Is ele shaman A waste of my time

Shaman
I've heard everyone complain about how bad ele shaman is, i want to give it a try but will i be wasting my time?
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/wow/topic/20769569111
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/wow/topic/20769629356
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/wow/topic/20769568842
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/wow/topic/20769678900
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/wow/topic/20769659302

It depends on your definition of waste of time.

Is ele OP? No it takes work. However when you get geared and learn how to make it work it is very satisfying.

Is ele Fotm? No see above. However ele scales extremely well. So if you are looking for FotM come back mid or late xpac.

Is ele top dps? No. Ele starts slow in xpacs and by which is not where it should be. See FotM comment.

Is ele top ranged dps? No. See top dps comment.

Is ele good in arena? Ele is t represented that well in high arena because enhance is/was better. Enhance is getting nerfed so expect to see more ele representation, especially in 8.1.

Is ele good at WPVP? When you are not outnumbered and terrain favors you, with the right azerite traits and talents.

Is ele good at random BGs/RBGs? In a team setting ele really does shine. We have the tools/kit to be highly disruptive and deadly to opposing team. However we are vulnerable when separated from the team fight

Is ele good at WQs? Absolutely. Ele is a aoe grinding machine and can aoe non stop with little to no down time except finding more crap to pull.

Is Ele good at M+ and island expeditions? Extremely good and only going to get better. We are currently u defeated significantly in M+ however that is slowly changing due to how we scale and tools we bring to M+.
It’s too early to judge but 8.1 may turn out to be a good little buff, at the very least in making the play style a bit more fun with Surge of Power procs to play with.
I play what I find fun and I’m a casual so Elemental has been great.
I can’t abandon my class since Vanilla so I’ll be here whether they are top or bottom of the charts.
If you like the class fantasy then play it. Shamans aren't complete trash and unplayable but they also aren't gods. I will say that it's easier to play as a Shaman if you have a guild that knows you and how good of a player you are.

It is sometimes tough to get into PuGs to push content, especially in M+. other than that if you have interest in it try it out.
Please take what the first commenter said with a grain of salt.

https://us.battle.net/forums/en/wow/topic/20769569111
Extremely good and only going to get better. We are currently u defeated significantly in M+ however that is slowly changing due to how we scale and tools we bring to M+.


We are NOT undefeated, in fact we're not even close to the top. https://www.warcraftlogs.com/zone/statistics/20 for reference.

Ele isn't great. If you're at the same item level and skill level of the rest of the raid, you'll be in last place. That's true in m+ though that's more about timing your talents with appropriate pulls.

I cannot speak to pvp (though after the lava shock azerite nerf, i hear they're useless).
do we have talents that make an ability worse than the untalented form? oh yeah.
[quote="207682713582"]I cannot speak to pvp[/quote

Problem with ele pvp is we rely alot of LB proc's through rng and getting enough maelstrom to get a ES off but most of the times your dead before then so just spam them noodle lightning bolts :D

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