I wonder though if Echo of the Elements is a bit overlooked. I'm not saying it's super amazing, (I really love 5% free haste on NS). But if what I've read is correct--that is, echoes can mastery and mastery can echo--then it should be able to add a pretty sizable amount of burst. If you shoot 5 spells (including mastery procs) during a burst/kill attempt, you have a ~27% chance to get at least one Echo. Each Echo is worth 1 full damage spell, plus a 33% chance (from Jonte's armory, I don't know if this is particularly high or low mastery) to proc a mastery for 75% damage. 33%*75% = another 25% damage. So each Echo is worth 125% of a regular spell. I think a 25% chance to do 25% more damage on each burst is pretty good! I know that this is random and uncontrollable, but people frequently use proc PvE trinkets that add 25% damage, which seems pretty similar to me. Echo has the advantage of being totally unpredictable, (both a disadvantage and an advantage, but it means opponents cannot see a PvE trinket proc and react accordingly). But it's also maybe a factor in fewer burst attempts than proc trinkets are (which are usually up for more than 1 in 4 bursts).
Maybe 5 spells is too many to assume for a standard burst attempt? Or maybe it doesn't work like I assume? I guess I'm not trying to say this is the best thing ever, since it's obvious the other two talents provide huge value. But it does seem like a somewhat overlooked option, I think in large part due to the fact that it's so hard to tell mastery procs apart from echo procs. It's hard to see that it's doing anything at all.
I agree, i think echo is completely overlooked especially vs wizard cleaves. I've had some really insane burst with echo, like triple elemental blast from echo and mastery procs into triple lava burst.
I still think vs any rogue team, or resto druid team, Ancestral Swfitness is too good to pass up sometimes. Getting that instant hex off or instant elemental blast can really win the game. Generally vs melee cleaves its just safe to use instant hex.
Echo talent though has alot of damage outside of ascendance, and a bit of nice utility for your healing. Since echo copies most every spell u cast, it isnt too uncommon to proc an extra healing surge.
Also after playing the PTR, Ele is feeling alot stronger with the 10% dmg reduction change. The only thing annoying is our glyph slots. For those that dont always play with unleashed lightning glyph on live, we are basicall forced into all of our glyphs.
It would be really nice if ghostwolf glyph would be made baseline for all shaman specs.