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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.
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