Totem Talk: Solving the problem of Maelstrom Weapon

The default Blizzard power aura for Maelstrom Weapon

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Totem Talk for elemental, enhancement, and restoration shaman. Once a lonely tauren shaman in a bad Scarlet Crusade-themed transmog set, Josh Myers is now a female dwarf shaman with pigtails who raids using all three specs on a regular basis. He kept the same transmog set, though.

When I try to think of what enhancement’s most iconic ability is, a few come to mind. Windfury Weapon is a definite contender, and three or four years ago it would have been my default response. Seriously, though, what is Windfury other than a glorified auto-attack with an attack power bonus and a lower chance to miss? Likewise, Stormstrike could be iconic, but it’s essentially a melee attack with both weapons with an electric graphic and a debuff. It’s enhancement’s Mutilate or Obliterate.

To me, Maelstrom Weapon is the answer. If there’s one ability that encapsulates what enhancement is — a brutal melee class that weaves instant spellcasts between their weapon strikes to harm their opponent or heal themselves — I believe it’s Maelstrom Weapon. It’s enhancement’s Death Strike, Arcane Blast, Chakra, or Raging Blow — abilities that, at a glance, offer an insight into what makes the spec different from other specs in their role.

There’s a problem here, though. If Maelstrom Weapon is enhancement’s iconic ability, why is it currently so awful?

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