Why Shamans can control the elements ?

85 Draenei Shaman
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Note : this is not to blast blizzard.

Blizzard did a lot of detail relatively correct about Shamans and how they fit with the ''clerics'' know on Earth as Shamans.

-Interaction with the soul of the death, who are much more important than any pantheon ? Correct

2)Totem ? More or less correct.

3)Being possible to make astal voyage (IE, the good olf sel-rez) Correct

4)Possibility to morph into animals, to control animals ? Correct

But why control of the elements ? (Well, I understand that the bit about magic mushrooms might have been not adequate for class balance purpose)
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80 Blood Elf Warrior
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Is this a Frank O'Hara poem? I have no idea what you're talking about.
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85 Draenei Shaman
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See, Suntzunami, there are on earth people with titles like ''Druid'', ''Priest'' and ''Shamans''

Generally speaking, in game abilities are roughly similar (at least in name) to something vaguely alike in the ''real'' concept.

It's just the whole ''control of the elements'' gig that is coming from nowhere.
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Shamans don't actually control the elements.

On Azeroth and in-game lore, the elements that we know are all sentiment beings. Fire, Water, Life, Air, Wind, etc. What shamans do is make deals with the elements to get the elements to do things for the shamans. Shamans are able to talk to and promise, please, or threaten those elements. But they don't control those other sentiment beings.

You gotta think of classes in this game in the content of the game itself. Your shaman isn't what you think it is. WoW is different and follows different rules. Druids do something else. Priests channel the Light, which is something completely different like the Force from Star Wars. Mages tap into ley energies all across Azeroth and warlocks tap into the twisting nether. Unless your question is different, then you should have worded it better.

PS: Or is your question why shamans are associated with controlling elements in real life. Is that your question?
Edited by Pensive on 9/24/2011 12:12 PM PDT
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90 Undead Warlock
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09/24/2011 11:58 AMPosted by Rafael
''clerics'' know on Earth as Shamans.

The World of Warcraft exists on Azeroth, not Earth.

Also,
09/24/2011 12:07 PMPosted by Pensive
What shamans do is make deals with the elements to get the elements to do things for the shamans. Shamans are able to talk to and promise, please, or threaten those elements. But they don't control those other sentiment beings.

This.

The elements can be coerced, but not controlled. They may take requests if and only if the request does not detract from their own agendas.
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85 Draenei Shaman
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Good point about Shamans being able to talk with the elements, but short of the so-called Rain Dance, I don't remember many shamans on Earth having this thing in their repertoire....
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In short, a warcraft shaman is actually a traditional shaman with a twist (the elements are the spirits in game as well. Not just human and animals ghosts). A warcraft shaman is what a shaman would be if the elements were also spirits. Make sense? WoW isn't the first game to come up with this concept of a shaman. It was in warhammer and D&D for a long while.

It also derives a lot from certain select regional types of shamans (like the Native American shamans who believe everything has a spirit and thus can be talked too; Re: Rain Dance tradition, The Ghost Dance event).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamanism

http://www.wowpedia.org/Shaman

Shamans are spiritual visionaries of tribes and clans. These gifted warriors who can see into the world of spirits and communicate with creatures invisible to eyes of normal beings. They are beset by visions of the future and use their sight to guide their people through troubled times. Although the shaman may seem wise and serene at first glance, he is a formidable foe; when angered, his wrath is as fierce as those who have a connection to Eternals or nature.[1]
Edited by Pensive on 9/24/2011 12:42 PM PDT
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Shamans don't actually control the elements.

On Azeroth and in-game lore, the elements that we know are all sentiment beings. Fire, Water, Life, Air, Wind, etc. What shamans do is make deals with the elements to get the elements to do things for the shamans. Shamans are able to talk to and promise, please, or threaten those elements. But they don't control those other sentiment beings.

You gotta think of classes in this game in the content of the game itself. Your shaman isn't what you think it is. WoW is different and follows different rules. Druids do something else. Priests channel the Light, which is something completely different like the Force from Star Wars. Mages tap into ley energies all across Azeroth and warlocks tap into the twisting nether. Unless your question is different, then you should have worded it better.

PS: Or is your question why shamans are associated with controlling elements in real life. Is that your question?


The question is related to "shamans in real life have nothing to do with the elements, why is it this way in WoW?"
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85 Dwarf Rogue
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09/24/2011 12:19 PMPosted by Rafael
Good point about Shamans being able to talk with the elements, but short of the so-called Rain Dance, I don't remember many shamans on Earth having this thing in their repertoire....


Try studying Native American Shaman...you may find your answers since Shaman were/are a part of their lives.
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85 Draenei Shaman
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Yes, I know about NA shamans, but if I remember correctly, they believed into talking to the spirits of ''animals'', not elements.
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