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6-06-2011 @ 11:55AM
Good piece, Josh. I hope you go more into the current issues with enhancement in future columns, however, because there are many. I'll always hold enhancement as my true love. It's an amazingly rich class with lots of cool abilities. But as a high end raider, I've retired my shaman of 5 years in favor of my freshly rolled warlock.To highlight some of enhancement's weaknesses for those looking for more information, I'll use the example of my swap to my warlock. My guild was working on Sinestra, which requires intense burst AOE dps and a very high single target requirement. For 3 minutes of the fight, each player receives a 100% haste buff/unlimited mana buff as well.Firstly, haste as we know is awful for enhancement now. So single target, I was scaling the worst out of any class in the raid. The other effect of that buff is it provides every other class with unlimited resources - mages have infinite mana and can just AB spam, ferals and hunters have super regenerative energy, warriors have nearly infinite rage. Enhancement? Our resource (mana) is already available in unlimited reserves - we're never capped by it, so we have nothing to gain by getting more of it. As a result, we gain nothing there in the fight as well.TLDR: my enh DPS on Sinestra was pitiful compared to the rest of my guild. I'm no slouch either - my shaman has a 367 ilvl and I'd like to think I'm fairly skilled, holding top 10 DPS ranks on almost every fight in this tier at one point or another. Yet the night I swapped to my warlock I shot from doing 27k DPS over our best attempts ~6 minutes, to doing 38k DPS on our kill. My warlock did identical single target damage as my shaman, and I was the top damage done to the aoe packs of whelps. My warlock was 353 ilvl at the time.So yes, there are a number of serious issues with shaman at the moment. Perhaps Sinestra isn't the best fight to use as an example due to the buff mechanic, but it does illustrate some key problems (no resource managment, continually poor cooldowns, poor scaling with stats).
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