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FIRST VERSION - OUTDATED

 

I've spent quite a lot of times playing with my UI and in the end I just made the decision to clean the screen and use as much Weak Auras as possible. The whole thing is still a work in progress (and probably forever will be) but as of now it is perfectly usable and I've been using it for the last few weeks in BRF Heroic raids.

Anyway, I thought I'd share the auras because when I was looking for Enhancement auras myself I wasn't able to find everything I needed. So if there's anybody with similar needs as myself I'd find sharing these worthy.

I will list what the auras can and what they can't do and post the strings for import via pastebin. I will list the Cons first, so you can stop here if these functions are very important to you.

CONS

  • the auras will not adapt if you use the talent Elemental Fusion, there will be an empty space (but works with both Storm Elemental and Liquid Magma)

  • the auras expect you to be using OmniCC addon for displaying the cooldown countdowns (the aura text is invisible), you can still display the text via editing the auras yourself

  • the auras are made to be used with the Masque addon (ElvUIesque Skin), when using other skins or the default skin, the icons may not align properly as the sizes will change slightly

  • there are auras for various procs (as the legendary ring, trinkets and enchantments) but it only covers the gear I use, yours might be missing so you might be needed to add/edit the ones you need, I am also looking for feedback and I might add some later myself

So how does it look?

http://i.imgur.com/4p16hRf.png

http://www.twitch.tv/blindfirec/c/6264550

As you can see on the screen/video, the auras should display everything essential.

Middle part - An aura warns you when you don't have Lightning Shield active. Displays Maelstrom stacks, Global cooldown, your main DPS abilities (Unleash Elements, Stormstrike, Lava Lash, Shocks, Fire Nova) and DPS cooldowns (Feral Spirit, Fire Elemental Totem, Liquid Magma/Storm Elemental Totem, Ascendance). The Flameshock aura changes into Frostshock depending on the remaining time of Flameshock on your target (Frostshock is displayed when the duration of Flameshock on your target is <10 seconds)

Left Part - An aura tracking your Fire Totem, a sound warns you when no Fire Totem is active. Defensive cooldowns are displayed under the totem tracker (Shamanistic Rage and Nature's Guardian or Atral Shift depending on your talents). The auras on the left display the presence of buffs associated with Unleash Elements.

Right Part - An aura tracking Flameshock on your target. An aura displaying the availability, cooldown, and presence of Ancestral Swiftness/Elemental Mastery depending on your talents. Rightmost are auras displaying the duration or various proc based buffs.

Dynamic Group for Procs

http://pastebin.com/DwyCafdB

A dynamic groups displaying procs (such as weapon enchants, trinkets etc.) via progress bars. Located on the right side.

Dynamic Group - Buffs received from Unleash Elements

http://pastebin.com/YUXEnsGp

A group displaying the presence of the buff empowering your next fire spell and the buff from the talent Unleashed Fury as it changes the priority of Lightning Bolt on lower Maelstrom Stacks.

Global Cooldown

http://pastebin.com/dgZRVvKU

A progress bar displaying your Global cooldown as the auras are made to be used free of any action bars (the GCD is not displayed on the spell auras)

Ancestral Swiftness

http://pastebin.com/hRgHPZm1

Displaying the availability, cooldown and buff presence of Ancestral Swiftness. Occupies the same spot as Elemental Mastery aura depending on your talents.

Ascendance

http://pastebin.com/KjtrqRXw

An aura displaying the availability and cooldown of the Ascendance spell. Also displays the duration of the Ascendance form.

Feral Spirit

http://pastebin.com/zRY3F9tD

An aura displaying the availability and cooldwon of the Feral Spirit spell. Also displays the uptime of the spirits.

Fire Elemental

http://pastebin.com/kYLGzJUa

A simple aura displaying the availability and cooldown of the Fire Elemental spell. (uptime is displayed via Fire Totem Tracker)

Fire Nova

http://pastebin.com/mAjXCaa2

Availability and cooldown of the spell. Also works with Echo of the Elements displaying multiple charges.

Flameshock Tracker

http://pastebin.com/jYLLq8Vf

Tracks Flameshock on your target or shows the absence of the Flameshock debuff.

Lava Lash

http://pastebin.com/94m3kgcQ

Availability and cooldown of the spell. Also works with Echo of the Elements displaying multiple charges.

Liquid Magma

http://pastebin.com/2ujwT3KX

Shows the availability and cooldown of the spell. Also shows the duration of the Liquid Magma on your totem (does not accounts for the possible expiration of the fire totem during the effect and will still show the full duration of 10 seconds). Occupies the same spot as the Storm Elemental Totem aura depending on your talents.

Maelstrom Tracker

http://pastebin.com/iheHW0dZ

Displays the number of Maelstrom stacks, changes colour. A sound warns you when capped at 5 stacks.

Nature's Guardian

http://pastebin.com/G3y2M7ik

Displays the availability of the talent. Checks the combat log and starts a 30 seconds timer upon activation of the talent. Occupies the same spot as the Astral Shift aura depending on your talents.

Shamanistic Rage

http://pastebin.com/6MrG55zM

Availability and cooldown of the spell.

Shock

http://pastebin.com/R4PVvST4

Availability and cooldown of the spell. Aura changes between Flameshock/Frostshock depending on the remaining of the Flameshock debuff on your current target.

