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Elemental Shaman DPS Stat Priority (Legion 7.1)

Last updated Today at 09:38 by Furty 91 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Elemental Shamans in World of Warcraft Legion 7.1, how the class benefits from each of them.

The statistics priority is important as it influences itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

The other pages of our Elemental Shaman guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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. Basics

The stat priority for an Elemental Shaman is:

  1. Intellect;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Haste;
  4. Versatility;
  5. Mastery.

Critical Strike currently pulls ahead of other stats, as it has great synergy with Elemental Focus Icon Elemental Focus, Elemental Fury Icon Elemental Fury, and Ascendance Icon Ascendance. Ideally, you want your Haste rating to be around 70-80% of your Critical Strike rating. Elemental benefits from having a relatively balanced stat distribution, though Mastery does tend to be outpaced by every stat in all situations. Haste is very valuable for Mythic+ and AoE/cleave as it scales very well with your Earthquake Icon Earthquake.

These statistics have been obtained by combining common sense, in-game testing, and simulations using Simulation Craft.

2. Getting a Better Understanding

Mastery, through Mastery: Elemental Overload Icon Mastery: Elemental Overload, causes your spells to have an additional chance to deal additional damage and generate extra Maelstrom.

Haste increases the speed of your casts as well as the tick rate of your damage over time effects.

Critical Strike increases the damage of your spells and procs Elemental Focus Icon Elemental Focus.

Versatility is a flat-out damage done increase and damage taken reduction.

2.1. Why is Mastery bad?

There are several reasons. Primarily, Mastery only affects 3 spells (your Maelstrom generators): Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning, Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt, and Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst. The damage bonus is also fixed at 75% and does not scale with your Mastery level. Having more Critical Strike boosts the uptime on Elemental Focus Icon Elemental Focus and also amounts to a 250% damage bonus for Elemental. It also significantly boosts your single target burst, which is a crucial niche for Elemental. Since Mastery does not affect your major nukes and Maelstrom generation is not the only relevant factor, it is easy to see why Mastery falls far behind the other stats.

3. ChangeLog

  • 01 Dec. 2016: Added some more detailed notes on stat synergy.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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