So my sister has come into some free time recently and she’s decided to level her mage with my shaman. My shaman, who just two weeks ago was level 25 and gathering dust has been on leveling streak and is now sitting pretty at level 70. We had decided to aim for level 80 before Brewfest so that we could take advantage of the holiday’s easy gearing options (i.e free and easy trinkets that are quite nice, to boot). It looks like we’ll make it with time to spare despite some serious distractions being thrown at us from the real-life world.
It’s been nice leveling with her again. As much as I loved my solo toons I’ve really missed leveling with her. Together we make a really good team and with her awesome dps (and my heals making her nigh unkillable) we’re tearing through everything like so much mob-shaped tissue paper and it’s been really, really fun.
Shaman healing is really fun, too. Now that I’ve got a few more healing options it’s not quite so much like paladin healing as it seemed at first, but there are definite and distinct similarities. I think that being experienced on the paladin has definitely helped my transition. I’ve become fairly adept at healing on the shammy, as we’ve been hitting dungeons fairly extensively as we’ve gone along. I really like shammy heals, it’s a good class and quite fun. They have a rather nice toolbox, and despite a few annoyances, are really great healers (both in a fun-to-play way, and in the end results of the class when well-played). The spacial geometry aspect of chain heal can be an interesting challenge, and though sometimes I wish the dps would be a little more accommodating in their positioning decisions, there is usually a player in the general area that you need to get your green beam o’ healing bouncing.
I can’t wait to see what the final journey through Northrend brings, and to hit those dungeons. Thus far the dungeon finder has been pretty good to me, with minimal dps “tanks” and most have been able to at least hold aggro (though my sister has had to hold back a few times, much to her disappointment). Sadly, the squishy dps tanks are typically also the ones that can’t hold aggro and I’ve been somewhat disappointed at the lack of recognition of just how much it takes to keep a party up through those sorts of pulls. I have gotten a few “nice heals” comments in those situations, and those always brighten my day. Unfortunately, more often than not I am met with annoyance at my mana efficiency (or lack thereof) after these pulls. Yes, when I have to spam aoe heals or send rapid-fire heals at all 3 dps who have pulled aggro I am going to need to drink after the pull. If you don’t want me to drink after every pull, then don’t make every pull a complete cluster-fuck. *sigh* Anyway, that’s been annoying me. Overall, a very good experience though. I’ll be both excited and sad when the journey to 80 ends and my original goal of an 80 of each class is finally realized.