Hello everyone, I wanted to make a post to address all of the recent posts asking about the lack of resto shaman content from me at the lately. I have not been able to get content due to both of my shamans being undergeared and being unable to find good teams that I actually want to play on. I have been focusing on my paladin this season as I have never achieved gladiator or rank one on another class and I have been playing a shaman since vanilla WoW. I have also achieved gladiator several times on a shaman as well as multiple rank one titles. You can see why I could use a change of scenery!
Rest assured, this does not mean I am retiring from skillcapped by any means and I will continue to generate videos in the future when I am able to gather suitable content. I am very picky about the content I use when I make my videos for skillcapped so if it's not up to my standards I'm not going to use it because it will not teach you guys anything if the material and strategies are bad or gimicky. That being said the teams I have been playing on lately are not ones that I would use to create videos for skillcapped. If I am able to gather content in the near future I will generate more videos but I wanted to make a post to address the issue and let everyone know what is going on.
The reason I am so far behind on gear is because I missed several weeks of points due to not having teams early in the season and waiting a bit before leveling my second shaman. This caused me to quickly fall behind on gear and that was causing more and more losses for my teams and made playing my shaman extremely stressful and unenjoyable because I would have to play that much harder than the other team and they may have even been a very low rated team but the lack of gear and especially the lack of a tier 2 healing weapon caused many losses for my team and caused a lot of frustration. In order to obtain a tier 2 weapon you first need to have gathered over 15k conquest points for the season, then you need to be able to get 2200 in 3v3 or 5v5 before you can buy the weapon. Getting above 2200 was not the issue for me you see. The issue was that the shaman that became my main for the season was my alt shaman and the shaman that I chose to level second. This meant that I was able to get the rating fine but it was going to take weeks before I was able to gain enough points for the season to buy the tier 2 weapon. This was fine for a while but eventually teams started getting their tier 2 weapons because they had been getting points since the beginning of the season and alot were playing rbgs which give a huge conquest cap for very little work. This made playing my shaman more and more difficult because soon everyone had their tier 2 weapons and had a huge advantage on me and the situation quickly deteriorated due to other teams buying better and better armor while I was just trying to get enough points to even be on their level. This didn't cause my shaman to become unplayable, it cause it to become a challenge to play but I eventually decided to wait until my shaman had enough points to obtain a tier 2 weapon before I started playing seriously. This is when my team started falling apart.
The team I was playing on and doing well with fell apart and my shaman sat on the server for months not getting points. So STILL my shaman was unable to buy a tier 2 and I brought him to the server where my paladin was where I was playing with old arena friends of mine so that my shaman would have a team to play on and have some fun. I was playing paladin at the time to begin mastering another class and I ended up learning the class extremely quickly and found that the paladin would do much better against the cleave teams that we were fighting against constantly and losing to when playing my shaman because he simply wasn't able to put out enough healing and was able to be controlled too much so if I didn't play extremely well or even perfectly we would lose against some teams. With the addition of blanket silences and lockouts causing totems to be unusable this really put a damper on my love for the shaman class. As I got better at my paladin and started getting better and better gear I found that the paladin could heal much better with less gear and could actually heal all of this cleave damage I was having to deal with. On top of that the cooldowns a paladin brought to the table allowed me to heal much more because I was able to stay out of enemy crowd control and bring a lot more defensive utility to my team which I was lacking with my shaman. My teammates soon began to like playing with my paladin more than my shaman because I was able to manage with the swarm of KFC's that were extremely dominant on the ladder. With the paladin's cooldowns I was much more capable of dealing with the damage and control of KFC. This was important because my team and I play warrior, mage, holy paladin which is a pretty rare comp and I have yet to find another on the US battlegroups that have been as high rated as we have. That being said, having a mage on our team makes him an extremely good target to KFC teams so you can see why being able to do an enormous amount of pressure healing was important to my team's success. The other big reason I enjoyed playing the paladin more this season was mana issues. Shamans are extremely gear dependent when it comes to mana regen and survival in general. My paladin however, with the addition of a relic of chi'ji allowed me to hold a mana advantage against a lot of teams that my shaman would have simply not lasted against because I would have run out of mana and died. I also had relic of chi'ji on my shaman so I was getting the most mana regen I could have but it simply wasn't enough against comps that wanted to play the long game. These quick successes led me to keep playing the paladin which resulted in our team jumping to top 5 on our battlegroup's ladder and since then our team has even been rank one for a short time with myself having only played a holy paladin competitively for this season.
You can see why the teams for my shaman quickly dried up due to my apathy towards the class, my lack of gear which was becoming more obsolete, and not to mention my new found love for the power of holy paladin healing. Fear not! I still plan on playing my shaman in the future and the good news is that next season the pvp gear will not have upgrades available on them which is HUGE because the upgrades on the gear this season basically made it impossible to have any alt characters because you would never be able to catch up in gear so you were always at a disadvantage. Luckily blizzard fixed their mistake quickly and next season I will be able to gear up my shamans and actually make a good run at playing my shamans competitively.
I hope this isn't too much of a disappointment but I believe the season will not be lasting much longer so I should be back to playing my shamans soon enough. Since I am unable to generate content for you guys I wanted to also let this post become a place where you could ask me all of the questions you have that you have wanted answered in my videos so I will be able to answer your questions and help you guys out if I can.