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Shaman_Draenei_by_Nadou I have to admit – I spend most of my time these days “micro blogging” on Facebook. Still Facebook has a post size limit ;).

I was looking through the World of Warcraft patch notes for version 3.3.3 and noticed the following gems under Shaman:

  • Flame Shock: The damage-over-time component of this ability can now produce critical strikes and is affected by spell haste.

Talents

  • Elemental Combat
    • Elemental Oath: This ability is now always on as a passive aura.

So right now if you hit a target with Flame Shock – unglyphed it ticks away for a static amount with a +damage modifier (so the more spell damage you have the more damage Flame Shock does). So good news overall for shaman damage, but its interesting that this is the 2nd time a glyph has been turned into a “permanent” shaman spell or effect – all around Flame Shock ;).

In all the classes I’ve played I think Shaman’s actually were perfect as far as Glyphs go – at least for Elemental. Every single one of them is a flat damage modifier – no compromises (good example – the damage modifier glyph for Frostbolt is that it does more damage, but it no longer slows down the target) – almost all the damage increasing glyphs for shamans just do more damage, no “does more damage, but doesn’t do this now” effects. Not sure why, but it makes it easy to pick stuff out.

The original Flame Shock glyph simply made it so that Flame Shock wasn’t consumed when you hit the same target with Lava  Burst. They removed that restriction on the spell. Then the glyph simply made it so that the damage over time could critical hit (which was a 2 piece Tier 8 bonus as well), and now they are removing that, and making it part of the spell.

It does make me wonder actually if Glyphs are an easy for developers to prototype changes on certain classes. It allows them to make what seem like talent changes on the fly in the game.

I know elemental shamans have been low on damage this last expansion so its nice to see some fixes here and there to help.