Balance Druid DPS Easy Mode — Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1

Last updated on Oct 17, 2020 at 12:56 by Bora 11 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Balance Druid in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.

1.

Foreword

This page is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous subtleties and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

2.

The Basics of Balance Druids

Balance Druid is a caster specialization that deals good single and multi-target DPS, but has a slightly difficult/demanding rotation which when optimized requires both reactive gameplay and pre-planning to master.

Your main goal for maximum DPS is Astral Power management. The difference between having Astral Power for Starfall Icon Starfall and not or not being able to frontload Starsurge Icon Starsurges is large one.

For more information about your spells and their interactions, please refer to our spell summary page.

3.

Talent Choice for Balance Druids

The following talent choices are effectively best in all situations but some niche situations.

If you are looking for a more detailed analysis of each talent and the situations in which it could be taken, check out the full talents page below.

4.

Stat Choice for Balance Druids

Currently, you will want to prioritize stats as follows:

  1. Intellect;
  2. Mastery;
  3. Haste;
  4. Critical Strike;
  5. Versatility.

Stats for Balance Druid are generally pretty straightforward but for more details on how each stat interacts with the kit and how stat weights can change, head to the full stats page on the link below.

5.

Basic Rotation for Balance Druids

The general Balance Druid rotation is based on the following priority list. This is the priority for single target. Solar is the prefered single target Eclipse Icon Eclipse state.

  1. Apply and maintain Moonfire Icon Moonfire, Sunfire Icon Sunfire, and Stellar Flare Icon Stellar Flare (if talented) on the target(s).
  2. Cast two unempowered fillers (Wrath Icon Wrath or Starfire Icon Starfire) to enter the appropriate Eclipse Icon Eclipse state.
  3. Cast Starsurge Icon Starsurge when available. This stacks up damage for your filler.
  4. Cast any remaining short Cooldowns such as Fury of Elune Icon Fury of Elune, Warrior of Elune Icon Warrior of Elune, or Force of Nature Icon Force of Nature.
  5. Cast the Eclipse Icon Eclipse appropriate filler to try to fill up your Astral Power for the next Eclipse Icon Eclipse.
  6. Repeat the process steps 2, 3, and 5.

At all times, you should avoid generating Astral Power when you are at maximum capacity.

Lunar is the prefered multi-target and cleave Eclipse Icon Eclipse state.

  1. Maintain Starfall Icon Starfall to consume Astral Power.
  2. Apply and maintain Moonfire Icon Moonfire, Sunfire Icon Sunfire on all targets if they will live longer than 8-seconds.
  3. Keep Fury of Elune Icon Fury of Elune (if talented) on cooldown.
  4. Cast two unempowered fillers (Wrath Icon Wrath or Starfire Icon Starfire) to enter the appropriate Eclipse Icon Eclipse state.
  5. Cast Starsurge Icon Starsurge when available. Try to keep enough Astral Power for Starfall Icon Starfall when its low duration.
  6. Cast the Eclipse Icon Eclipse appropriate filler to try to fill up your Astral Power for the next Eclipse Icon Eclipse.

For some more nuanced tricks, head over to our full Rotation page below.

6.

Azerite Traits for Balance Druids

Arcanic Pulsar Icon Arcanic Pulsar is a strong trait that increases Starsurge Icon Starsurge damage. When paired with Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection, it makes for high cooldown uptime and stacking them leads to major league Starsurges.

Streaking Stars Icon Streaking Stars is most likely going to be strong going forward as well. It will be worse given the increase in priority over Mastery but still easily viable.

Secondary stats are still very usable. Heart of Darkness Icon Heart of Darkness, Tradewinds Icon Tradewinds, Swirling Sands Icon Swirling Sands among others will be viable in all content.

Azerite Gear in the Shadowlands pre-patch could still have some interesting interactions with the kit depending on how certain things are scaled down by Blizzard. For more explanations on what is good, head to our Azerite Trait page.

7.

Essence Choice for Balance Druids

We receive some major power boosts in the form of Azerite Essences. Each Essence has a Major and Minor effect. Below are some of the strong Essence effects for Balance Druid:

7.1.

Major Essences

There are three over performing Major Essences for the pre-patch:

  • Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection is still a great choice in raids. While we have leaned away from Streaking Stars Icon Streaking Stars a bit in pre-patch, our cooldown still remains strong with what we have.
  • Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance is our go-to Mythic+ Essence especially if you can convince another to use it as well. The cooldown can be used once a pack in higher keys and every other in low keys, the burst of Intellect helps facilitate a high burst window.
  • Guardian of Azeroth Icon Guardian of Azeroth is comaprable to Visions. This Essence can be better with fight durations not suiting Visions, as well as if you drop any Streaking Stars Icon Streaking Stars traits.
7.2.

Minor Essences

The minors have also changed a bit, here are the best Minor Essences of the prepatch:

  • Strife Icon Strife still gives enough Versatility to be good in all situations.
  • Ancient Flame Icon Ancient Flame is out-performing Reaping Flames Icon Reaping Flames on overall damage output and since we no longer need the Corruption resistance, can be swapped into its place in most situations.
  • Lethal Strikes Icon Lethal Strikes is still a high single target DPS output minor and is used on most single target dominant fights in raids.
  • Blood-Soaked Icon Blood-Soaked is the Mythic+ and overall multi-target choice with its stack gain faster on multi-target with DoT and Starfall Icon Starfall ticks.

See the Balance Druid Azerite Essences page for a full ranking of each Essence.

8.

Cooldowns for Balance Druids

Your only cooldown is Celestial Alignment Icon Celestial Alignment (or Incarnation: Chosen of Elune Icon Incarnation: Chosen of Elune if you talent it). You should aim to use these cooldowns as many times as possible throughout an encounter. Ideally, you can also time it so that it is active if a boss takes increased damage.

9.

Changelog

  • 17 Oct. 2020: Updated Essence Choice section.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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