If you’re anything like me, by this time, you’ve nearly had your fill of heroics and are eying your low level alts. The problem is that you have no idea how to play _____, and all the guides you can find are for end game raiding. What the fuck does your level 30 shaman need all that for?
I’m going to show you how to quickly deconstruct those headache inducing guides into something useful! Since I currently have a baby!shaman, let’s look at that, shall we?
Step 1: How I Gear!?
…okay so I’m going through google and actually finding shit all for helpful information. Damn. Anyway, all I found was an EJ thread of doom. Totally overwhelming for a baby!alt, so the first thing you’re going to look for is a list of stat priorities or some such. This particular guide didn’t really have a SIMPLE list (as in SP > Crit > Int, whatever) which would make this easy, but after a little bid of eye bleeding, this is what I pulled out:
Spell Power <– holy grail stat!
Mp5 = blah for ele
Spirit = well nigh useless for ele
Now you’ll want to keep that full list around somewhere, because you’ll be reaching the point where it all matters eventually…but of course at level 30 or whatever, you’re not seeing all of those stats. It’s easy to see that you’ll be looking for stam/spellpower/int gear, though!
A quick glance at the BiS gear lists tells me that one-handed weapon + shield is also the way to go, long-term.
In one fell swoop, you know what type of gear to get, roughly what to gem, and roughly what to enchant for once you’re at that stage of the game.
Look for a rotation and give it the same treatment you did the stats-just ignore whatever the hell you don’t have. In our shaman example I found this:
FS, LvB, CL/LB filler, LvB, CL/LB filler, and repeat.
Okay well, first, I have to translate. But after that I have, for my level 38 shaman: Flame Shock, Lava Blast, Chain Lightning/Lightning Bolt, Lava Blast, Chain Lightning/Lightning Bolt, etc.
…ah, hello boring lowbie rotation. Excuse me while I throw in some Fire Nova for shits and giggles.
This elimination method should work well for most classes…though I can think of baby priests who might want to sub in some smite, much the way I do Fire Nova, just for varieties sake. A bit more skimming and it mentions that ele shamans should us flametongue weapon. Sweet, I’ve had no idea.
Glyphs for leveling can be a bit harder to shake out from an end game guide-after all, lowbies can encounter problems (like mana starvation) that higher levels won’t. This just requires a bit of critical thinking on your part. For example, this particular guide recommends Lightning Bolt-and you know, that actually sounds like a good idea! But it says no to Water Mastery, although that +30mp5 might be useful to you at your stage of the game.
Again, if you can’t find a specific leveling spec, this will involve some critical thinking on your part. Take the cookie cutter spec and get to know it. Are you having mana issues? Does the raid spec skip a mana talent? You might want to tank some points “off the top” and throw them in there, then. I have leveled with an unmodified “end game” spec without any issues before (prot warrior) but it varies on class, spec, and situation.