It's nice to know that Blizzard's actively think about the class and how to tweak/balance them.Can't wait for the druid Q & A.
Its a trap!
Aboot frickin tiem! >:(Moar shammeh luff pl0x!
For all the times I have disagreed with Ghostcrawler, that's just it. I've disagreed with him, but he's still a game designer over at Blizzard and ultimately, they make all the decisions. They can screw up or fix classes any time and as much as they want.For all the times I've disagreed with what GC has to say, I do respect him that much more for actually answering a lot of the communities posts. It's a shame some think that just because he doesn't answer their opinions or questions that he must be ignorant. I'm sure he reads but he's also a systems designer for the game. Posting on the forums isn't their first priority.I can't wait for the Death Knight, Warlock, Warrior and Paladin Q&A sections. But I'll probably read all the classes regardless.
It was fun to read, and I do hope for Shamans that they get a little bit more mobility.
''There are still some totems that just aren’t cutting it anymore, and we want to continue to consolidate those so that shamans don’t have any totems that they just never, ever use. Sentry Totem is a possible candidate for the chopping block''If they remove sentry totem, I may just have to kill myself. Also, I really wish they would buff Chain Heal a lot. I obviously do not want to just be spamming it 24/7, but I do want it to be a lot more competitive with similar spells such as Circle of Healing. I think one of the problems with CH is the massive cast time. CoH'ing priests will just heal all the things you were going to heal before you've finished casting, so you either have to overheal, or cancel your spell and deal with having wasted all that time. Personally, I think the way they should buff Chain Heal is to give it a lot more synergy with talents as apposed to just giving it a flat healing / casting time buff. (I think one of the ways they tried to get us out of spamming CH was not adding it to many of our vital talents - E.g, Improved Water Shield). That's one of the things I really like about Riptide - How it links in with CH. You have a choice - Do you use it, for the massive healing buff, and risk spending your GCD? Or do you cast CH as soon as possible, without the risk of up to 4 people dying because you used that GCD (It's amazing the things that can happen in a second or so) One thing I really like is Tidal Waves. You can cast a Chain Heal, and then spot heal a few people with LHW and so on so forth. Perhaps they could develop this talent some more - E.g, making CH affected by Tidal Waves and make another spell trigger it, or something along those lines. Perhaos make LHW trigger it, so you'd still be spot healing with it, and it would remove a big portion of the casting time problem of CH - But not all the time, only when you've made the decision to cast Riptide / LHW first. I also like the idea of buffing it with a totem - But I wouldn't like it if it was just a totem that you placed, forgot about it, and spammed CH. Perhaps a 15 second duration and a 30 second cooldown, that gave a significant buff to CH in some way, so you could choose strategically when to use it. Sorry about the wall of text :S
Well it inspired me to roll a shammy since my main is a pally. Was a interesting read :)
since when did it become possible to drop 4 totems at once?or is that a future feature he's talking about?
i really hate how everyone is against ghost... i mean, hes not the only dev but hell. hes the one who answers your questions and actually listens and replies.
This is a great post. I really like the fact that they openly address many common issue/question - all in one place, and without a lot of QQ filtering etc.Interesting to hear the thought and plans for the class. More than just the final answer being delivered in a patch - we get to see a little more of the thought process. Give some backing and reasoning behind the changes that get put into the game.
Great read, it provided a lot of insight about that shaman as a class. Kudos to Blizz and Ghostcrawler.
They should make Draenei totems float around the shaman like little spaceships, and the Horde ones like little birds or stormclouds, and then make some kind of movement-slowing effect tied to them. That way the totems can travel with the shaman but still prevents them from running around the entire fight. I would finally finish leveling a shaman (the only class I dislike to play) if they implemented something like that.edit: forgot multiple Horde races can roll shaman :)
Shamans rock. op at first now the only normal class. I hope that make use epicer. ((Still have not read it))
Is it just me or did he seem to answer mostly questions that he's given answers to in the past? Many of the stupid arena QQ questions were answered, but he's been answering them all along... I was hoping for MORE new info/answers. That said, there was some interesting stuff in there. Good read either way.REALLY looking forward to 4 totems at once, however not so much the idea of getting rid of the static buff ones :(
Why chop sentry totem? Make it worth using, don't just get rid of it you lazyasses.
I didn't think blizzard could surprise me. Here they are putting up a very in depth Q and A on future content that they are heavily working on in WoW. While i realize not ALL of the ideas they put in there are going to be chosen, things like this are needed to show newcomers/complainers that Blizzard is working and thinking long term, and that they are there to back up their thoughts. I am so happy with this Q and A even though one of my main classes is not shaman-it definetely makes me hungry for EVERY class' Q and A
i definaely appreciate the Q and A post. although it doesnt answer all the questions, it does show that blizz is considering issues plaguing the class for some time and prolly have other issues under review also. All in all a very positive step.Heck i might even dust of the ole shammy to see how she runs.
can't wait for the QandA for the warlocks.I WANT EXPLANATIONS ABOUT THE FEAR NERFS NOWWWWWWW!(nerdrage)
I hate that guy's balls for what he's done to hunters. I wonder what THAT Q&A will be like.500 POSTS FTW!