IntroductioN: Hello fellow shamans. This guide is my intention to bring some advice to new players of vanilla server. I have read a lot shammy forum but did not find any suitable guide for the PVP enhancement , so i tried out to create this one. I hope you enjoy!
READ THIS GUIDE IF:
You dont know where to start to play enh shammy.
You enjoy spending some time reading a guide made from other players.
You wish to see shaman class deeper than it seems
WHO AM I????????
I am Asherdoom (here) In retail i was arena master in wrath and warlord vanilla title, always as enh shammy. I enjoyed a lot playing this class especially with friends for fun only, maybe going into stormwind and make a mess . I always seen wow as a fun game, not a work. I hate flamers and trolls and always tried to help also low level players ganked by end gaming players. (For me such players are veeery bad mon!)
Shaman class are unique on his kind, especially in vanilla. Unlike druid and paladin they have 2 dps specs and one resto. They are not strong healers like priests, not good melee fighters like rogues or warrior, not potent dps as mage. So what makes shaman class so dangerous? why choose shammy class over the others??
Simple: shammy can do ALL the other classes job 's also if not perfectly. that's why he is a HYBRID CLASS. if you like a tank roll warrior! if u like heavy nuker, roll mage and so on. Shammy require brain. You got it? BRAIN!!! : if you read all this guide you will understand what i mean
Ofc another good reason to roll shammy is because, unlike other classes, which got a monotone play style, we are funny!!! no mater what spec u choose, shammy ALWAYS make you have a lot of fun!!!
1. SPEC AND INFO
3. WEAPON IMBUES
1.SPEC AND INFO (flamewar incoming xDDD)
this is the spec i'm running with and never deceived me
pros and cons: this spec offer whatever i need to survive vs melee and sometimes ranged (Shield specialization helps a lot vs warrior and rogues, I will explain tactic later on), while thoughness is good vs every physical attack.
Guardian totems: reduce the cd of grounding: need explanation??
Thundering strikes: 5% crit is not that op, still good indeed and needed for flurry. a must have.
Improved Ghost wolf: you can cast gw in 1 second. Still usefull talent, increase your mobility, especially in bg. Enh is mainly a melee and GW is one of our gap closer, so this talent is essential.
Two handed maces and axes: give us the chance to use 2h weapons. burst incoming! ouch!
Flurry: no need to explain, 30%atkspd with 2handed weapon.... /trollface
Thoughness: 3/5 is good. increase a little ur armor giving survivability vs melee. Not a must, but i found it confortable especially when u swap with shield and 1hand vs melee.
Elemental weapons: srsly, just read tooltip and look a little down!!
Parry: More survivabiliy. Take it.
Weapon mastery: good dmg boost. a must have!
Stormstrike: Unlike many shamans thinks, this spell give you an extra attack. DOT! not an extra attack with increased power bla bla bla, is a free swing. the sequent effect is that apply debuff to target which increase NATURE dmg taken for 20%. is our signature spell. take it and love it!
Tidal Focus: 5% reduce cost on healing. You will use LHW for pvp mainly so reduce the cost is a good idea, considering you will not equip INT gear... you're melee!!! Ancestral Fortitude: increase ur armor (which stack with thoughness: more survivability on proc vs melee and physical dmg... and thrust me is enough spam rank 1 LHW to have it during downtime, i will explain it later....
Totemic focus: Reduce cost of totem is a great idea, considering enh heavily depend on totems... 2 points are enough.
Nature guidance: some additional hit never hurt!
Nature focus: is essential to cap it cuz when u need to heal, especially in 1v1 situation you dont have to lose time. a LHW must enter, this talent help you to have delay in healings.
This other spec is the one i l always seen using, it focus more on dmg and less survivability. Is a matter of choice i dont like it.
Short answer: Warlord rush and liutenaunt when u can. Nice stats and good bonus for enh in pvpenvironment. This mean ignore all except farming battlegrounds. I highly discourage this way because a unequipped shammy enh is useless. totally. N damage, no survivability, you are just free honor for the enemy, nothing more.