Stormstrike

http://pastebin.com/cNFT13LJ

Availability and cooldown of the spell. Also works with Echo of the Elements displaying multiple charges.

Fire Totem Tracker

http://pastebin.com/GCrZUgUe

Displays the remaining duration of your current active Fire Totem. Changes depending on the totem type (Searing, Magma, Fire Elemental). A sound warns you when no fire totem is active during combat.

Unleash Elements

http://pastebin.com/S4tW0eD0

Availability and cooldown of the spell.

Lightning Shield Warning

http://pastebin.com/Lm1fgLUP

An icon is displayed, warning of the lacking Lightning Shield.

Astral Shift

http://pastebin.com/41ctGujS

Availability and cooldown of the spell. Occupies the same spot as Nature's Guardian aura depending on your talents.

Elemental Mastery

http://pastebin.com/7K7P2EzJ

Availability, cooldown and the duration of the spell. Occupies the same spot as Ancestral Swiftness depending on the talents.

Storm Elemental Totem

http://pastebin.com/Qz3bKkrd

Availability, cooldown and the duration of the spell. Occupies the same spot as Liquid Magma depending on the talents.

Warn me of any incorrect links or reply for any questions or feedback. As I said, the whole thing is a work in progress for me and I am still trying to make it better.

Tell me if you can't load any of the auras, there might be settings tied to my character although I have tried to remove all of those, making the auras work on any character as long as you are a Shaman in the Enhacement spec.

 

 

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UPDATE - SECOND VERSION

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LET ME KNOW IF YOU RUN INTO ANY PROBLEMS!

 

What is new?

 

Youtube video of the UI in action: https://youtu.be/Lnqao-DJwrs

Screenshot of the layout (WA only): http://i.imgur.com/12hucHm.png

Screenshot of the layout (together with custom unit frame via Stuf Unit Frames addon): http://i.imgur.com/nPcUWVt.png

 

 

The auras have been made much simpler

 

I've divided the layout into segments and you no longer need to import dozens of strings.

 

The auras now support all talent builds

 

The auras will adapt and change according to your talent choices, supporting all playstyles. (Does not support Stone Bulwark Totem though, haven't seen it used yet)

 

The auras do not include all proc based buffs

 

I haven't had the time to make the research to include all available trinket procs, weapon enchantments, etc. You can easily add the on your own or message me and I will help you adding those you need.

 

The auras need few dependencies in order to be displayed as intended/ as seen in the video and on the screens

 

The biggest of cons is probably the fact that the auras are made with few other addons in mind. You don't need them!, the auras will be perfectly functional without them, but, it won't be displayed properly, icons may not align, borders may not be displayed etc. In order to 100% replicate what you see on the screens and in the video you will also need: OmniCC (addon displaying cooldown timers on icons), Masque addon with ElvUIesque Skin (skin for icons, without this, the sizes of icons in the auras will probably change and you will need to play with it and change them to your liking), a custom addon I made which you will be able to find here at the end of the post (uses almost no memory (<10kb), only adds a custom border and font for you to use in other addons, such as WA).

 

THE STRINGS FOR IMPORT

 

Main Frame

http://pastebin.com/9zLjEubx

Bottom Frame

http://pastebin.com/FmxEx0nf

Proc Based Buffs

http://pastebin.com/j79C8Bk9

Notifications

http://pastebin.com/TdYJWLn3

Unit Frames (very optional, no actual function, just for the looks)

http://pastebin.com/0ihGFqpQ

 

MAIN FRAME

 

The so-called Main Frame is the heart and soul of the auras. This frame displays all your main abilities' cooldowns, tracks your Maelstrom stacks, displays the Global Cooldown (as the layout is originally made to be used actionbar-free and GCD is not visible on the icons), displays the presence of the Unleash Flame and Unleashed Fury buffs, and contains a Fire Totem tracker on the left and a Flame Shock tracker on the right.

 

BOTTOM FRAME

 

The Bottom Frame displays availability, duration, and tracks your major DPS cooldowns. On the sides you'll also find the availability and cooldown of your Shamanistic Rage and your defensive Tier 1 talents.

 

PROC BASED BUFFS

 

is a dynamic group controlling the display of the Bloodlust/Time Warp buff, your agility potion buff, weapon enchant buffs, and trinket procs. Each buff has its own colour so you can tell its progress and presence just by a quick glance.

 

NOTIFICATIONS

 

are icons warning you of different things. You can easily add your own or tell me if you need help with adding other notifications. Currently the group includes:

Absence of Lightning Shield, absence of Well Fed buff, absence of Agility Flask, an icon warning you when your Flame Shock on your Focus drops below 10sec, display of Reactive Earth Shield on Primal Elementalist target for the Blast Furnace encounter.

 

UNIT FRAMES STRING

 

Only includes frames for your custom Unit Frames. As you can see on the screen above, I personally use Stuf Unit Frames addon, displaying the Player Health, Target Health, and Target Name.

 

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Custom Looks

 

As you can see, pretty much everything has some special skin, font, or border. This is because I dig the clean, square-like, and tidy look. Below I will list everything you need in order to replicate the look I showed you before in the video.

 

Masque Addon

 

http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/masque

http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/masqueelvuiesqueskin

Masque addon adds the possibility to use custom skins for the ingame icons (be it action bars, weakauras, buffs/debuffs). The ElvUIesque Skin replicates the looks of ElvUI action bars. Even if you don't happen to use ElvUI, I'd still recommend the skin for your icons. I just love how it looks. Plus, if you won't be using this addon and skin, you'll probably need to change the sizes of the icons in the auras as they will not align properly.

