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.