Just a quick overview of all of the Shaman changes going live this week.
- Ancestral Guidance is now triggered by all damage and healing and multistrikes instead of just direct damage and healing.
- Storm Elemental damage and healing increased by 30%
This will likely make Storm Elemental the default talent choice for Enhancement, and closer to competitive for Elemental and Restoration. Liquid Magma should continue to have situational value for Enhancement.
- Echo of the Elements now gives affected abilities a second charge instead of being a proc that causes those abilities to not incur a cooldown. Spirit Link Totem has been added to the affected abilities.
This is an interesting change that will cause the talent to notably change Enhancement’s priority when taken. Because of that, It may take some time for its true value to be made known in sims, but it has a much more pleasing feel and higher skill cap than the previous version. It will shift our damage breakdown toward Stormstrike, Lava Lash and Fire Nova as the previous version did, but do so in a way that allows skill and planning to have an impact. The addition of Spirit Link for Restoration gives it the potential for a lot of situational value.
- Frozen Power will no longer trigger Elemental’s mastery.
This will be a slight buff to the talent for Elemental when cast on targets you haven’t damaged.