Totem Talk, the column for Shamans, finally takes a look at leveling a shaman from the Dark Portal to level 70. Matthew Rossi has done this twice now so he has a heart full of hope and sympathy. It's actually quite nice, like being stuffed full of candy but if you hit him with sticks he doesn't drop any of it, just blood and broken stuff.
You've read the previous leveling columns. You've gone forth and run instances, done totem quests, gotten geared up, stripped the feathers off of trolls in Sunken Temple, and are now level 58 - 60. That means it's time to take a trip through the Dark Portal and into Outland, starring Sean Connery.
No, no, I'm wrong, sorry about that. This particular Outland you're about to step into stars you, and a host of others played by your friends, guildmates, and even jerks who clog up general chat telling incredibly dumb jokes about their own 'Pits of Aggonar' which will have you putting them on ignore so fast your fingers will actually hurt afterwards.
Leveling to 70, you'll find that whatever your spec and playstyle is, it won't change very much. The main additions to the Shaman arsenal in these levels are the Earth and Fire Elemental totems, limited but powerful minions that can help in a variety of situations. (I've saved instance runs with my EE totem.) Upon getting to 70, you'll get the rather exciting Bloodlust or Heroism, which I simply love on boss fights. There's also the excellent Water Shield, a very useful (and more useful since patch 2.3 and 2.3.2) mana generation ability. And there's Wrath of Air totem, which adds to spell damage and healing and is very useful for both elemental and restoration shamans. I use it whenever I main heal and feel like an additional +100 to my healing would be useful.
Since we now know what goodies are waiting for us as we level, let's get down to brass tacks. You step through the Dark Portal, see a lot of demons being held off by the Horde and Alliance, and make your way down to a quest giver who points you at Thrallmar or Honor Hold. Then what?