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7-25-2008 @ 7:10PM
Wow, the Shamanistic Rage talents are going to be really rough. While we have phenomenal mana regeneration now, in WotLK, mana usage will increase dramatically with more expensive shocks, Lightning Shield (with Static Shock), and Maelstrom Weapon. Now, our major regeneration ability (SR) has its effectiveness halved, and our minor mana regeneration (Water Shield), is obsolete with the lucrativeness of lightning shield. However, it begs the question, will Clearcasting in the Elemental Tree be our salvation? With the unification of spell and melee hit/crit, WotLK brings new synergy to the formerly polar trees in the form of Elemental Devastation, Intellect->AP, and Agility changes. Does anyone feel similarly?
7-27-2008 @ 10:40AM
Maelstrom Weapons: Flame Shock, Instant Lava Burst, auto-crit, Elemental Devastation.Next 2 spells get reduced cost, and shamanistic focus is going to pretty much be up all the time.
7-27-2008 @ 12:22PM
Well, Shamanistic Focus was already up almost 100% of the time, and I'm vaguely curious as to whether Clearcasting will stack additively or multiplicatively. I still think that the concept of "infinite mana" will be a thing of the past come 3.0. While our mana issues will be much less significant than other classes, we will have to begin considering how to conserve mana.Several things come to mind when examining this. Firstly, our major mana drain was totem twisting, which won't exist in 3.0. Secondly, due to new changes to our stats, we'll have larger mana pools because of the new hunter gear we'll be wearing. Lastly, since totems and UR are raid-wide, it's increasingly possible that we could be placed in a group with an SP, Resto shaman, or survival hunter for the mana regen.
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