Blizzard has again tweaked the skills of the elemental and amplifier shamans as part of the Shadowlands beta. Significant changes affect skills … and some talents, among other things.
While the pre-patch for WoW Shadowlands has already arrived on the World of Warcraft test server, the developers continue to work hard on the skills and talents of individual classes. The current build addresses the shamans, more precisely the reinforcement and elemental specializations.
Blizzard has it in one official bluepost (via Wowhead) announced the following adjustments, which the developers justified, among other things, with the fact that the previous state felt too incoherent:
- Seismic thunder is completely eliminated from the game.
- Chain lightning (and overloads) hitting two or more targets will now generate a stack of discharge.
- Lava eruptions (and overloads) now generate a stack of discharge.
- Earth Shock consumes all stacks of Discharge and deals 10 percent more damage per stack of Discharge.
- The casting time of earthquakes is reduced by 20 percent per stack of discharge up to a cap of 100 percent (instant spells) and the damage of earthquakes is increased by 20 percent per stack of discharge, up to 160 percent. Earthquake also consumes all stacks of Discharge when cast.
- Elemental Strike replaces Totem Mastery in the line of level 25 talents.
- Aftershock only works through Earth Shock casts and no longer interacts with earthquakes.
- Echoing Shock now only doubles targeted damage or healing spells.
- Static Discharge is an active ability with a 30 second cooldown that replaces Elemental Strike as a level 15 talent. It requires Lightning Shield to be active. Static Discharge hits enemies with lightning bolts from nature damage for three seconds and prioritizes targets that are affected by your flame shock.
- New Level 25 Talent: Ice Slam – 15 second cooldown, hits your target with Frost damage and slows them down by 50 percent for six seconds. Ice Strike also resets the cooldowns of Flame Shock and Frost Shock.
- New Level 35 Talent: Elemental Attack (Passive) – Stormstrike deals 15 percent more damage and generates a stack of Malstrom Weapon.
Why there had to be a lot of criticism of the Shadowlands "Ele" before the developers give in is unclear. Unfortunately, there is no blog with information about the philosophy and objectives behind the changes introduced with the Alpha. The development of the game's "meta" definitely leaves little scope for experimentation. It is not without reason that classes like the "Retri" -Paladin with their combo point system are so popular, because it allows the player to react immediately to the constantly changing situations and to use the combo points accumulated through the resource-generating skills either for individual targets or area damage. Now the elemental shaman also gets his combo points in the form of 'discharge'. In principle, it is an optimization of the Maelstrom system known from Battle for Azeroth, which is a bit clearer.
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