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Balance Druid DPS Guide (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Jan 22, 2017 at 12:38 by Vlad 165 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Balance Druid DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.5. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Balance Druid in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

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.

1. Class Overview

The Balance specialisation provides an entertaining and challenging rotation, and it performs very well in terms of both single and multiple target DPS.

Balance Druids shine in multiple target fights due to their ability to multi-DoT, and they also have good mobility due to their instant cast spells. However, while Balance Druid AoE is strong, it requires significant set-up/ramp-up time and is not very bursty, resulting in other classes outperforming them in this area.

2. What Has Changed in Legion?

The Balance specialisation has undergone considerable changes from Warlords of Draenor, with its core mechanics have been completely revamped.

3. Patch 7.1.5 Changes

4. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 9 pages:

5. ChangeLog

  • 22 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Fixed an error in a recommended multiple target relic (now correctly advising Falling Star).
  • 19 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Added a mention of a 30% Haste breakpoint if using The Emerald Dreamcatcher.
  • 19 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Added Stellar Drift as the tier 7 recommendation against multiple targets.
  • 19 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Updated neck enchants.
  • 19 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Added a separate relic priority for multiple target situations.
  • 19 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated tier 5 and 7 talent evaluations (changing the recommendations somewhat).
  • 12 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated tier 3 talent section to make Feral Affinity look less bad (although it is still not recommended).
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated talent descriptions to account for Patch 7.1.5, and slightly changed the evaluation of tier 6 talents.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated legendary item recommendations, added new legendary items, and added Tier 19 Set Bonus recommendation.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Matched the new 7.1.5 stat priority.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Updated the stat priority slightly.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode page.
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (spells page): Page added.
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (talents page): Updated the description of Restoration Affinity.
  • 27 Nov. 2016 (addons page): Added two WeakAura strings.
  • 27 Nov. 2016 (enchants page): Added Potion of Prolonged Power to the potion recommendations.
  • 27 Nov. 2016 (talents page): Updated tier 3 and tier 7 talent recommendations, and changed the Shooting Stars recommendation to 4+ targets.
  • 27 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Further detailed the Lunar Strike versus Solar Wrath usage in multiple target situations, and slightly updated the opening rotation.
  • 25 Nov. 2016 (artifact page): Updated the relic priority.
  • 02 Nov. 2016 (talents page): Fixed a small issue where we were still referring to Thick Hide's old 10% damage reduction (it is now 6%).
  • 31 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Removed the Mastery snapshotting section since it is no longer relevant.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the Full Moon description to account for Patch 7.1 changes.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Patch 7.1 updates
    • Added a mention that Incarnation is now off the global cooldown.
    • Updated Guardian Affinity's description (Thick Hide now passively reduces damage by 6%, down from 10).
  • 02 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Revamped tier 1, 3, and 5 talent sections.
  • 02 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Tweaked the stat priority slightly and added a note regarding how to interpret it.
  • 02 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Made various improvements to the existing rotations, added a section about Mastery snapshotting, and also added a section about how The Emerald Dreamcatcher affects the playstyle.
  • 02 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Greatly improved the legendary item section and updated the BiS trinkets.
  • 02 Oct. 2016 (artifact page): Refined advice for choosing relics.
  • 12 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Added BiS recommendations.
  • 08 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the recommendations on when to use Lunar Strike.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 28 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket and set bonus recommendations.
  • 28 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Revamped tier 5 and 7 talent discussions.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Fixed a small issue that recommended not to cap Empowerments, when in fact it should have said that you should not generate more Empowerments when you are capped.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Corrected an error where we were recommending Astral Communion (in tier 6), whereas this talent is only viable if you can pair it with Fury of Elune (tier 7), which is not currently the case. We now correctly recommend Blessing of the Ancients.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Added Stellar Flare to the rotations, and added a mention about using Blessing of the Ancients as your tier 6 talent.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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