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Balance Druid DPS Guide (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Nov 27, 2016 at 07:42 by Vlad 130 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Balance Druid DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1. 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. Significant Legion Changes

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

3. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 7 pages:

4. ChangeLog

  • 27 Nov. 2016 (addons page): Added two WeakAura strings.
  • 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 (enchants page): Added Potion of Prolonged Power to the potion recommendations.
  • 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 (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).
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the Full Moon description to account for Patch 7.1 changes.
  • 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 (artifact page): Refined advice for choosing relics.
  • 02 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Greatly improved the legendary item section and updated the BiS trinkets.
  • 02 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Tweaked the stat priority slightly and added a note regarding how to interpret it.
  • 02 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Revamped tier 1, 3, and 5 talent sections.
  • 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 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 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 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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