Not old news in the sense of being irrelevant, but in the sense of being fashionably late; here’s some stuff to draw attention to that is not hot off the press but is recent.
- WoW.com‘s new elemental shaman columnist is none other than Matt Sampson, aka Binkenstein, so expect to see some great elemental content on that blog at last! He’s already written a couple of posts relating to Cataclysm talents, and one of the perks of the position is that he’s also now in the beta. (Let’s just not talk about that Sherlock Holmes pun.)
- Raid Warning’s Shaman Round Table podcast “Totem Recall” was released last week. The elemental segment took nearly two hours to record and it felt like we kinda rushed through the last hour or so, and they had to somehow cut it down to 45 minutes – and I reckon it’s still probably the longest podcast they’ve done? Because as well as the elemental segment which starts the ‘cast off, there are restoration and enhancement segments too. For me the fascinating thing was not so much the content (though that was interesting) as it was hearing what some of the prominent shamans I read regularly actually sound like and how they interact. (For my part, though I found the recording very difficult largely because of the problems I was having with my rubbish old microphone, I really enjoyed “meeting” the other elementals and the after-show chat was a real highlight.)
31-point talent trees have appeared in the beta, but at a very early stage. So early that I’m hesitant to comment on them because, well, it seems more like a hasty compression to make classes still playable on the beta servers than actually a seriously considered new version of the trees. However plenty of others have commented:
- Zing has first impressions and a look at likely specs.
- Pewter’s immediate reactions follow her own round up of elemental news which I strongly recommend checking out if you haven’t yet – she features a few new blogs and has some news on Operation TotemSpot.
- Kazgrel’s posted some thoughts too.
- There’s a new thread on Elitist Jerks for discussing specifically elemental aspects of the beta, already containing a lot of interesting insights and discussion regarding the state and direction of elemental in Cataclysm. Enjoy the read but remember to read the forum rules carefully if you want to post.
- Levelling blog Riding the Lightning has posted thoughts on the teensy weensy elemental shaman section of the recent Twitter dev chat, and “the only real Elemental Focused question was actually from me” [that is, the author, not me].
Finally, over in the comments at Blogenstein, Shuuwki asks:
Bink, is there anything helpful those of us on the outside can do other than continuing to talk about Elemental shaman issues and suggest / QC solutions? There’s an insider culture between certain players and the Developers that some of us aren’t privy to, so it would seem as if there’s only so much we can contribute.
Which strikes me as a good question. What is the best way to provide feedback on developments in the beta? Considering this comment from Ghostcrawler:
We interact a lot with the community outside of the building, visibly on forums like this one, but through email, IRC and even in game. There are a lot of excellent PvP and PvE players with whom I regularly correspond, and I want to call out any of you reading this and thank you publically.
Do we take that as reassurance that the thoughts of players from the grassroots to the ivory towers are being heard and taken seriously, or do we take it in a more sinister way – that only a few players are really able to influence the direction of the development process? And are any of those players elemental shamans? Now, I really don’t mean that in a cynical way, but I guess it’s a pretty relevant question when we spend so much of our time discussing the Cataclysm beta – is anyone listening? And does it matter if they aren’t?