ShamWoW: Patch Notes 3.1

I was reading over all the patch notes 3.1 pertaining to Shamans and I consider it all good stuff.

Shaman

  • Bloodlust/Heroism: Cooldown reduced to 5 minutes, but Sated and Exhausted now last 10 minutes.
  • Earth Elemental Totem: The summoned Earth Elemental should now have significantly more health and slightly more armor.
  • Fire Elemental Totem: The summoned Fire Elemental should now have moderately more health and mana, and its damage scaling has been increased. In addition, the Fire Elemental’s spells now cost less mana.
  • Flametongue Weapon: Bonus damage from spell power now based on weapon speed. Slower weapons will benefit more from spell power.
  • Frostbrand Weapon: Damage increased by approximately 20%.
  • Mana Spring Totem: This totem has been redesigned. It now provides the same mana benefit as Blessing of Wisdom to the entire party or raid, but is exclusive with that effect.
  • Poison Cleansing Totem and Disease Cleansing Totem have been merged into Cleansing Totem. Cleansing Totem pulses every 3 seconds, down from 5.

Elemental

  • New Talent: Booming Echoes: Reduces the cooldown of your Flame Shock and Frost Shock spells by an additional 1/2 seconds, and increases the direct damage done by your Flame Shock and Frost Shock spells by an additional 10/20%.
  • Elemental Mastery redesigned: When activated, your next Lightning Bolt, Chain Lightning or Lava Burst spell becomes an instant cast spell. In addition, your Fire, Frost and Nature damage spells have a 15% increased critical strike chance for 15 seconds. Elemental Mastery now shares a cooldown with Nature’s Swiftness.
  • Elemental Reach: Now also increases the range of your Flame Shock spell by 5/10/15 yards.
  • Lava Flows: No longer increases the range of your Flame Shock spell, but now increases your casting speed by 10/20/30% when your Flame Shock spell is dispelled for 6 seconds.
  • Lightning Overload: Reduced to 3 points (7/14/20%), down from 5.
  • Storm, Earth and Fire: No longer increases the range of your Earth Shock or Wind Shock spells, but now also causes your Earthbind Totem to have a 33/66/100% chance to root all nearby enemies for 5 seconds when initially cast.
  • Thunderstorm can now be cast while stunned.

I believe this is to please many who were complaining that Shamans were not a good PvP arena class. It’s okay with me as it looks like I’ll have an easier time soloing. The easier solo aspect will help me even more now than I’m a much more casual WoW gamer- I spend most of my game time on Runes of Magic.

Frostbrand Weapon now does 20% more damage: That’s awesome, it’s one of my most used skills.

The Elemental Mastery redisign is nice too.  Before I could get a free additional cast of Chain Lightning or lightning Bolt, but I had to bear with cast time, now it’s instant cast.

They’ve really upped the power you can do with the lightning attacks, not to mention that a previous patch had changed Chain lightning from hitting up to 3 enemies, to hitting up to 4 enemies.

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