Patch 3.3.3

Shamans rejoice patch 3.3.3 is live today!  This means we get a few changes that should buff our dps.  

Offical Patch Notes:  

  • Flame Shock: The damage-over-time component of this ability can now produce critical strikes and is affected by spell haste.
  • Elemental Oath: This ability is now always on as a passive aura.
  • Shaman Tier-10 4-Piece Elemental set Bonus: This bonus has been slightly adjusted to account for the fact that haste now modifies Flame Shock’s periodic damage ticks. The bonus now makes the shaman’s Lava Burst cause Flame Shock to tick at least two additional times before expiring. 



     Flameshock benefiting from haste, are you kidding me?  Coming for a shadow priest who played when their dots (damage over time spell) got the benefit of haste this is HUGE!  This will mean we have to cast flameshock more often but with the changes coming to T10 4p we should be fine.

     I was talking with a few shaman’s a couple of days ago and an interesting point came up.  Why spec into Elemental Oath?  My question was why not? The only buffs we can dish out are waterwalking and underwater breathing.  Don’t get me wrong I love the occasional Waterwalking cast after The Twin Val’kyr fight in Trial of the Crusader, but aside from that our totems are the only other buff that we can give the raid on a regular basis.  Elemental Oath is a good buff for the raid when we land a critical hit which is everytime we cast Lava burst when flame shock is up on the target.  His reply “Some other class can bring that to the raid.”   Can you imagine if everyone had the mentality of “I’m not doing it, someone else will.”  But this post isnt my opinion of people its about patch 3.3.3 so lets get back to that shall we?  I’m not sure about his shaman’s raid group but some of them are made so that they dont even have a class the brings the 5% buff. TL;DR spec into Elemental Oath because if you don’t your raid is missing a buff.  With the new change to it, it becomes an aura meaning we no longer need a critical strike to proc it.My opinion on Patch 3.3.3 is a good one.  We are getting some buffs and no nerfs. . . yet.  All in all its a great patch for shamans.


    ~ by Anslym on March 23, 2010.

    2 Responses to “Patch 3.3.3”

    1. I believe you can safely put that other elemental on ignore since they clearly have no idea what they’re talking about. Elemental Oath has never stacked with the Moonkin Aura, but by speccing out of it, they’re giving up the most important part of the talent. 10% extra spell power during clear casting. They may want to go back to the basics and read their talent trees over.

      At T10 levels, you’re almost always in a clear casting state. Why would you want to gimp yourself just because another class brings it to the raid?

      I don’t spec for what I can bring to the raid, but for what I bring for myself. While it may sound selfish, it ensures that I bringing the best dps I can provide. If I’m bringing a buff the raid doesn’t have, then that’s a bonus. As it is, we’re entirely replaceable by other classes/shaman specs. Why would they gimp themselves further and ensure themselves a seat on the bench?

      While I understand their point of letting another class/spec bring a given buff to the table, it’s not the right way to look at things. If you’re not gimping yourself to pick up the extra utility, then do so, otherwise, steer clear of it. Just don’t give up key talents for your class to get it.

    2. I completely agree. He is putting himself on the bench as you put it. Heroism/Bloodlust or not we still aren’t the most looked for class to bring to a raid. Depending on who is leading the raid, they would want to bring something that buff’s their dps.

      Melee raid leader = melee buffs.

      16% melee haste totem VS 20% melee haste via improved Icy Talons.

      Caster raid leader = caster buff.

      Spell power + Crit via ToW VS + 13% spell damage from an Unholy DK / Moonkin / Warlock.

      We’re not bringing the buffs as it is so my completely take ourselves out of the game, so to speak. Again I completely agree.


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