I’m working on a shaman build and I was curious about damage scaling on the Blizzard talent for the Storm Totem skill. The talent states “A Blizzard now forms around Storm Totem; enemies caught in the blizzard take cold damage over time and have a 25% chance to be chilled each second.” Holding alt reveals scaling tags “Cold” and “Spell” for Blizzard.
Due to the wording “A Blizzard now forms…” I’m having a hard time telling if the Blizzard itself will scale off my own spell/cold damage, or if it requires minion spell/cold damage to get any benefit. If the totem itself casts the ability, I would have expected something along the lines of “Storm Totem now also casts a Blizzard…” in the talent description. This leads me to believe (based on the description alone) that the Blizzard would scale off regular spell/cold damage. However, it seems unlikely that a talent for a totem skill would add an ability that didn’t scale off minion/totem damage.
Does anyone have a concrete answer for this? I tried testing it in-game, but unfortunately the Blizzard doesn’t trigger on the test dummy and I can’t clearly distinguish the Blizzard damage from other sources when testing out in the wild. The best result I can find is that regular spell/cold damage modifiers affect the Blizzard tooltip DPS, but I’ve found tooltip DPS to be unreliable for other skills so I’d like confirmation.
Any help would be appreciated!