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More Elemental “Buffs” Incoming

I suppose the changes could be called a buff, if you will. Some updates to Patch 3.2.2 build 10433:

Elemental

* Flame Shock now deals 834 Fire damage over 18 sec at max rank. (Up from 556 fire damage over 12 sec) Lower ranks increased accordingly.
* Lava Burst no longer consumes Flame Shock.

Enhancement

* Earthen Power changed to : Your Earthbind Totem’s pulses have a 50/100% chance to also remove all snare effects from you and nearby friendly targets, and your Earth Shock reduces enemy attack speed by additional 5/10%.

Glyphs

* Glyph of Flame Shock – The periodic damage dealt by your Flame Shock can now be critical strikes. (Old – Increases the duration of your Flame Shock ability by 6 sec and it is not consumed by casting Lava Burst.)

TL;DR version: We are getting the effect of the current Flame Shock glyph baked in as a default, and the new FS glyph will give us the effect provided by 2 piece T8.

I am all for the changes, because the current FS glyph is mandatory in order to function, which goes against the design philosophy of glyphs, which are supposed to provide benefits to abilities, but not to the extent that you absolutely positively must have them. FS glyph is an exception to that currently; without it, an elemental shaman’s dps would be even further down the drain, which is hard to fathom considering we are already at the short end of the dps stick.

With elemental T9 leaning heavier on haste than crit compared to T8, combined with the 4 piece bonus, I’m looking at dropping the FS glyph in favor of Glyph of Lava. May revert that change come Icecrown, but we shall see.

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