Interestingly enough, as I was doing this research, I discovered that Blizzard agrees with the general consensus that this totem is useless. Unfortunately that means that the post I’ve written on the subject is somewhat moot right now, and will be completely obsolete in a few months.
Oh well – perhaps I get points for creativity?
— The Original Post —
OK. So… honestly? I don’t think I’ve ever used this totem. But I was doing a little research for this “totems everyone forgets” business and discovered that not only had I forgotten it, but that a lot of why I’d never used the thing was simply that I’m a level 70 raiding resto shaman.
So how does this work? Well, windwall decreases the incoming ranged non-spell damage by a certain amount, starting at level 36. Rank 1 decreases incoming damage by 32. Rank 2 (level 46) by 50. Rank 3 (level 56) by 64. Rank 4 (level 65) by 102.
Unfortunately, this only decreases incoming damage from ranged and thrown WEAPONS, not spells (you have Grounding totem for spells). Which means in the end game, it’s obsolete – your other air totems will be required in any fight that might possibly have a ranged damage aspect.
BUT as a leveling or PVP twink, it does have a few places where it can be useful.
In PVP, obviously, if you’re dueling a hunter, or fighting on a node against hunters, this one helps – and the faster the hunter’s weapon, the more it will help.
Leveling in PVE however, I can think of one instance where this sort of thing really shines. Trolls. Specifically Axe-throwing trolls that travel in packs, who net you and then run away to throw axes at you. They do a lot of damage, and they come in groups, so inevitably one or more of them is always throwing things at you. This totem can help!
A little bit. Except that most of the stuff that pulls stunts like that are lower than level 36.
Ok really? I don’t know that I’d bother with it.
If you’re enhancement, Grace of Air is going to be better (more dodges, and you’ll hit harder). If you’re elemental, you’d rather have the mobs at range anyway, and Wrath of Air is awesome. If you’re leveling restoration, you’re probably a little nuts; see comment about leveling elemental, only slower. And in PVP versus hunters, resto shaman generally get rather beat up.
Sorry little Air totem, you’re just unfortunately outclassed by your better-designed siblings.
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