Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a bit of an altaholic – part of it is because I have a low attention span and part of it is because I want to sample a wide variety of what a game has to offer.
My decision to roll a Shaman was due to a bit of both of those things. I was getting tired of my Priest – although I love the character and like the idea of being a level 80 healer for instances and raids, it’s just too much of a damn grind. I feel like sub-par DPS with a ton of healing spells I never, ever use. I think Tobold once referred to the Priest as a bot class and that’s exactly what it feels like to me. With all of these other interesting and diverse classes available, the Priest just seems single minded, repetitive and lacking in power. At level 45 I can’t heal any better than a Shaman or Druid yet I’m utterly limited in the way I play. Hmm.
The Shaman is a breath of fresh air in comparison. Firstly, my low level experience is far easier compared to the Priest’s and the class is a lot more balanced. I rarely die and can kill things pretty quickly making life far less frustrating. Also, the class is much more fun and diverse. I can go pure healing, melee DPS or spell DPS and each offers a different style of play. They also get a lot of interesting spells like Ghost Wolf, Astral Recall and Resurrection, giving the class a bit of flavour. I didn’t feel like there was anything my Priest could do that another class couldn’t.
It’s also worth pointing out that at level 17 I have one healing spell. One. And it’s enough. My Priest had about four and I never used any of them. What’s the point in giving low level characters so many healing spells when they aren’t necessary and never used. Priests would be far better off getting Shadowform or another damange spell early on in the lives.
In the end, my whole experience with healers has left me really wondering as to the state of healing in WoW. Unlike games like EQ2, it seems like an unnecessary after-thought. Maybe it’s the entire focus on quest soloing that the game has but it seems like healing, or at least powerful healing, is quite redundant until level 80… meaning there isn’t much room for an aspiring Priest in the game.