Shamans can ask the elements to Ascend them, making them become powerful but short-lived forces. The ritual of ascension is not to be requested lightly however.
Prior to Patch 6.0.2, the Enhancement version of Ascendance changed the shaman's auto-attacks and Stormstrike to deal pure Nature damage. This synced extremely well with . was commonly used to reduce Fire Elemental's cooldown to 3 minutes, making it match Ascendance's.
Combining those two with , , , and at the beginning or during the burn phase of an encounter resulted in very high burst damage while also healing one's self and his or her allies.
Blizzard decided it was too much and began with increasing the Glyph of Fire Elemental Totem's reduction effect in Patch 5.4.0. It continued in Patch 6.0.2 with the re-working of Ascendance and the general nerfing of off-healing abilities across all non-healing specializations for all classes. (Stormlash was removed as part of the ability pruning process.)
Patches and hotfixes
- Hotfix (2017-06-14): "Ascendance reduces the cooldown and Maelstrom cost of Stormstrike by 50% (was 80%) in PvP situations."
- Patch 7.2.5 (2017-06-13): Ascendance no longer generates 12 Maelstrom/second, and now reduces the cooldown and cost of Stormstrike by 80%.
- Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now a level 100 talent. Mana cost removed. Cooldown increased to 3 minutes for all specs.
- Hotfix (2015-07-20): "Ascendance now has a 2-minute cooldown (down from 3 minutes) for Elemental Shaman."
- Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Ascendance for the Enhancement specialization now changes the shaman's auto attacks and to deal Wind-based physical damage that bypasses armor.
- Hotfix (2013-05-21): "Fixed an issue for Restoration Shamans where Ascendance did not divide the amount healed by Restorative Mists among nearby allies properly."
- Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Added.