Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New Beta Build

There is a new beta build out there and I'm not to pleased.

Shaman (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)

•Elemental Devastation is now an Enhancement talent.
•Ancestral Knowledge is now an Elemental talent.
•Improved Lava Lash is now a 2 Ranks talent (Down from 3). Increases the damage of your Lava Lash ability by 15/30%, and by an additional 10/20% for each of your applications of Searing Flames on the target, consuming those applications in the process.
•Improved Shields is now a Tier 1 talent. Down from Tier 2.
•Ancestral Swiftness is gone.
•Frozen Power *New* - Increases the damage done by your Lightning Bolt, Chain Lightning, Lava Lash and Shock spells by 5/10% on targets afflicted by your Frostbrand Attack effect, and your Frost Shock has a 50/100% chance to root the target in ice for 5 sec. when used on targets at or further than 15 yards from you.

•Earth Shield is now trained at level 10. (Down from 50)

Lets start at the beginning.
Elemental Devastation and Ancestral Knowledge swapping trees makes a ton of sense, on the surface at least. AK is of very little use to Enhancement, and was only a filler talents. Elemental Devastation on the other hand was something we all took, and I doubt many Elementals took.

But the issue know is that instead of spending your valuable talent points on something useful in T1 so you can access T2, you are forced to waste 2 points on  either Convection or AK .

Improved Lava Lash is still Enhance,  Costing  1 less point is nice. Although I don't recall if its for the same  bonus as before.

Imp shields is still to costly. Same bonus as the old 3 point talents, with half the points available. Should either be reduced to 2 points or the effect needs to be boosted.

Frozen Power is a nice PvP talent. Nothing I've seen indicates we'd use frostbrand in PvE, and while having a root would be nice on some fights, the 15 yard range really limits its use in PvE.

But I can live with all those changes. The change I'm most disappointed in is the removal of Ancestral Swiftness. No 15% movement bonus, and no instant GW. BOOOO! 

I was looking forward to a lot of things in Cataclysm. Path of the Titans, Guild Talents, Masteries from Talents, getting a 21 point talent in an offspec, Ancestral Swiftness, Indoor Ghost Wolf. Well at least we still have that last one... for now.

ETA:  From Ghostcrawler
Ancestral Swiftness was not removed. Sorry for any confusion. It is still in the second tier of Enhancement, available to all.

Well that's a relief.


Gronthe said...

It doesn't make any sense to me. For leveling I always took improved ghost wolf, I was looking forward to coupling that with the speed boost of ancestral swiftness. Was it too good?

Loss of ancestral swiftness is a loss indeed, I don't like it much either. Not at all.

johnmlinn said...

The removal is complete BS... that's so upsetting. Our lack of decent movement abilities is so bad at the moment. At least they could have left in one or the other.

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