Changes To Elemental Shamans That Won’t Affect Me For Many Months

Elitist Jerks posted Elemental relevant patch 3.2 changes.  Even though it will be a very long time before I need to worry about T9 or even T8 gear, it’s fun to look at.

It makes me incredibly happy I chose elemental for my main.  I’m still looking forward to buying my duel-spec and trying out full enhancement.

Restorative? pffff Yeah right.  I’m not some pale reflection of a healer wannabe.  I’m all about the lighting magic!

3.2 Elemental Changes

Posted 06/18/09 at 8:47 PM by Binkenstein <!– | Permalink–>
Updated Yesterday at 9:08 PM by Binkenstein (More changes)

Updating for new PTR patch notes as they come in.

General Changes

  • Flame Shock, Earth Shock, Earth Shock, Wind Shock range has been increased from 20 yards to 25 yards.
  • Elemental Oath only affects non-periodic spell critical strikes.
  • Elemental Focus only affects non periodic critical strikes.
  • Elemental Devastation now affects non-periodic offensive spell crits.

Shock range is the only real change, as the others are clarifications of current mechanics.

Relics
Shaman T9 Elemental Relic (Lightning Bolt) – Each time you cast Lightning Bolt, you have a chance to gain 200 haste rating for 12 sec.
This will need a 63% uptime to be useful with current values. Feedback from the PTR suggests no internal cooldown, which makes it fairly useful. A replacement to Hex, finally.

Sets
T9 2P (Flame Shock) – Increases the duration of your Flame Shock spell by 9 sec.
T9 4P (Lava Burst) – Increases the damage done by your Lava Burst spell by 20%

The 2pc bonus is useful, but if you already have T8 4pc, you’ll need to make up around 80-90 dps to drop T8 4pc and take T9 2pc. Currently it’s around 55 dps with or without the T8 2pc bonus that also affects FS.
The 4pc bonus is much more powerful. It’s around 205 dps, or 219 with Glyph of Lava, assuming it stacks additively with talents. Incidentally, it makes Glyph of Lava preferable to Glyph of ToW, as the break even point will be around the 3.2k spellpower figure, which you should be over with 4/5 T9.
The T8 totem (Thunderfall, adds 215 base damage to LvB) is still fairly useless, even with T9 4pc.

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