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2-20-2010 @ 6:39PM
My first thought when I saw the Flame Shock change was a mix between "about time!" and "Well what the hell is going to happen to the glyph then".. Honestly I can see them taking the glyph away all together only because I can't imagine what more they can do to the spell through a glyph. I can't see them making the glyph extend the spell even more, it already extends the DoT by 6secs, I can see them calling it overkill to extend it further when there are at least 2 set bonus' in play right now (2piece 9 and 4piece 10) that find a way to increase it. I love the dynamics of these changes but its making my head spin.And I don't really know if it'll be worth it for Enhancement shaman to work Flame shock into their rotations. Sure it'll be a crit-dot but they also sorta get that alread from having Magma Totem down.. Couple that with many working in Fire Nova blasts into their already crazy rotation (so crazy it couldn't really be added to the Enhancement 101 article) it seems like overkill. Enhancement already has too many things to watch while trying to keep their fat out of the fryer and I can see Blizzard realizing that (if not now then at some point later).It might be worth pointing out also that it MAY make speccing into enhancement a little crazy as I'm sure some are going to try to spec far into Elemental to up the power of Flame Shock with Storm, Earth and Fire. It's something that Blizzard wanted to stop in the past when that train of thought went in the opposite direction with many Elemental and resto shaman speccing deep into Enhancement just to get duel wielding so they could achieve having 2 spell weapons with 2 spellpower enchants and 2 weapon imbues.. Even if Storm, Earth and fire is too far in to make it reasonable it still might be something Blizzard would want to stop before it starts.As for Elemental Oath, I would say its a long time coming. There was a time when a lot of Raid leaders passed up Elemental Shaman for Balance Druids because Elemental Oath, which acts like Moonkin Aura, wasn't up all the time like Moonkin Aura. It was a dark time for Elemental shaman cause our damage wasn't the greatest and we weren't bringing any unique buffs to the group (we still really don't).. So this change is not only over due but the time for its usefulness is has also already passed... Not saying it isn't welcome, its just really late for it.. Now they just need to close the gaps in the other reasons to bring Moonkin over Elemental (Imp Faerie Fire, the locust swarm debuff) but i dont see that happening.What worries me though is the part of Elemental Oath that works together with our clearcasting, giving us extra spell damage while clearcasting is up. There's been no word on if that's changing or being taken away and I'd assume it isn't but its still worth stating my worry for it.
2-20-2010 @ 6:45PM
Small edit to myself, They wanted to stop elemental and resto from getting mental quickness too and moved that WAY down the tree
2-20-2010 @ 11:32PM
Enhance was already working FS into their rotation on long fights. You put it up, ES twice and once that thing was gone, reapplied. Clipping the DoT at all was a DPS loss, but not doing so ended up as a small DPS increase over just using ES. Micromanaging this meant you got more DPS, so it was a skill thing.With haste and it critting, and Enhance already seeing some pretty insane spell crit already, this change looks to be big on helping keep ED up pretty much 100% and there is less chance of clipping, so you will see it be better.
2-21-2010 @ 5:06AM
Unfortunately ED is non periodic spell crits only :(
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