As I’ve been levelling Stormshaper, I’ve not paid too much attention to the patch notes that accompany patch 3.3, but now, as she’s approaching 80 – albeit at a very leisurely pace, there are some new things to consider.
For the shaman class as a whole, there are two subtle changes coming, and both of them could make the class even more powerful and more raid-party friendly than ever.
- Flame Shock: The damage-over-time component of this ability can now produce critical strikes and is affected by spell haste.
- Elemental Combat
- Elemental Oath: This ability is now always on as a passive aura.
- Unleashed Rage: This ability is now always on as a passive aura.
As Stormshaper is an Enhancement shaman, putting Unleashed Rage as a passive aura is a great buff for anyone who is partied with the shaman. The crits from Stormshaper’s melee attacks will have a chance to increase all party and raid members’ attack power by 10% for 10 seconds as long as they are within 45 yards of the shaman.
This is a substantial party wide/raid wide DPS gain. Go shamans!
The change to Flame Shock will probably mean the end of the Glyph of Flame Shock, as the change basically makes the glyph as it is today, completely redundant. The Shaman Tier 8 armour set had a two piece set bonus that made the same change to the Flame Shock talent, but this change will be a positive boost to anyone levelling a shaman. Will the tier 8 armour set bonus be adjusted though? Or will people not even bother with that, and just save up emblems to buy Tier 9 gear right off the bat?