What type of content do you focus on? [PvE/PvP/Both]
If PvE, what type of PvE? [Heroics/Raids/Other]
If PvP, what type of PvP? [Arenas, BGs, Rated BGs]
Rated BGs, BGs
What are your biggest quality-of-life issues? For instance, no longer requiring ammo could be considered a quality-of-life improvement for hunters.
This is going to sound like a broken record, and it is. Totemtwisting, and poor class scaling. Shaman becoming penalized for loosing GCDs for their totems that provide basic class benefits.
What makes playing your class more fun?
Totems are both the icon and bane of the Shaman. No other class has a resource like the shaman does. You can not see a Death Knight's runic power, or see a Warlock's shard count. Yet when you see a glowing crystal/rock/sticks/mechanical/etc on the ground, you know that a shaman is here.
Chain spells, "Ward Spells" (HR and EQ), and elementals are icons of the shaman.
No other class has the visuals that the shaman does, the raw, primeval elements the shaman uses. Fire, Lightning, and Earth define dps, and Water defines healing. The change for Resto from nature based to water based was brilliant.
Weapon Imbues are fantastic, only rogues have something like that, and theirs is too passive to be even close. I know where the concepts of a lot of shaman lore comes from and this is one fantastic adaptation.
What makes playing your class less fun?
Again, totem twisting. Shaman have a huge variety of spells at their disposal, and rightfully so as the jack-of-all healers. However, the need for certain totems at certain times, along with the mana cost, destroys that feature.
Poor class scaling is the one that kills me every time. Per raid, I cast around 25-30% more spells/attacks than a druid will. For paladins that gap is slighting closer, but for priests it is even further. As far as dps, wasted GCDs determines if I have a raid slot or not.
How do you feel about your “rotation”? (Rotation is the accepted order in which abilities are used to maximum efficiency.)
I love the enhancement rotation. I enjoy this healing model way more than what it was in Wrath/BC. Personally I am not a far of casters, but the elemental spec has its place as well.
Unfortunately no single spec has an ability that gives it that oomph/stank/shine/kick/etc that every other class has, let alone for PvP. Enhancement needs another mechanic build into their rotation to make it shine, but not a fundamental change. Resto need more. Not spells, their model is fabulous with how it is working atm, but an effect from their spells on top of ironing out the last of the bugs in the resto mechanics. I love elemental as it stands, for what little I like playing a caster.
What’s on your wish list for your class?
I would like to see more frost damage, and increased impact of weapon imbues on the class as a whole (along with changes to totems to not waste GCDs). Totems need to simply "do more".Enhancement
This spec needs something more than just passive buffs. The Lava Lash mechanic is neat and brings variety, but spec needs one more. Personally I would love to see usage of the Earth Elemental for enhancement and have it increase Stormstrike damage, or preferably add a mechanic to the windfury totem to either add, or spawn an air elemental creating a new mechanic similar to the Searing Bolts of our fire totem. These would remain totem based, and not a problem for PvP balance. Increasing nature damage for our LBs, Shield, and shocks would be very easy to regulate, and very easy to add an AoE component to.Enhancement PvP
Weapon Imbues is a huge part of Enhancement, but suffers from GCD usage. This could be alleviated with a talent or ability that changes all fire based abilities into frost abilities. FT becomes a form of Frostbrand, or better yet, a passive ability when frostbrand is placed of the off-hand to change it into a form of, lets call it, "Ice Assault" (im not the best at naming things, my tabby cat is called Tiger). It could accrue ice charges from the now Freezing Totem, and then provide a snare or a form of Shatter Combo on attack. This would free up Frost Shock, and maybe, just maybe, enhancement could be a class that does more than single target in PvP.
What spells do you use the least?
Unfortunately, Far Sight. I needs to stay, but need something more to it. Healing Surge isn't even on my bar anymore.