope for a crit.... I am glad that they are gonna get nurfed..... Oh yea lets not forget, decent melee dmg, Insta heals, oh ya and totems, and shape shifting.... I think all the blizz developers played shammys
You've got to be kidding me. First off... you can't spam something that has a 6 second cool down. Unlike druids with their moonfire spam. And frost shock has a diminishing return, so it's useless to spam it, aside from the fairly decent damage it does. Assuming it doesn't get resisted... which tends to happen. A lot. And it uses a horrid amount of mana. I save frost shock for a finishing hit, or when the person I'm fighting tries to run, otherwise it's generally a waste of mana.
Insta-heals? Right... our fastest heal (1.5 seconds) is on par, casting time wise, with a priests big heals... but Lesser Healing Wave only does half what our big heals do (and our Healing Wave takes 3 seconds to cast), and about 1/4 what a priests big heals do. Totems can be taken out in one hit. Seriously. They have 5 hp. And totems are essentially useless in pvp or duels, because unless the person you're fighting is just completely retarded, you don't stand in the same spot when fighting, and it doesn't take much to get out of range of the totems.
Shapeshifting would be more useful if it was instant cast, unfortunately, even loading it up with talent points, it still takes 1 second to cast, which is plenty of time for a druid to root, or a mage to frost wave and stick us in place. Druids shapeshifting, on the other hand, is instant... not to mention with their different forms, they technically become different classes (Bear = Warrior, Lion = Rogue, etc) ... Shaman's ghost wolf is just that... a ghost wolf that does shit damage and nothing in the way of abilities. It's only good for traveling.