 

OmniCC

 

http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/omni-cc

OmniCC addon displays cooldown timers (and the progress pie) on the icons. I highly recommend using this addon as I made the auras with it in mind. You can use the auras without OmniCC but you will need to change the auras as they don't display cooldown texts on their own. Let me know if you need help editing the auras for the OmniCC-free use.

 

Custom Borders, Fonts etc.

 

I use custom fonts and borders to complete the visuals of the auras. I created my own simple addon that will make them accessible for your addons (WeakAuras included).

You will "maybe" need an addon called LibSharedMedia

http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/libsharedmedia-3-0

I said maybe because chances are that some of your other addons already has it in itself. Install it only if you don't see the custom border/font.

 

ThatShamanTho Media

 

You will need this extremely simple addon in order to display the auras as intended as they are made with a custom border and font. Don't be afraid, the addon uses almost no memory, and if you want and will know/find out how, you can use the addon to add other media you want to use yourself (fonts, borders, backgrounds, textures, icons etc.) as the addon is extremely simple and serves a single purpose and I don't care if you edit it.

 

[uPDATED FOR 6.2]

http://www.mediafire.com/download/l45l4g6308u8uhm/ThatShamanThoMedia6.2.rar

 

This addon should add a border called Plain Border and a Prototype font. The Prototype font is free for personal use.

I personally also use the font in the OmniCC addon for a unified look.

Also adds few sound files.

 

You can change the sound notifications in the auras. If you'd like to but don't know how, ask an I'll help you.

 

Let me know if you run into any issues. Also reply your suggestions, any feedback is welcome.

Edited by Derienn
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Recently moved from Resto to Enhancement as main spec for my guild and I set up your WeakAuras above to help me manage my cooldowns. Still trying to get used to using them but really like the compact and clear set up! Thank you for the time and effort you put into making them. Good positioning, good size, well put together. Would recommend them to other shamans.

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I'm glad you found them useful. I've changed the auras several times since the time this was posted (definitely an upgrade, even more compact with added functionality). I will share the strings later this week after some finalizing.

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This UI looks absolutely amazing, so grats!

I was wondering if you could help me a bit, since I'm not really good with addon related stuff, the unit frames, I can't get it to look like yours, this refering to the HP for you and target, how can I fix this?Thanks in advance and greets from Chile!

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Hey, glad you liked the auras!

 

The unit frames in the video are made via Stuf Unit Frames addon. I made them vertical and customized them further to fit them into the background frames I made with the Weakauras. Any other similar addon (e.g. Shadowed Unit Frames) should be able to do the same thing.

 

Is there a way to export the profile for the Stuf Unit Frames addon?

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I have no idea, lol. I wish there was, because that Health bar in the side is just amazing, same with the target one, it's so clean! I'd love to be able to import that :/ Because not in a thousand years i'll be able to do that, lol

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It's late night here at the moment but I'll look into it tomorrow and I will either post a guide on how to replicate them or share my Stuf profile (in case I'll find out how).

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Ok. I really don't know if this will work or not.

 

Try installing the Stuf Unit Frames addon.

 

http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/stuf-unit-frames

 

Download this file

 

http://www.mediafire.com/download/y9yawks7ug7zi59/Stuf+Profile.rar

 

You will find 2 files in the .rar.

 

You should put them into>

 

World of Warcraft\WTF\Account\youraccountnumber\SavedVariables

 

If asked, overwrite any existing files of that name in the folder (this should wipe out your own settings for the Stuf addon, so make a copy of your original files if you want to keep them).

 

This should give you my exact settings. Report back if it worked or not.

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Looks amazing; can't wait to try it out tonight after work smile.png

 

Thanks for taking the time to post these for others to use too; very kind and much appreciated.

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Good luck raiding!

 

Please get back with any suggestions smile.png

 

Also, let me know of any problems you might run in to. Be it the icon not aligning properly, or an error in the functionality of the auras.

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Not had a chance to try it yet but had 1 (probably silly) question. I haven't been able to get the cooldown timers on buttons working properly with EoE and the double charge, does your interface let you know when SS or LL is useable or only (like mine does) when the first charge has regenerated?

 

I find that as I'm unsure of the CD that I spend a lot of time spamming buttons that don't do anything in the hope that maybe they do have a spare charge and will work. 

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The way it works with EotE is through colour saturation of the icons.

 

There are multiple states:

 

  1. Saturated Icon without the cooldown pie = 2 charges ready
  2. Saturated Icon displaying cooldown = 1 charge ready, 1 charge on cooldown
  3. Desaturated (grey) Icon displaying cooldown = both charges depleted and on cooldown

 

 

edit:

 

Look closely what happens during the 2 casts of Stormstrike here

https://youtu.be/Lnqao-DJwrs?t=2m48s

 

Do the auras work differently when you import them ?

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I was thinking of different ways of how to display multiple charges when using EotE and this came out as the most convenient to me. Otherwise there'd have to be multiple texts. One showing you the cooldown timer and another showing you the charge count.

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All set up and all working; can't see anything that doesn't behave as it should after a BRF run last night.

