Shaman PvP Guides for TBC Classic
Welcome to our PvP Shaman hub for TBC Classic. Here you will find overviews of all viable PvP Shaman specs, learn about their strengths, weaknesses and best consumables and professions, as well as macros and addons for Shamans.
You can also find links to the detailed specialization guides below.
Core Concepts for Shamans in TBC Classic PvP
Being a Shaman in TBC Classic PvP can be a completely different experience, based on your talents:
- Elemental-focused Shamans are all about dealing sustained damage from afar with Lightning Bolt, which is occasionally followed by Chain Lightning and Earth Shock for massive burst. They are also good supports.
- Enhancement-focused Shamans are also all about dealing massive burst damage, but in melee and randomly, with Windfury Weapon.
- Restoration-focused Shamans are all about supporting your allies, both through Totems and your healing spells, especially Lesser Healing Wave.
Shamans are also a healer's worst nightmare with their ability to consistently interrupt heals from afar with Earth Shock, Purge off their buffs / heals-over-time and ability to cause unhealable bursts of damage with Windfury and their spells.
Beyond learning how Shaman plays, you will also want to learn how the classes you are facing play, as knowing which abilities and cooldowns they can use and how to disrupt them is key to victory!
Elemental Shaman PvP in TBC Classic
With the introduction of the Resilience stat, Elemental Shaman lost a lot of the Critical-Strike-driven burst potential that characterized it in WoW Classic, and it still relies on cast times in order to get damage off, which leaves it vulnerable to disruption.
You should make good use of control tools, such as Frost Shock and Earth Shock, as well as Grounding Totem and Earthbind Totem in order to keep enemies away from you. Purge and the new Bloodlust are also key components to your team's success in PvP.
Our guide below will take you through what you need to know in order to play as Elemental in TBC Classic PvP.
Enhancement Shaman PvP Talent Build
Resilience also negatively affects Enhancement Shaman due to their reliance on windfury critical strikes in order to kill enemies before they can heal, since Enhancement lacks a Mortal Strike effect.
You have access to the same tools listed above, such as Frost Shock, Earth Shock, Grounding Totem, Earthbind Totem, Purge, and Bloodlust, but also a powerful defensive tool in Shamanistic Rage which you can use to relieve pressure on yourself.
Our guide below will take you through what you need to know in order to play as Enhancement in TBC Classic PvP.
Restoration Shaman PvP Talent Build
Unlike the other Shaman specs, Resilience is a great benefit to Restoration Shamans, allowing them to survive for much longer against stun combos and enemy burst damage!
They also have multiple great PvP tools such as Earth Shock, Grounding Totem, Purge, and Bloodlust, as well as the new Earth Shield which heals the target, even when you cannot due to being stunned, interrupted, or in other forms of crowd control.
Our guide below will take you through what you need to know in order to play as Restoration in TBC Classic PvP.
Shaman PvP Macros and Addons
Macros and Addons can greatly benefit your gameplay, especially in PvP where split-second decisions translate to wins. Macros lessen the time it takes for you to perform an action by combining two or more commands into a single button. Addons increase the amount of information you are receiving, allowing you to make better decisions on the fly.
We list below our guides for Shaman-specific Addons and Macros. While many of these are targeted toward PvE, they can also be quite useful for PvP.
PvP Shaman Professions in TBC
Engineering is no longer nearly as good as it was in WoW Classic as only rocket boots and the shield belt can be used inside the Arena, but it is still the best profession for world PvP and Battlegrounds. The Epic goggles that will be coming in Season 2 are also great, especially due to their increased stealth detection perk.
Tailoring gives you Netherweave Net, which could be great for Shamans, but cannot be used inside Arenas. Leatherworking has great crafted gear for PvE, but this gear has relatively low Stamina and no Resilience, making it only useful until you get some proper PvP gear.
Enchanting is always a recommended profession, as it increases your throughput with its ring enchants with no downsides.
None of the other professions have any special PvP benefits.
PvP Shaman Consumables in TBC
Consumables are not as important in TBC as they used to be in WoW Classic, as Battlegrounds and World PvP are considerably less relevant with the introduction of the Arena.
In the Arena, you cannot use any sort of consumables, can only use the rocket boots and shield belt — both of which can fail — from Engineering, and the only water you can drink is Mage water or Star's Tears, which you should always carry.
The potions listed below have a 2-minute shared cooldown and do not work inside the Arena. Bandages work in the Arena, but apply a debuff that prevents the use of another bandage for 1 minute.
- Heavy Netherweave Bandage
- Super Healing Potion
- Free Action Potion
- Living Action Potion
- Swiftness Potion
- Invisibility Potion
Noggenfogger Elixir is also a popular consumable used for PvP. When you drink it, it will do one of three things: make you smaller, turn you into a skeleton, or cast a Slow Fall spell on you. The shrink effect can be useful to make it harder for players to see and target you, and the Slow Fall can allow you to jump off high places and not die, while attackers will not be able to follow.
Shaman Arena Compositions
If you are interested in learning more about a variety of Arena compositions featuring a Shaman and its relative strength in PvP, please consult our guides on them below:
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