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Patch 7.3: Elemental Shaman Discussion

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In the latest 7.3 PTR build, Static Overload was redesigned with the goal to mitigate the randomness in hoping it comes up during the moments it would be most valuable.

Summary of Patch 7.3 Elemental Shaman Changes:

For all class changes, feel free to visit our Patch 7.3 hub.

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Catching up a bit on the newest changes people are starting to see on PTR, in particular:

"Static OverloadStatic Overload: After using StormkeeperStormkeeper, your next Chain LightningChain Lightning causes Mastery: Elemental OverloadElemental Overload to trigger on every target."

Static OverloadStatic Overload has been a sticking point throughout Legion (both in our eyes and based on feedback). Too much of the power of Chain LightningChain Lightning was contained in an uncontrollable and very spiky proc. This is exacerbated by the fact that Chain LightningChain Lightning is buffed tremendously in short windows by some effects--primarily, StormkeeperStormkeeper and Lightning RodLightning Rod.

A fully-controllable redesign of Static OverloadStatic Overload should significantly mitigate the randomness in hoping it comes up during the moments it would be most valuable. The version we're trying out on PTR always gives a Static OverloadStatic Overload at a high-value moment. We expect that it is overall a net increase to the power of the effect.

Summing up where we are with Elemental after various small changes in this patch:

  • Single-target damage is buffed, through a flat buff to all spells other than Chain LightningChain Lightning, and a larger buff to Earth ShockEarth Shock. We'll continue to monitor overall balance as always.
  • Mastery will continue being valuable in higher values, which eases gearing constraints, and also prevents overall scaling from tailing off as it's capped out.
  • Burst AoE potential available through StormkeeperStormkeeper is both higher and more reliable. Increasing Elemental's on-demand AoE burst wasn't a big priority, but it's fine for it to happen in the process of switching to an on-demand design for Static OverloadStatic Overload.
  • Sustained AoE damage is similar or higher due to a large buff to EarthquakeEarthquake, and the likelihood of Static OverloadStatic Overload's total contribution being higher in situations where StormkeeperStormkeeper is being used.

Well. The first half of this sentence (which to be fair is from my post) couldn't have been any more wrong. As it stands, our average potential per StormkeeperStormkeeper will drop significantly. The larger the number of SKs you compare, the more painful the comparison becomes.

When comparing what we could expect in 5 StormkeeperStormkeeper casts:

https://gyazo.com/2589d5750139946f30a54692c3de18a8

The bell curve represents the average you'd expect on live, while the red highlight represents what we'll see on the ptr.

When you compare with say 11 StormkeeperStormkeeper casts, it gets worse:

https://gyazo.com/08913ba093027e863b121268bf011424
We might be talking past each other somehow, because as I try to interpret what you're saying, it doesn't sanity-check. Talking about averages--on live you get 0.3 procs per StormkeeperStormkeeper cast; on PTR you get 1.0. Would need more explanation of which "average" you're saying is going down.

Your first graph, the distribution of proc count on live over 5 StormkeeperStormkeepers, I'd expect to look more like:
http://imgur.com/LVOmvRC
(With the "5" column highlighted in red, as you did)

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I was always an ele fan, and seeing it being discussed heartily is pleasing.  It needed some help. 

Albeit I am not as hardcore a player, so I cannot comment on a .5 vs a .3 proc increase and what this will all entail, but the work is there. 

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Have main Ele, 923 ilvl.

It all looks like the Gambling Build getting better [Aftershock], if Earthshock finally get fix.

rly Hope single target be better now.

Ele is already AoE king , getting buff on EQ and SO ,sounds like Blizz will change it back or some..
 

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On 8/10/2017 at 8:41 PM, PatrickHenry said:

I was always an ele fan, and seeing it being discussed heartily is pleasing.  It needed some help. 

Albeit I am not as hardcore a player, so I cannot comment on a .5 vs a .3 proc increase and what this will all entail, but the work is there. 

I love the concept of it, but I never rolled one because I always heard such mixed things.

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