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5-15-2011 @ 9:13PM
I still have so many questions. How does the AoE damage compare to single target with different number of adds, and how much does the spellpower weapon change that? To use the Maloriak example, the green phase has enough adds that FN is the way to go, but on the dark phase, single target damage might still be a large enough portion that I should keep my agility weapon?To be honest, I haven't seen my AoE damage go higher than single target yet, but I haven't used any weapon swapping or flame shock on the nameplate.I am very disappointed with this AoE system. I don't think Blizzard are done with it and I really have no desire to play with it as it is. I guess that makes me a bad raider.
5-15-2011 @ 9:21PM
Agreed. Personally, I'd really perfer if it were more like Arcane Explosion. Hey, mages got our 10 Minute Haste effect, why can't we get something of their multiple AoE abilities? It's not game breaking, just less confusing. I'd even be happy with it if it were attached to ENH only (Resto it shouldn't matter and Ele has Earthquake).
5-16-2011 @ 2:56AM
Speaking as a frost/arcane Mage, with an 84 ehn shaman alt: Trade ya. You melee types are more suited to effectively wading through mobs and casting something like arcane explosion. My arcane side would just adore having my arcane explosion epicenter around my target (or even by things effected by Slow).We could both get what we want and neither of our AoEs would feel so broken.
5-16-2011 @ 7:55AM
I have it set up so I can switch bars with a (shift, mouse scroll up) move on my paladin. The paladin's AoE stuff is on one bar, single target on the main. One of my AoE bars is a focus macro that judges and sets that as a focus. I go tabbing around the group spreading my Seal of Truth's love to everyone and get back to the main target when I think there are enough numbers scrolling on the screen.This can be done with Flame shock. You set your original target as the focus, beat on him, wait till the seconf FS is ready then tab. Take note of where in the group that new guy is. Go back to number one. When FS 3 is ready, click on someone on the other side of the group, most times it won't be your #2 target. Apply, back to #1 and enjoy the pain.Really, considering I was seeing warlocks with triple my DPS in Mount Hyjal on my shaman, having one that could compete should be something you guys are happy about, not complaining that it is hard. Shaman have always had to do 3 times the work to get 75% the damage. This isn't something new. 14 pt priority lists when guys with 5 items were doing much higher dps? Yep. Prior to this you had to hope no one moved to do decent AoE damage or depend on a moron chained to a stick with a long cool down. The new system is at least decent and allows decent damage for mediocre players while giving better players much better damage. Before skill wasn't important. Stick + FN on CD = same no matter how good.
5-16-2011 @ 11:31AM
I'm honestly not positive on Dark Phase weapon swapping. I'd be inclined to say it'd be higher DPS to swap to a spellpower weapon for the entire phase. The thing about AoE is it really slides easily into our single target rotation. Slip mouseover flame shocks in where you'd earth shock and fire nova in GCD gaps, and you can maintain your single target rotation wile aoeing.
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