Do the math.
To that shaman and her friends who just bailed on me in dire maul for daring to suggest she should use totems, learn math.
Yes, yes, you were right, totems cost mana They cost it every pull! … well not. if you pick a good place for them then it is more like every other pull. Here is the thing.
If you throw stone skin people take less damage. That means… wait for it….. LESS HEALING NEEDED!
Yeah crazy huh? Yeah you can heal less and so you end up NOT being out of mana because it is a tradeoff.
Here is another shocker for you… if you don’t have to heal continuously (due to the totem armor effect) then you have some healing capacity in reserve for emergency… yeah, imagine that, wiping less, cool huh?
But WAIT… there is MORE!
If you throw dps buff totems fights take less time! And guess what that means…. wait for it… LESS HEALING NEEDED!
Crazy stuff, huh? I thought so. Also because things die fast there is less time for things to go wrong and people to die.
All that and you get 25% back when you use your totem recall.
So lets recap…
Use totems = shorter fights + more emergency healing + similar mana use.
Even if it DID cost more mana to use them it would still make the run safer and faster.
If anyone out there things runs are better without using totems please punch yourself in the head and then stop playing a shaman. Or, instead, read what I wrote and go do a few runs WITH totems and see how much better they go.