I Can Haz Totems: Forty!
The great milestone is reached!
About the time I hit thirty, I realized that Magma Totem plus Fire Nova does some beastly dps. With the occaisional Chain Lightning thrown around when I’m bored, I found myself regularly topping the damage meters while healing. It can be a bit hard on my mana bar, and I know I’m a very bad person from withholding the Flametongue Totem buff from my groups, but it is way way too much fun. It’s also terribly overpowered.
The whole experience inspired me to dual spec as soon as I hit forty. In fact I ran my first couple dungeons after that in Elemental, just for a bit of fun. I have to say though, I’m not comfortable with it yet. I’m feeling a bit awkward with the whole thing. I’m sure a little more practice couldn’t hurt, and I definitely want to move my bars around to get my attacks in a better spot. Also, am I the only one a bit surprised at all the choices available in the Elemental talent build? I tried to look up the basic spec, and found several different answers, and finally gave up and just took the talents I wanted.
But back to Restoration… Forty brought lots of good fun. Cleansing Totem and Cleanse Spirit are great to have (though I’m still really annoyed at that really really long cast speed debuff in RFD that no one but a druid can get rid of.) I haven’t had much need for Mana Tide Totem, though I’m happy to have it around. Chain Heal is of course my new best friend, and I have to admit it makes me feel more like a “real” Resto Shaman. I keep getting reminded of Cassandri’s “The Dream” and smiling. I’m finding it terribly convenient to finally have a direct AoE heal. That was the one piece I found myself missing on my little troll, and with it added in, I’m really liking how the toolkit is coming together. I would have thought I’d be desperately missing having all of the instant cast spells I’m used to on my Disc Priest, but I honestly don’t mind at all. I thought shifting from a fairly mobile healer to a stationary one would be a heck of a lot more obnoxious. (I imagine I’ll notice it a lot more when I get to raiding.)
I do look forward to the wonders of Earth Shield and Riptide. We’ll see how soon I can reach fifty…I’ve been very inspired the past couple weeks. My leveling partner jumped to 60 when I was having some computer issues a few weeks back, so I still have a ways to go to catch up to him.