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Elemental Mastery Changes and Armour Specializations

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Friday saw another beta build delivering a couple more (quite significant) shaman changes. In addition came the news of armour specializations.

Elemental Shaman Changes

These are as follows:-

The new talent tree can be seen here.

Feedback

Shamanism now being a primary skill left a gaping hole in the sixth tier of our talent tree. Enter, Feedback!

It’s full details are as follows:-

  • Your Lightning Bolt and Chain Lightning spells reduce the remaining cooldown on your Elemental Mastery talent by 1 second.
  • Three ranks available
  • Requires one point in Elemental Mastery
  • Requires twenty five points in elemental talents

Does this talent sound slightly familiar? It should do. This is very similar current elemental two set tier 10 bonus. Our current bonus reduces the remaining cooldown by two seconds. At it’s maximum rank, Feedback will reduce the cooldown by three seconds.

Elemental Mastery

The removal of the shared cooldown between Elemental Mastery and Nature’s Swiftness is irrelevant. We can’t take both talents so we gain nothing from this. On live, Elemental Mastery reads as follows:-

  • When activated, your next Lightning Bolt, Chain Lightning or Lava Burst spell becomes an instant cast spell. In addition, you gain 15% spell haste for 15 seconds. Elemental Mastery shares a cooldown with Nature’s Swiftness.

On beta, the tooltip reads as follows:-

  • When activated, your next Lightning Bolt, Chain Lightning or Lava Burst spell becomes an instant cast spell. In addition, your fire, frost, and nature damage is increased by 15% and you gain 20% spell haste for 15 sec.

The instant cast portion of Elemental Mastery has not changed. The spell haste buff that we gain has been increased from 15% haste to 20% haste. In addition, the damage to our fire, frost or nature damage spells has been increased by 15%. The two factors combined should provide a sizeable DPS increase and the addition of Feedback ensures we’re still able to shave a small amount off the cooldown of Elemental Mastery.

Mail Specialization

Blizzard announced some time ago that they wanted to encourage players to wear the armour suited to their class. This was to combat the issue of, for example, a holy paladin rolling on a mail healing item or an elemental shaman equipping a cloth item. They chose to do this by introducing armour specializations. That is to say, if you’re wearing full mail armour you’ll receive a bonus for doing so.

For the mail bonuses, we’re seeing the following:-

Mail Specialization

  • Increases your Agility by 5% while wearing only mail armour

Elemental Mail Specialization

  • Increases your intellect by 5% while wearing only mail armour

Tribal Mail Specialization

  • Increases your intellect by 5% while wearing only mail armour

The first is clearly aimed at the enhancement shaman. Sharing our bonus with our restoration counterparts makes sense, particularly in the light of the stat system changes that we’ll be seeing for Cataclysm. Intellect is going to be the determining stat of our our spell power in addition to influencing our mana pool and our critical strike chance. Depending on whether you choose to take the Unrelenting Storm talent, it may also determine our mana regeneration rate.

It was undoubtedly a good set of changes for elemental players and I for one am excited about the newly revamped Elemental Mastery talent particularly.

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