Edit from Alas: I’m an idiot and forgot to include a link back to my guest poster. This comes from Lonomonkey at Screaming Monkeys.
I was asked (threatened) by the lovely (tyrannical) Alas to write a guest post for her wonderful blog (I lost a bet…). Specifically, she asked me to write about the class I hate the most and to be honest, this is something that took me about five seconds to figure out.
I hate Shamans!
Not the people who play them mind you. There’s some great shamans players like Rhee out there and I’d play with them any day but personaly, shamans are the one class I could never get and the one I hate facing in pvp.
Frost shock traumatized
I’ve always been a fan of melee classes and back in early Vanilla WoW I was playing a warrior. Back then, meeting a shaman was literally a death sentence for me because of a single little spell, Frost Shock! Nowadays it’s not as great as it used to be but back then, Frost shock was the only answer shamans needed to solve all life problems. They even made a video about it (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbdC9_vMzHs).
So every time I would meet a shaman it would go like this. Frost shock… I’m slowed so I can’t get to damn shaman, then I blow all my cooldowns just to get to him and he frost shock me again… and again… and he uses a small heal and then I’m dead. If I was lucky I would surprise the shaman and kill him! But then he’d just self-raise and kill me with the frost shock spam.
Ok, I know the class has changed a lot since then but I still hate shamans in pvp. They always have a totem or a snare or something to mess with me. They just don’t fight fair!
And then I just don’t get them
I don’t get how to play a shaman and probably never will. Every time I tried to level one I would give up around level 20. I don’t get how you’re supposed to mesh it all together, the totems, the spells, the cooldowns and just everything. I just keep taking too much damage and dying way too often. I’ve read guides and even then… shamans remain this weird and mysterious class I just can’t understand.
So there you go. No real rational reason for me to hate shamans besides being traumatized back in Vanilla and not understanding them. It’s not really rational, I know, but sometimes, you just don’t like something and this is one of those cases.