My name’s Stormhide, and this blog is purportedly mine to talk about enhancement shaman stuff.
I started playing WoW in April 2010, referred by one of my high school friends while we were freshmen in college. I picked up shaman as my first class, since I liked the idea behind them, and he played a shaman as his main. He told me he used to be a tauren shaman (he swapped to orc to play enhance better with the racial), so I picked that for my race. I also liked their look, and as I quested and learned about their culture, I loved them even more. Dblbaconator, the tauren shaman, was born. When it came time to choose a specialization, I tried elemental for about ten minutes and found it wasn’t interesting to me. I swapped to enhance and fell in love, and that has been my main ever since.
Without going too in-depth, my first guild (Epidemic on Darkspear) had…problems. ICC had drained the roster, and recruitment on the server seemed dead. I got to come along only because I was a warm body that was reliable enough to show up every week. Eventually, they decided to transfer to a new server, Crushridge, and renamed the guild to Dreadnaught. Cata started out alright, but progression hit a brick wall almost immediately. A year of 30% buff ICC and mindless clears made everyone soft, and the guild rapidly broke apart. The 25-man raid team shrunk to 10, and stayed that way throughout Cata. Just when things seemed to be getting better, the guild fell to pieces during T13 and never recovered.
I spent a few months just idling in the guild, practically alone. I was nervous about joining a new guild, and couldn’t find one that was looking for an enhancement shaman on my server, which was rapidly dying. I finally found a recruitment post for a new guild, Displaced on Thrall, and it sounded ideal. More relaxed, serious about raiding, but not aiming for bleeding-edge progression. I replied to it explaining my situation, had a nice chat with the GM, and soon was transferring over to join up.
Things went well again for a while, and I got used to raiding with a group of great people. At the start of Mists, I changed from tauren to pandaren and took on the name Firestout. Eventually, however, the raiding core fragmented and split away, leaving me alone again. I eventually got control of the guild and now play with a few friends of mine off and on; mostly I continue to fly solo, but it’s nice to play with my friends from time to time. At the start of Warlords, I swapped back to tauren for the shiny new models, and took on the name Stormhide; I felt like I should have a more suitable name than one based on a cheeseburger. I still like Thrall, it’s a very nice, large server. While I don’t do organized guild raiding anymore (just don’t have enough people), I participate in pugs frequently and do a lot of raid soloing!
If you’d like to chat, contact Stormhide on Thrall; I’m more than happy to talk shaman, WoW, or most anything else! You can also follow me on Twitter @Immernaut, where I post random stuff and tiny thoughts that don’t ramble nearly as long as my blog posts!