More meandering thoughts about frost.
All of you cryomancers worrying about Replenishment being tied to your elementals can breathe a sigh of relief. It would be monumentally stupid of Blizzard to create a mechanic like that tied to something that cannot maintain 100% uptime, and has essentially zero survivability.
The little preview blurb uses the words “removed” and “replaced”. The Imp. Water Elemental talent is gone. Ended. Forcibly excised from the gaming code. It’s being replaced utterly.
The new talent will, in all likelihood, have absolutely nothing to do with the Water Elemental. It probably even won’t have it as a prerequisite anymore.
Unless, of course, none of this is true, Replenishment really is based on the WE, the WE becomes a permanent pet, and frosties get all the tools needed to keep a pet alive. AoE protection, a heal, etc.
Say, for instance, you could target your WE and shoot frost spells at it. Except that they heal it. This could even be extended to any frost damage, not just the spells the mage casts. (more…)