Warning: this thread includes heavy use of sarcasm
Respect. Blizzard made a good talent tree and managed to completely trash it in the last update and make good builds now completely impossible.
Thankfully they totally trashed elemental wolves as well so now you can spend a skillpoint to gamble how much you want to decrease your dmg rather than not spending a skillpoint.
Elemental Warding - now only magic dmg reduction. Makes so much sense considering how much shamans struggle against casters
Surging Shields - finally lightning shield will do 200 dmg instead of 100 dmg
Ice Strike and Swirling Maelstorm - Since nobody ever took it, well now we will just force you to take it, stupid shamans. Oh wait, no, you can choose fire nova that does no dmg in single target together with a single target (hot hand), instead of ice strike and SM. Of course you could Also no choose Hailstorm and make both Ice Strike and SM completely useless - genius.
Feral Lunge - speaking of genius: putting the worst “mobility” ability in the game in front of the biggest dmg CD that enhance has is just “nice”. Nah sorry, I could also take chain lightning that hits 5 targets instead while not even speccing into any aoe talents whatsoever.
Legacy of the frost witch - thanks for deleting a fun playstyle to make this talent boring and clunking with a 10% dmg increase to an ability that does no dmg anyways.
Doom winds - terrible talent. on GCD and chance to do nothing at all.
Forceful Winds - WHY IS THIS GOD FORSAKEN TALENT STILL IN THIS GAME
Unruly winds - why don’t you just increase the dmg of WF instead of giving WF another hit… then again just delete this freaking talent. It is absolutely worthless because you would tune the numbers to have it anyways.
Feral spirits - jeez how many times did you actually try to make it a useful ability while WOTLK is now launching with the perfect version of it.
15% phys dmg to stuff that does no dmg - nice one
Elemental spirits - roll the wolves 2.0. No matter which wolves and which combination you get will just feel crap. Maybe I win and they tune hailstorm so good that with double frost wolf and ice strike you can delete someone. Better pray to RNG.
Maybe the only good stuff is that you have 2/3 wolves that increase ele blast (maybe?)
On a side note:
What are we using now as a MSW spender?
Lightning bolt or lava burst?
Love having those 4% crit talent and 20% dmg for lightning bolt if we use lava burst and and ele blast instead.
small update after intense PTR testing:
Roll the wolves is even worse than expected. My dmg of ele blast crit ranges from 40k (no buffs) to 65k (with 2 wolves)
lava burst can be taken of the bars at the moment. It seems not to scale with MSW, whether intended or not, no idea but having to invest a skillpoint for a skill that cannot be used is kinda fail? Chain heal is similar useless anyways.
Hailstorm with 5 stacks feels terrible.
MSW generation without elemental assault is complete trash which makes it a 100% mandatory talent forever and ever.
Lightning bolt always hits less than ele blast even with primordial wave, which makes PW for me (thankfully) pretty bad.
Frost witch seems to be a dead talent with 10 stacks, especially since stormstrike doesn’t do much dmg.
With my build all dmg comes from ele blast and frost shock.
Lava lash build instead of frost, still has hailstorm (super weird) but it is more like a passive frost build. Lava lash does way to few dmg, even with all the buffs up. Hot hand and lava actuators together feel absolutely terrible because if hot hand procs, it negates basically the effect of LA as it doesn’t have the time to stack.
swirling maelstrom seems to be the worst talent ever developed and should just be flat out deleted.
Doom winds feels just so terrible to press. GCD and feels like it does absolutely nothing, what a joke of an ability it has become.
numbers of course are all over the place and I will expect some sad nerfs to ele blast as it one shots everyone with 2 wolves :o
I liked the previous version much more where we could play all 3 elements and phys. dmg while the class tree was also not nerfed.