This was originally posted privately on my guild's forum. It was written back in BC.
A while back I had a crazy idea about actually using a hybrid character as a hybrid. I'll post an old essay of mine, just to get it out there.
First some thoughts which are more recent than this piece. Yes it was an oddball idea that I really wanted to try. Hybrids are under-utilized. This was also early WotLK and things may well have changed a lot since then. I also haven't used a WotLK Shaman at all, so I'm probably wrong on a lot of things.
There are various assumptions about range, positioning and mana usage which are actually quite wrong in practice. Melee-range totems don't offer too much of an advantage, being very close to a tank isn't needed, etc.