Narya wrote:i don't pvp much with my shaman, so i can't really comment on that.
I suppose it's only natural to not see why Shamans are upset then.
Shamans are in no way disappointed with their performance in PvE. In fact, we're one of the better set classes in that regard. Our problems are rooted solely in the PvP department.
No CC. No anti-CC. Totem system is gimped. Almost no insta-casts (insta-heal every 3 minutes if we didn't use EM+NS+CL, and three weak, mana inefficient Shocks)... none of these are major setbacks in PvE, but for PvP (notably in Arenas) they are the deciding factors.
We cannot in any way move and heal at the same time, and we have no protection against incoming Focus Fire. This puts us below Priests and Druids since they can move and heal at the same time, and also below Paladins, which have plate, some CC, and a bubble that is much harder to remove.
As for damage, the spec that is best at moving and attacking at the same time (Enhancement) has only three skills that can be used to close the gap, and all three do not stun the opponent; they simply make them move slower, or in the case of Ghost Wolf, make us move faster. We're like Druids, except our travel form takes 3 (will be 2) seconds to cast AND can be dispelled, and our Entangling Roots / Cyclone are much less effective.
In terms of Elemental, we cannot move and attack at the same time unless we rely solely on Shocks and Nature's Swiftness. Shocks, sadly, are also on a 6 second cooldown, are relatively weak compared to our LBs, and cost a lot of mana. Simply, we give up way too much if we want to maintain mobility as Elemental, so we don't.
yes, we were the kings of PvP, but things have changed. BC came out, and Resilience was introduced.
When BC came out, WoW moved away from Burst damage, and closer to maintaining mobility/controlling an enemy's mobility. This is the main reason why Rogues and Warlocks are great in PvP, while Shamans, which rely solely on burst, are no longer the kings.
Yet Shamans (which make up less than 7% of the player base, and an even smaller % of Arena team members) see nerf, after nerf, after nerf. Elemental is the PvP spec, and it is just being kicked in the jewels each patch like it's all the rage. It's totally uncool, and will probably be the reason I finally quit (and go to Age of Conan).
I rolled a Shaman hoping that PvP would be fun for me, and now I'm pigeon-holed into raiding, which I strongly dislike. It's really, really depressing.