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  1. Hello I been planing back and forth what i will be playing. Now i am pretty sure i will go Horde and go a Druid and a Shaman. Always liked hybrids in all games i played. But here i will focus on the shaman i plan to play. I have a long experience (10 years) playing Enhancement shaman and believe i know the spec pretty well. The nostalgia made me want to roll one again but with a twist. I been trying it out now on another server at low lvl (RFC and WC so far) and it worked well. A fun part have been the fact i had to sell into the groups 2-3 times (been doing RFC 3 times and WC 2 times) to accept me as tank and so far i haven't failed the group. In vanilla there were some who played shaman as tanks and especially in 5 mans. There were some guys doing it in raids. I been around looking for guides on the internet for Shaman tanking guide without success. I have some ideas myself for how it will look. But if anyone knows of a guide, some discussions about BiS, talents etc. I would be really happy to hear others ideas. Ps. all you who irritate your self over people not playing optimal sepcs etc. You don't even have bother answer to this post. Ds
  2. Is that we were here first, and will be the last to leave. Always and forever, The Shaman Community
  3. Greets. The first in an occasional series if successful. Would be great if others from this era could add their own fond memories/horror stories or memes as they see fit. In the Beginning: In days of yore Blizzard used to roll our class fixes once per patch. The idea was that each patch would feature one character class which would be 're-balanced' in receiving nerfs and/or buffs to better balance the class for PvE/PvP. Clearly as most players have a particular preference for choosing particular character classes, the build up to the patch, which included 'consulting with the class community' through the forums was a time of intense speculation and angst amongst the affected players. In 1.8 we had the Druid revamp, in 1.9 we had Paladins. Now most people, particularly amongst the Shaman Community felt that they were going to get their patch along with Paladins at that time, but that wasn't to be the case. So when 1.10 came out it was assumed we would get our turn but nope, this time it was priests. People could understand why Paladins got the love as the class was pretty gimped before the patch with Paladins basically fulfilling cleansing and blessing roles and not much else. With the buffs that Paladins got (greater blessings) and the QQ'ing from Priest lobby (very intense), priests got priority for the 1.10 patch. This in turn led to the very vocal mage community wondering when they were going to get their patch, so in order to appease everyone, both mages and shamans shared the next available patch, 1.11. CM's were sent out to their respective communities and the Shamans version was called Eyonix. During this process, Eyonix went to E3 and coming back from it got pretty sick. It's rumoured he had gout. Either way, Eyonix was out of the picture for several weeks and CM's Tseric and Caydiem take over the feedback role. The Wheels on the Bus go Round and Round: Fast forward to 1.11 hitting the Public Test Realm. Mages are moderately happy what with getting Evocation for free amongst other gifts. Shamans on the other hand felt that nearly all their requests had been ignored, particularly with PvE builds as a direct comparison with Paladins. It certainly seemed at that stage that the mild suspicion that Blizzard were pro-alliance had an element of truth to it. Cue to the EU forums (being ahead of the US versions) and Thundgot blithely informs the Shaman community that after he investigates their feedback was never actually sent to the developers, the patch was going live and your review is complete. So good old Eyonix comes back into the forums having recovered from his recent bout of gout (I speak a rhyme every time) and gets flamed in the forums by the Shaman community giving us this classic line: Q u o t e: This is but one example of the type of post which will result in the permanent removal from our boards. I've been seeing quite a bit of this lately and I believe that I've allowed every one opportunity to vent their frustrations. This is a video game. There is never just cause or reason to wish serious real life harm, or even death upon someone due any aspect of this game's design. If you disagree with me concerning the aspect of real life threat, or can't control emotion to the point of crossing this particular line, you don't belong on our boards -- plain and simple. You've had less communication concerning your review than any other class, I'm aware, and agree that it's unfortunate. Unfortunate in regards to perspective only, however. The design team is fully aware of the feedback offered from each region playing a Shaman. They've been aware of the feedback through every stage of the review, regardless of the amount of "blue" appearing on these boards discussing the Shaman. I'd like to begin discussing various items relating to the review with everyone, but you should be aware that I won't do so while this community remains in its current state. Please understand, I'm not under any obligation ever to respond to any specific thread, or participate in a particular