Back on Nostalrius, I happily levelled a shaman to 60, and immediately respecced into resto to start getting my pre-raid bis gear.
Well at 60, I noticed life wasn't as fantastic as I thought it would be. Having mainly played priest, what struck me was I was going oom soo fast as a new shaman. I had only picked upp a few +mp5 pieces and about 150 +healing, with the rest being mainly int gear, but I went into Strat Live with my equally fresh 5-man group. Already at the first part with only skeletons and zombies, I went oom midfight in every pull and had to use mana pots like there was no tomorrow and I remember staring in panic at the mana tide totem CD-timer which seemed like it ticked down in slow-motion.
Needless to say, our tempo was so slow as I had to drink between every pull and party members were close to dying so I didn't exactly instill confidence as a good healer usually do. I should say I am quite an experienced healer, having played both druid and priest, but the shaman felt so weak at fresh 60, especially compared to my recent experiences with playing a priest. Our tank had just specced prot and he was a capable player too so I don't want to blaim him.
Later that day, we tried DM:W and we didn't complete it, mostly due to a lack of healing. Sure, some pulls there can be really tough, especially without shackle, but being really disappointed with the class, I rerolled priest and never looked back until now.
I know that the shaman is an extremely capable healer, in several scenarios perhaps the best in the game, but my question is; have more of you had the same experience as I have and is this more or less what is to be expected at early 60?
My problems could of course be due to me being fairly new with the class, but as I'd successfully healed all throughout the leveling process, and having previous healing experience too, I don't feel it was entirely just me being bad.
I would be really glad to hear your thoughts about being a fresh 60, and also if you have any help to get past that painful start, as it right now is holding me back from playing shaman again.
For the horde,