Dwarf Shamans in Cataclysm in a Nutshell

So, there are new class combinations coming to World of Warcraft in 2010 when Cataclysm launches. Some are funny (cough…Gnome Priests…cough), some are obvious (Human Hunters) and some are just plain interesting. One class-race combo that firmly falls into that last category is that of the Dwarf Shaman. The second class for the Alliance to pick up the totems will be the Dwarf race – the very same beer swilling and stout little warriors that are currently Paladins, Hunters, and Rogues. So, what will the new combo mean for players of the game who have been either Shaman or Dwarf fans for a long time?

The short answer is, not a whole lot. Dwarfs are fun because their lore is so entertaining. They’re big and strong so they’re not quite the in-joke that Gnomes tend to be, but they’re also humorous in a lot of ways. So, it’s a bit hard to step back and think that they’ll be in there with robes flying and totems twirling like the other races that currently don the Shamanic arts.

The Totems

One of the bigger questions is what the totems will look like. How will the Dwarfen totems be different from the Draenaeic or the Tauren totems. The odds are that we’ll see something interesting like axes, hammers or stone totems and Blizzard has already confirmed that they will get their own Totem design.

The Lore

The lore is going to be the most interesting part. At first, it seemed a bit like Blizzard was just doing this whole class-race combo thing as a fan service, but they’ve shown now that they plan on integrating it all into the game lore and making it interesting. So, what exactly will have the Dwarfs picking up totems and signing their spells? It’ll be one heck of an interesting new expansion for anyone who decides to reroll as this exciting new opportunity to play a Shaman.