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Shaman bashing DPS output?
Shamans of the realm, unite!
No but seriously, I have a few issues with how the class bashes, and I'd like to get some feedback from others to help figure out what needs to be done to address these issues.
Long story short, I'm trying to burn for dragon. I've bashed from 91 to 93 in two days and I've observed a few things from this particularly heavy stint of bashing. My issues are as follows:
- How do you deal with swiftcurse's base DPS inconsistency? If you roll a bad run on Aelkesh attunement procs, you are basically doing 20% less dps for that swiftcurse chain, and consuming more mana and more wp.
- Even with Aelkesh attunement, the class uses an utterly incredible amount of willpower. One full run of Mirror Caves will take 48% of my wp with trans philosophy, megalith, and amulet of will active. The only solution I can think of to deal with this is to attune Daina, but you sacrifice either Marak or Ri'shen which makes you significantly squisher and impacts what you can fight realistically.
- Cursing has extremely low base damage, reducing WSC damage to 20-40% of a mob's max health depending on its level. Under almost no circumstances can a Shaman 1 shot a mob like some of the other high damage classes, meaning that it generally takes a lot more luck (back to back crits required, which is assisted by the faster iteration speed of curses, in fairness) to quickly clear mobs. I have an l1 pendant, a glass lily buff always active while I bash, and a lucky sip available most of the time, and I still rarely get quick mob kills.
- No raze aside from battlerage raze or hammer tattoo. A lesser issue, and we're definitely not the only class to have to deal with it. We do have recklessness, as well.
I don't really want to swap away from the class since I love its general utility and how it plays in group combat, but the bashing is really getting me down (compared to other classes I've played, it's pretty terrible overall, even an unbanded BM does more damage than an int specced, l1 collared shaman if you get unlucky with the aelkesh procs) and I'd really like to find some way of fixing it.