Looking Ahead to 3.2.2

16 09 2009

After reading the patch notes for 3.2.2, I’ve gotta say I’m pretty pumped. Why? Because Ele Shamans are getting a few nice buffs to the class. Here are the patch notes for Shamans:

  • Cleansing Totem: No longer pulses instantly when dropped
  • Flame Shock: The duration of all ranks has been increased by 6 seconds
  • Lava Burst: The ability no longer consumes a Flame Shock debuff off of the target
  • Elemental Combat: Shamanism: Your Lightning Bolt and Chain Lightning spells gain an additional 3/6/9/12/15% and your Lava Burst gains an additional 4/8/12/16/20% of your bonus damage effects.
  • Enhancement: Earthen Power: No longer causes Earthbind to pulse a persistent snare immunity aura. It does still remove snares from allies as an instant pulse, but there is no lingering immunity. Earthen Power now also brings Earth Shock’s melee attack speed reduction up to -15/-20% (with 1 or 2 points in it, respectively)

What does this mean for us? Basically, a nice little DPS increase, achieved in two ways. The most obvious is the integration of the Glyph of Flame Shock (formerly a “required” glyph) into the class itself; Blizzard says they’ll be changing the Glyph to mimic the T8 2-piece bonus by allowing Flame Shock DoTs to crit. This means that Shamans will be able to choose a new glyph, upping our damage. The Glyph of Lava looks like the most obvious choice, although the Glyph of Flametongue Weapon wouldn’t be awful either. The other nice thing about this patch is the change to Shamanism: the bonus damage for Lightning Bolt was upped to 15%, and it now affects Chain Lightning as well, meaning that using Chain Lightning when possible (instead of Lightning Bolt constantly) might be a way to increase DPS, albeit at a very high mana cost. Either way, I’ll see a DPS boost next patch, so I’m happy.

As for bug fixes, we get this:

  • Grounding Totem will now properly protect against the Death Grip spell
  • Lava Burst can no longer deal critical damage to targets who are immune to critical strikes (due to, e.g. Roar of Sacrifice,  Blessed Resilience)
  • Lightning Shield: This spell will no longer set off some trinkets when it is cast
  • Stoneclaw Totem will no longer break stealth on nearby hostile units
  • Thunderstorm and Shamanistic Rage can no longer be used while Frozen, Cycloned, Sapped, or Incapacitated

Kinda lame for Shamans on the whole, but nothing really huge. Can’t get Death Gripped? Big deal… the DK’ll just use one of his eighty other stuns, interrupts or slows. I never noticed the Lava Burst, Lightning Shield, or Stoneclaw thing, and I typically don’t Thunderstorm when I’m in one of those CCs. In conclusion, it looks like 3.2.2 is shaping up to be a good patch for Shamans.

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