December 1, 2016 3 Comments
In the initial 7.1.5 PTR Echo of the Elements was changed to 3 charges.
In the latest build it was reduced to 2 charges, which disappointed a number of people. Read more of this post
Elemental Shaman, Math, and Strange Ramblings
October 31, 2016 Leave a comment
Aka “Why it’s not okay to keep sending directly to community experts about stuff”
One of those prices of “e-fame” and/or being known as an expert is that people tend to come to you to ask questions about things in your wheelhouse (and sometimes outside it). This is a short conversation point about why it’s better to exhaust other options first, like reviewing previously written information/guides or asking other players on chat/forums.
October 21, 2016 9 Comments
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
October 3, 2016 8 Comments
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
May 19, 2016 20 Comments
Aka “Why Bink is going to raid on a Mage in Legion rather than his Elemental Shaman”
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
February 24, 2016 8 Comments
Please note this was originally intended to be posted early January as a collaboration between Callimonk and myself, but due to a bunch of different reasons it’s been delayed until now. Calli will post her parts on her own blog soon
In December last year there were two posts by Zooper on Blizzardwatch regarding what is commonly referred to as “Cookie Cutter” builds about how there is generally a single accepted talent build, and player attitudes based around this knowledge. These posts are a small part of what our posts will be addressing, but also somewhat of a starting point for the rest of our points as well.
It’s worth pointing out that there are some generalizations made in Zoopers posts, partially around how large the “problem” of binary answers in guides actually are. In a quick survey of 6 Fury Warrior guides 3 did show a binary answer (MMOC, Noxxic and Wowhead) while the Icy Veins & WoW Forum guides explained that rage capping was an issue behind Furious Strikes, and lastly Methods guide indicated that Furious Strikes is “slightly weaker” than Sudden Death. This means 50% of guides had a binary or non-explanatory answer, which could be reduced to 33% if you consider the fact that the Wowhead guides are intended to be for beginners.