We have a lot of CC breakers because we have next to no CC. And we still have the worst survivability in the game.
Did i really just read that DK's have the worst surv. in the game?
While DKs certainly don't have the worst survivability, what they have isn't exactly great. They don't exactly need awesome survivability tools though because they can do so much damage. An RL friend of mine plays a DK, and he does often say that he wishes he had more survivability. But every BG I play with him, he tops damage meters, and has 15+ killing blows.
This isn't a position you see an Ele or Enh in.
If I could kill somebody as fast as a DK, I wouldn't care that my survivability sucks. But outside of Ascendance, I have to rely completely on RNG to get a kill because of Lava Surge, and the way Mastery works for Ele. Which is your spells have an X% chance to cast a duplicate spell free of cost for 75% of the damage of the first spell.
Lava Burst only hits players for 40k-50k damage, and has an 8 sec CD. Lava Surge procs on Flame Shock damage, and resets the CD of Lava Burst and makes it instant cast. Ideally, you DoT up everything you can with Flame Shock, and then hope you get a nice string of procs to pump LvB into your main target. Flame Shock has a 5 sec CD, though. Which it also shares with Frost Shock, and Earth Shock. Oh, and Frost Shock has a 6 sec CD.
So if I need to snare that Warrior that is beating on me, that's 6 seconds where I'm not going to get any Lava Surge procs, and thus doing close to zero damage.
This is how an Ele does burst outside of Ascendance.
There are a few conditions that must first be met.
1) Flame Shock on target
2) 7 stacks of Lightning Shield
3) Lava Surge must proc
4) Shock spells off CD
Now here's what the Ele does. Once they see that Lava Surge proc, they cast the following:
Unleash Elements > Elemental Blast > Instant Lava Burst > Earth Shock
UE increases damage of next fire spell by 30%. It will increase the damage for both EB, and the instant LvB because both will fire at the same time. The Earth Shock damage itself isn't much, maybe only about 15k, but the 7x Lightning Shield charges get dumped into the target for extra damage.
Here's the kicker for that burst... Lava Surge lasts 6 seconds. If at any point before you get that Lava Burst off you get hit with any sort of CC, or your target gains LoS or outranges you, you lose that burst, because that Lava Surge proc fades away.
So you have to notice the proc which lasts 6 seconds, stop whatever you're doing, cast UE, then EB, then LvB. By the time the UE finishes casting, there's often only about 2 seconds left on your Lava Surge proc.
Whereas Fingers of Frost lasts 15 seconds for Mages, and other similar abilities for other casters last at least 10 seconds as well. I think SPriests may have a proc with a talent that lasts 8. Of course, this is because of the nature of Lava Surge, where you CAN get 5 procs back to back, and when that happens, you feel awesome. But when it doesn't happen, you aren't putting out any significant pressure.
Basically the arguments I've seen so far are, "You get trained because Ascendance. You can't have defensives because Ascedance."
I dare any one of you to roll an Ele, and try to use Ascendance against any half competent team. Tell me how that goes.
Again your class is fine. If ppl are training the shaman and its working than it means you have a weak comp. Ill say it again pvp has never been about 1v1 and there are plenty of comps that dps shamans thrive on. Adding everything you want would make those comps overpowered.
Plenty of comps, you say? What about SPriest, Mage, Boomkin, or Warlock? More viable comps for them than for Ele.
And still, Ele has to be pretty much babysat the entire time. I understand very well that the game isn't balanced around 1v1. But the Ele and their partners still have to work harder for the same results than they would have if they had chosen another caster.