 

Thanks again for all your hard work :)

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i have been playing wow since 2005, my shamy got 380 played time and this is best Uİ i have ever seen, great job mate ill use it too if i get any trouble ill call you :))

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Hardly the best UI I could think of but it's still a work in progress.

 

Thank you for the encouragement, I'm glad you like it.

 

Good luck with the setup.

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Hi, I was wondering how I'd go about moving some of the spells around on the main frame and bottom frame?

Essentially I want to have the shock option at the front and move everything else right a spot to line up with my bars. 
Thanks

 

(new to use Weakauras sorry)

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      Because a plethora of questions surrounding aggro/threat are bound to come out of confusion. I'd like to first reference Kenco's words about how gaining aggro on a mob and overall threat functions in World of Warcraft.
      Now, let's examine shaman threat. They're on another tier when it comes to outputting threat, but demand a lot of dedication comparably to the more laxed tanks out there. With proper optimization, their threat is nearly equal to a pure protection warrior and in some situations just shy of a druid tank. Of course, the shorter a fight, the better, since a shaman can freely throw mana around without going out of mana as fast. Resulting in more dependable damage being dished out and correlates into predictable threat. Let's see how to get creatures more mad at you than unusual.
      Earth Shock is first as it deal a high amount of threat because of its 2x damage threat modifier. The downside is nature damage is burdened on three fronts: no warlock curses bolster it, a spell coefficient of 40.71% of the caster's spell damage and some raid content is somewhat resistant to nature. Lastly, downranking our spells is crucial in tanking to be cost-effective. Anything resembling an elemental (noticeable in MC) will have a high resistance to nature damage. All the Dragons of Nightmare are also immune to nature damage or tend to have the same high resistance to nature as to fire. The same applies for some creatures in: AQ, ZG and Naxx. Basically, if an environment has a disease or poison theme, expect nature damage to be hampered. Here's a chart to better explain the notion. Don't fret, items exist to counter this damage dampening downside, ex: Eye of Moam & the debuff from Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker helps with Earth Shock's damage by reducing the target's nature resistance. Frost Shock is used against nature immune targets. Frost Shock or referred as "FS" doesn't consume a debuff slot on a boss impervious to movement impairing effects (most bosses). There are additional ways to circumvent the lack of threat done against nature immune targets, which will be peppered throughout the upcoming topics. Rockbiter Weapon at rank7, is 72 threat per second on hit. With 2.6 speed weapon, each hit is: 2.6 * 72 = ~172 threat. Weapon speed won't matter, but haste does. Haste effects are wanted to counter nature defiant mobs & low percent chance to hit. Once at an auto attack DPS of ~140, Rockbiter isn't optimal, instead use Windfury Weapon. Players use fast daggers because of its higher chance to trigger the effect. Lightning Shield or known as "LS" imposes conditions to be cost effective. Firstly, LS is on the GCD and shouldn't be casted over other spells, such as: Earth Shock so weigh your mana and threat. Secondly, downranking LS is vital to conserve our resources and maintain productivity. Each charge of LS scales with 33% of total spell damage but can't crit. Oil of Immolation might not seem like much but floats around fourth on the list. It will interrupt your swing timer but not trigger a GCD. It's undeniably good before a boss pull or versus many mobs. Can be bought off the Auction House. Lightning Bolt or Chain Lightning (depending on number of mobs) will be the first spells dealing threat on the target. Downranking isn't as harsh or compulsory since these spells are only casted upon engaging a boss. Goblin Sapper Charge and similar bombs are great to deal more threat and a definite must against multiple mobs. The majority of bombs are made through Engineering with the exception of the last two in the list below:
         - Goblin Sapper Charge (It shares a 1 minute GCD w/other bombs)
        d threat from teammates is a  - Dark Iron Bomb will require you to stand still and a 1 second cast.
         - Crystal Charge this can be stacked up to 20 & used when moving.
         - Note: Not a bomb but Clutch of Foresight (shares CD with bombs) is an arcane spell, great versus fire resistant mobs. Major Rejuvenation Potion & similar potions are global and .5x of the amount replenished. Health and mana effects will not cause threat if at maximum capacity. Players on coherent battles will use a heal pot after Goblin Sapper Charge to deal a lot of threat. In order of threat, there is:
         - Major Rejuvenation Potion is the highest threat but can be costly.
         - Major Healthstone is next on the list and given to us by a warlock.
         - Major Mana Potion is buyable on AH. (Shares CD with the above)
         - Demonic Rune / Dark Rune (Shares a CD with the below item)
         - Night Dragon's Breath easy to acquire, so place them in the bank. Thorns is the highest damaging reflective effect. Typically, these type of buffs are great against many mobs but still have relevancy in single target scenarios. You can only have one reflective buff on you at a time with the exception: Gift of Arthas (debuff causes threat). The second highest damaging reflective effect is: Fire Shield. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
      Threat Diminishers
      We’ll be and threat from teammates is a daunting obstacle to tackle. Luckily, there are ways for classes to reduce their threat. Firstly, ranged classes are favored because any aggro they mistakenly get is likely from a 30-40yrd range, so it's easier to supervise. Also classes standing out of the 30-40yrd range will not draw aggro until they exceed the threat level of the mob's current target by 30% as opposed to 10% for melee classes. Here are a few examples of threat reducers or resets, in no particular order:
      Classear, except the weapon & drink mana. Placs:
      Rogue deal with threat thanks to Feint and wipe threat with Vanish. Mage have the talent Frost Channeling and the talent Burning Soul. Druid in cat form can use: Cower & healing druids can get Subtlety. Priest reduce threat with the talent Silent Resolve & the spell: Fade. Shaman who heal can get Healing Grace & use: Tranquil Air Totem. Items:
      Formula: Enchant Cloak - Subtlety: Used by high threat dealers in raids. Limited Invulnerability Potion: Will prevent aggro gain during its effect. Fetish of the Sand Reaver & Eye of Diminution: Available in AQ/Naxx. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
      Totems
      We’ll be asking our shamanistic brothers from the restoration side to land a hand with totem utility, so be kind and compliment each others advantages in the group. keep in mind, there can only be one type of totem per shaman so having another shaman is welcomed. Also, fire totems can crit & scale with spell damage. Each totem below is in order of importance per category.
      Earth
      Strength of Earth Totem: Put by a 2nd shaman w/Enhancing Totems. Stoneskin Totem: Dropped by us or 2nd shaman w/Guardian Totems. Stoneclaw Totem: For AoE tanking a mob in a pack you don't have aggro. Earthbind Totem: A tool for kiting possible unbound trash in an instance. Tremor Totem: This totem will see some relevancy on a few boss battles. Fire
      Frost Resistance Totem: Ideal for fights with high doses of frost damage. Fire Nova Totem: Usually for bursting down low HP adds on encounters. Searing Totem: Damage totems are costly since they don't grant threat. Magma Totem: Superb for AoE damage on high HP adds in encounters. Flametongue Totem: A weak enchant incomparable to other enchants. Air
      Grace of Air Totem: Optimally, put by a shaman w/Enhancing Totems. Nature Resistance Totem: To counteract nature damage, mainly ZG/AQ. Tranquil Air Totem: All raid party groups should have this, except yours. Grounding Totem: Sadly, this totem will rarely if ever used when tanking. Windwall Totem: Never used. I don't recommend purchasing this totem. Windfury Totem: Our Rockbiter enchant is better. But it may help others. Water
      Mana Spring Totem: Usually, put by a shaman w/Restorative Totems. Healing Stream Totem: Place if the before totem is put by a 2nd shaman. Poison Cleansing Totem: Good against a high poison output, ex: AQ/ZG. Fire Resistance Totem: Ideal versus high amounts of fire damage, ex MC. Disease Cleansing Totem: Unfortunately, it will rarely see the light of day. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
      Talents
      Naturally, if you're only doing dungeons the road ahead is much easier and there's more freedom to move talent points. However, raid tanking follows strict guidelines to be effective. The last two talent setups assume you're in a serious guild who confidently clear raids.
      "The Basic"- 14/37/0

