I play a Shaman. My friend plays a Shaman. My wife plays a Shaman. Which only goes to show you what noobs we are.
See, Shamans are the least popular class in the game. Even soul sucking Warlocks, without a saving grace, other than being a requirement to kill Garr in Molten Core, are more popular. WoW Insider has a story about it.
And I have to wonder: “Why??”
It’s a very powerful class. It solos pretty well right from the get go. Early play involves a combination of casting lightning bolts and knock stuff silly with big weapons. In time the big weapon is imbued with Windfury and you’re really going to step out. A little further in and you’re replacing your leather with mail armor. You just became like this mini-Warrior. Anyone remember the Shaman tanking General Drakkisith, when level 60 was the max? And then you’re replacing your big two-hander with two one-handers. Dual wielding Windfury (the flavor now might be windfury + flame tongue for synergy with flame lash, if I’m not mistaken) you’re pretty much a whirlwind of death.
My first, and only 80, is my Shaman. It was trivial once I got flight to knock everything else out. Being Elemental, I played the caster with solid self-healing ability, and when things got real bad I had some emergency features to use. Stone Claw Totem, Earth and Fire Elemental Totems, Thunderstorm and run, etc, and I’d live to fight another day. I can count on one hand, and have a few fingers left to hold a beer, how many corpse runs I made in Wrath of the Lich King on my way to 80.
Shamans have group buffs, can heals others and themselves, can melee or cast really well.
They say Hunters are the ultimate soloists. I’ve got a Hunter. I still prefer my Shaman. He’s a self-contained execution machine. (And by “execution” I mean getting things done.)
They’re good healers, good casters, good melee dps. There’s nothing wrong with them.
So, why are they least popular? The totems thing??