Rule 4: Maelstrom Weapon stacks build too slow for you because you're whiny, not because Blizzard designed your class wrong.
Rule 6: Making it proc more is a great idea -- for you to post somewhere else. We use theorycrafting, math, models, sims, and combatlog analysis to figure out how the game we're playing works. We don't make up a new game with new rules that make the class we play the best, and then fantasize about how great that game would be.
Rule 7: If you don't want to trust the work that other people have contributed to finding the expertise cap, test it yourself. Asking "Hey guys are you sure, maybe it changed" is rude and useless.
1. I'm seeing a lot of Enhancement Shamans spec'ing into Totemic Reach instead of Improved Shields lately. How does that selection rank up to putting 2/3 Improved Shields instead?
I know Lightning Shield is a minimal DPS increase and I could see the benefit of having a large range on searing totem, but I would think the very small increase in damage of Lightning shield would be a better option, but I could also be missing the "hard to calculate" DPS increase of Totemic Reach (e.g. like Run speed increase talents or enchants).
O.T. I know a lot people are saying that Maelstrom Weapon stacks to slow, but I've noticed in raids that after a bit of time the stacks seem to flow a lot better and quicker (probably due to Flurry) and really starts to fill out the rotation better. However, I do miss the quickness of the stacking when Haste stacking was king.
What would be the huge downside or OP'ness of giving MW a higher chance to proc and stack? Would it be a better alternative than removing or lowering the Windfury ICD? It seems to me that a lot of people are not happy with the damage of Windfury so having MW proc more seems like a better "fix" or "buff", because lightning bolt will scale with mastery and already hits hard.
I would like for Windfury to do more damage or proc more often, but I don't think Blizzard will consider that idea at all since it's a passive ability, but I guess MW isn't too much different either.
Finally, I just wanted to make sure that the expertise cap of 22 (114 rating) is still in effect since the small patch today. Anyone test or notice anything yet?