I’m quite sure that everybody’s heard about the new tricks your favorite class will learn once Cataclysm hits so I won’t list them, I’ll stick to the Elemental side of things.
“Unleash Weapon (level 81): Unleashes the power of your weapon enchants for additional effects (see below). A dual-wielding Enhancement shaman will activate the effects of both of their weapon enchants. Instant cast. 30-yard range. 15-second cooldown. Undispellable.
Here are a few examples of effects we’re considering for this ability:
Windfury Weapon – Hurls a spectral version of your weapon at a target, dealing 50% weapon damage and increasing the shaman’s Haste for the next five swings.
Flametongue Weapon – Deals instant Fire damage and buffs the shaman’s next Fire attack by 20%.
Earthliving Weapon – Heals the target slightly and buffs the shaman’s next healing spell by 20%.”
That is the exact blue post. While pretty straightforward in the way it will and should be used, this Unleash Weapon thing is something that will need to be worked into our rotation and for spice it up. It’s not just a damage boost, it can also be very, VERY tricky to get right if and only if the Flame Shock ticks aren’t considered an attack. I’m quite new to the theorycrafting and I might have my facts wrong but to me damage done = attack. If I’m correct this will be very problematic because you’d always want to use it for your main nuke, Lava Burst. Now, with the FS ticks being affected by haste you will most certainly not be able to do so unless you use Elemental Mastery and stand on top of the boss so the spell don’t need to be flyin’. I’m guessing I’m either wrong in my assumption or there will be future clarification on how this will work or it will turn from an OMG GIEF! spell to something that won’t be really worth the GCD and nerves. Only time will tell.
“Spiritwalker’s Grace (level 85): When this self-targeted buff is active, your spells are no longer interrupted by movement and possibly even by your own attacks. This will give shaman of all three specs another way to heal or do damage when it’s necessary to move in both PvE and PvP. Instant cast. 10-second duration. 2-minute cooldown.”
This is really sweet for us and our resto brethren as well. The main problem with the Elemental play-style is that in order to be competitive we need to be rooted in place and go back to being the TBC turrets. While moving we’re crap and unless while going from point A to point B we get a lucky Lightning Overload proc and we get to squeeze in a Frost Shock (if not on CD) that’s dead time right there. I’m guessing that they’ve thought of this for a specific reason and not just because of the countless QQ threads so… yeah… I’m looking forward to it and to putting it to good use. Here-here!
“Totem of Wrath now will replace Flametongue Totem for all shaman, and dropping this totem will buff the group’s spell power by 4%. Elemental shaman will have a talent that lets all Fire totems provide +10% spell power, allowing them to drop Searing, Magma, or Fire Elemental Totems without losing their spell-damage buff. The 4% and 10% buffs will be exclusive with each other and with the warlock’s Demonic Pact, so you can’t benefit from all of them at once. We’re also considering letting Elemental drop Searing Totem at range.”
1. Yay, we get to throw totems around!
2. Yay, we get ToW to scale!
3. Yay, we get to throw totems around!
4. Only Searing? QQ to come
*Edit : they’re toying with the idea of making any totem one that can be used at range. I hope they include Magma as well, it’s getting really old really fast to gave to run in, drop magma, run the fuck away from Cleave damage then to run back into it in about 15 seconds (2.5 for running in and out). At one point I said fuck it, I haz shield, i no di….! And then got cleaved in half by Marrowgar. The tank decided to WALK instead of RUN in to pull and somehow I got ahead of him in my race to find the perfect spot for mah totemz (Fire Ele in this particular case).
“Elemental Reach will be simplified so shaman have a more consistent spell range.
We plan to add Earthquake as a deep Elemental talent for targeted and persistent AoE.”
Moar range? Good! Moar options and moar running to drop in magma if they don’t make it ranged.
Earthquake? Yes, please! On trash we really can’t hold a candle to other classes so this is a very nice buff. It will be channeled tho but just imagine magma + persistent AoE. Key word Persistent, mind you!
“With the Mastery system, we’re also considering removing a number of talents that grant passive bonuses, such as Mental Quickness, Improved Windfury Totem, Mental Dexterity, Call of Thunder, Tidal Mastery, Purification, Nature’s Blessing, and others, to allow players more freedom to choose more interesting talents.”
This can be a blessing and a curse at the same time. In giving you more freedom to choose fun talents or those that will let you develop your own play-style they are opening up a horizon of opportunity to what can safely be called a pretty boring rotation and, some say, spec. As is the current state of things in the game there will always be a cookie-cutter spec and you’ll find it over at Elitist Jerks. PuGging, on the other hand, will make you see even crazier things that you see now. 71 points in the Elemental tree? That’s NOTHING! 75 is better, or even a 44/32/0 spec might seem viable to some, for some of the added benefits from the Enhancement tree. While I love the option to be able to come up with my own spec I dread the diopters I’ll get from staring at others’ specs in awe.
“Elemental will have a deep talent that allows Spirit (which will appear on the gear they share with Restoration shaman) to boost their Hit rating.”
No more +hit gems sounds nice, although they won’t be removed or completely useless. Chances are that the better your gear will get at 85 the less you’ll need to gem or enchant hit. Either way, this will be really sweet talent exactly because you might need it or you might not, thus freeing one point to put in Improved Stormstrike or whatever.
“Mastery Passive Talent Tree Bonuses
Elemental Overload: Your direct-damage spells have a chance to proc a less powerful ‘bonus” version of the spell. This will work much like the current Lightning Overload talent, but would also apply to Lava Burst.“
Nice but I’m not sure if it’s nice enough, it seems a bit lackluster. The big bonus for our tree is something we’ve had all along +1? Oh, how… wonderful…
Of course, Blizz said that this is a work in progress so I hope we get more juice out of the ultimate Mastery bonus. As a side note, I’d like to see a haste bonus instead of crit but meh…
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