Ugh didnt realize they nerfed Flameshock duration and tickrate :( dunno why.
It feels weird for a spec to be so separated in their core rotation. Even though there are talents and legendaries that try to get us to switch between the different aspects of the rotation, it's now even less desirable to do so. As it is, it feels like which of the LB/ES or the FS/LvB pillars of the ST rotation is stronger will just have us focus into that, while CL/EQ just exists as their own thing now for AoE. The problem of anti-synergistic stats feel like it's been alleviated in a weird way, with the whole kit just feeling less adhesive overall.
State of elemental shaman.What i wish to read: “This skill is good/bad”What i’ve found: “We will see...”
People couldn't stop complaint about Maelstrom mecanic and saw so many messages about how happy they were that fulmination stacks are back but it's litteraly a buff to pile up instead of a bar to fill, so, i don't know, not going to say it, but you know.
Finally elemental shaman state! Though I was kinda hoping more good or bad and how it should be from player's perspective. I still find it weird with 2 different 'resources': Fulmination and Seismic Thunder. I'd like to have only one resource that can be used (and consumed) for different use (ST or AOE). Current state is, IMO, only make things more complicated for no reason.Lava burst generate nothing for Fulmination/Seismic Thunder also feels weird.. although i won't be mad if in return they give us huge lava burst damage (like, huge) instead of generating resource.
Ideally I use Elemental for Dungeons and Enhancement for World Content but the way Elemental looks right now, I'm not convinced. The split of Maelstrom into Seismic Thunder and Fulmination irks me the most, I guess.
Elemental is semigood now in BFA, but at start of shadowlands this class looks like a one of weak classes. More mechanics — less damage, no survivablity.Very sad that class i like become weaker.But you can play another class (for example demon hunter), where you need to push 2 buttons and become in first top 3 places of dps, or push 4 buttons and get 2400+ rating in arena. Boring..
Where do you get the top 3 place of dps from?
Gist, as always, thanks for your informative and nuanced work. The Elemental community is really lucky to have you.I hope Blizzard manages to achieve their philosophy of putting LvB + Flame Shock + Surge at the center stage, as Lava Burst + MotE builds were clearly so fun and powerful through BfA. But yeah, extremely surprised to see Echo is still not baseline and the first two rows are virtually untouched.
Unfortunatly the spec atm feels clumsy and very slow. Storm ele build is definatly broken, as the retail version. Live version u need tons of crit to be able to play it, i mean 50% crit without buffs and even more....Icefury(also the talent itself is definatly worthless) build sucks even more...The Unlimited Power talent is another useless spell -threw all BFA shamans didnt use it so why leaving it? Liquid magma totem -did any one actually used that the last two years +?I can go on with this criticism a lot more.... Same talents and spells threw all these years of expansions have been never changed.... Blizz did u ran out of some ideas/decisions?The bottom line- Elemental needs some cardinal changes:1. Removal of the flame shock (finally).(!)2. Change/Bff our mastery so it can work properly.(!)3.Remove the talents that are not workong.(!) 4.Add some survivability to spec may be some immunity talent? Thats not so hard right?Many more things could be done to the spec to make it act/feel better.Thanks.Best Regards.
My actual feeling is: Blizzard dont have a clear idea what to do with us... they wanna us we look more like the "zappy boy" and to compensate the fact that we do less dps, they give us extra healing utility ( chain heal why?). The most frustrating thing is that in two years, for the next new expansion, we will be here saying the same things and the "new direction" will be bringing us back as one of the old "new directions".
Have any of these “State of (insert spec here)” posts been positive?It seems like all of them I have seen so far the authors are complaining about how slow they are to play, abilities don’t interact with each other well, etc. Negativity all around.
Having played Ele in Beta now, this article fails to capture just how poor the rotation feels right now. The fun of BFA Ele has been squeezed out and now the rotation feels disjointed. Lava Burst, which used to be the most satisfying part of the rotation, now feels hollow. We are handcuffed to choose between AOE or single target instead of being able to dynamically choose what we want in a situation. Earth Shock is very weak, even with full Fulmination stacks. We're still heavily undertuned. The tuning part is subject to change and there's plenty of time to fix it, but the resource system needs a complete overhaul. Maelstrom was fine, just needed a couple tweaks. Hopefully they're listening to the overwhelmingly bad feedback Shamans are giving them.
I don't have access to alpha / beta but reading and trying to better understand all the changes made to Ele shaman I'm not very convinced.Currently at the covenant level I clearly see the Kirians ahead, the other covenants did not seem interesting to me both in terms of mechanics and in purely numbers.If there are no major changes it will be hard for the EL in SL.Certainly the changes made to Enha have been more successful.
One of the top shaman players in the world says he thinks Elemental is one of the worst specs in Shadowlands so far, in terms of how the gameplay feels.Seems overly convoluted for what you get out of it. Enhance seems like it's much more solid in identity and flexibility whereas Ele seems a little confused.
Unfortunately I think that the biggest changes on the Ele have already arrived, I doubt that there are other relevant changes along the course of the beta. Maybe a talent tuning but I'm not too confident