Informative Shaman OP!Last Update: July 2nd, 2010
A while ago I decided to take the responsibility of keeping up the shaman (and mage) thread here, noting any patch notes coming down the line, and more importantly and advice repeated often by the community (talent builds and such). Since having quit the game, I've done a super bad job at that. I'll try to work on keeping things up to date but I need you guys to PM me whatever info / links are relevant.
As of April 9th, 2010, everything should be considered out of date unless it has a date mark next to it.Cataclysm Info and Previews:
(updated July 2nd)
The NDA has been lifted on Cataclysm now that the expansion has gone from Alpha to Closed Beta. While I could keep up a log here on things as they come, I'm going to save myself - and you! - the trouble and give you two very useful links. WoWTal is MMO Champion's new Talent Calculator site, and the second link is a compilation of all Cataclysm info for the Shaman, including the preview from this past April.
(touched up May 28th)
Q: What should I spec for leveling?
Recommended Talent Builds:
A: Enhancement is a favorite and easiest to gear for (pre-Cataclysm; this is bound to change), but elemental is doable and especially so with TBC / WotLK gear.
Q: Why should I play a shaman?
A: They're fun, and each spec is rather straight forward and unique in gameplay while still leaving you available to do the others at least mediocrely. Plus shaman are great for support in groups. The best, if you ask me!
Q: I'm resto spec and want to get the right gems slotted. What should I use?
A: For shaman it's all about haste with gems. Specific numbers to be posted later.
(touched up May 28th)
Resources for Shamans:
(recommended UI mod links, websites with info, etc) (out of date)
Latest Patch Notes:
Recount UI Mod: http://wow.curse.com/downloads/wow-addons/details/recount.aspx
This UI mod tracks damage and your DPS rating, good at measuring and testing your spell casting order.
Omen Threat Meter UI Mod: http://wow.curse.com/downloads/wow-addons/details/omen-threat-meter.aspx
This UI mod tracks threat. OP has not used this himself since he knows yellow around your portrait in the base UI means "stop!"
MMO Champion: http://www.mmo-champion.com/
Not shaman specific, but if you want to get the latest news yourself on the game, go here. Their talent tool is quickest to be updated on new patch info, and includes glyph positions.
A very clean index of all WoW information possible, including quests, spells, talents, tradeskills, etc. They have a talent tool, which updates slowly to patch info, but probably loads faster and looks purdier than anything else. Also fuck Thottbot.
(updated on April 9th, 2010)This will only track news regarding upcoming or recently implemented patches / changes.Will update sometime soon.