Thursday, March 4, 2010

Ele Shaman Tier 10: Go For the Four Piece Bonus!

Check out the changes on the Public Test Realm.
  • Shaman Tier-10 4-Piece Elemental set Bonus: This bonus has been slightly adjusted to account for the fact that haste now modifies Flame Shock's periodic damage ticks. The bonus now makes the shaman's Lava Burst cause Flame Shock to tick at least two additional times before expiring.
I have been sort of confused on how to gear my elemental shaman lately. There has been some argument as to wether we should gear T10 4 piece or T10 2 piece plus off gear. Also Blizzard seems to keep changing our set bonuses to confuse us. I mean if Elitist Jerks is arguing about it, then how on earth am I supposed to know what to do!? Well seems like they have finally settled on an answer after some testing on the PTR. So... without worrying about the future patch go ahead and get the four piece set bonus. Elitist Jerks says it is better even with the future changes to our flame shock. (Flame Shock: The damage-over-time component of this ability can now produce critical strikes and is affected by spell haste.)

"It's been established at this point that 4pc t10 is superior to 2t10+offset," says Masanbol. 

He also includes an updated BiS list. Which includes the Tier gloves instead of Tier pants. This is another choice I have been racking my brain on. This list includes heroic gear, so if you don't have access to heroic gear you may want to really analyze how these pieces work for you. It is probably better to get the gloves, and then get the same pants in regular 25 mode. If you are like me, and unable to roll MS for clothy gear then this list might have to be adjusted as well. But definitely get the tier chest, helm, and shoulders no argument there. Once you get to the point of choosing gloves over pants, this may come down to what is available to you and what you can get in the other slot. At least it is comforting to know that our 4 set bonus is worth it, and maybe it will remain as is for awhile so I don't get headaches from trying to choose gear.