Folks, it's the same as it ever was.
I've played a Shaman going on two years.
I think it's just funny that all these level 70 Draenei Shaman are posting in the official forums, QQing, about the upcoming nerf. (No longer letting different ranks of Windfury to proc independently, and some Elemental stuff, to which I say "whatever.")
They've invested so much time into the character, and then Blizzard takes it all away. They'll just /wrists and /quit. These folks have all of a couple months invested and now they're shocked?? Let down? Disappointed? My Shaman was 60 before we even knew we were getting Draenei. They were promised one thing, and now it gets taken away?
QQ - Shamans been doing this from the start. Deal with it. It's still a great class to enjoy.
And, Welcome to my world! Is this a Revelation for you?
You might have asked, I'd have told you.
Folks, being a Shaman is going to be the same as it ever was.
We were never leet DPS. We never took out Elites our level on our own. Hell, I remember 60 Shamans who couldn't clear the Scarlet Monastery on their own. (We needed a 60 Warrior for that, and he had to work at it.)
But our Dungeon gear, The Elements, let us do a little of everything, provided we weren't really looking to fight. ZG finally produced some Hunter gear with +Attack Power that we eyed and took seconds on.
When we started to raid, Molten Core and such, just look at the Tiers 1, 2, and 3 armors. We were expected to be healers. Nothing more.
The old adage: If you can heal, you heal.
New adage: If you can heal, you heal, unless you're a priest, and we'll leverage your shadow abilities to greater effect.
It was our PvP gear that let us PvP, and favored the Enhancement Shaman.
Otherwise, the "serious, raiding, Shaman" was, is, and will be, a healer type.
That's right, "Healbots" if you don't like the role, respected "Healers" if you do. I did.
Now, and then, and in the future, being a Shaman was and is about 1) Healing, Buffing, and Cleansing in Raids and Groups, or 2) playing an Elemental or Enhancement off-spec to PvP, or 3) leveling/grinding as Enhancement. That's how it's always been. That's how it's going to be.
Hey, I got a few levels in Nagrand dual wielding with Flametongue on both weapons. Not Windfury. Yeah, I really appreciated Windfury lately, with good weapons, with two different ranks, but if I were called on to go into an Instance, I'd expect to heal and cleanse. I've got a bag full of healing gear. And I can still just get a kick out of dual wielding with a little windfury thrown in.
The Shamans have always been what they are, and what they're going to be. It's all the same as it ever was.
Shaman, medicine man, healer. Not rogue in mail, not mage in mail.
P.S. And until I start raiding again I'll be Enhancement, and I'll be loving it. Do note that I have *two* Shamans on Kirin Tor. I won't be deleting my Draenei Shaman.
On to another topic:
Pearls Before Swine