7.1.5 PTR: Our thoughts and notes (Updated for 23109)


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Updated for 7.1.5.23109

Patch 7.1.5 brings some exciting changes for Elemental Shamans.

7.1.5.23109

Important note about mastery:

Mastery is not changed with this build. It still works with Elemental Blast and Icefury. The change that you may see on MMO-Champion or Wowhead is simply a tooltip clarity update.

Talent Changes

  • Gust of Wind – A burst of wind hurls you forward. Cooldown [ 20 15 ] sec. SE&L notes: This is reverting the change from build 23038.
  • Elemental Fusion – Flame Shock has a [ 10% 5%] increased chance to trigger Lava Surge. SE&L notes: We have not done the maths on this yet to determine if Elemental Blast will surpass this talent in the Ascendance build.
  • Storm Elemental – Cooldown [5 2.5] minutes. Duration [60 30] seconds. SE&L notes: This change reduces the synergy between the talent and Heroism/Prolonged Power potion. We believe this is a nerf to this talent.


7.1.5.23038

Talents:

15 Earthen Rage – Your damaging spells incite the earth around you to come to your aid for 6 sec, repeatedly dealing [ 50% 55% ] of Spell Power Nature damage to your most recently attacked target.
15 Path of Flame – Lava Burst deals [ 5% 10% ] more damage and causes Flame Shock to spread from the target to a nearby enemy.
30 Gust of Wind – A burst of wind hurls you forward. Cooldown [ 15 20 15 ] sec.
45 Earthgrab Totem – Summons a totem at the target location for 20 sec. The totem pulses every 2 sec, rooting all enemies within 10 yards for [ 5 8 ] sec. Enemies previously rooted by the totem instead suffer 50% movement speed reduction.
9060 Aftershock – Your spells refund [ 25% 30% ] of all Maelstrom spent on them.
60 Ancestral Swiftness – Increases haste by 10% 6%.
9060 Elemental Mastery – Elemental forces empower you with 20% haste for 20 sec.
75 Elemental Fusion – Flame Shock has a [ 5% 10%] increased chance to trigger Lava Surge.
6075 Elemental Blast – Harnesses the raw power of the elements, dealing [ 525% 680% of Spell Power ] Elemental damage and increasing your Critical Strike, Haste, or Mastery by 1200 2400 for 10 sec.
6090 Echo of the Elements – Lava burst now has 3 charges. Other effects that reset its remaining cooldown will instead grant 1 charge.
7590 Icefury – Hurls frigid ice at the target, dealing [ 1 + 180% 900% of Spell Power ] Frost damage and causing your next 4 Frost Shocks to deal 400% increased damage. Generates 24 Maelstom. Elemental Shaman – Level 75 100 Talent. 40 yd range. 2 sec cast. 30 sec cooldown.

 

Spells:

Lava Burst – Hurls molten lava at the target, dealing [ 220% 275% of Spell Power ] Fire damage.
Tooltip fix: Frost Shock – Chills the target with frost, causing [1 + 56% 64.4% of Spell Power ] Frost damage and reducing the target’s movement speed by 50% for 5 sec. Maelstrom increases damage and duration up to 100%.
Tooltip fix: Earth Shock – Instantly shocks the target with concussive force, causing up to [800% 920% of Spell power] Nature damage based on Maelstrom spent.
Earthquake – Causes the earth within 8 yards of the target location to tremble and break, dealing [Spell power * 0.3 * 10 * (1)] Physical damage over [10 6 sec] and sometimes knocking down enemies.

 

Legendaries:

Pristine Proto-Scale Girdle – Lava Burst deals an additional [ 18% 40% of Spell Power ] over 6 sec. Stacks up to 5 times.
Uncertain ReminderHeroism/Bloodlust effects last 100% longer on you.  Changed from gloves to helmet in build 23109
Kil’jaeden’s Burning WishUse: Fire a vortex of destruction that seeks your current enemy. When it reaches the target, it explodes, dealing 862,800 Fire damage to all nearby enemies within 10 yds.

 

What Does This Mean for Me?

That’s a complex question which demands an equally, but hopefully more intuitive than patch 7.0/.1, complex answer.  The re-orienting of our talent tree has eliminated several of the talent cascades which led to an über powerful Fire Elemental (FE) burst period due to hyper-inflated haste and the low value of mastery due to it’s lack of an interaction with FE and Earth Shock (ES). While Mastery still has no interaction with ES directly it does interact with the newly buffed Elemental Blast (EB) as well as the also newly buffed Icefury (IF).  In addition to these powerful talents, Lava Burst (LvB) also received a major buff, another spell which directly benefits from Mastery and outside of Ascendance (ASC) not at all from Critical Strike.

Like previously mentioned LvB (+25%), EB (+30% and doubled secondaries) and IF (+400% initial dmg) got huge buffs. If specced into these Talents one increases the dmg portion of mastery affected casts by a fair amount. If one uses the Talent Echo of the Elements (Echo) the Lava Surge induced LvB overflow is stopped and the LvB count rises significantly. Because Lightning Bolt hasn’t been buffed yet, the damage difference between our filler and LvB became so large that LvB makes up the majority of our dmg. If one adds EB and IF again to this equation mastery wins hands down again. So, whoever missed mastery stacking and hurling many casts, rejoice; it looks like your time is back.

Another thought about EB: its secondary buffs got so huge that getting a second buff with one cast became a huge deal. Additionally, EB shares the same row with PE, which previously contributed to our want of Crit > Haste.