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5-13-2009 @ 9:48AM
while i appreciate this buff, it kinda alarms me that the key spell for the class is still gimped. My Lava burst crits barely push 11k now while raid buffed.what this means for ele shamans is that haste is almost as valuable as it used to be pre 3.0. Overloads up to 33% mean more of an ele shaman's dmg will come from LB and CL and not massive autocrits like LvB. The gremlins at elitist jerks are probably gonna have a field day with this (as will I).that magic 500+ haste "all LB" rotation is looking pretty good right now.
5-13-2009 @ 11:42AM
I only run 10mans with my shaman, but with the exception if Ignis trash (or those guys that shield themselves in Deconstructors room) My shaman's typically LB crit is right around 10k. When my trinket pops this goes to 12k. Granted, I didn't really raid on him at all pre-3.1, but I am still getting 10k crits.Flask/Food, and we run with a mage and a lock. 2008 spellpower before totems and buffs.
5-13-2009 @ 12:16PM
Humm, a 10-12k crit is not really that impressive, specially for a spell on such "high" cooldown as LvB. I mean, my boomkin crits for 11k on wrath (during Solar eclipse + trinkets) easily. I've seem several 16k crits on SF.And since I also have a lvl 80 elem shammy, this is a welcome change.
5-13-2009 @ 1:40PM
500 haste all LB rotation?Dont you still need to proc clearcasting with LvB?I cant see how spamming LB would beat that for DPS?
5-13-2009 @ 2:06PM
An "all LB" rotation still includes Lava Burst whenever it's up, but with 500 haste Lightning bolt casts quick enough to fit 4 LBs between cooldowns, meaning you can drop Chain Lightning out of your rotation.
5-13-2009 @ 7:35PM
"Dont you still need to proc clearcasting with LvB?I cant see how spamming LB would beat that for DPS?"Raid buffed a shaman is seeing some pretty high crit ratings.Add a 33$ chance to add another possible crit into the mix and you may not even notice the lack of lava burst.The problem is that they tried to give shaman a "rotation"Instead of spamming 1 button, they hit another one every 8 seconds and a third so the second works better. Not really much of a rotation and the tricks to fix it ended up making LvB way too important. So important they denied enhance shaman the chance to use it.Now we see shaman get hit in a cross-fire AGAIN.Conflag was "too good" so they nailed it. Considering it and LvB shared pretty much the exact same mechanic, I am betting they used the same spell effect with a minor name change. So nerfing Conflag hit LvB in between the eyes.Of course they won't admit this poor coding.So they fix LO and hope Shaman won't mind losing damage in PVP in an already unpopular arena spec since it has to stay still to do any meaningful damage and has jack in the way of real escapes.
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