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9-28-2011 @ 11:32AM
Earthquake is fun, but right now, it takes a rather large pack for it to be a dps gain to use. With a normal pack, it's not only a dps loss, but a mana drain as well. This change may finally make it viable again. Woot!Chain Lightning is the way to go if you have enough mobs to justify it, so I'm happy to see they are letting us spam it instead of adding in a filler spell during cooldown.What will be interesting to see is that spreading flame shock and using fire nova was more or less the filler spell during AoE if Lava Burst was still on cd, so with the ability to just spam CL and not need the filler at all, will that be better than using FS/FN?Also, with the change of spell effect for LB, will that effect travel time? Right now I approach mobs with LB because it doesn't damage until it reaches the target and that gives me enough time to cast something else. I know for the most part it doesn't matter, but I think the travel time aspect makes things a little interesting and if this makes it to more or less instant, I will at least have to change I how I play solo.
9-28-2011 @ 1:35PM
While a decrease in travel time is slightly annoying while solo, I'll happily take it because most of the time when I'm throwing Lightning Bolts around the sooner the target dies the better.Besides, now it can be somebody else's spell that was a split second too late.
9-28-2011 @ 1:46PM
Oh, and on the Flame Shock/Fire Nova front... the boosts to Earthquake and Chain Lightning are specifically to make the FS/FN dance unnecessary, especially since they're also taking out the Fire Nova adds time to Flame Shock effect. Fire Nova won't be used by elemental shamans without fairly large number of mobs; our normal AoE rotation is intended to pretty much be Flame Shock - Lava Burst - proc Clearcasting - Earthquake - spam Chain Lightning until EQ is about to come off cooldown - begin again, at steps one, two, or three, whichever is appropriate.
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