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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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

The Game of Stat Values: Elemental Edition

Taking another look at Elemental stats, in particular how each one affects damage output. Please note that all of the work I’ve put in on this is using the T19P SimCraft profile, which has 10303 Crit (31.44%), 5068 Haste (30.09%), 1578 Mastery (25.02%) and 0 Versatility (0%).

The table of analysis & results can be found here, which compares the base profile to subsequent sims where I add 1000 of each stat in turn to see how it affects damage.

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List of Non-Optimal Things for Elemental

This is part FAQ, part personal note on “things for which optimization has been attempted and found lacking”. Read more of this post

Elemental Spreadsheets

This is going to be a collection post of Elemental spreadsheets I’ve put together, in order to have a single “go here” post for Discord. Please note if the Wowhead guide recommends something different, use that instead.

LavaCalcs (Probably needs further updates, etc)
Stat Ratios – 875 (Generated using BloodyStats)
Stat Weights Analysis (Note: not final or 100% accurate yet)