Our Guide Writers have given their thoughts on the Patch 9.1 PTR Class Changes and new Legendaries for Build 38394. Check out all of our released opinion articles for the build below.
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The new Necrolord Legendary - Splintered Elements
- is thematic, though upon release numerically underwhelming
The legendary is a weaker cousin of the Anima Power Splintered Elemental Rod
, providing half the benefit. Its best case use scenario is one where we'll consistently have 3-4 targets with Flame Shock
active when we proc it.
To get an idea of the expected power level of this legendary without sims to assist us, we look to the only legendary that provides a similar benefit, Ancestral Reminder
, and a bit of napkin math (elongated form of said napkin math can be provided upon request, though this comparison will be slightly tilted in favor of Splintered Elements
). In an ideal scenario (always 4 targets when you proc it), Splintered Elements
provides an average of a ~4.3% Haste Buff. Compared to Ancestral Reminder
, which will give slightly different benefits based on the length of the fight in question though I'll use 5 minutes for this comparison (average sim length) which gives us an average of a ~4% Haste Buff.
In a Mythic+ scenario, we expect Ancestral Reminder
to give us a ~3% overall dps boost as it stands, and so we can expect that Splintered Elements
will give us somewhere in the neighborhood of a ~3.5% boost that could be bumped up as far as 4.5% or so through use of the Tumbling Waves
conduit. As a result, considering that Echoes of Great Sundering
is gives us close to a 20% boost in a similar scenario, there's little chance we'll use this legendary as it stands. Even if it were buffed significantly so that its ideal use case were to compete with Echoes of Great Sundering
for AoE (which would require at minimum somewhere in the neighborhood of a 200% to 300% buff), then it still wouldn't be able to compete with it on Single-Target where Splintered Elements
loses ~75% of its strength.
It does not change our choice in covenant at this time, for any content.
is the first revealed covenant specific legendary for Restoration Shaman, and its not off to the greatest start.
Getting a chunk of haste after using Primordial Wave
is alright, although not particularly intriguing. When it comes to healing it won't be the strongest option for Necrolord Shamans, especially because it has to compete with strong and consistent options such as Primal Tide Core
, and it directly competes with Jonat's Natural Focus
with them both working off of Primordial Wave
. In M+, a haste buff on demand might be more useful, but not sure yet if its strong enough there either.
The best case scenario (outside of the passive use) would be setting up Splintered Elements
into the Heavy Rainfall
buff, where you'd have the strong Healing Rain
, Healing Tide Totem
and a lot of Riptide
s out, which all scale with haste - which still does not seem too strong and a bit niche. And while haste is a great stat for damage output, I don't see this legendary being useful for damage output, especially when you can just pick up Deeptremor Stone
All in all I don't think that this will replace any of the current legendaries and it is also not something you're going to swap covenants for.