Have you ever noticed how whenever life gets busier it gets a lot busier all at once? I am noticing this right now. I should be back to a more regular (and more interesting) posting schedule by the end of next week, but for now how about some… RERUNS!!
I blogged a fair bit about changes to elemental that were coming in 3.3 both before and after the patch was released, and I also tried to address some of the questions that folk were asking me about things like haste caps, set bonuses and whatnot. In fact many of the topics I blogged on are still the subject of questions which I’m being asked on a regular basis, so this is my attempt to put old (but still relevant) information back on the front page (as well as to go another week without posting anything actually new).
Articles are listed by the date in which they appeared. Be sure to read the descriptions before reading the posts themselves, as they highlight any major changes that have occurred since the posts were made.
My first look at the tier 10 set bonuses as they were on the Public Test Realms at the time. A lot has since changed: EM now grants haste instead of crit and the 4t10 effect is back on the drawing board. Much of the analysis in this post is still relevant, but thankfully the stuff about “using 4t10 in a rotation” can be safely ignored!
Theorycrafting the change from Elemental Mastery’s crit bonus being changed to haste. It works out as a small DPS increase, but mostly serves to change the way we think about EM use: use as early and often as possible, and don’t save it for Heroism/Bloodlust.
On 3.3’s release day I looked at the various changes elemental shamans were expecting and how they would affect us. This also lists the hierarchy of stats+setbonuses that will (in theory) give higher DPS, which was an attempt to answer the various “should I get 2t10 or stick with 4t9?” type questions.
Unfortunately I decided to answer a lot of questions I was being frequently asked in one post, which I then didn’t link to anywhere else. So the following week I was again being asked all the same questions :) The post attempts to answer some questions about Fire Nova use, frost emblems, the various tier set bonus changes and whether or not there is a “haste cap” for elemental shamans. Although the tier 10 4-piece bonus has since changed, it’s still provisional and hence the advice in the post still stands.
My retrospective of the previous year as both an elemental and a resto shaman.
This was my quick look at the first change they announced to the 4-piece tier 10 bonus. There’s not much to be said about the second change except that it’s basically the 2t9 bonus rehashed. I will post about it properly if it looks like it’ll go live, but until then I’m going to be very lazy and link to forum posts I made on the subject. The most recent one is here.
Carl Sagan and an autotuner
I was going to use this video as the (witty?) header for a new year’s post, but it never seemed quite appropriate. But now I figure, hey, this seems as good a time as any to watch Carl Sagan sing :D
Remember folks, if you wish to make a set bonus from scratch, you must first… invent the Universe!