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Enhancement Shaman DPS Guide (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Jan 09, 2017 at 20:41 by Wordup 266 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Enhancement Shaman DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.5. 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

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. 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 that can be applied in a variety of ways. Enhancement has very much shifted into a single-target specialist in with some cleave aspects added in, replacing the older sustained AoE that was present in Warlords of Draenor. Coming primed with an impressive priority burst toolkit and the ability to set up damage prior to a target spawning, alongside having some powerful proc based tools make it incredibly versatile, and easily able to tackle the majority of raid situations. Whilst not strictly an AoE powerhouse, it still brings a slew of extra tools in dungeons alongside respectable damage for Mythic+ as well.

2. What Has Changed in Legion?

  • 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 more fluid and unpredictable 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.
  • The talent tree has been overhauled to offer more options.

3. Patch 7.1.5 Changes

With 7.1.5 Enhancement has had a number of tweaks to ability damage, but the largest changes come in the Talent tree. A large number of talents that have been traditionally weak have been brought up in strength, in particular Overcharge Icon Overcharge and Fury of Air Icon Fury of Air which are explained on the Talents page.

4. Strengths

  • Exceptional priority burst in single target
  • Flexible, able to adapt to a variety of different encounter types
  • Great target swapping and damage on high priority targets
  • Good group utility for both dungeons and raids

5. Weaknesses

  • High variance in burst due to Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer
  • Reliant on uptime so can be punished in very high movement encounters
  • Weak defensives so cannot take a lot of punishment

6. Viability in the Current Patch

Enhancement has proven very powerful in both Emerald Nightmare and Trial of Valor due to its strength as a single-target specialization. Nighthold looks to continue this trend with the encounters present, alongside providing a number of fights that enable Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning cleave to increase this further, so will likely remain a powerful melee of choice in 7.1.5.

7. Contents

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

8. ChangeLog

  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Updated with 7.1.5 changes.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Update for 7.1.5 with new talent changes and recommendations.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Checked and confirmed for 7.1.5
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Large update with changes to rotation to factor in 7.1.5 updates.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (spells page): Wordup's rewrite of several spell descriptions.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Checked and confirmed for 7.1.5, changing Vers vs. Crit
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated for 7.1.5 and added in trinket simulations.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Checked and confirmed for 7.1.5
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated for 7.1.5 with new talent selections.
  • 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 (gear page): Added Spontaenous Appendages as a Best-in-Slot trinket.
  • 28 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated consumables and added a section on potion usage.
  • 28 Oct. 2016 (this page): Updated the strengths and weaknesses section.
  • 28 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated stat priority and descriptions (Vers>Crit)
  • 28 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated priotity system to include Alpha Wolf mention and cleaned up the opening sequence for additional clarity.
  • 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): Reverted change on food after more testing.
  • 18 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Updated food and potion choice as well as neck enchant.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this 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 (stats page): Addendum with mastery haste scaling.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Improved clarity and updated talent balance.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (this page): Fixed typos, improved descriptions.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed trinket sims and added trinket recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (spells page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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