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Enhancement Shaman DPS Guide (Legion 7.0.3)

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General Information

Welcome to our Enhancement Shaman DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing an Enhancement Shaman in a raid environment, although most of the content also applies to normal and heroic dungeons.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Furty who raids in Serenity, the number #1 World of Warcraft guild. 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. It is no longer a strange hybrid of melee and ranged abilities, locked to spell cooldowns. A few staple spells have also been removed from Enhancement entirely. The core identity, however, is largely similar and ultimately what we're left with is a faster paced, streamlined Enhancement that is a lot more flexible and significantly more attractive. Enhancement has always been respected for the impressive burst and sustained AoE it was capable of, and while both of these niches are still intact, this specialization is now much more well rounded. This specialization has great sustained damage and the ability to quickly allocate damage wherever it is needed.

2. What Has Changed?

  • Instead of a cooldown based system, Enhancement now works off of a new resource called Maelstrom.
  • 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

  • Strong sustained damage i single-target, cleave, and AoE situations
  • Great at switching targets without ramp up time
  • Great damage on priority adds that need to be bursted down
  • Good raid utility

4. Weaknesses

  • Average burst
  • Not especially mobile
  • Melee specialization
  • Scales poorly with gear

5. Viability in the Current Patch

Enhancement is currently one of the strongest specializations overall as it handles many different encounter types well. It is also very strong in dungeons (especially in Mythic difficulty and Challenge Modes), as it provides very strong sustained single target and AoE and is not reliant on cooldowns to put out exceptional numbers. 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 8 pages:

7. ChangeLog

  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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