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Tier 9 Elemental 4-Piece Nerf or Buff???

Friday, October 23, 2009 | posted in | 5 comments

Fresh off the PTR patch notes:

Shaman Tier 9 4-Piece Set Bonus (Elemental): This set bonus now places a damage-over-time effect on the target when Lava Burst deals damage instead of increasing the size of the Lava Burst.

This will take some testing but it looks like a nerf for PvP to me.

Update: the current PTR build is:  20% burn over 6 seconds.

Update 10/26

1. The main issue was shaman using the PvE set bonus in Arenas. We don't want to lock PvE gear out at the door, but we want it to always feel like a poor man's alternative to the PvP gear.

2. The change should have very small if any PvE implications.

3. You should be upgrading to the Icecrown tier of gear "soon," which is why we made the change now.

4. We have some other ideas we're exploring to make PvE gear in PvP less attractive.

5. We are still evaluating the Elemental T10 set bonuses, especially the 2 piece.

Lead Systems Designer

This is response from GC when asked if the change was a nerf.

5 Responses So far
on October 27, 2009 at 1:14 PM  

It was a straight 10% dmg increase before, right? Now it's an additional 20% dmg over 6 seconds? Sounds like a PvE buff and a PvP nerf. Straight up buff for me since I gave up on Elemental ever being good in PvP a while back.

Also, with the change to Flame Shock being 18 seconds and not being consumed by Lava Burst WITHOUT the glyph, you could just put the Lava Burst glyph in there, get the extra 10% dmg, and that dmg would add to the 20% dmg over 6 seconds DoT.

I love seeing HUGE Lava Burst crits, but I like seeing higher overall DPS even more.

on October 27, 2009 at 3:16 PM  

It's was / is current a 20% straight dmg increase. 10% increase is from the glyph.

on December 10, 2009 at 4:40 PM  

no. it was a 20% increase in dmg originally. the T9 bonus is now 10% over time. this is a STRAIGHT NERF for T9 4set bonus. drops your dps by about 400-600.

on December 11, 2009 at 10:42 PM  

This was by far the worse dps drop ive seen.

on December 30, 2009 at 12:35 AM  

this nerf made it so I cant hit people for 17k and 2 shot them. at max now im gettin 14k lava burst in raid

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