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1-19-2011 @ 4:30PM
The latest post on MMO-Champion (Patch 4.0.6 - PTR Build 13529, Jan 19/11) lists a quantitative change to Lava Burst as follows:Lava Burst damage has been increased by 10%. Now deals [ 1394 to 1778 Fire Damage], up from [ 1267 to 1615 ] damage. Does this mean a 10% increase to base damage or am I just reading too much into it? As mentioned in Sarah's excellent article (thanks btw, my heart always leaps when I see a new ele shaman article!), a 10% buff to base damage would be pitiful to say the least, I am hoping it is total damage, because I believe we are sorely in need of a buff.I have played elemental for 2.5 years now, and I would consider myself an exceptional player to say the least. So far though, I have noticed that it is hard to be competitive with elemental dps; to say we are in the middle of the pack may be accurate, if a bit optimistic. Don't get me wrong, a standstill fight like Argaloth is golden for us, but many of the new fights require a lot of movement which has a huge effect on our throughput. I am able to maintain a top 10 parse in our 25-man raids because I am more geared than most, but adjusting for gearscore I feel ele shamans are underpowered at the moment. If anyone has any suggestions to offer (Armory - Dreadmist @ Azuremyst) I would be open to them, but I feel like I'm gearing, gemming and enchanting optimally. I welcome the new buffs with the patch, and hope that more are incoming! Granted, I can probably never expect to top the DPS meters, as a so-called "hybrid" class/spec, this may be my lot. Regardless, I play ele because I enjoy it - in fact my off spec is also ele (PvP though =P)!P.S. I have heard that the T11 4-set bonus is quite exceptional compared to other classes - perhaps achieving that would even the playing field!
1-19-2011 @ 4:59PM
So far it's looking like it is base damage, but I'm just going to hold tight and hope for further tweaks. These aren't final patch notes after all.I'm definitely looking forward to getting my 4 piece bonus ;)
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