I have been using SimCraft for quite a while now and noticed something kind of odd today while browsing other Elemental logs and inspecting armory pages. SimCraft has been putting haste above mastery for me for some time now. My last sim had haste around 1.42, mastery at 1.41 and crit around 1.32 (going off memory). This is the closest it has been so far for me.
As I have been browsing logs in order to compare myself to my peers, I have noticed a trend. Many of them seem to be stacking mastery. Judging by their logs, it is working pretty well. Of course many of these shaman have 3000-4000 more spell power than I do so they better be beating me!
However, it still begs the question (IMO) why are they stacking mastery over haste? I am also noticing almost double the Lava Surge procs even though they have very similar flame shock tick counts which does not make sense to me unless Lava Surge proc chance is affected by a stat such as mastery (which I have heard rumors about but has never been proven to my knowledge) or maybe I am just one very unlucky shaman, lol.
Anyhow, any thoughts on this? Did I just happen to pull up 3-4 high end Elemental Shaman that are all the exception to the rule?