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

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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

Elemental Makeover Musing


One of the things that has been on my mind lately has been “How would I redesign Elemental in a fair & balanced way that would make me seriously consider switching back?”. Thus, this post.

The idea is to give more control over the rotation, clean up some of the complicated but ultimately meaningless choices and make Mastery more important. Read more of this post

Lamenting Low Legendary Luck


Legendary items and titanforging. These are the big RNG things behind loot acquisition in Legion, in addition to the normal “when will boss X finally drop that damn trinket” problem. This has some parallels to loot acquisition in Diablo 3 but also causes some issues. Read more of this post

Fixing Elemental


To be perfectly honest, fixing Elemental will probably require more work than there is available time for before Legion. Here’s a few things that I think would improve underlying Elemental mechanics so that there’s fewer negative issues, more options for increasing the required skill cap and reducing the need to switch talents for every boss while also trying to avoid cookie cutter builds (although a few talents will favour others). Read more of this post

The Main Swap


Aka “Why Bink is going to raid on a Mage in Legion rather than his Elemental Shaman”

Part One: Damage Meters

For as long as I can remember Elemental output has been somewhat behind the curve pretty much all the time, unless you look at specific AoE or Cleave boss fights like Hellfire Assault or Iskar. The times where I do well comparatively to everyone else I keep wondering that had I been on a different class that is “more popular” would I have performed significantly better? Read more of this post