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12-06-2010 @ 8:31PM
I'm curious about the hate on improved shields. While leveling, my lightning shield procs all the time, both from getting hit and from static shock. I'm definitely not interested in it for PvE DPS, but for solo play and leveling it seems fairly solid, especially since you have to put 2 points somewhere around there to progress up the tree, and imp fire nova, toughness, frozen / earthen power seem to be less useful (unless you're PvPing)
12-06-2010 @ 8:45PM
The main thing to remember about Lightning Shield is that has an ICD. Current testing has that ICD at around 3seconds. Assuming every hit is a static 2k damage with no crits, over a 15 second (average mob lifespan) fight, improved shields only adds 1500 damage, so 100 damage per second. (2,000x.15=300 damage per proc.) A three point talent investment just isn't worth it for that minimal gain, especially when there's so many other attractive talents. It's value is also diminished against mobs with cast/swing timers over 3 seconds, as then you're not guaranteeing an orb proc on cd.
12-06-2010 @ 9:53PM
Does the bonus from imp shields buff procs from Static Shock too? Although, I guess with a 45% chance to proc on two abilities with long cooldowns, we'll see ss procs of shields at what... 6 times a minute? I agree that it's a pretty minimal DPS return. I just think (in all my zero shamaning experience, I'm only level 75) that minimal DPS return is better than the zero benefit from toughness, earthen power, totemic reach, and fire nova talents you could be speccing into instead. I'm also not wild about frozen power either- frostbrand attack isn't a guaranteed proc, so sacrificing an easy 40% buff to lava lash to gain a potential 10% buff to lava lash, lightning bolt, and shock spells looks pretty iffy to me. On the other hand, I can see where frozen power has a real potential to be awesome in a pinch (even just for the root ability which doesn't require a FB imbue), whereas as you pointed out imp shields is really minimal.
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