This and blood fear were the reason almost every team in the tournament had a lock and a shaman.
no every team was lock/shaman because every team that qualified PLAYED lock/shaman in cata.
tbh the #1 comp that should have won the blizz con tournament, that hard countered every other team in the tournament...
hpally/warrior/feral... kitty cleave.
theres no way Snutz's MLS would have lasted 5 seconds against kitty cleave.
but months ago when it was time to see which teams were going to china, kitty cleave stunk, and lock/shaman didnt. so lock shamans there were.
I've heard this quite a bit, but honestly all teams had ample time to practice new strats. I dont believe these pros would just bring what they were comfortable with when they qualified if they wanted to win the tournament, especially since the game itself changed dramatically with the new expansion. Im sure they brought exactly what they thought had the best chance of winning, and the fact that they brought what they did speaks for itself.
Everyone thinks, including me at first, that the shaman nerfs came from out of left field, but the need for it was right in front of us the whole time. And to adapt shamans will just have to be more proactive about things just as rude is saying.
Shamans are nowhere near as forgiving as they were, but the great one's will still be great.