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Maelstrom Question - Enh
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I've been trying to help out my enh shaman friend with his dps/gear lately, and I've been trying to read the stickies and teach him through that. He is now 80, and has been doing a few heroics, so he has some decent gear. We were both wondering why Maelstrom at 5 + LB is good enough to be above the rest? He claims that its damage is minimal compared to Stormstrike and Earth Shock. I've been trying to tell him that Maelstrom at 5 + LB is the very best thing you can do at any time.
Tl;dr - Is Maelstrom at 5 + LB all that good, or can other things be done (such as SS + ES) before you do Maelstrom at 5 + LB?
That is his armory, any other helpful pointers would be helpful (such as spec or gear) as I only know Druid, Mage, and Hunter strongly.
The reason is because the more you delay casting that instant Lightning Bolt, the longer you have to wait to for Maelstrom to stack back up to five to cast another one. There is no cooldown to wait for so if you can pump out 3 Lightning Bolts in 4-5 secs (on those lucky moments--during Bloodlust or other haste procs), why wouldn't you? However if the Stormstrike debuff has fallen off the target, it's best to cast Stormstrike before Lightning Bolt so it gets the increased Nature damage buff.
Think about any other ability with a cooldown (Stormstike & Earth Shock). Don't you want to cast it as soon as it comes off the cooldown?
Couldn't have said it better myself.
However if the Stormstrike debuff has fallen off the target, it's best to cast Stormstrike before Lightning Bolt so it gets the increased Nature damage buff.
Unless he is tremendously undergeared with disproportionately powerful weapons (like dual tankard of terror but quest blues/greens), lightning bolt without stormstrike debuff should deal comparable damage to stormstrike, and should be used before stormstrike when the situation arises, so you can regain MW charges from the stormstrike hits.
I guess your friend is using recount to tell which does more damage, because looking at the hits would show him that LB hits harder.
He should check recount for the max damage hits and crits of both, not the amount of damage they contributed, because he lacks at least two stats by a lot, these being hit and expertise, and hit is what makes the difference here, many LB won't even hit while about every Stormstrike does (almost 8% melee hit due to the racial).
Your friend should get around 342 hit (for heroics and raids with shadow priest/improved faerie fire) or if you wants to raid regularly and can't be certain that either a shadow priest or a druid with improved faerie fire are there about 420 hit.
On a somewhat unrelated note he should get about 140 expertise rating (= 17 expertise, so he ends up with 26 expertise), that way his melee attacks (including stormstrike) won't be dodged by the boss anymore.
5 Stack Maelstrom LB > SS > Earth Shock > LL, keeping magma totem and wolves up respectively.
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