3.3 Shaman Changes, Fire Nova

Patch 3.3 has been applied to the Public Test Realm. The Fire Nova Totem wil be removed and instead we get an AoE fire Nova Spell. You can find the complete Patch Notes here.


  • Fire Nova Totem: This totem has been replaced with a new spell, Fire Nova, which is available at the same ranks as the old Fire Nova Totem. Existing characters will automatically learn this new spell in place of the totem. With a Fire Totem active, shamans will be able to use Fire Nova (fire magic) to emit the same area-of-effect damage as the old Fire Nova Totem from the active Fire Totem, not consuming the totem in the process. Fire Nova will activate a 1.5-second global cooldown when used and has a 10-second spell cooldown. The caster must be within 30 yards of the totem to use this ability, but does not need to be within line of sight of the totem.
    • Elemental Combat
      • Improved Fire Nova Totem: Renamed Improved Fire Nova. This talent now provides an additional 10/20% damage to the spell and reduces the cooldown by 2/4 seconds.
  • Glyph of Fire Nova Totem: Renamed Glyph of Fire Nova. This glyph now reduces the cooldown of Fire Nova by 3 seconds.

Since these changes are quite interesting I have been to the PTR and made a little video demonstrating the new Fire Nova spell.

Since Fire Nova, costs about 1k Mana it is really no option as enhancement to use it glyphed, while the Talents with 20% more damage sound quite interesting. Especially since we will end up with a 6 second cooldown which will blend in nicely to lava lash and our shocks. As you can see I am busy pressing buttons all the time so I am not sure if the new glyph will do enhancement any good.

I used the following Talents as a quick test:


Fire Nova each 6 sec will cost 10k Mana per minute. For this reason I took talents like Improved Storm Strike and Elemental Focus, which seems to be the only way to keep enough Mana to be able to use it each cooldown.

Basically I used 2 points from Lightning Shield and put them in into Improved Fire Nova, not sure where to use the last Talent Point. Either 1 point in improved Storm Strike, Elemental Focus.


Edit: On the recent ICC tests it seems that we are much more competetive now in damage again.

12 Antworten auf „3.3 Shaman Changes, Fire Nova“

  1. Hello there,

    Love the vid, seen it first on youtube. I am curious about your use of addons and macro’s. Specially sinds i see your number 2 button on action bar change a few times (after using it goes to a next spell/ability).

    So is it a macro or an addon?

    Nice vid love it. Best 1 I have seen about enh dps in 3.3.

  2. Thanks,

    it is done via a castsequence macro.Basicalyl you select the red „?“ as icon and the following as text:

    /castsequence [noworn:Shields]reset=6target Earth Shock,Lava Lash,Fire Nova,Earth Shock,Lava Lash,Fire Nova,Lightning Shield,Earth Shock,Lava Lash, fire Nova;Earth Shock,Earth Shock,Earth Shock,Lightning Shield,Earth Shock

    Hope that helps!

  3. After watching your video i tried out your macro and ended up making some changes that i would really like you to critique. It won’t cover lightning shield but it does take into account keeping flame shock on. Basic priority would be lightning bolt or chain lightning on 5 stacks, storm strike, then the following macro while SS is on CD.

    I’ve never used a casts sequence to play before but this seemed to speed casting up significantly.

    /castsequence reset=18target Flame Shock,Lava Lash,Fire Nova,Earth Shock,Lava Lash,Fire Nova,Earth Shock,Lava Lash,Fire Nova

  4. Hey, Set out to make Enhance a little less confusing. Got the idea from here and made a few macros to make the day go smoother. For quick reference. I have my Fire Elemental Totem on my Left Action Bar 1.

    Macros for action bar 1

    (Button 1, both toolbars)
    #showtooltip Stormstrike
    /use [nomodifier] 10
    /use [nomodifier] 14
    /use [nomodifier] 13
    /cast [nomodifier] Blood Fury
    /castsequence reset=2 Stormstrike, Shamanistic Rage

    —-Macro pops trinket and racial on SS when available.. Pressing 1 again immediately after SS will pop your SR as well. Since SS has c/d the macro will reset itself during the C/d and SR will only be popped by pressing 1 back to back.. ———-

    (Button 2, Action Bar 1)
    /castsequence reset=6/combat Earth Shock,Magma Totem,Lava Lash,Fire Nova,Flame Shock,Lava Lash,Fire Nova,Lightning Shield,Earth Shock,Magma Totem,Lava Lash,Fire Nova,Earth Shock,Lava Lash,Lightning Shield,Fire Nova;

