With Patch 0.1.43, Elementals will only split one time, instead of up to 4, time permitting. What are people thoughts on how this effects his viability as a jungler?
I picked him in an SD last night and went to jungle and found it to be so much more difficult that I ended up having to lane instead. Because they don't split as much, they die a lot more quickly and they don't do nearly as much damage. The patch essentially halves their life and reduces their damage 50-100% over the course of the spell.
Elementals and glacial blast, lots of mana pots. It didn't work at all... I spawn elementals off of the biggest creep in a medium camp, kill them, and then move to the next closest camp. With the nerf, I could rarely manage to kill the second camp before they timed out. The nerf made it take a lot longer to kill the first camp, leaving not enough time or damage to kill the second one.
Is he still viable with a different jungling strategy, the same strategy and I just fail, or not at all?
definitely still viable. Initially, you wont have many opportunities where you could get more splits than 6 elementals anyway. even if you could, they would just last for a very short time. Its really a neglegible nerf.