      The new player starter pack in 5mans. Pick if unsure of an upcoming boss fight or are still learning about dungeon shaman tanking. "The AoE" - 23/28/0

      For tanking many targets at a time in raids. It mainly uses Chain Lightning alongside Eye of the Storm for threat. Against +3 mobs, see: AoE Tanking. "The Advanced"- 21/30/0

      For Raid Tanking. The highest threat setup & for mobs resilient or immune to nature damage. Good gear and a solid knowledge of tanking is needed. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
      Rotation
      First, on the list is a simple dungeon tank rotation and we’ll be presuming the boss fight is simple.
      Pre-pull: Cast Lightning Shield and assure all possible buffs are present and max duration. Next, place the appropriate totems. Lastly, if it hasn't been done get the addon: KTM Threat, it displays the threat of members. A scenario can turn ugly quick, so watch KTM often. At any moment, you need to be sure of the fitting Earth Shock rank to use. Pulling: Cast Lightning Bolt/Chain Lightning and Earth Shock. If all goes smoothly, Earth Shock again and turn the boss away from the group. If the boss suddenly targets someone or drops aggro, use rank7 Earth shock to aggro them. For future threat problems, see: Threat. Second is a complex rotation mainly for raid tanking, it has great results but requires good gear, buff, etc... Naturally, if you aren't able to perform every single action below don't get discouraged, its mostly to showcase the maximum potential possible.
      Pre-pull: Cast Rank7 Lightning Shield. Place Stoneclaw Totem in front of you & back up 25-30yrds. (It will later halt the boss for 0.5 seconds or the boss hits it) Place Mana Spring Totem. Activate Oil of immolation. Pulling: Equip a spell damage weapon, ex: Staff of Dominance and cast Lightning Bolt, while the bolt travels, equip a healing weapon (ex: Will of Arlokk). As the bolt hits, Cast R6 Lesser Healing Wave on a warlock who recently Life Tap. Equip all normal tanking gear. Immediately after cast R7 Earth Shock. Activate Juju Flurry and Juju Escape, if the situation is ideal. Repeat the appropriate rank Earth Shock until boss is dead. Situational: If mana allows it, cast a suitable rank of Lightning Shield. If mana is foreseeably a problem, use Oil of immolation often. If mana is foreseeably an issue but threat isn't also cast R1 Frost Shock. Note: Versus nature immune bosses, to pull: use Magic Candle (equip spell damage weapon). After, follow the healing-threat tactic above & cast Lesser Healing Wave as much as possible until the boss is at melee range than Frost Shock. If more threat is needed: Flame Shock instead. MUST need Flame Buffet (don't bother otherwise) & similar debuffs. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
      Buffs
      Prioritize obtaining Defensive buffs before acquiring Threat related buffs. Agility for example has the added byproduct of helping with defensive and threat measures. Generally, off-tanks or known as "OT", take less damage, therefore, it's not fully needed to aim for Defensive buffs. Also, some buffs are unobtainable due to certain patch restrictions or unable to stack with others. There is a max of 32 buffs: Talents, Set bonuses & Equip effects don't count. But Gear enchants count with exceptions: (Crusader enchant and enchants from the profession enchanting don't count.) Resistance enchants however need to be reconfirmed as they make it seem now like those should count. Let's move on and explore relevant buffs to our tanking duties. The following buffs are classified into sub-groups to better highlight their usefulness and showcase different options.
      Threat Increasing Buffs
      Rallying Cry of the Dragonslayer: Gnomish Shrink Ray: (can backfire increasing group's attack power) Fengus' Ferocity: From Dire Maul. Trueshot Aura: +50 Attack power. Battle Shout: (Improved by Battlegear of Wrath (3/3) tier set bonus) Juju Might: +40 Attack power. (from repeatable Winterspring quest) Sayge's Dark Fortune of Agility: +10% Agility. From Darkmoon Faire. Ground Scorpok Assay: +25 Agility. Elixir of the Mongoose: +25 Agility, +2% Melee Crit. Grace of Air Totem: +77 Agility (effect is increased through a shaman talent) Call of the Raptor: +12 Agility for 30min. (non-repeatable quest reward item) Grilled Squid: +10 Agility for 10min. (does not stack with other food buffs) Strength of Earth Totem: (effect is increased through a shaman talent) Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian: (can't stack w/Moonkin Form) Slip'kik's Savvy: From Dire Maul. Moonkin Form: +3% Spell Crit. Headmaster's Charge: +20 Intellect. Arcane Intellect: +31 Intellect. Gnomish Battle Chicken: Upon attacking it might give party +5% Attack Speed for 4 min. Warchief's Blessing: Fist of Shahram (Blackblade of Shahram) : +25% haste to party for 8sec. Juju Flurry: +3% Attack Speed for 20 sec. (Others can cast it on you) Swift