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The elements can create, destroy, support, and hinder.

The class was designed as the counterpart to the Alliance-exclusive Paladin, and they shared many qualities such as a strong focus on buffs, the ability to act as an off-tank, and useful healing spells.However, balancing the two classes against each other to prevent one faction from having a clear advantage became too difficult for developers, restricting the development of both classes.Shaman can enhance their weapons with elemental effects, smite enemies with lightning strikes and bursts of lava, and summon powerful elementals to their aid.The shaman is a hybrid class, able to specialize in offensive spellcasting, melee damage dealing, or healing.Back in Outland, the elements slowly recovered from the turmoil and uncertainty of being ravaged along with the land when the portals were opened.

For some time, they were lost, confused and neglected: very much like, they sensed, a kindred spirit in a certain Broken draenei named Nobundo was.

However, a shaman that works in a respectful union with the elements wields a power rivaled by few." are mortal mediators between the very elements themselves.

Often spiritual guides of their communities, these powerful practitioners commune with the ancestors and seek to balance the raging elemental forces, and can call upon them in battle to scorch and blast their enemies, or to strengthen and heal their allies.

Hopeful that he would be receptive to contact with them, they did so once they recovered sufficiently enough to reach out once again... In an experience that was probably not too dissimilar to the first ancient shaman of other races, the elements themselves taught Nobundo the delicate balance of nature and the powers and truth of the Five Elements.

Spending years primarily as a student of the elements, Nobundo would become a teacher himself, seeking out his first students among his own people at Telredor in Zangarmarsh and opened a new path for the draenei.

After the release of The Burning Crusade in 2007, the Alliance gained access to the shaman class with the introduction of the alien draenei, while the Horde gained access to paladins through the blood elves.