Resto Shaman’s One-Hit-Wonder: Fire Elemental Totem
After Paragon defeated the toughest boss of the Cataclysm expansion without a shaman in their raid makeup, many shaman cried that the sky was falling because we had lost much of our hybrid utility uniqueness and were no longer wanted for raids. (a)
By that time, I was already quite familiar with being brought to group activities only because they wanted my utility. That wasn’t so great, either.
In the Burning Crusade, I got taken to the guild’s 5v5 arena matches because of my warrior’s Mortal Strike utility. They didn’t care what else I did, my job was to keep MS on that kill target!
In Wrath, my shaman got taken to ToC 10 Insanity runs because I brought Heroism. And that was only when the enh shaman couldn’t make it. And like my warrior in TBC, I also always had a secure spot on arena teams thanks to Heroism.
Nowadays, we Resto Shaman still have an incredibly awesome utility ability that perhaps you don’t use very often: Fire Elemental Totem. We can do 4-5k DPS for 2 minutes for the mana cost equivalent of 1/2 a Healing Rain and a single global cooldown.
Fire Elemental Totem: Summons an elemental totem that calls forth a greater fire elemental to rain destruction on the caster’s enemies.
Even the tooltip is awesome! This is a utility you won’t get brought for to raids for, but on DPS check fights it can mean the difference between a kill and a wipe. (b)
That’s the kind of utility we can feel good about.
(a) Vixsin explained the entire history and current situation with her post Shaman: Last Vestiges of a Utility Class.
(b) After several 300k wipes I knew we needed just a little more DPS in the final phase. Check out the damage my Elemental guardian totems did in our first Cho’gall kill here.