First! (Or, dear gods I hope this doesn’t suck!)
I had a conversation yesterday with a few folks (I’m looking at you @psynister, @wowcynwise and @JustAlethiar!!) and was reminded that sometimes you just have to put yourself out there and do it. So, after much trepidation, here will be my attempt to do just that…
The purpose of this blog will be to help answer questions that I had (or possibly amuse the heck out of some folks trying to do so) when I was starting out in the world of raiding on a Resto Shaman. However, if you get something out of it, by all means please take away what you can. There will in all likelihood be some rants about work, life in general and a few other things as we ll. So with that being said, a little about me:
I started playing an enhancement Shaman a few months back after a break from WoW. I had always played a hunter when I raided and until late into Wrath of the Lich King I had enjoyed it immensely. Then the talent revamps came out, and I hated what hunters became. Even though I had stepped away from WoW, I missed it terribly. So I began to look at the stable of alts I had amassed over six years of playing which mainly contained on Steamwheedle Cartel – Alliance. At that time, I had just my hunter to 85 and my priest, paladin and warrior to various states of working their way to 85.
And my Draenei Shaman, sitting there all lonely like at level 61. I always had enjoyed playing her (She started out being Karalexya) and race changes had just become available to dwarves, so I thought I’d switch from a Draenei to a Dwarf and keep her female. (Stormcaller Myrla has by far been my favorite NPC in this expansion.) After the race change, I quickly leveled Kara to 85 and sought to make her my main. I absolutely loved Resto and was moderately enjoying Elemental, but the guild I was in was dissolving quickly. Rather than look for (yet) another alliance guild I set to check a few Horde guilds, and quickly found one I was interested in. I paid for a faction transfer and made Kara a Tauren Male named Somnar. Unfortunately, that guild wasn’t really honest about their raiding but I had found Enhancement again and gathered some good gear from ZA and ZG during that time. Shortly thereafter I found my current guild, <Esoterica> (More on them later!) and after a few heroic runs as Enhancement, I had found myself a raid spot.. They we’re just starting back to raiding, and in need of a healer. Our RL, having an alt Shaman had no problem accepting a new Resto Shaman as that healer.
Thus began my journey into Restoration as a Shaman.
I found some great resources well after we had started into Firelands and hopefully this blog will serve to point folks in the right direction that are in the same boat that I, and so many others find ourselves in. I’m not going to delve much into theorycrafting (I’ll leave that to the experts!) and will probably rehash some things that had been said before. But in the end, I hope to serve as a reference for the folks out there who are looking for current information on playing a restoration Shaman and not on the cutting edge of raiding.
As for <Esoterica>, we’re currently 5 of 7 in the Firelands, and progressing rather well for our one night a week.
I’ve been talking with folks and other bloggers on Twitter for about a month now, and finally found the courage to hit the publish button. I’m by no means a professional writer and this is my first attempt at a blog. Hopefully we’ll find something great here!