Elemental Shaman - Talents and Glyphs
February 14, 2011
In this article I will be going over the base talents and glyphs for an Elemental Shaman, as well as giving you insight to specific talents I take.
First off, Earthquake is trash. You’re better off putting one point in enhancing the damage your windwall totem absorbs. Really though, Elemental Shaman talents are no longer very variable.
With that said, there are a few things that I do which I’m pretty sure most other elemental shaman don’t. I’m going to simply write out here the talents that every ele should get regardless of their desire to be unique.
Tier 1: 3/3 [Concussion] and 2/2 [Convection]
Tier 3-6, get every talent, besides Fulmination (unless you only play 5s, it’s OK in 5v5)
Tier 7: LOL
With this you have 29 points done, and thus need 2 more to move on to the other specs. Keep in mind that insta ghost wolf is very necessary.
I suggest from here to put 2 into either [Acuity] or [Elemental Warding] depending on your leanings towards offense or defense. The reason you only want 2 is because you’ll want to use the rest of your talents in other spots.
Tier 1: 2/2 [Elemental Weapons] and 3/3[Improved Shields]
Tier 2: 2/2[Ancestral Swiftness]
Now from here on your next 3 points are entirely up to you, and how you feel your playstyle fits them. Many people choose to put 2 into [Totemic Reach], yet personally I feel this is unnecessary when I am playing any spec but resto. Further a few of you will put 1 more into [Acuity] and 2 into [Elemental Warding] yet I must say that I feel [Spark of Life] is worth more for its cost than either of those.
It provides 15% more healing taken rather than 12% spell damage reduce. Please note that this is only really viable if you have a healer, 3 dps comps may want to ignore this. Yet this talent also gives you 6% more healing yourself, which is simply a nice cherry on top.
Prime: There is one issue of difference, between flame shock and flametongue weapon, I’ll talk about that in a moment.
[Glyph of Lava Burst]
[Glyph of Lightning Bolt]
Now I believe that Flame Shock is a more battleground oriented glyph, because you’ll be using it on many people and thus wont be refreshing it on the same person as much (WOW REDUNDANT). Because of this, and the fact that both it and the flametongue glyph are quite close in their actual effectiveness, I use [Glyph of Flametongue Weapon] for arena.
Really only one way to go, obviously [Glyph of Stoneclaw Totem], then
[Glyph of Thunder]
and finally [Glyph of Elemental Mastery]
Some people may wish to go hex over EM, yet I value the defensive cd pretty greatly (saving EM for the perfect situation is the sign of a great shaman!).
Get [Glyph of Water Walking] or breathing to get in combat from teammates : ), all others are preference.
If you have any questions or comments please let me know! Videos and further guides incoming! Not giving up on you elemental shaman : ) <3