I just reactivated my account, I guess I'll have to find some decent equipment first as I sold most of my old stuff before I quit. Right now I'm downloading updates, I'm really curious how much changed during the last year :)
Alot has changed if you haven't played for a year (btw what server are you on?)
Most important is probably the talent tree rebuild. (check it here for shammies)
I stopped playing at the beginning of October 2005, so I guess I missed a few updates :) I used to play on Aegwynn, a German PvP-server. I thought about changing to another server though, the community of many games is better in English-speaking countries, here in Germany there are a lot of impertinent kids.
This new talent-tree looks interesting, the last thing I used was a combination of elemental and enhancement, if I remember correctly.
If you'll be joining an end-game guild, you'll most likely have to respec to restoration since shamans are healers.
But that only counts for instances, right? I'm mostly interested in PvP, so restoration is not exactly what I'd like to do with my shaman.
Fortunately for you they have revised the PvP system for TBC. From now on you won't have to grind endlessly to get Rank 14; but instead, honor is a form of currency you can save up. Also, there is the implemention of the 'arena', which rewards player skill and teamwork. The arena is centered around 2v2, 3v3 and 5v5s. There are two types of arena fights, skirmish and rated matches. The skirmish matches are 'practice' matches and does nothing to further you as a team; however the rated matches holds a great importance for your team. As I understood it, you must play a total of 10 rated matches a week -- you can play more, but you will earn less for each win and lose more for each loss. But, yeah, at the end of the week, your win-loss stats will be compiled and compared to other teams on the server, and then you will get a 'rating'. The higher rating your team has, the more 'arena points' you gain when you win. If you beat a team with higher rating than yours, you also gain more than if you beat one with lesser rating, and the higher rating your team has, the tougher opponents you'll meet.
Arena points is equal to honor points, it's currency that allows you to buy arena gear, which has stats focused on PvP. Arena gear costs more than ordinary honor gear, but that's 'cause it's probably harder to get.
Anyhow, bottom line, if you find a good PvP partner, you can make an arena team together, and test your might against other team (you also fight teams from your own faction).
In addition, you have some time to gear up before TBC hits, as the new PvP system is already implemented, so you can PvP and get Rank 14 gear.
tshirt;3462084Blood elf priest fear-ward will make life easier.
Blood Elves don't get fear ward, Dranei do. So now two Alliance races have it :uhm:
Still, not that hard to tank and avoid fears really. Shaman's will be shunted a little once Paladins catch up Horde side, espeically seeing as the max raid limit will be reduced to 25 too. Raids will maybe take one or two for token totems, and will probably be expected to heal as they will most probably take healer spots.
It's not blood elves? Hmm thats my memory shot then.....Well there's a simple solution to shaman problems..roll something else :)
MrFancypants;3462378 I'm mostly interested in PvP, so restoration is not exactly what I'd like to do with my shaman.
You kind of cut yourself short on time but get into the BG's and do what almost everyone else is and grind for PvP gear. Right now it's the mad dash to have good gear to help start that 60-70 grind. I've seen some, as I'm sure most have, of the greens and blues from the 60-70 quests/dungeons and I can tell you you'll be replacing your epics soon into those higher LvLs. But since the changes in patch 2.0 it's easier to get the PvP epics. Even with the nerf, it's still pretty simple if you have the time to put in.
One thing I'd like to say though is "bah" at Blizzard for adding Shaman gear to Alliance instances via the patch 2.0. It's so much fun doing raids and seeing Shaman gear drop.... gg Blizzard! :rolleyes:
I like the recent changes, although the Horde is rather disappointing if it comes to PvP on my server, they lose all the time, especially in Alterac Vally. It used to be exactly the other way around one year ago though, so I guess it is only fair.
Do you have any help with how I can get more points? I have some difficulties with that as my equipment is rather low (about level 50 in average). Another problem is that I don't have an epic-mount or the money to get one which is really a disadvantage in most PvP situations. The mount isn't even the problem, as there are so many ways to get one, but getting all the money for the riding skill increase looks like a lot of work.