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Balance Druid DPS Easy Mode

Last updated on Jan 19, 2017 at 16:12 by Vlad 175 comments

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This page is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialisation without being overwhelmed by the numerous subtleties and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

1. The Basics

Balance Druids are a caster specialisation that deals good single and AoE DPS, but which has a slightly difficult/demanding rotation.

Your main goal throughout fights will be to manage your Lunar Empowerment Icon Lunar Empowerment and Solar Empowerment Icon Solar Empowerment buffs so that you do not waste any, all while ensuring you do not waste Astral Power.

2. Talent Choice

The following talent choices are effectively best in all situations.

3. Stat Choice

Currently, you will want to prioritise secondary stats as follows:

  1. Haste (even above Intellect);
  2. Mastery;
  3. Critical Strike = Versatility.

4. Basic Rotation

The single target Balance Druid rotation is based on the following priority list.

  1. Apply and maintain Moonfire Icon Moonfire, Sunfire Icon Sunfire on the target.
  2. Cast Starsurge Icon Starsurge to consume Astral Power.
  3. Cast  Icon New Moon (and its other versions) to generate Astral Power. Make sure its charges are always rolling.
  4. Use Solar Wrath Icon Solar Wrath to generate Astral Power.
  5. Cast Lunar Strike Icon Lunar Strike, only to avoid wasting Lunar Empowerment Icon Lunar Empowerment charges (so, when you have 3 charges).

At all times, you should avoid generating Astral Power when you are at maximum capacity.

Against multiple targets, keep your DoTs up on all targets (if they live loner than 6 seconds). Against 3+ targets, use Starfall Icon Starfall instead of Starsurge Icon Starsurge and Lunar Strike Icon Lunar Strike instead of Solar Wrath Icon Solar Wrath (if they are both empowered), while against 4+ targets always use Lunar Strike instead of Solar Wrath.

5. Cooldowns

Your only cooldown is Incarnation: Chosen of Elune Icon Incarnation: Chosen of Elune, which you should aim to use as many times as possible throughout an encounter. Ideally, you should time it so that it is active when the boss takes increased damage.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Xirips, one of the best Balance Druids in the world, who raids in Method. You can follow him on Twitter and you can watch his stream on Twitch.

6. ChangeLog

  • 19 Jan. 2017: Added Stellar Drift as the tier 7 recommendation against multiple targets.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Matched the new 7.1.5 stat priority.
  • 16 Dec. 2016: Added easy mode page.
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