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Enhancement Shaman DPS Guide (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Nov 27, 2016 at 10:07 by Furty 169 comments

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General Information

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

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. Class Overview

Enhancement Shaman has undergone a wide variety of changes in Legion. Many of the lengthy cooldowns that were limiting to the rotation in past expansions have been removed, replaced by an entirely new resource limited rotation. The result is a specialization that is very flexible and streamlined, with a much faster pace of play to keep you entertained. Enhancement has always been respected for its impressive burst damage and phenomenal sustained AoE damage, and while both of these niches remain largely intact, this specialization is now much more well rounded. Enhancement is capable of tackling nearly any fight type without feeling overwhelmed, and feels equally at home in both dungeons and raids.

2. What Has Changed?

  • Instead of a cooldown based system, Enhancement now works off of a new resource called Maelstrom. Certain abilities generate Maelstrom, while other abilities spend your Maelstrom in exchange for powerful damage.
  • Mana still exists, but only your utility spells like Purge Icon Purge and Cleanse Spirit Icon Cleanse Spirit use it.
  • The rotation is now much "faster" due to Maelstrom.
  • Many old rotational spells, such as Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt and Flame Shock are no longer used by Enhancement.
  • A variety of totems have been changed or removed. Totems of the same element no longer interfere with each other. Most totems now have a targeting reticle by default rather than spawning at your feet.
  • 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

  • Exceptional burst and cooldowns
  • Flexible, able to adapt to any situation
  • Great target swapping and damage on adds that need to be quickly dispatched
  • Good raid utility

4. Weaknesses

  • High variance in burst due to Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer
  • Melee specialization
  • Squishy

5. Viability in the Current Patch

Enhancement is currently a solid specialization. It is not breaking any records in Emerald Nightmare, however, it always feels like it has a place in any raid group. It is exceptional in Mythic+ dungeons due to its sustained AoE and cleave combined with a solid toolkit, such as Lightning Surge Totem Icon Lightning Surge Totem. Like many melee specializations, it is extremely convenient to level and grind daily content with.

6. Contents

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

7. ChangeLog

  • 27 Nov. 2016 (easy mode page): Added section for easier playstyle.
  • 30 Oct. 2016 (artifact page): Edited Artifact pathing and relic choice as Gathering of the Maelstrom is now a much weaker trait.
  • 28 Oct. 2016 (this page): Updated the strengths and weaknesses section.
  • 28 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated priotity system to include Alpha Wolf mention and cleaned up the opening sequence for additional clarity.
  • 28 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated consumables and added a section on potion usage.
  • 28 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Added Spontaenous Appendages as a Best-in-Slot trinket.
  • 28 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated stat priority and descriptions (Vers>Crit)
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (this page): No changes to Enhancement in 7.1, so the guide remains unchanged.
  • 14 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated BiS.
  • 11 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated stat priority to note Mastery:Haste ratio is no longer present.
  • 26 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinkets.
  • 18 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Updated food and potion choice as well as neck enchant.
  • 18 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Reverted change on food after more testing.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Improved clarity in some sections.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (this page): Fixed typos, improved descriptions.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Improved clarity and updated talent balance.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Addendum with mastery haste scaling.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed trinket sims and added trinket recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (spells 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 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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