View Full Forums : Wrapping my head around Starfall

01-27-2009, 08:39 AM
Being honest I probably didn't give this talent a fair burn in period when I first tried out Balance. I don't get it. The kicker for me is it seems like primarily a point blank AE spell. On top of that is the 3 minute cooldown. Right or wrong, given the way I have speced I could either take this or typhoon. I chose typhoon because it seemed like a tool I could use much more often. What am I missing and where does it shine?

01-27-2009, 08:46 AM
I <3 Starfall.

It shines in AoE and AoE only. But, the good news, almost ever raid encounter (Except Malygos) has a large AoE component to it. I would like to see the 3 min CD removed, but Boomkins would be simply OP. With Starfall up, and Hurricane rolling, I am usually doing about 2k damage per tick, per target. Let that soak in...PER TARGET! So when you have say 10-15 mobs beating away, I am putting out 20k-30k damage per second.

In all fairness, its only about a 20%-25% of the hit strength of Hurricane, but its a nice suppliment.

01-27-2009, 09:22 AM
Yeah but with that sort of damage and it being PBAE doesn't that cause all kinds of aggro issues?

01-27-2009, 09:47 AM
Definatley. You have to be smart when using it!

<-- has definatley pulled an extra set of mobs once or twice with liberal use of the Starfall. :(

02-05-2009, 12:28 PM
Also <3 Starfall. If your goal is to try and eek out as much damage as possible, why would you pass on this?

The only danger is unpredictable mob pulls. My rule of thumb is that if all mobs within sight are already pulled, pop that badboy. If there's a group on the other side of the room or whatnot, that you don't want pulled prematurely, don't.

I even use it in some of the longer single target boss fights - why not... Its an instant cast, and is not channelled, so there's really no downside to popping it whenever possible (unless mana conservation is an issue, but I never go oom, so no biggie).

But yeah... lol... starfall and hurricane goin at the same time on a crowd of 20 mobs in naxx is pure sickness (especially if you've specced gale winds which I also highly recommend)

02-05-2009, 12:56 PM
And they are bumping Starfall's coefficient via a hotfix according to GC. <3 Boomkin.

02-05-2009, 01:13 PM
mmmmmmmmmmmm... :grin: when? do you have a link?

02-05-2009, 05:44 PM
mmmmmmmmmmmm... :grin: when? do you have a link?
Yay! (

02-05-2009, 06:06 PM
sweeet. thx! even if they don't end up adjusting the coefficient, I still think its well worth it.

much like the treants, its yet another thing that takes very little time to pop off, and keeps dealing out dmg for a while, as you continue with your base rotation

The hardest part for me (same with treants) was training my brain to NOT FORGET to use it when available/applicable. haha I saw a major bump in my overall DPS from simply forcing myself to remember those little bonus attacks. Now I'm constantly lookin down to to see if their off CD