WoW 8.0 Elemental – “Pay Off” Abilities

Following on from the post about Overload, and somewhat related to it, is the subject of “Pay Off Abilities”. This is something that has been mentioned in developer posts on the WoW forums, specifically around how Earth Shock, Lava Burst and Stormkeeper are all “big” moments in the rotation but having three of them diminishes the rotation somewhat. Stormkeeper itself will be relegated to a talent in Battle for Azeroth (at least, it was based on screenshots taken at Blizzcon) so this is mostly about the other two spells.

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WoW 8.0 Elemental – Overloads

After the announcement of Battle for Azeroth over the weekend at Blizzcon it’s probably time to take another look at the current Elemental Shaman design and point out what I think are the problems that need to be resolved.

Overload

Going back to one of my regular subjects for Elemental, and probably one where I feel the strongest but also realize that it’s fairly subjective: Overloads, how they scale with mastery, generate additional maelstrom, and introduce additional variation.

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Min/Maxing: Are these extra 1000 DPS increases worth it?

One of my recent theorycrafting thoughts was on looking at APL’s and reducing the complexity to see how this alters DPS output. The idea is that a less complex rotation will be easier to use in-game, and maybe even counter-intuitively increase damage.

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Elemental Mechanics

Introduction

This document aims to highlight continuing mechanic issues for Elemental Shaman. It is a work in progress so it may change as new information is available. There may be some incorrect information as my Shaman is essentially “retired” which means I’m not storing the same amount of information in my memory as I used to. Read more of this post

Plotting Stat Interactions

This is another way to look at the “X was my best stat so I added more of it, but that made Y my best stat so I re-did my gear and now X is my best stat again” loops that arise from people using stat weights incorrectly. The idea is to show how the stat weights of Crit, Haste and Mastery change relative to a minimum to 99% range for each stat.

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Elemental Talents & Rotation Complications

I’ll be cross posting this to the PTR forum for more visibility

We’re getting closer to the eventual 7.1.5 release date every day, and with the Christmas Holidays coming up there’s less and less chance that further changes will be made to the PTR. It’s with this in mind that I want to highlight a few issues for Elemental that could be resolved this patch.

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Echo and the Missing Charge

In the initial 7.1.5 PTR Echo of the Elements was changed to 3 charges.

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In the latest build it was reduced to 2 charges, which disappointed a number of people. Read more of this post