Finally I got invited to Cataclysm Beta and leveled my Enhancement Shaman Myrddin to level 83. One of the first changes I noticed was the very low mana pool.
The first thing that struck me, was that we are only running around with 5.6k Mana – at level 80. Pretty much like Retribution Paladins.
With improved Stormstrike gone and Shamanistic Rage changed we do not have any way to regain our mana pool fast. Of course we have Primal Wisdom now, which gives each Hit a 40% chance to restore 5% Base Mana, roughly 220. But as soon as we are away from something to hit we run oom really fast.
In case you die and heal up you’ll end up at 90% hp and 0% mana. It takes an average of 2 mob to get to full mana again.
Especially in instances it seems to be an issue atm, we are running oom from placing totems or doing an AoE rotation. Especially if there is a boss like neptulon that requires a lot of movement.
However it seems a bit better at Level 83, with 14000 Mana and 660 mana per swing. Also the latest build introduced something weird, I seem to have 600 mp/5 while in combat, it remains to be seen if this is a bug or feature.
Blues touched the issue recently:
It’s not the intent that Enhancement has to worry about mana a lot. Generally you should have enough mana to do what you want to do. It’s a model we’re still adjusting. We haven’t quite established a base regen for the casters and healers that we’re happy with and every time we tweak that, it affects the Ret paladins and Enhancement shaman, who aren’t really supposed to be mana-constrained.Ghostcrawler
Remember the level cap is still 83 on Beta, maybe it is all different at Level 85. I’ll post if I know more.