discussion, or post on a particular board. I'd like to provide this community with more than just announcement messaging. However... Angry, frustrated, upset, disappointed, infuriated. None of these feelings, justified or not, make it okay to harass, insult or threaten another human being. We're not done making changes to the Shaman. We may not have time to make additional changes in time for 1.11, however. This quite simply isn't the end of the world, I'm sorry. The Shaman review wasn't even initially scheduled to commence until patch 1.12. What's also important is the fact that this review brought about many positive improvements, whether an individual chooses to acknowledge this or not is out of my control. The Shaman in its current state is far from "broken", and in patch 1.11, players will feel the effect of noticeable improvements overall. It's safe to say, even more so in patch 1.12. Claiming this is the worst review ever for reasons pertaining to x, y and z isn't very productive, and accomplishes little except to make yourself even more upset. We've heard the frustrations being expressed here with the same certainty from players of every class each time a review comes around. We're not interested in comparisons, nor are we interested in flames or unproductive criticisms. These forums are a separate entity from the game. They exist so we can hear your voice, and so that each of you can better know one. We'll respond when and where we feel it's appropriate, but that's done based upon our own discretion. Post your feedback and wait patiently. If you've become too frustrated, don't login to the forums for a few days. Manage your own emotion before posting here. When as a community, you're ready to discuss your class and the recent review, void of victimizing claims or venomous language, I'll be ready to respond. Those violating our Posting Guidelines will be dealt with swiftly. So for the next week, the mods spend most of their time deleting the various bile, hate and threatening posts from the wider community on the US forums (the EU version was a lot more reasonable). In the meantime, Eyonix tries to placate the rest of the more moderate posters by promising various changes such as better totem functionality, a re-working of the talent trees (mana-tide for free for example) and other freebies. The truth of the matter was that at this stage it was already too late. Burning Crusade was 6 months away and even at this stage the devs knew the base formats (Paladins -> Horde, Shamans -> Alliance) with major changes so why do the work twice over? What was important about this was the Shaman community, who up to that point were amongst the most constructive and active class community in WoW, became the class of rebellion and anarchy aptly shown here: Enter Tseric So you will remember Tseric as being the unfortunate CM drafted in to assist the Shaman community on their thoughts and prayers for their patch of love and nerfing? Let's fast forward a little bit in time less than a year later. At that stage, the Enhancement Shaman population were rather cross with Blizzard on the viability of their spec. Most of this was down to the blue chip part of the Shaman class, Resto, which was everything required in Burning Crusade that Enhancement were not. It's worth reading the entire thread from start to finish. I was there through all of this on both forums and knew Tseric reasonably well from the dialogue he had had with my Shaman colleagues in the US. But the whole thing kicked off and got out of control very quickly. I think most of us were pretty shocked at the outcome, because trolling the forums was de rigeur in the US and nothing like this had ever quite happened before: As you can see from the above post, the issue was clearly a hangover from the Eyonix/Shaman patch incident. A lot of banned posters from the flame wars with Eyonix had reinvented themselves. But it developed on from that, I won't bother posting the entire dialogue but you can pursue it here. The most quoted line in the exchange is here: But the more salient one was this: Tseric logged off and never returned. It's unknown whether he resigned or was fired. It is the only example I know of where a CM was trolled off a job. Needless to say, there was an awful lot of introspective and destructive posts and threads after the event, most of which got banned or deleted. The Shaman community remained as the rebels with a cause and some of you younger viewers may remember the '300' Still, we were left with this evocative image here: For the record, I 100% support Tseric. What happened to him was completely wrong and came from a time that Blizz really had difficulties in handling trolls in their forums. Tseric was also a very funny, witty, learned and intelligent CM, with a very incisive wit which he used to skewer posters who were being unreasonable. I'd love to have him on these forums dispensing arrows or retribution to all and sundry. Last point, I would like to highlight that as Crestfall is a free to play homage to WoW, and the developers, GM's and admin staff are therefore giving up their time/lives/girlfriends/families to provide us all with this service, ya'll should appreciate it just a little bit more, especially on these forums. I doubt the mods will have a 'customer is always right' perspective here.