Wind: (Only receivable upon finishing the Call of Air totem quest) Mana Spring Totem: +10 mana every 2 sec. (Only causes threat if you cast) Mageblood Potion: +12 mana per 5 sec. (regen effect doesn't cause threat) Innervate: Increases Mana regen by 400% for 20 sec. Oil of Immolation: 50 Fire dmg to target within 5yds every 3 sec for 15 sec. Lightning Shield: (Scales with spell damage) Static Barrier: From Electromagnetic Gigaflux Reactivator. Crystal Spire: (From a repeatable quest & anyone can cast it on you) Fire Shield: Deals 13 Fire dmg to melee attackers. Thorns: (Improved by Cenarion Raiment (3/3) tier set bonus ) Brilliant Wizard Oil: On a swappable weapon for the pulling of a mob. Blessed Wizard Oil: Ideal for Scholomance, Stratholme & Naxx. Flask of Supreme Power: (Can't stack w/Titans, so choose wisely.) Greater Arcane Elixir: +20 dmg dealt from spells & abilities. Traces of Silithyst: +5% damage to melee, range and spell damage dealt. Power Infusion: The target receives +20% spell damage & healing for 15 sec. Songflower Serenade: Boost melee, ranged, or spell to crit 5%, +15 all stats. Mark of the Chosen: 2% chance when hit of increasing all stats by 25. Spirit of Zandalar: +10% move speed, +15% all stats. Mark of the Wild: +384 armor, +12 all attributes,+27 all resistance. Elixir of Greater Firepower: Bolster fire damage by up to 40 for 30 min. Blessing of Blackfathom: +5 intellect & spirit. +15 frost damage. Elixir of Frost Power: Increases spell frost damage by up to 15 for 30 min. Dragonbreath Chili: (scales with spell damage and fire increasing buffs) Defensive-Buffs
       Sayge's Dark Fortune of Stamina: +10% Stamina (+10% Armor also exists)  Dirge's Kickin' Chimaerok Chops: (can't stack w/other food buffs)  Rumsey Rum Black Label: From Booty Bay.  Power Word: Fortitude: +54 Stamina.  Mol'dar's Moxie: +15% Stamina overall.  Spirit of Zanza: +50 Stamina, +50 spirit.  Blood Pact: +42 Stamina.  Flask of the Titans: +1200 Hp.  Elixir of Fortitude: +120 Hp.  Regrowth: From the (6/6) Dreamwalker Raiment tier set bonus.  The Lion Horn of Stormwind: (a friendly tank can activate it for you.)  Greater Stoneshield Potion: +2000 Armor for 2min.  Elixir of Superior Defense: +450 Armor.  Polished Armor: (AWAITING CONFIRMATION OF ITS EXISTENCE)  Crystal Ward: From repeatable quest in Un'Goro Crater. (allies can also cast on you)  Inspiration: Increases armor by 25% for 15 sec.  Power Word: Shield: Absorb 1105 dmg for 30 sec. While active...  Scarab Brooch: (Healers can trigger its effect on you before a fight)  Greater Heal Renew: From the (4/4) Vestments of Faith tier set bonus.  Bloodkelp Elixir of Dodging: +3% dodge for 30 min. (one time usable item)  Juju Escape: +5% Dodge for 10 sec.  Healing Stream Totem: Doesn't cause threat for you.  Greater Heal Renew: From (8/8) Vestments of Transcendence tier set.  Rejuvenation: Heal for 888 over 12 sec.  Regrowth: Heal for 1064 over 21 sec.  Renew: Heal for 970 damage over 15 sec.  Stoneskin Totem: Reduce melee damage taken by 30.  Dampen Magic: Useful for magical heavy fights.  Amplify Magic: Useful for physically heavy fights. Resistance Buffs
       Greater Fire Protection Potion: Absorbs fire damage.  Fire Resistance Totem: +60 fire resistance.  Frozen Rune: Absorbs 1500 to 2500 fire damage.  Juju Ember: +15 fire resistance for 10 min.  Greater Frost Protection Potion: Absorbs frost damage.  Frost Resistance Totem: +60 frost resistance.  Juju Chill: +15 frost resistance for 10 min.  Greater Nature Protection Potion: Absorbs nature damage.  Nature Resistance Totem: +60 nature resistance.  Greater Shadow Protection Potion: Absorbs shadow damage.  Crystal Basilisk Spine: +10 Shadow resistance & Frost for 1 min.  Gift of Arthas: +10 Shadow resistance for 30 min. Mind Control Buffs
      It is possible for an Alliance priest to use  Mind Control or someone with engineering to use the head slot item  Gnomish Mind Control Cap versus players on the Horde. For that duration the mind controlled Horde character is now considered an Alliance player. This allows the character to receive buffs from paladins. In the many guild raids I’ve taken part, we'd have 2-3 players on their paladins and priests stationed near the raid entrance for mind control buffing. It's also possible for a priest of any faction to Mind Control certain mobs, which can dish out buffs to all raid members.
      Greater Blessing of Sanctuary: (Will stack w/Stoneskin Totem) Greater Blessing of Wisdom: (Will stack w/Mana Spring Totem). Greater Blessing of Salvation: (can't stack w/Tranquil Air Totem). Greater Blessing of Might: (can't stack w/Strength of Earth Totem) Greater Blessing of Kings: +10% to all stats for 15 min. Improved Lay on Hands: Possible once it expires to go outside to get re-buffed then re-enter the instance & summoned back to allies. BONUS: You can get Fear Ward from dwarf priests and if survivability is secured Curse of Recklessness from horde warlocks. Mind Control Buffs from mobs
