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Enhancement Shaman DPS Stat Priority (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated Today at 14:40 by Furty 38 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Enhancement Shamans in World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3, how the class benefits from each of them.

The statistics priority is important as it influences itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

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, 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. Basics

The stat priority for an Enhancement Shaman is:

  1. Agility;
  2. Haste to ~17%;
  3. Mastery;
  4. Haste above ~17%;
  5. Critical Strike;
  6. Versatility;

Haste is currently the strongest stat for Enhancement until ~17%, as it confers a variety of unique benefits, such as Global Cooldown reduction, Maelstrom Power generation, and ability cooldown reduction. It also allows for an increased number of Windfury Icon Windfury procs, and increasing the number of empowered autoattacks from buffs such as Hailstorm Icon Hailstorm and Flametongue Icon Flametongue. Haste scales synergetically with Mastery, and at a certain point is overtaken, as many of the benefits of Haste also have diminishing or capped returns. After you achieve 17% Haste, you should begin focusing on Mastery as your primary stat for further increased Windfury Icon Windfury and Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer procs as well as increased elemental damage. Mastery and Haste scale in synergy with each other, and as you attain higher levels of Mastery the value of Haste will start to inflate again. You should try and keep your Haste rating around 65% of your total Mastery rating for optimal scaling.

These statistics have been obtained by combining common sense, in-game testing, and simulations using Simulation Craft.

2. Getting a Better Understanding

Agility provides you with Attack Power, which increases the damage of your melee attacks.

Mastery, through Mastery: Enhanced Elements Icon Mastery: Enhanced Elements, increases all of your Fire, Frost, and Nature damage and further increases the chance to proc Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer and Windfury Icon Windfury.

Haste increases the speed of your melee autoattacks, enabling you to get more procs on Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer and Windfury Icon Windfury. You will also generate more Maelstrom Power due to your Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon passive. Haste also decreases the cooldown of Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike, Boulderfist Icon Boulderfist, Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning, and Flametongue Icon Flametongue.

Critical Strike increases the damage of your attacks and spells.

Versatility is a flat-out damage done increase and damage taken reduction.

3. ChangeLog

  • 24 Jul. 2016: Addendum with mastery haste scaling.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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