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6-09-2009 @ 1:08PM
I'd say out of existing PvE specs Elemental Shamans and Balance Druids need love
6-09-2009 @ 2:04PM
Does this apply only since Ulduar? I know that I have seen a ton of information on lost DPS for both of those specs as Ulduar logs were broken down.I think the lightning overload was to help correct this because the developers can't figure out why ele shaman are hurting.I know this is obvious and I'm sure has been said before, but is there a nature resist possibly in Ulduar that was programmed in and no one noticed?
6-09-2009 @ 2:35PM
Robert: the issue is actually more like the following:In a lot of the ulduar fights, you have to move. AE is causing issues, things are able to 1 shot you if you don't get out of the arc, and in general they have a lot of cast interrupts.Elemental shaman are turrets. They have to sit there and spin up casts. If they break from this or have to move, they lose a ton of DPS. They have almost nothing to do in the time they are moving. They also bring a large portion of their raid buffs with them. Other casters have dots ticking, instants to reapply or throw for damage and are getting a ton of buffs from the shaman. The shaman does not get as much, is hurting from the loss of DPS when mobility is required and has itemization nightmares due to how poorly thought out the whole lava burst thing was. If 30% of your damage comes from an auto-crit, crit rating is only helping 70% of your damage. If that same 30% has a set CD, haste does nothing unless it can somehow get you an extra cast in the 8 seconds. Otherwise it is better DPS to sit and wait for the CD to be over and then repeat the cycle.So all elemental shaman get 100% returns on is spellpower. If haste or crit could do more for them, it would be better for itemization, but as it stands, not so much. Crit helps, but only on LB, LO, and CL. That new set bonus is also meant to make crit better, but it is such a small amount of their damage anyway that it isn't much.
6-09-2009 @ 5:41PM
@AngusWOW, thanks for the response. One thing I never understood about Lava Burst is the cooldown/cast time combo. I know there may be some spells that I can’t think of off the top of my head, but there seems to be a general pre-lich formula for cast times to be instant when it comes to burst abilities having cooldowns. The old formula seemed to apply best to mages.There seems to be a break from that philosophy in WotLK now with Chaos Bolt, Penance, and Lava Burst.With mages and locks, there is enough insta-cast going on that they can maintain dots or do damage, but elementals seems to be screwed here according to your response.Wouldn’t the easiest response be to make Lava Burst insta cast and maintain a long cooldown? Wouldn’t that be a step in the right direction for bumping shaman dps if in fact movement is the thorn on the side of shaman. Doing so would increase dps in fights that require movement and not really alter stationary DPS since elemental shaman are really only charged 1.5 seconds (a GCD) for lava burst if they are talenting lightning mastery?
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