       Fury of Ragnaros: From Twilight Emissary in BRD.  Resist Arcane: From Scarlet Medic in Plaguelands.  Resist Fire: From Scarshield Spellbinder in BWL.  Bloodlust: From Gordok Mage-Lord in DM.  Bloodlust: From Hamhock in Stockades. Special Event Buffs:
      On an ending note for buffs, we can also get buffs from special events. An example, is The Midsummer Fire Festival an event celebrating the hottest season of the year. It lasts about two weeks (mid-late June to early July). The next ones are Love is in the Air, Lunar Festival, Wickerman Festival and Scourge Invasion. The following buffs are separated by their event.
      Thunder Bluff Gift Collection: +30 Intellect for 1 hour. Ironforge Gift Collection: +30 Intellect for 1 hour. Stormwind Gift Collection: +30 Intellect for 1 hour. Undercity Gift Collection: +30 Intellect for 1 hour. Orgrimmar Gift Collection: +30 Agility for 1 hour. Darnassus Gift Collection: +30 Agility for 1 hour. Fire Festival Fortitude: (stacks w/stamina buffs above) Midsummer Sausage: Bolsters damage from spells by up to 23. Fire-toasted Bun: +2% hit chance for 1 hr. Fire Festival Fury: +3% spell and melee crit for 1 hr. Elderberry Pie: +13 defense for 1 hr. Buttermilk Delight: +13 defense for 1 hr. Very Berry Cream: Bolsters damage from spells by up to 23. Dark Desire: +2% hit chance for 1 hr. Celebrate Good Times!: +10% to all stats for 30min. Elune's Blessing: All stats increased by 10% for 1hr. Wickerman Festival (October 18th - November 1st) Invocation of the Wickerman: +25% health & mana regen. +25% stamina. Scourge Invasion Soul Revival: +10% to all damage caused for 30 minutes. Debuffs
      There can be a total of 16 debuffs on a boss. Having as many debuffs on a raid boss is crucial. All debuffs on the list below benefit us in either Threat or Defensive aspects and assumed to be at their maximum rank and talent improvement. The following debuffs are placed into sub-groups to better highlight their utility and showcase different options.
      Curse of Recklessness: - 290 armor but bolsters melee attack power by 45. Expose Armor: (can't stack w/Sunder Armor but it reduce more armor). Sunder Armor: Reduces armor by 450. Can be applied up to 5 times. Annihilator: Reduces an enemy's armor by 200. Stacks up to 3 times. Faerie Fire: Reduces armor by 505 for 40 sec. Improved Shadow Bolt: Curse of Shadow: Reduces Shadow & Arcane resistances by 75... Shadow Weaving: Wail of the Banshee: (affected by spell hit, usually casted by healers.) Insect Swarm: Reduces target's chance to hit by 2%... Thunderfury, Blessed Blade: (can't stack w/Thunder Clap) Thunder Clap: (can't stack w/Thunderfury's slow effect) Improved Scorch: To increase Flame Shock's damage (niche scenario). Flame Buffet: To increase Flame Shock's damage (niche scenario). Curse of the Elements: -75 resistance to Fire & Frost and increase Fire... Winter's Chill: To increase Frost Shock's damage (niche scenario). Stormstrike: Next 2 sources of Nature damage dealt are increased by 20%. Gift of Arthas: If a target strikes you, they have a 30% chance... Nightfall: Spell damage taken by target increased by 15% for 5 sec. Demoralizing Shout: Reduce attack power of mobs by 140 for 30 sec. Curse of Weakness: (effect is increased through a warlock talent) Gear
      If unsure of guild or group performance, carry several focused gear sets: Stamina set, Dodge set & Armor set to cater to any possible encounter. Certain pieces of gear from PvP through Honor Ranking remains the best forever but demands a large amount of Honor grinding.
      Below is a Gear Spreadsheet to help with gear progression.
      - Gear Spreadsheet Link Below are BiS sets by Phase for defensive aspects, see above for threat gear.
      - PreRaid          AoE
      - Phase 1          AoE              Fire resist
      - Phase 2       (no PvP)              AoE
      - Phase 3       (no PvP)
      - Phase 4       (no PvP)           Nature Resist
      - Phase 5       (no PvP)           Nature Resist for Huhuran
      - Phase 6       (no PvP)           Nature Resist Enchants
      Similar to gear, enchants must be tailored against the specific boss you will be facing. Allies can also help us, by enchanting their own cloak with Formula: Enchant Cloak - Subtlety.
      Here is the Enchant Spreadsheet Link. Tank Comparison
      To showcase our max potential a full BiS geared and buffed shaman will be the closest in stats to approach a Druid tank. Let's look at the stats to see the differences. As a guideline, the Example Druid Tank below is BiS/buffed and able to clear most bosses with no issue. A shaman like other tanks tailors his gear versus the boss they're facing. Obviously, the Example Druid Tank can reach higher numbers and has a plethora of defensive spells, but the goal is to showcase the class with the closest similarity to a shaman in stats across the board that gets the job done in high-end raids.

