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Enhancement Shaman DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Oct 30, 2016 at 20:16 by Furty 169 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Enhancement Shamans. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.

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

About Our Author and Reviewer

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 Wordup, the main Enhancement Shaman theorycrafter. You can find many resources on his YouTube channel.

1. Artifact Progression

Artifact Progression

1.1. Early Point Investment

Artifact Progression - Early Point Investment

After acquiring the initial point,  Icon Hammer of Storms, take the left road and head into  Icon Gathering Storms for some great cleave and AoE benefit. Continue upwards into  Icon Wind Strikes for a big boost in attack speed and enhancing the power of Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer procs, before snagging the single point  Icon Alpha Wolf to turn Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit into a great AoE cooldown. Continue upwards into the utility from  Icon Spiritual Healing on the top side of the tree. Talent into your first Golden Trait,  Icon Doom Wolves, which is a huge boost to your damage and makes your burst windows through Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit even more potent.

1.2. Second Golden Trait

Artifact Progression - Second Golden Trait

Head left from  Icon Spiritual Healing and pick up  Icon Stormflurry for 1 point, which is great value. Backtrack in the other direction from  Icon Spiritual Healing and grab  Icon Elemental Healing, which is very strong for raiding. Invest into  Icon Raging Storms, which is another great point, before grabbing  Icon Spirit of the Maelstrom. Talent into your second Golden Trait,  Icon Unleash Doom, which is an exceptional damage boost in single target and a moderate increase in AoE.

1.3. Follow Up Traits

Artifact Progression - Third Golden Trait

Following Unleash Doom, drop back down to  Icon Weapons of the Elements to boost your weapon enhancement spells for a solid single target boost. Finish out this section with  Icon Wind Surge, empowering your  Icon Doom Winds even further.

1.4. Final points and Third Golden Trait

Lastly, Head downwards from  Icon Stormflurry into  Icon Forged in Lava to boost the Maelstrom spending filler. Invest into your final Golden Trait,  Icon Doom Vortex, which is very weak currently due to the low proc chance and how rarely Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash is cast. Your final three points go into  Icon Gathering of the Maelstrom.

2. Relic Choice

  1.  Icon Wind Strikes provides the greatest benefit of all traits, and has applications both in single target and AoE due to the high Maelstrom bonus from increased attacks. Currently this trait is worth approximately 4 actual weapon item levels.
  2.  Icon Gathering Storms is very valuable in any fights with intermittent cleave or AoE, but is otherwise unremarkable. A great trait for players focused primarily on Mythic+ grinding.
  3.  Icon Weapons of the Elements provides a static single target boost which affects the direct damage of our weapon enhancement spells. This trait is currently worth approximately 2 weapon item levels.
  4.  Icon Wind Surge is a solid trait for any situation and is worth approximately 1-1.5 weapon item levels.
  5. Any of the defensive/survivability traits.

As Relics affect the item level of your weapons, it is recommended you always take the highest item level options as it will increase your weapon damage.

3. ChangeLog

  • 30 Oct. 2016: Edited Artifact pathing and relic choice as Gathering of the Maelstrom is now a much weaker trait.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added
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