Rolling Thunder, Fulmination and Improved Shields & First beta builds: 34/7/0 and 32/7/2

Yesterday night the new Cataclysm beta build (12803) was deployed on the beta servers. Here are the promised changes which affect us elementals:

  • Rolling Thunder (Tier 4) *New* – When you deal damage with Lightning Bolt or Chain Lightning while your Lightning Shield ability is active, you have a 30/60% chance to recover 1% of your mana and to generate an additional Lightning Shield charge, up to a maximum of 9 charges.
  • Fulmination (Tier 5) *New* – When you have more than 3 Lightning Shield charges active, your Earth Shock spell will consume any surplus charges, instantly dealing their total damage to the enemy target.
  • Totemic Wrath is now a Tier 4 talent, down from Tier 5.
  • Unrelenting Storm is gone.

So, speccing into Improved Shields (increases the damage done by your Lightning Shield orbs by 15%) feels a lot better now! Also, charging up your Lightning Shield will be added to the elemental’s casting routine, especially if you’re trying to instant kill targets. Make sure to fully charge your shield before popping your trinkets and you will finish with a nice, big Earth Shock hit. I’m more of a Frost Shock-er then an Earth Shock-er so hopefully we will see a minor modification in the new Fulmination talent in the future 😉

After the break, a quick possible PvE and PvP build. full story »

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“A couple more months” – Time to cancel subscription..?

A couple of days ago, Tom Chilton, Game Director of WoW, gave a small interview at the Gamescom 2010 in Cologne, Germany. The full interview can be found here: video (beware of the bad german reporter! >.< )

Alrighty, Chilton talks about the latest beta changes and how they internally tested Tol Barad with 50 Blizzard employees facing other 50 from the company. Later on, he talks about the the new guild system and how they changed the schedule and concept of releasing new content. That’s all fine but one thing got my attention though: I’m wondering what we are supposed to do for the next 3-4 months until Cataclysm gets released..? Cancel subscription until then? Why not? It’s not like the defeat of Halion or of the Lich King gets more exciting with every passing week… More after the break.
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Upcoming beta changes for the Elemental Shaman

Ghostcrawler dropped the bomb a couple of hours ago: the elemental shaman will be able to use Lightning Shield to do damage! /drool

“In the next beta build (or the one after that), you will see two important changes to Elemental shaman. First, you will use Lightning Shield (for damage!) instead of Water Shield.”

I mean ‘Come On!’ this is great news and it’s good to see Blizzard stil working on the shaman class. On the other hand, they had to come up with a nifty idea because elementals weren’t to happy with speccing into Improved Shields. This enhance tier 1 talent benefits the non casting shaman a lot more and was more of a filler talent for elementals. I guess Water Shield was useful to some kind in arenas but using a shield that does ranged damage is going to be a very nice change.

“Second, you will want to use Earthquake for AE over Fire Nova. These changes, especially the former, will provide Elemental shaman with a bit of an upgrade in the rotation over what you’re used to in LK.”

Semi-exciting news on this one. I actually would like to use Earthquake over Fire Nova. I like being out of range of mobs 😉 One thing is clear tho, elementals will have nice AOE abilities 🙂

Here are other changes from the past week if you should have missed it:

“Magma Totem now costs 18% of base mana, down from 27%.

Lava Burst damage has been increased by 25%.”

So, I’m really looking forward to the next beta builds. So much for stopping browsing the forums for beta news lol 😉

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Not much to do nowadays but wait…

I wish I had more or any news to post but at the moment, we are not seeing much action in and around Azeroth. All my toons are pretty much parked and are waiting, like myself, for Cataclysm to come out. I won’t bother posting new beta builds until we are a lot closer to release date which im guessing is going to be around octoberish.

I guess we better spend our precious spare time with RL friends instead of browsing all kind of beta forums and look for the latest beta news. Sometimes it’s good not to be invited to beta-testing. Hmmm summer, here I come 😉

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Daytimeraiding.com is back online again !

For all players who are looking to raid either early in the morning or during the day on US servers, they have now the chance to visit www.daytimeraiding.com again. Under new ownership (Anärchy) and new looks, this portal is ready to take in new members and guilds. On this website you will find a list of all guilds who don’t raid at server peak hours. A huge help to those who have been looking for new daytime raiding home.

Guild US Server Website
Reviction Stormscale http://www.revictionguild.org
Exiled from Hell Runetotem http://efh.guildomatic.com
Forgotten Thrall http://www.forgotten-thrall.com
Relax Illidan http://www.relax-guild.com
Disciples of Redemption Scilla http://www.disciplesofredemption.net
The European Treaty Aman’thal website
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