I hopped onto the PTR today and threw around some builds for raid and M+. I LOVE how flexible our tree is, it is great. I am not complaining about that at all.
I do have concerns on how exactly we are supposed to generate DPS in M+. I know Resto Shaman is in a really good place right now for DPS, maybe a bit too good if I am being honest. (although priest is still better as I understand it)
But yea, the DPS I am generating is…underwhelming. Like really really bad. Basically you have all of the dps options from SL except Vesper Totem. Not bad you say? Well VT is 20+% of our DPS. Anything replacing it would need to be close-ish for AOE dmg.
They replace VT with
Acid rain (which is straight up horrible and is not worth the GCD to cast unless you have a VERY large pull.
Call of Thunder (which only hits 3 targets).
Primordial Wave - Basically FS with some extra dmg. Much better to use this for healing in most cases. The long CD make the DPS contribution very meh.
There ARE some options in the class tree
Improved Lightning bolt - 20% dmg on Lightning Bolt. Not horrible for single target, although it does cost 2 TPs to get that.
Thunderstorm - Small dmg, knock targets up or back and slows for a few seconds. Requires you to be in melee range. More of a CC than AOE dmg. Absolutely not worth the TP for dmg (although not horrible for CC standpoint. Seems like more of a PVP talent to me, but Im no expert.
LB/LS - Single target DoT and follow up. decent dmg, but has a long cast time and again, single target
Again, I want to be clear, I love the config of the tree in general. You have lots of choices to make, lots of options and lots of different talents that are niche but really good in that niche. I think all talent trees should be that way.
But from a M+ DPS standpoint, it is in really bad shape.
Echo of the Elements: Currently give an additional change for LB and RT. Its a good talent, and fairly far down the tree. It actually is the Add the following effect:
Lightning Bolt and Chain Lightning strike 1 extra target.
That’s it. You end up with CL hitting 4 targets (which is still smaller than most big pulls in M+) while LB hits harder if there are only 2 targets so there is a decision point on which to cast. It does NOT change single target DPS although it does make Improved LB a choice in M+ since it allows you to hit 2 targets @ +20%. Not sure if it would be enough to justify 2 TPs for M+, but you would at least think about it.
To be clear, this would very likely NOT make up for the Vesper Totem loss, but it would be closer than what we have today.