Thursday, February 5, 2009

Aw Yeah!

Shaman (Skills List / Talent + Glyph Calc.)

Chain Lightning – now jumps to 4 targets but does less damage. We wanted to make the distinction between Lightning Bolt and Chain Lightning more clear.
Storm, Earth and Fire – this talent now increases all damage done by Flame Shock, not just periodic damage.
Spirit Weapons – now reduces all threat, not just melee threat.
Unleashed Rage – reduced to 2 ranks, now also increases your critical strike chance with melee attacks by 1/2%.
Totem streamlining: The Mana Spring and Healing Stream Totems have been combined. The Disease Cleansing and Poison Cleansing Totems have been combined.
We are also working on giving Enhancement and Elemental more PvP utility.

So these are tentative changes planed for 3.1

CL : I'll have to see about this. I use CL on aoe packs, so if the overall damage is more, then its a situationlly good change. If the total damage done is the same or less then its pretty crappy.

S,E,&F: Elemental dps is fine now, and this gives it a slight boost.

Spirit Weapons: Mechanics have changes so upwards of 45% of my damage is magical, this is sweet news. Especially on AoE packs, I often tend to aggro the skull, since well, our aoe sucks all we have is single target dps.

UR: Woot! Makes this talent cost/benefit in line with DK's Abomintaions might. A 60% cost reduction and 2% melee crit as a bonus? Yes please!

Totem Steamlining: I just commented in a forum thread the other day that I'd love for the disease/poison totem to be combined. (Someone wanted decurse to be trainable also, and I said to stick that on the totem as well, but that of course would be overkill) No more choosing between mana/health is pretty awesome as well.

And Finally a bit of PvP love would be welcome.

Looks like some very welcome changes are afoot.


Rakhman said...

I wonder what we will get to spend the other 3 talent points on, if UR goes from 5 to 2...

Race said...

Well if they dont make any other changes right now I think the best dps bang for our buck will be going from 2/3 Call of Flame to 3/3, and from 1/3 improved shields to 3/3.

I'm sure some one well adjust the sim for the propssed changes and figure it our for sure though.