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dps shaman spec 5.2

#1KeybladeMaster6Posted 3/5/2013 11:46:24 AM
Veteran shaman player here who took a good 4 month break from WoW. Can go both ways now in deciding whether to play ele or enh.. For 5.2 which would you say is the most optimal / able to produce the greatest numbers?
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#2TheGamer18Posted 3/5/2013 11:47:29 AM
Probably the Diese Knuts spec, its pretty effective.
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#3monkey_man0Posted 3/5/2013 11:58:45 AM
Enhance will perform much better, ele will still be fighting hard for the bottom spot. Ele's 4pc is almost pointless and ele scales very poorly with the legendary meta, so it is looking at another bad tier.

Enhance will continue performing well as it did this tier and has quite a few good things going into next tier (such as some amazing agility trinkets and the meta doing nature damage).
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#4CynghaneddPosted 3/5/2013 12:11:58 PM
Resto, play a rogue or a mage if you want to dps
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#5TheGamer18Posted 3/5/2013 12:45:39 PM
What's so bad about Elemental's 4pc bonus?
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#6MajinUltimaPosted 3/5/2013 1:50:48 PM
TheGamer18 posted...
What's so bad about Elemental's 4pc bonus?

--Ele's 4pc is awesome, it's similar to the old Elemental Mastery cooldown reduction, and scales great with the Haste the spec is already using, and the 2pc scales well with Haste as well. Lightning Bolt damage also got buffed by ~13% or so. The legendary meta also has an increased proc rate for Ele.

The 4pc won't be as strong as the old EM, but one can expect it to knock a good 30-40 sec off Ascendance cooldown.
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#7monkey_man0Posted 3/5/2013 4:16:21 PM
The problem with ele's 4pc is that if a fight is not longer than 7 minutes, you will not even get one extra use out of it, making the tier bonus pointless in these cases (as you would prefer to just wait for the 3minute cd to better line up with other cooldowns).

If the 4pc was similar to the old ele mastery, in that it turned a 3minute cd into a ~1.5 minute cd, then it would be great. But, how it is now, it is going to provide very little benefit (expect 1 extra cast maximum, 0 extra casts on some fights). The cooldown reduction from lava burst casts would need to be doubled for the set bonus to be worthwhile 100% of the time.

Note that if you do NOT get a bonus cast, using this tier bonus and casting ascendance on cooldown will actually result in a DPS loss, as it will not line up with other cooldowns (such as synapse springs, elemental mastery, or berserking) or skull banner. This means that in the case where a fight is not long enough, you'd be better off using better itemized non-tier pieces than even bothering with your 4pc.
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#8TheGamer18Posted 3/6/2013 5:19:06 PM
Aren't non-tier items higher iLvl anyways?
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#9TheGamer18Posted 3/6/2013 11:09:05 PM
Also, I don't like using Ascendance during bloodlust as elemental since my Lava Burst's cast time gets too low, and I end up actually having to wait to cast it because of the GCD.
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#10HakPosted 3/7/2013 2:45:00 AM
TheGamer18 posted...
Aren't non-tier items higher iLvl anyways?


No. There is a chance for "Thunderforged" items to drop, which have a slightly higher ilevel, and can be any item except the tier items, but the drop rates.... aren't attractive, to say the least. If you raid 10m, you might be lucky to see one a week.
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