Updated Tue, Jan 03, 2012 by Mem
In World of Warcraft your abilities and talents help to define your class. Some are lackluster and unimpressive, while others get the job done, but sometimes Blizzard really hit’s the mark and we find some WoW talents and abilities that are beyond awesome. So awesome that watching them in action and using them in battle truly never gets old. Favorite WoW talents and abilities will likely vary greatly from player to player, so check out my top 5 in the list below and see if they match up with some of your personal favorites.
Is Shadow Form ok? NO! Those words from the well known MC Raiders video goes to show that in the not so distant past Shadow Priests were unheard of on the raiding scene. However, now they are in high demand and can produce some of the best ranged DPS out there. Helping along the way with that amazing DPS is some very cool abilities, one of my personal favorites being Shadowy Apparition. Shadowy Apparition procs from Shadow Word: Pain damage and summons one (or more depending on the points the Priest has in the talent) shadow version of the Priest which moves slowly towards a target which is afflicted with Shadow Word: Pain, once it connects with the target this shadow deals a burst of Shadow damage. Perhaps not as showy as some of the other WoW talents out there, but there is something both intimidating and otherworldly about an army of Shadow Priests descending upon a boss or enemy player. Next time you have the pleasure of having a Shadow Priest in your raid take a few seconds to check out this WoW talent in action and witness firsthand this epic WoW ability in action.
While Shaman are probably my least favorite class to play next to the Warrior (sorry Warriors), they still have some amazing talents. While it may seem somewhat cliché and perhaps a little uninteresting to some, my favorite WoW Shaman talent is and has always been Bloodlust or Heroism if you happen to play on the side of the Alliance. When used this WoW ability increases melee, ranged, and spell casting speed by 30% for all party and raid members for 40 seconds. Combine this with the lore behind this spell, the fact that when under its effects every single player appears to grow in stature and the awesome noise that goes along with it, and you have yourself one badass WoW talent to say the least. I feel Bloodlust/Heroism without a doubt deserve this spot on the list.
Perhaps I just have a fascination for all beings that will help me defeat my foes (see Shadowy Apparition above) but in my eyes there is virtually nothing cooler than a very large red demon with ginormous wings that will attack your foes, as long as you have the appropriate spells upon said enemy that is. Such is the Warlock WoW talent Summon Doomguard. When used this talent summons a Doomguard to fight beside the Warlock for up to 45 seconds and will attack targets that are afflicted by the Warlocks Bane of Doom or Bane of Agony. That’s right. Giant demon bent on destroying your foes, what more could you ask for? The only thing that could make this WoW ability even more amazing than it already is a come back of the days when a random party member would be slaughtered whilst summoning this fearsome demon.
Giant. DPSing. Dancing. Chicken. Need I really say more? Moonkin form is probably the best Druid WoW talent out there. This WoW abilitiy allows the Druid to turn into a Moonkin, increasing Arcane and Nature spell damage and reducing damage taken as well as increasing spell haste of all party and raid members. So pretty much, not only do you turn into a giant doom chicken, but you can also push out some mega DPS, increase the DPS of your party members AND participate in one of the best dances World of Warcraft has ever seen almost simultaneously making this one of the best talents in the game. If you cannot see the beauty of the Moonkin, then I may just have to call your sanity into question.
If you’ve never watched a Rogue use Fan of Knives on a group of unsuspecting mobs then you are missing out. When cast this WoW ability allows the Rogue to whirl around and release a spray of deadly throwing knives at all targets within 8 yards causing 80% of weapon damage. While there are many AoE abilities in game, this is by far my personal favorite because lets face it…knives are way cool. Not sure this talent belongs here? Then remember, this WoW ability is the sole reason we now can say “FoKing” Rogues (or other fun variations) without causing offense.
The Paladin’s Hammer of Justice is iconic, almost like the mole was to Marilyn, a Paladin wouldn’t be a Paladin without Hammer of Justice. When using the Hammer of Justice spell players will find that a giant hammer of DOOM appears out of the sky and smashes down on an unsuspecting player target leaving them stunned and unable to do anything for up to 6 seconds. Made famous by the use of bubble hearth after using this spell, this WoW ability is literally the stuff legends are made of and deserves some recognition. This WoW ability is still every PvPer’s worst nightmare and still is as awesome today as it was when we first experienced it all those years ago.
How do these talents and abilities stack up against your own personal list? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below!