In Which Our Heroine Angsts About WoW


Feel free to skip if you don’t care about WoW (not that you’re not free to skip anyway…)

So, yeah.  As has NOT been announced on the WoW Blog, I did a main-swap about a month ago.  After 4+ years of Holy Priest, I’m now on a Resto Shaman.  Aaand, I’m sucking at it.  Maybe because the other two Resto Shaman are really really good, maybe because it’s just a LOT different from Priest, but I feel like I’m completely slipping down the learning curve.

I don’t know.  My healing co-lead tells me that it’s a period of adjustment, that I’m STILL playing catch-up with several pieces of gear (because, of course, I’m wearing a combination of Ulduar Best in Slot and random Heroic Blues), that playing a shaman requires a completely different (brute force) way of thinking than the subtlety of priest…

I guess I’m just frustrated with myself because, well, it’s been a month and I STILL do noob things like forgetting to drop totems, or not refreshing Earth Shield, or forgetting what my current dots on Grid mean after having a completely different mindset for so long.  But it’s been a month, we’re progressing in Ulduar now…  And I just don’t have patience with myself, because I spend all my downtime wondering if I made the right choice…  Not so much because I don’t enjoy it (I ❤ my shammy, and it’s nice to play something-not-a-priest after so long) but because I wonder if I’m really not doing my best for the raid…

Would the raid be better served by me being on my priest?  I’m experienced and know the class backwards and forwards.  Swapping to Shaman was entirely a selfish decision.  God the guilt.


5 responses »

  1. Your raid is best served by you enjoying the class you play. =]

    I doubt there’s some wrinkle in your brain that’s clogging up the bit that would allow you to learn how to play a shammy as a healer. *grins* Barring a physical or mental limitation, you’ll get the hang of it and then you’ll wonder why you ever thought about swapping.

    Playing a class you are no longer in love with is just going to lead to burnout,and that’s definitely not in the best interests of you or your raid.

    They seem to be okay with you taking the time to get this thing figured out, and you’re a smart cookie. I tried a healy shammy for a while and you’re right – the mental gear switching is incredible. There’s a lot more cooldowns to keep track of, and the switch from proactive to reactive healing isn’t an easy one to make, especially if you’d been a priest for ages and ages.

    Chin up! ❤

    • That’s what people keep telling me. It just feels like my timing sucks, since I’m trying to learn the class AND learn Ulduar at the same time. Trial by fire, much?

      I dunno, I’ve pretty much ALWAYS thought of the raid first. So it’s really difficult for me to willingly choose to play a class I know I’m not so good at, vs a class where I know I AM really good. At least difficult without a lot of background angst.

      And I know that my biggest gear issue at the moment falls into “too much mp5, too little haste” (essentially, to drop ~100 of one, and pick up ~100 of the other) but it’s so hard to give up that never-ending mana pool. (Hi, my name is Marianne, I play a shammy with a bottomless mana pool, even though it’s totally not what’s supposed to happen.)

      So yeah, constantly fighting with myself, constantly comparing my spell useage to the other shammies, constantly banging my head into a wall because I haven’t got it yet.


    • And actually, that really sums my feelings up quite neatly. I still love priest, it was my first love and I’m never going to want to stop playing it 100%… But I’m not in love with it anymore.

      Which I never really thought of in that way, but it helps a lot with clarity.

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