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World of warcraft shaman guide: secrets of the totem mage warrior

Jul 16, 2008
If you ever come across a world of warcraft guide about Shamans you could easily be misled into thinking that you are actually reading a bundle of guides glued together featuring warriors, mages or any of the other healer classes. Or you might make the mistake of wondering that it's a guide on Druids. No wonder since like Druids, Shamans can also heal tank and cast.

Then you might read in forums and other online sites, that they are not as good in these abilities as the classes that specialise in them. However when you consider that Druids can heal in tree form or that they can tank as bears, or give damage when turning into a cat, remember that Shamans is able to do all of of this at the same time without the need to shape shift - though they can turn into wolves to travel faster.

There is one feature that makes the world of warcraft Shaman stand out, and this is their use of totems which when planted into nearby ground gives them and fellow members various benefits such as healing and aid in fighting opponents. It's the use of these totems which is what makes playing a Shaman a challenging experience.

There are four kinds of totems : Water, Fire, Earth and Air. Each of these totems needs to be carefully implemented during group combat or solo play, needing split timing decisions in the heat of battle. Their asset to a group includes having the spell of Reincarnation which allows them to resurrect themselves or other members once every played hour to 40 minutes if you assign more talent points to this ability.

With the release of the burning crusade expansion kit being a shaman is not only a class that is specific to the Horde. The new Dranei class in the alliance can also play as shamans, having attributes that makes them particularly adept at playing this class; some would argue that this is the best class to choose for this alliance race.

There are 3 types of Shaman specializations that players can explore upon reaching the end of game phase of wow. These are Elemental, Enhancement and Restoration abilities. The Elemental Shamans directive is to deal out high damage and in this regard they are regarded as the best choice when wanting to power level fast. The Restoration Shamans on the other hand have more refined healing abilities and will make very effective healers and back up casters in groups.

This small world of warcraft guide on shamans barely scratches the surface to give you an idea of how complex and multi talented this wow class is. It's the very fact that they are jack of all trades and master of none that makes them a class to consider because as you play it you will be able to determine whether you enjoy casting, tanking or healing. But be under no illusion, Shamans can indeed master of these talents and skills just as proficiently as any of the classes that are more specialized in them, making them expert of all of these abilities and definitely the jack of none. And find out at your peril if you belong to a class that thinks this. Shamans are quite simply no pushovers.
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