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Elemental Shaman DPS Guide (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Dec 01, 2016 at 10:08 by Furty 91 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Elemental Shaman DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing an Elemental Shaman in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Furty who raids in Serenity, one of the top World of Warcraft guilds. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Nàsty, one of the top parsing Elemental Shamans.

1. Class Overview

Elemental Shaman is a damage dealing spellcaster with a straightforward but flexible toolkit. While it does not capitalize on any specific niche, Elemental can approach a multitude of environments without feeling compromised. Whether you are questing, powering through dungeons, or zoning into a raid for the first time, this is a spec that always feels like it has a place at the table. This specialization feels particularly at home when sustained cleave or AoE is present, but not a priority, as Elemental does both very efficiently while maintaining full single target presence. Through talents, Elemental also has access to some potent burst potential, allowing them to surge ahead during damage checks or dungeon bosses.

2. What Has Changed?

  • Elemental now uses a new resource, Maelstrom, to fuel damage output rather than Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield charges.
  • Shock cooldowns removed.
  • Many totems can now be placed with a targeting reticle without requiring a talent investment.
  • Many of the niche totems, such as Grounding Totem, have either been removed or relegated to PvP-only roles.
  • Mastery has been reworked (again).
  • Many glyphs are no longer present within the game.
  • Many changes to the talent tree, including a variety of new abilities and passives.

3. Strengths

  • Good single target burst
  • Flexible toolkit
  • Good raid utility

4. Weaknesses

  • Deals with movement poorly
  • Significant damage ramp up in most situations
  • Low overall damage output on most fights
  • Scales poorly

5. Viability in the Current Patch

Elemental is currently a weak specialization. While Elemental does deal with most fight types well, it also does not specialize enough to bring something unique to a raid group. Damage output is a little too weak to displace the dominant classes.

6. Contents

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

7. ChangeLog

  • 01 Dec. 2016 (stats page): Added some more detailed notes on stat synergy.
  • 01 Dec. 2016 (talents page): Updated Lightning Rod/Ascendance description for additional clarity. Also removed a few talents that were close contenders but did not see much practical use (e.g. Echo).
  • 01 Dec. 2016 (enchants page): Updated notes on consumables (food/potion).
  • 01 Dec. 2016 (artifact page): Split relic choice section into two separate sections to account for leading talent builds.
  • 01 Dec. 2016 (bosses page): Removed Echo from viable talents on Cenarius/Xavius.
  • 01 Dec. 2016 (gear page): Fully updated Legendary rankings.
  • 01 Dec. 2016 (addons page): Added Earthquake mouseover.
  • 01 Dec. 2016 (rotation page): Split guide into single & multi target sections for clarity. Added two separate opening sequences for different Tier 7 talents.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated Stormkeeper section to note that it now has a 1.5-second cast and affected spells are now instant in Patch 7.1.
  • 21 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated neck enchant.
  • 21 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Added trinket rankings to help with Mythic+ trinket determinations.
  • 21 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated talent balance based on practical results in Emerald Nightmare.
  • 21 Oct. 2016 (this page): Updated strengths/weaknesses.
  • 21 Oct. 2016 (bosses page): Added boss by boss guide for Elemental Shaman.
  • 08 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated BiS.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed trinket sims and added trinket recommendations.
  • 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 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (spells page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants 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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