Balance Druid Frequently Asked Questions — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

Last updated on Dec 17, 2018 at 22:44 by Bora 40 comments

On this page, we go over several of the most frequently asked questions regarding Balance Druid in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1. This will be updated as more common repeated questions surface over the course of the expansion.

1. What are the Best Azerite Setups?

There are three really strong setups for Patch 8.1.

The first setup can be looted entirely from Uldir. The helm from Mythrax will have Arcanic Pulsar Icon Arcanic Pulsar, the shoulders from Zul will have Archive of the Titans Icon Archive of the Titans, which will enable your Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array, and finally the chest from G'huun will have Streaking Stars Icon Streaking Stars. This setup can be used for every boss in Uldir and will be your primary raiding setup.

For Mythic+, running three Lively Spirit Icon Lively Spirit is still the most optimal for grouped combat. If you can not get three Lively Spirit traits, another strong setup is triple Archive of the Titans Icon Archive of the Titans. Archive of the Titans pieces are much easier to obtain and are strong all around damage traits.

2. How good is Balance Druid in Battle for Azeroth (Patch 8.1)?

Balance Druid is looking to be a very strong class on all fronts in Patch 8.1. It has strong single target, powerful DoTs for multi-target, and has kept all of its class utility. For our list of strengths and weaknesses, check our Introduction page.

3. Why is Mastery Good Now?

Mastery was buffed in the latest patch to grant full effectiveness to both Starsurge Icon Starsurge and Solar Empowerment Icon Solar Empowerment. This brings Mastery more in line with the other stats and most importantly, above Versatility.

4. Is there a Haste cap for Balance Druid?

There are no Haste caps for Balance Druids. All damage-over-time effects scale dynamically with your Haste and other stats. There are also no effects that require you to reach any specific amount of Haste. For the best results, you should sim using Raidbots.

5. When Do I Use Twin Moons?

The Twin Moons Icon Twin Moons nerf mainly affected its use on few targets. We will still be using Twin Moon when we have to frequently apply Moonfire Icon Moonfire to many mobs (3+).

6. What Gear, Trinkets, Azerite is Best?

There are so many things that affect which pieces of gear we equip. From what type of content we are doing, to the quality of the piece, to the slot it is equipped in.

There are two main ways to approach gearing. The first is logic and the second knowledge. Generally, you can use some checkmarks to decide if a piece is good or not. Is it within a reasonable item level, did it roll a socket? For trinkets, is it a damage proc which is normally good on single target, or a stat proc which can be good in all situations? How good is the Azerite Trait, does it have a good Middle Ring, if it is a bad trait, does it have a higher item level? Learning the class will help you through most obvious gearing puzzles.

The most accurate way is through simming your character through Raidbots. The Top Gear section allows you to select a variety of different gear and Azerite Traits and sims all possible variations and combinations within its limits.

7. Which race is best for Balance Druid?

In Patch 8.1, all the different races are very close to each other in terms of DPS. For the exact sims, check our Simulations page.

For Horde, Troll offers burst damage via Berserking Icon Berserking, while Highmountain Tauren and regular Tauren offer mobility, tankiness, and crowd control for slightly weaker damage passive effects.

For Alliance, Night Elves offer shifting passive damage effects that increase Critical Strike or Haste. Worgens trade some damage from only having a Critical Strike passive for some increased mobility.

8. Changelog

  • 17 Dec. 2018: Added several additional questions and answers.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: Added for Patch 8.1.
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