I am Born (the introduction of a baby shaman)
Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these posts must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at ten o’clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to kill Dire Mottled Boars, simultaneously.
In consideration of the day and hour of my birth, it was declared by the nurse, and by some sage troll in the Valley of Trials who had taken a lively interest in me several months before there was any possibility of our becoming personally acquainted, first, that I was destined to be unlucky in life; and secondly, that I was privileged to see ghosts and spirits; both these gifts inevitably attaching, as they believed, to all unlucky infants of either gender, born towards the small hours on a Friday night. That is the way of a Shaman.
If you are confused, you’ve never read Dickens’ David Copperfield.
I’ve always had the goal to have a max level character of each healing class. Not only does it give me a better idea of how to effectively cross heal with my colleagues in a raid, but it gives me a different perspective on healing in general. I love figuring out how to use a completely different toolbox to keep people alive, and it gives me a different perspective on healing strategy for fights. Besides – it’s fun.
I have to admit, the hint of Cataclysm just around the corner was a bit of an impetus to getting this done now. I’ve never been through an expansion, and I have to admit I’m a touch nervous. I’m still having a love affair with my priest…but who knows how the changes will affect that. With the new limits to raiding lockouts I think there will be much more incentive for me to raid on an alt, and I’d like some options in case the upcoming changes affect my characters. I’m almost completely convinced that I won’t want to play my tree in Cataclysm. (Damn you Blizzard for taking away my foliage.) Nor am I convinced that an holy paladin is the best choice for me as a raider. So I’m bringing a Shaman in to this world – not a bad choice for all of that. I have the feeling that the range of tools available, flexibility in healing role, and the interesting ways each spell works together will be a good fit for a girl who has always adored the versatility of her priest.
Thus, a shaman was born. I went with a male troll – a very interesting addition to my existing harem of blood elves. I really do enjoy the troll casting animations, and there’s no compelling reason not to. Regenerate and Berserking are great perks. I am also curious whether I’ll notice different treatment on a male toon than a female one. I’m going with Mining/Engineering (another odd choice I know) but it will fill out my professions among my alts, and I’ll need to have a miner again come the expansion.
My initial impressions are still a bit vague. Of course it’s difficult to tell if one will enjoy healing on a class when you have exactly one healing spell and still spend a good deal of your time smacking boars upside the head with a mace. I’m glad Blizzard is planning on adding an additional low level melee attack in the future. The constant pushback trying to cast lightning bolt is terribly annoying, and my BOA’s make my auto attack quite strong comparatively.
I’m looking forward to level twenty, when I get Water Shield, Lesser Healing Wave, and Healing Stream Totem, and of course the iconic Chain Heal at 40. Meanwhile, I still need to look into a way to effectively manage my totems. (Suggestions anyone?) Just clicking on them is working for now, but I’m sure that will be a pain when I have several to put down at once and a myriad of options to choose from.