Long answer: If you dont play in a pvp guild, you can abuse pve to get good starting gear to jump after in pvp.
a typical example is the AQ drops like :
These ofc are mere example, but there are also other amor to wear
believe me or not, i saw some shammy running this set at first approach in pvp... LOL. Is not wrong, but i would like to remind you that u use MAIL!!! if possible leave this set for druids and rogues mon!
good set that erasse your mana problem, although is preferred by casters...still gives nice survivability thanks to bonus set.
The Five Thunders
NONONO!!! is a CASTER ONLY set you also lose strength and gold! avoid it!!!
Raid sets? no thanks are for caster shammy, not for enh!!! enh is born to be WARLORD! so be it!!!
Beaststalker Armor, I highly recommend this set. Although is considered usually an hunter set, also for enh shammy is very nice, a high amount of agility, stamina and intellect boost your overall damage a lot! strenght is only +20, but still is very nice amount that you can also stack on enventual offset It only requires level 53 to be equipped so if you're in a good guild you can ask your mates to form a dungeon group and farm it early. Horray!
Here the link with the relevant places from whre u get this set,
OFF SETS (REP STUFF)
Argent dawn: Medallion of the Dawn
Thorium Brotherhood: [Sulfuron Hammer] (if ure pve/lucky enough)
Timbermaw: [Defender of the Timbermaw] for trolling in random bg (hey, psst! buy the insignia of the horde!!!)
Replace for main set i recommend
Zandalari: [Bloodsoul Gauntlets] is just too strong! instead of set gloves use this you will not regret!!!
Question:"Hey asher, i just dinged 60, im full green and dont like pve/no guild wanna get me in cuz im not resto, what can i do to gear up?
Hi, is not all doom and gloom my dear! You are fresh dinged? and so? you can start to gear in many ways!
Example n1: Professions!
Leatherwork or blacksmith give you decent items If you farm some repotation with the factions! Items like [Dreamscale Breastplate] are a typical example of what profession can give you!
Here i list the armor that you can get from faction rep, enjoy!
[Dreamscale Breastplate], requires Cenarion Expedition Exalted
[Chromatic Gauntlets], Thorium brotherhood revered
[Black Dragonscale Boots], Thorium Brotherhood honored
[Fiery Chain Girdle] thorium brotherhood honored
[Black Grasp of the Destroyer], from Moam, in AQ
I list here the blacksmith and leatherworking list with full complete recipes obtainable, these were only to give you an example
Example 2: dungeon runs.
It is linked to explanation be4, there are nice drops that do not compose a set in dungeon. For example, here some good items dropped in stratholme for ya.
Hammer of the Grand Crusader, only because looks badass XD
Band of Flesh
Cape of the Black Baron
Gauntlets of Deftness
and now some example from UBRS
Eye of Rend also makes you looks cool!!
Draconian Deflector although is for tanks if noone of them needs it you can pick it up since in pvp you will use a lot the shield (see strategy section)
Shadow Prowler's Cloak
As you can see there are many ways to gear up be4 trying to pvp hardly! With also blue dungeon stuff you are a valuable resource for your teammates! Do not get discouraged, however, because the first impact in pvp for most people is terrible! Nobody likes to see a full marshall warrior tear you apart with your basic gear no? So what elso to do for better gear? Simple! Factions! I am not only talking regarding standard factions like Argent Dawn or Thorium Brotherhood only, but also Defilers, Outriders and Frostwolfs!
The best is the Frostwolf to begin: Alterac Valley is 40man and is here where the lack of gear is less relevant: is very rare that all 40 players are full green no? Grinding reputation with this faction allow you to purchase [The Unstoppable Force] one of the best maces in game for pvp. Free stun on proc gives you some little cc that shaman class needs. [The Immovable Object] is just face roller, an amazing shield that boosts your survivability when you need to swap weapon. [Frostbite] is good to use with the shield. [Don Julio's Band] not only is cool the name, but also very strong on you!
ENCHANTS: under work I have mine, but are not the top gotta check!!!
I want to thank feenix staff to let me revive the good old days, the server community for being always good and rarely bad, helping me back in the leveling days and giving me the chance to make good pvp !
I wanto also to add a poll, please be constructive in comments and feedbacks, i know i got still work to do, give me the time!
I please, repeat, PLEASE, ask you all to do not troll or spam here, is a topic i created to help all new shammy player and have a constructive discussion with the community.
LOK THAR HOGAR Shamans, may the spirits bless your path!!!