My second post-9.0 project for World of Warcraft has been to level a Shaman from scratch to level 50. Yonderly 2.0 here — a Dark Iron Dwarf — has performed according to expectations, although not much above nor below them.
I’ve been playing her as Enhancement, as I usually do with Shamans, and I have to say that the way the game is set up now, that spec takes a good long while to really come into its own. A lot of skills and talents that I use in my regular combat rotation didn’t come until well into the late 20s or 30s, which meant that at times, I felt like I was slogging through what some other classes I’ve played would’ve soared.
And speaking of soaring, now that I’m on my second 9.0 character, I can definitely say that level 30 is the tipping point for the leveling experience. Until then, you’re ground-bound and without flight whistles for easy recalls. But after 30? It’s flying, flying, flying in pretty much every expansion except for BFA (unless you’ve unlocked it there, which I haven’t). It’s such a game-changer to get flight that I feel physical relief when that moment happens. I know that for the next 20 levels, I won’t have to worry about figuring out tricky navigation.
As I went through Warlords of Draenor with my Gnome Hunter, I decided to jump over to Legion for Yonderly. I still have such fond memories of this expansion, although now it’s a little bittersweet to see artifact weapons neutered and the old endgame rendered moot. Still, the zones are a lot of fun, and I made good — but again, not great — time. Somehow I did get off the track of the main story quest and didn’t end up completing that arc, but no matter. I did plenty of zone quests and gobbled up XP anywhere I could get it.
And when I did get high enough, the Shaman started to be a good time. It’s definitely not in the running to be my most favorite spec, but I did like the two pet summons I got, the bonus attack procs, and all of the self-healing abilities. After a point, I simply stopped dying, even to waves of bad guys.
I’m probably not going to push a third character now that we’re a week to go to the expansion. No, from now on it’s doing pre-expansion event stuff and farming as much gold as I can get!