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3-02-2010 @ 9:15AM
Actually, I'm rather more curious what the gear is going to look like for other shamans. I think I saw somewhere that shadow priests and elemental shamans will get a Spirit-to-Hit talent, so healing gear will also be DPS gear. But what about Enhancement? They currently share gear with Hunters, but Hunters are moving to focus rather than mana. Will enhancement get its own gear set, or will it have a Spirit-to-X conversion stat as well?
3-02-2010 @ 9:19AM
Boomkins and Elemental Shamans, not Shadow Priests as far as I am aware!
3-02-2010 @ 10:13AM
Enhancement shamans will use DPS Mail, which is Agi/Stam/Hit/haste. "Intellect" will be converted from a standing stat, more than likely using Mental Dexterity in reverse: Increases your intellect by 33/66/100% of your agility. You'll still assumably have water shield, improved Stormstrike, and ShamWOW! I mean Rage. Mastery stats will probably be linked to cooldown reduction, Haste, and Attack power. Since Resto Shamans and Ele shamans share the same gear, we'll see more conversions. Spirit is there, so mana regen is easily covered. Elemental precision will probably change to convert X/Y/Z% spirit to Hit rating. Mastery stats will probably linked to Haste, Spellpower, and Regen. Resto Mastery will probably linked to Haste, Crit, and Regen.
3-02-2010 @ 10:46AM
Plate DPS(Strength, Hit) = Arms/Fury Warriors, DPS DKs, Ret Pallys Plate Tank(Strength, Dodge, Parry, Block Rating) = Prot Warriors, Tank DKs, Prot PallysPlate Spell(Int, Spirit) = Holy PallysMail Melee (Agility, Hit) = Hunters, Enhance Shaman Mail Spell (Int, Spirit) = Resto/Elemental Shaman Leather Melee (Agility, Hit) = Rogues, Kitty/Bear DruidsLeather Spell (Int, Spirit) = Resto/Moonkin DruidCloth DPS(Int, Hit) = Warlock, Mage Shadow PriestCloth Heal(Int, Spirit) = Holy PriestMoonkin will get spirit=hit talentElemental will get spirit=hit talentEnhance will have a tool to regain mana. Probably a change to Shamanistic RageRet will probably manage their mana the same way as they do now with Divine PleaAll melee centric gear could have Expertise on it.All gear could have crit on it. (Minus plate tank gear)All gear could have haste on it. (Minus plate tank gear, though that would be fun if it was on that too)All gear could have the new stat Mastery on it.
3-03-2010 @ 12:34AM
Yeah I'm a tad confused about this myself. Right now I'm working on gearing up a Resto/Ele shaman alt. I was about to buy one of the triumph rings when I realized that I'm unsure which will be the best post the Cata changes (and they work as a good example of what other choices I'll need to be making down the line). Givens:1.) Spirit is currently relatively useless to Shaman2.) MP5 will go away and become Spirit in Cata3.) Spirit will be converted to hit for Ele through some TBD mechanism4.) Hearmender Circle stats that differ: Crit 50, MP5 255.) Band of the Invoker stats that differ: Haste 49, Spirit 50So currently, of the two caster rings the Heartmender Circle is good for Resto, but neither is really good for Ele as they both have a relatively wasted stat. Now, let's say that the pre-Cata patch were going to drop tomorrow hypothetically. I'm confused by A) which ring would then become best for Resto, and B) would that ring also then be the best for Ele. My assumption would be that the MP5 on HC becomes Spirit, and the Spirit on BotI becomes Hit in order to keep the idea that there's a healer ring and caster dps ring. Do these changes mean that the difference between your healing set and your ele offset will be the relative balance between crit and haste most likely? I mean unless they are implementing some sort of Spirit cap, it seems to me that Spirit to Resto will always be good while Spirit to Ele will eventually cause you to drown in hit.
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