Hi Cider, in regards to this:
I mentioned this to our shamans (shameese? Shamen?), and our more knowledgeable one is swearing up and down that this was changed a few patches ago so that totems no longer pulse immediately on being dropped. Is he right or does he need to lay off the herbalism?"What we did was to have our shaman fearwarded so he could put down a tremor totem to pulse as soon as Incite Terror hits, which minimized downtime for our healers."