Season of Discovery Enhancement Shaman Tank Talents and Runes

Last updated on Feb 08, 2024 at 02:00 by Seksixeny 12 comments

On this page, you will find out the best PvE talents for your Enhancement Shaman Tank in WoW Classic — Season of Discovery, as well as advised runes.

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Shaman Tank Talent Build

While you can also go with a Elemental Focus Icon Elemental Focus build, going deep into Enhancement is our preference, especially now that Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike is reachable.

You will always want to take Shield Specialization Icon Shield Specialization to add survivability and more Shield Mastery Icon Shield Mastery procs on tough encounters. Anticipation Icon Anticipation and Parry Icon Parry further add to that survivability buffer, and the bottom part of the tree helps make your threat generation even stronger!

The main floating talents for the build would be the totem-enhancing ones, as Enhancing Totems Icon Enhancing Totems and Improved Weapon Totems Icon Improved Weapon Totems can both be useful, as long as your group needs these totems. In that case, move points from Anticipation Icon Anticipation into them as necessary.

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  • Gloves — Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash (ST) or Molten Blast Icon Molten Blast (AoE) or Water Shield Icon Water Shield (Mana)
  • Pants — Way of Earth Icon Way of Earth
  • Chest — Shield Mastery Icon Shield Mastery (Survivability) or Dual Wield Specialization Icon Dual Wield Specialization (Threat)
  • Waist — Fire Nova IconFire Nova (AoE), Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon (ST) or Power Surge Icon Power Surge (Mana)
  • Feet — Spirit of the Alpha Icon Spirit of the Alpha (if not available from other Shaman) or Decoy Totem Icon Decoy Totem

Tank Shamans have the luxury of having a huge amount of viable runes to choose from. Other than Way of Earth Icon Way of Earth, every rune slot is a decision. Molten Blast Icon Molten Blast is fantastic for burst threat, especially in AoE scenarios, but also consumes a lot of Mana and prevents you from using Water Shield Icon Water Shield to sustain your Mana.

Shield Mastery Icon Shield Mastery is great for added survivability and helps with Mana on large AoE pulls but Dual Wield Specialization Icon Dual Wield Specialization provides so much free Hit that it is a massive threat and DPS boost, if you can afford to dual-wield tank your next encounter, that is.

The Waist slot is the one with most viable options available. Fire Nova IconFire Nova provides excellent AoE damage and threat, Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon unlocks the usage of spells while tanking (whether for self-healing or added damage) and Power Surge Icon Power Surge provides even more Mana while also occasionally granting instant offensive spell casts.

Finally, the Feet slot is quite straightforward: Spirit of the Alpha Icon Spirit of the Alpha should always be taken if you do not have an alternative way to obtain this buff in your group, but if you will already be getting it from other Shaman in the group, just get Decoy Totem Icon Decoy Totem for the small defensive and movement benefits.

More engravings are likely to come out as we reach higher level caps so make sure to double check our Shaman rune guide to know where to get the currently recommended runes and learn about future runes as they are made available.

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Changelog

  • 08 Feb. 2024: Updated talents, runes and explanation text for Phase 2.
  • 17 Dec. 2023: Completely reworked talents, adjusting them to the current meta.
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