So, The last few months we have heard it over and over again that Feedback is being listened to and that blizzard is changing well as the latest hotfix goes through i am officially calling that one out in it’s entirety by a change that is being forced on us that not a single soul asked for and yet blizzard is blatantly telling us we did
Let’s talk about the two changes that were originally planned.
The Frost Mage nerf
Frost Mages and the community went in an uproar and it was almost instantly reverted within twenty four hours, And it wasn’t a small nerf either it was something that was more or less going to dumpster the mages and i can understand it being revoked.
The Elemental Nerf that NOT A SINGLE PERSON ASKED FOR, NO-ONE DID, Literally No-one I am ofcourse refering to this
Not a single person has done the following
Asked for this change
Asked for Elemental (A Solid A-tier Spec when we get our full tierset for M+ and Raid) To be nerfed, We are not that highly problematic in PVP from what i understand, And no-one hates on Elemental shams in M+/Raids because while yes we have some cool toys we also tend to carry a janky rotation and a lot of responsibility in a group given we have the shortest interrupt and it is ranged, We have low mobility, We can Decurse, Purge, Aoe stun, Aoe Snare, Save the tank (Earth Elemental) We bring a lot of utility and the counter to that is that we have tended to be lower on the damage as a result.
Not a single soul has asked for or stated that they don’t enjoy rapid cast lightning bolt/CHL because it hurts their finger or it does too much damage.
Not a single Soul has said this was inaccessible as a spec.
We gave feedback saying Pyroclastic shock was useless
We gave feedback saying Static Discharge was useless
We gave feedback saying that Ascendance was useless (And it has been for 3 years)
We gave feedback saying that while our tier set was a little clunky it was still awesome and that 9.2 and Elemental was great and we loved it.
Blizzards result? Send us straight to F Tier without a single response, As of the time of this posting that thread has 400 responses and they are all condeming this change, It has 3 likes so taking into account a margin of error or 1% That thread is 100% and thus the community is 100% against such a kneejerk change that came out of literally nowhere, This isn’t some small nerf this is GARGANTUAN
“We listen to community feedback” - blizzard Entertainment.
Tl:DR Even with the ‘machine gun’ Spec elemental still doesn’t have as high an APM as Fury, Rogues, Fire mage (Or even AFF with it’s Mass Tab targeting for dots in M+), So arguing it’s for accessibility is the biggest ‘screw you’ I’ve seen in a long time and i’ve played a shaman since wrath so there is 15 years of being told to go screw myself that they manged to beat which is honestly impressive.