Thursday, November 1, 2007

Taurens Vs. Orcs Vs. Trolls

Well, I got Maximizer working last night, and it's fantastic. I'll go over my equipment spec in another entry, for now, I have a pressing issue I need help with.

I need to choose the race of my team.

If you're first thought is Draenei, I will kindly ask you to leave. Alliance are evil. They are a blight upon our imaginary world and must be wiped out... that leaves the Glorious Horde.

Because I'm going to run all Shammies, my choice is limited to the Taurens, Orcs and Trolls. Here's a quick rundown of their racial benefits:

War Stomp (lots of potential)
Activate to stun opponents - Stuns up to 5 enemies within the area for 2 seconds. 2 minute cooldown.

Endurance (lots of potential)
Max Health increased by 5%.

Cultivation (n/a)
15 point skill bonus to Herbalism

Nature Resistance (n/a)
Increase Nature Resistance by 10.

Blood Fury (wow... this would rock)
Activate to increase attack power and spell damage/healing by an amount based on level/class for 15 seconds, and decreases healing done to the user by 50% for 25 seconds. The cooldown is 2 minutes.

Hardiness (great for pvp)
Increase resistance to stun effects by 15%.

Command (n/a)
Pet melee damage increased by 5%.

Axe Specialization (n/a)
Increase Axe skill by 5.

Berserking (not bad at all.)
Activate to increase attack and casting speed for 10 seconds. Speed is raised by 10% at full health, increasing as health is lost to a maximum bonus of 30%. 3 minute cooldown.Costs 10 Energy, 5 Rage, or 7% of base mana.

Regeneration (wow, not bad either. Depends on regen gear)
Increase health regeneration bonus by 10%. Also allows 10% of normal health regen during combat.

Beast Slaying (n/a)
5% damage bonus to Beasts.

Throwing Weapon Specialization (lol)
Increase Throwing Weapon skill by 5.

Bow Specialization (more lol)
Increase Bow skill by 5.

Now, I thought about making a mixed team... but I can't do that if I plan to compete in Arenas. Part of the benefit of running a team of all shammies, is that when your opponets sees you, they yell "get the shammie!". Then when they realize you're all shammies, they say "Get Thundah!". That's why I named my shammies:

  • Thundah
  • Thunduh
  • Thundoh
  • Thundeh
  • Thnudeh

At first glance, not only do they look the same, but they all seemed to be pronounced the same. This confusion makes it very difficult for your opponent to focus fire, which is critical for success.

Back on topic, this means I need to choose one race and stick with it. I'm leaning towards the Taurens, purely for the +health and 5xWarstomp. With the right macro, I can keep a peskey rogue busy for quite a while.

But the DPS buff from both the Orc's Bloodfury and the Troll's Berzerking is tempting too. A Shammie PvP team is all about burst damage.

Last thing to consider, is pure entertainment. There's nothing cooler than seeing a group ride into town, dismounting, then splitting into formation. This would look incredibly cool with 5 humungous Taurens, with huge shoulder gear and weapons due to scaling.

I'm using Taurens right now on my test setup. I'm still borrowing accounts for now, but I have my last three copies of WoW purchased, and on their way. (ordered online in order to use a gift card) When they get here, I'll be ready to start with a clean slate, and need to have my racial choice ready.

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