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Totem Talk: Elemental shaman changes for patch 4.0.1 {WoW}

Oct 6th 2010 2:07PM Hello,

This is my first time posting here. I would like to congradulate you on a great article. I have been playing an elemental shaman with a friend of mine for a little less than a year. I still am not up to my characters full potential. I can't seem to grasp the interconnections between all the talents, glyphs, gear, gems, spells and active "powers" use rotation.

I can see the effects and when they are pointed out I see the connection.
I just can't seem to remember all the stuff so I can say (not even remotely real example coming up) ...oh if I take talent "X" I can cast LB a half second faster and do 3% more damage... I currently have unspent talents because I do not know what to take (level 68). I have looked at other highly successful elemental shaman builds so I can use that, but then I am just copying someone elses build and not really understanding why it works.

Knowing what I do know about my shaman, your post was spot on for explaining to me what is going to change in the "rules" and what I need to look at to re-build my shaman.

My question is this. Really really quickly ... (well not really really quickly, only kinda quickly) What kind of basic rotation would you use in your build? I see everyone talking about if you already have a 9 charge LS up then use fulmination, but what is the rotation that gets you to a 9 charge LS? I currently only have a level 68 shaman, but if you can give me a basic rotation for level 80 I can work towards that.

I do understand that what I am asking is a loaded question as the rotation for solo (multiple targets), solo (single targets), group, raid, or PVP will all be different and even those will be different at different levels. That being said, there has to be some basic rotation elements, right?

I had a friend of mine tell me I suck as a wow player. My DPS "was for the suck" as we say. He asked me why I was using the spells I was, why I was dropping my 4 totems when the fight was going to be over so fast, etc. He is a LONG time wow player in one of the top ranked guilds and ranked in the top 10 geared characters on our server, so I value his opinion, but wowch it hurt being told that. So, I am now on a ! QUEST ! to re-build my character in a better more effective way and to really get a good understanding of how best to play an elemental shaman. He is always saying it is about player awareness. If the player is not aware of what is going on in game then they will always be less effective.

Sorry to ramble so much.

Thank you for your article it was very helpful.

Tattu (Steel Legends)