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8-19-2010 @ 3:09PM
I'm really glad they're finally addressing the shield issue for Elemental. Currently, there's no decent elemental shield for Ele shamans, and the Imp. Shields talent is worthless, yet you have to put points in it if you want Ancestral Swiftness. I'm glad they're making Lightning Shield useful, I imagine it'll be an Elemental copy of Static Shock.
8-19-2010 @ 3:56PM
That's almost worse than not having our own shield. To me LS is my enhance shield, now its going to be my ele shield too? Hopefully it isn't a clone of the enhance usage for it and provides a passive dps increase along the lines of, "now LB has a chance to jump to another target."
8-19-2010 @ 4:29PM
I doubt that the developers will be unoriginal enough to provide a carbon copy of Static Shock that procs off spells. It's not really their style. They want classes/specs to feel different and that would not do so well in accomplishing that goal.I'm not saying it's going to floor the entire Shaman community at it's epic coolness, but I'm at least hopeful that it will be different.
8-19-2010 @ 5:49PM
Jerry: they jut gave shaman concentration aura after giving mages Bloodlust. Copying stuff is their style. Heck, look at Mages. Arcane missle for arcane, pyroblast for fire, frostfire botl for frost. All 3 are random proc you get from casting your main nuke. No major difference there. If they make a ranged static shock, it would be lame and completely unoriginal. Kind of like saying shaman have too many buffs and so they should lose them when they put down utility totems right before giving them another utility/buff totem.
8-19-2010 @ 6:13PM
@AngusA mechanic is different than a buff. A buff doesn't change your perception in any way other than I now hit faster/stronger.A mechanic really influences everything else in the game. What you're paying attention to at any given time. Reacting to a cooldown, paying attention to mana/energy...etc.Your examples are buffs and main nukes. Not really all that mechanic although main nukes do factor in towards the mechanics. LB is our main nuke, you may see interaction with Lightning Shield, I just don't think they'll do a simple copy and paste because it's not necessarily a buff or a main nuke. And it doesn't make it all that interesting. Or maybe I'm just being optimistic and hoping for a bit more complexity in how they'll implement it.
8-19-2010 @ 9:54PM
"To me LS is my enhance shield, now its going to be my ele shield too?"Well, right now WS is your resto shield, and it's also your ele shield too. True, resto has ES, but that's not on the shaman.It's just the fact that there's a damage shield and a mana shield, and right now it's silly that the caster spec has to use the mana shield instead of the damage one.
8-20-2010 @ 10:10AM
These are the people that said lowering the cast time on our main nuke while halving the talent that sped it up (resulting in no change in cast time) was a buff. The fact that we lost 17% of the bonus from +spell damage (before spellpower) was lost to them. Same folks told us we had too many buff totems to be able to get a better system and then handed us concentration aura on an element that is main buff totem. We point out autoattack is a major issue and we need buttons to mean something in enhance. We point out we need to be in melée to do meaningful damage and it hits us harder than other classes when mobile fights happen. We also can't sit in melée since we are the most fragile melée. They remove double damage crit spells. They also make our instants hit harder WHEN IN MELÉE. PVP is going to get us nerfed because we are going to turn into burst machines again. We still have to be in contact to do good damage and will lose more than others when not in contact. You can have hope that they will figure out how to fix shaman. I gave up after I saw them fail to get it time and time again.
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