Next PTR will have a small set of Elemental changes meant to focus on a couple specific problems.
• Mastery: Elemental Overload
does 85% of base damage (from 75%) and proc rate reduced 17%
• Totem Mastery-Storm Totem bonus 5% (from 10%)
• Elemental Blast
gives 2000 stats at level 110 (from 2400)
• All damage abilities increased 3%
Some of the power of mastery is shifted from proc rate into damage. The nerfs to Totem Mastery
and Elemental Blast
don't require talent rebalancing, since they are minor and those are talents are already generally favored. The slight total DPS loss from those changes is counteracted in the baseline spec. With both talents, the mastery cap (with all these changes) would increase from 10400 rating to 15067.Chain Lightning
dominating EarthquakeChain Lightning
is so strong that Earthquake
is often not attractive to cast. There are also secondary issues such as the importance of Lightning Rod
procs and resource overflow in AoE.
• Chain Lightning
damage reduced 12% and generates 4 Maelstrom
damage increased 29%
• Earth Shock
damage increased 13%
Damage is shifted from Chain Lightning
, and Earthquake
is further increased to account for generating less Maelstrom
(which helps the overflow issues, including on Static Overload
procs). The Earth Shock buff helps stave off the potential for Earthquake to get too close to it again, and a buff to Earth Shock
was pretty reasonable generally.
Again, the goal is to address these issues in a relatively contained way. 7.3 is generally light on class changes, but we wanted to try to get at these known problems. As always, open to feedback on any complications that these look like they might introduce.
One additional concern we're seeing here is that based on preliminary testing this change is not accomplishing its intended goal without an extremely large number of targets. Chain Lightning
spam is still projecting to be higher than using your Maelstrom Power
at all up until you reach around 7 targets. Earthquake
is still not strong enough.
So far as we can tell, with the current changes (which have Earthquake
at 100% SP per tick) a more standard AoE
rotation won't be worth it over Chain Lightning
spam unless it's brought to at least ~117% per tick or so (where it'll be about equal at 5 targets.)
The only case it appears to be worth it in is where it's the only way to proc Sephuz's Secret
, in which case using it only to proc Sephuz's Secret
but not at any other time is dps neutral.
The extra factor that wasn't accounted for here is the impact that the change to the damage per Mastery hit would have on Static Overload
procs. This also significantly increases the range of impact that Static Overload
has, which only makes how inconsistent it is even more painful.
The question I have at this point is why is this even left as a potential question? Earthquake
is our only AoE Maelstrom Power spender. It should be so massively, unquestionably stronger than spamming Chain Lightning
that even the notion of Chain Lightning
spam should be laughed out of the room.