    ———This AB is used at all times except when you have your Fire Elemental out (The secondary toolbar removes Magma Totem so you don’t get rid of your elemental before his time)… ——–

    When it is time for your Elemental use:

    Fire Elemental Macro
    #showtooltip Fire Elemental
    /changeactionbar #2
    /cast Fire Elemental

    —-Having this off of the action bar allows you to not have to run the cast first and allows you to monitor his c/d a little better ——- This also switches you to your second action bar. Simply set the button 1 macro in the button 1 slot on AB2 and then set this macro as your number 2 button:

    (Button 2, Tool Bar 2)
    /castsequence reset=6/combat Earth Shock,Lava Lash,Fire Nova,Flame Shock,Lava Lash,Fire Nova,Lightning Shield,Earth Shock,Lava Lash,Fire Nova;

    —– This macro ensures that you don’t drop a different fire totem and replace your elemental. When the timer on your elemental is over and he is gone, use the following to drop a new magma totem and revert to AB1 (The following should be placed on AB2 so that you can access it from there only):

    #showtooltip Magma Totem
    /cast Magma Totem
    /changeactionbar #1

    I’ve found that between these few macros you can really hold up a nice rotation and ease the process and clutter a bit. I hope these were helpful

  5. I copied and pasted all macros and they seem to be working way better then what i had but i cant get the fire elemental one to cast fire elemental what am i doing worng

  6. Hey, I don’t check here all the time, so sorry about it taking so long to get back to you. Here’s those macros cleaned up a bit and working correctly in 3.3.5:

    Macro 1 w/ the stormstrike works just fine. Here is 2a and 2b:
    /castsequence [noworn:Shields]reset=6 Earth Shock,Magma Totem,Lava Lash,Fire Nova,Flame Shock,Lava Lash,Fire Nova,Lightning Shield,Earth Shock,Magma Totem,Lava Lash,Fire Nova,Earth Shock,Lava Lash,Lightning Shield,Fire Nova;

    /castsequence [noworn:Shields]reset=6/combat Earth Shock,Lava Lash,Fire Nova,Flame Shock,Lava Lash,Fire Nova,Lightning Shield,Earth Shock,Lava Lash,Fire Nova;

    Here’s the fire elemental one that switches the actionbar:
    #showtooltip Fire Elemental Totem
    /changeactionbar 2
    /script PlaySoundFile(„SoundCreatureMillhouseManastormTEMPEST_Millhouse_Pyro01.wav“)
    /cast Fire Elemental Totem

    And the magma totem one to switch it back to AB 1
    #showtooltip Magma Totem
    /cast Magma Totem
    /changeactionbar 1

    Hope those all help.

    1. Thanks, I am kind of waiting aswell atm to see how things will change. But since Fire nova can’t be cast anymore while Searing Totem is up and searing totem will be our main DPS Totem I don’t see the need to make a special macro for it.

      A lot of other things will be quite nice, the Lightning Shield Glyph and Maelstrom Weapon Pwer Aura Icon make Enhancement much more fun to play. You can ceck out the post here about it.

  7. Primary testing on Beta is underway for me. Looking good so far. From what I’m seeing here are my initial macros for enhance rotation. Only putting out buttons 1 & 2, castsequence reset time may need adjusted on macro 1 to avoid inactive time when there should be an ability ready:

    Macro 1:
    /castsequence reset=10 Lava Lash,Unleash Elements
    /use [nomodifier] 10
    /use [nomodifier] 14
    /use [nomodifier] 13

    – That reset timer may need adjusted down to 8 or 9, will post update on this later.

    Macro 2:
    /castsequence [noworn:Shields]reset=6 Flame Shock ,Stormstrike,Earth Shock,Stormstrike,Lightning Shield,Flame Shock,Searing totem,Stormstrike,Earth Shock,Stormstrike,Lightning Shield;

    – Macro 2 does have some noticeable downtime, but testing shows very little loss in dps vs same reactionary rotation

  8. Thought I’d throw a simple little macro in for your elemental shaman.

    /castsequence reset=target Lightning Bolt, Lightning Bolt;
    /cast Lava Burst

    Thiis will ALWAYS cast lava burst ahead of lightning bolt when it is off cooldown, thus negating your need to stare relentlessly to see if the c/d on LB has been refreshed.


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