      Druids have the luxury of having multiple categories covered and a broader safety net on top of having access to join Alliance for the added advantage of paladins spells, while shaman tanks are required to significantly maximize a specific category for a certain boss.done in high-end raids.
      Now, let's explores the threat generated by other classes to showcase where shaman tanks stand. Remember, threat depends on gear, boss, etc... But in general, the current standing of tanks that can do the most threat are:
      Feral Druid/Warrior. Paladin/Enh Shaman. Dem warlock. Priest tanks AoE Tanking
      Although I slightly talked about it in "Talents". Let me go into more detail here.
      Against 3 targets and/or dungeons, AoE tanking is about Chain Lightning proccing with Eye of the Storm as the main conduit to deal damage and preserve threat on 3 targets. Because it isn't possible to dodge, block, parry while casting, this method is suggested versus mobs dealing little to moderate damage. Against heavy hitting targets it's advisable to grab the weapon Hand of Edward the Odd and wait for its procs to cast. If you don't foresee a random mob being aggroed by someone, cast R1 Frost Shock to save mana and increase the proc chance of Elemental Devastation and Elemental Focus. This is all done while auto attacking a different target after every 4-5 melee hit. Items such as Skull Flame Shield, Force Reactive Disk, Oil of Immolation are beneficial. With a coordinated raid group, it's possible to heal designated players as they "stand in fire" in between boss melee swings. Another way for players to intentionally receive damage is for designated warlocks to use Life Tap alongside items, such as Demonic Rune or Goblin Sapper Charge. Equipping a weapon with bolstering healing attributes such as: Hammer of the Twisting Nether before healing a member wield yield more threat. Raid Composition
      Raid composition differs with each boss but is seen as a skill that evolves over time and reflects the playstyle of a guild or raid. The following composition is an example with minor exceptions differing from the norm. By no means is it perfect since compositions change along side: patches, gear, experience, etc... With the raid leader's permission offer your advice on an ideal comp catering to your needs without overstepping.

      In (Group 1): A fellow tank in your party can equip The Lion Horn of Stormwind, granted the trinket slot isn't needed for anything else. A bear can replace a prot warrior in the tank party, if the raid is comfortable enough with the idea and could probarbly use an emergency Innervate or Rebirth Also, only bring the bare minimum of tanks. This will open a spot for either: a lock with Blood Pact, or a hunter with Trueshot Aura. Rogues are favored over fury warrior, they Feint, Sprint, Evasion and Vanish to manage their threat/aggro. Feral cat druids can offer similar utilities as a bear and can Cower and Dash to manage their threat/aggro. Discipline priest with experience and ease of mind may occasionally throw a Power Infusion on a shaman tank during the pull phase. In (Group 6): The shaman is elemental since healing is not an issue and we are relying mostly on Tranquil Air Totem. In the situation, you are taking too much damage this spot can be replaced by a restoration shaman. In (Group 7): A mage could be replaced by a shadow weaving healing priest. In (Group 8): Mages gravitate to Fire Specialization after AQ but keeping a single mage as Frost with the talent Winter's Chill is advisable. A rogue can be replaced by a melee hunter on Nightfall duty. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Thanks for Reading! If you have any questions regarding shaman tanking, feel free to drop by the Twitch stream to chat.
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