Thursday, April 03, 2008

Operation Paladin?

I am tired of my Shaman. That is a bit saddening as I've worked really hard to get his PvP gear and if I abandon him now I'll have barely enjoyed instant-ghost wolf, something I've wanted for my Shaman since 2004.

However, it is apparent to me that Blizzard doesn't give a damn about the class, aside from making sure that Shaman's Restoration talent tree is buffed enough to provide another viable healer class.

If I don't respec Restoration I'll probably never get the Badges of Justice needed to get some new gear.

Since I refuse to do arenas, I'll probably never upgrade my current PvP gear from what is available for purchase via Honor.

Lastly, I don't want to farm 2.5k more gold for my epic flying mount, just so I can farm mining nodes. I'd probably be a bit more motivated if I could somehow rain terror down upon Stormwind from an epic flying mount, but I can't so I won't be farming gold any time soon.

Which brings me to my new project: Operation Paladin. At first I was going to redo my warrior, because they melt face in PvP and tanks are always in demand. Yes, it would take some talent juggling, but it would be worth it unlike respeccing Resotration as a Shaman to try and get better DPS gear that still won't mean jack crap for my Enhance DPS build.

But then I did some thinking and figured a Paladin might be more enjoyable. Why? Because Belfadin is a cool nickname for Horde Paladins. Also, I've never enjoyed the level 1-20 Blood Elf content and I figured it's about time I do so.

Plus, Protection Paladins own face in PvE and hold their own in PvP. Mostly, they don't die in three seconds and at some point I fully intend to perform the fabled Bubble Hearth. Actually, that will probably be the first PvP activity I participate in with my Belf-protadin.


  1. I myself switched from a Paladin to a Shaman for awhile and I quickly went back after getting a set of S1 gear. I still run him as elemental in the arenas/bgs but he's not as much fun as my paladin.

    I guess the main reason I like my paladin is that his talent trees allow me to switch to whatever role in the combat trinity I want to do. I was mostly switching back and forth between retribution and holy for awhile but I've gotten a decent collection of tanking epics from Karazhan/Heroics for the times we can't find a tank.

  2. ROFL, my shaman doesn't even have full S1 gear yet :P I can run my shaman fairly well in PvP, but that doesn't mean jack crap when I run into any of the OP classes.

    I knew it was time to hang up the shaman for a bit when I hit my mailbox to collect a bunch of +healing greens that I bought off the AH to respec Resto.

    Better off spending the time it would take to gear up Resto and funnel it into leveling a Belfadin.

    WotLK may end up resetting gear again, but it won't reset the fact that I have a 70 Belf-protadin and 70 DPS Enhance Shaman. Of course, I have to get the Paladin to 70... 19 atm.

  3. Well I guess my shaman did a lot of Alterac Valley games but I also leeched a bit off my friends in WSG. It's amazing but just having a group of four made it quite easy to win most of those games unless it was a "good" pre-made.

    I also have him on a horrible 3v3 team and have 2 pieces of s3 gear from running it every week for like 3 months.

  4. WSG is a lot better now that they nerfed druid flag carriers... err put a healing debuff on the player holding the flag.

    And don't get me started on Arena gear. I am all for great PvP gear rewards, but not just giving them away from "showing up".


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