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Enhancement Shaman DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Mar 14, 2017 at 21:11 by Wordup 306 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 7.1.5.

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

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Wordup, a frequent theorycrafter involved in a number of class communities. He is also an experienced player who has been in the world top 100 since the days of Sunwell, currently raiding in Echoes. You can also follow him on Twitter.

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 6 actual weapon item levels.
  2.  Icon Gathering of the Maelstrom is a strong alternative assuming you are using the Tier 19 4-piece bonus, valued at roughly 3 actual weapon item levels.
  3.  Icon Weapons of the Elements provides a small single target boost which affects the direct damage of our weapon enhancement spells. This trait is currently worth approximately 1 weapon item level.
  4.  Icon Wind Surge is the last option and again is focused on Single Target, worth approximately 1 weapon item level.

To evaluate the strength of a relic, take the traits number value from above and add it to the weapon item level gain on the relic itself, which will give you its actual value. For example, if a relic grants 50 weapon item levels and has Wind Strikes, it would be:

50 item levels + 6 from Wind Strikes = 56 total item levels

Whilst if another relic grants 52 weapon item levels and has Gathering of the Maelstrom, it would be:

52 item levels + 3 from Gathering of the Maelstrom = 55 total item levels

Thus we can determine that the Wind Strikes relic is superior to the Gathering of the Maelstrom relic despite the higher base item level the latter provides.

3. ChangeLog

  • 14 Mar. 2017: Updated relic values.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for 7.1.5
  • 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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