Balance Druid DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

Last updated on Dec 10, 2018 at 19:50 by Bora 40 comments

Welcome to our Balance Druid guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1. Here, you will learn how to play as a Balance Druid in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

1. Balance Druid Overview

The Balance specialization provides an entertaining and challenging rotation, and it performs well in terms of both single and multiple target DPS.

Balance Druids shine in multiple target fights due to their ability to multi-DoT, and they also have good mobility due to their instant cast spells. However, while Balance Druid multi-target is strong, it still requires some set-up/ramp-up time and is not very bursty, resulting in other classes outperforming them in this area.

2. Patch 8.1.0 Changes for Balance Druids

Patch 8.1 has some brought changes to the Balance Specialization. Below you can find the major changes brought by this patch.

  • Mastery: Starlight Icon Mastery: Starlight was buffed from 11% to 12%. In addition to this, Starsurge Icon Starsurge and Solar Wrath Icon Solar Wrath now receive full effectiveness from Mastery bringing it more inline with the other secondary stats.
  • Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge was removed from the Global Cooldown making it a much better talent choice in almost all situations.
  • Twin Moons Icon Twin Moons had its damage bonus nerfed from 20% down to 10%. This talent still retains much of its multi-target power, but is no longer also best for single and two targets as well.
  • Stellar Flare Icon Stellar Flare was also buffed by 25% spell power; this is the new best single target talent.
  • Lively Spirit Icon Lively Spirit had some of its power shifted into a Mana refund. It is no longer the best all trait in all grouped content but can still find use in Mythic+.
  • Arcanic Pulsar Icon Arcanic Pulsar is the new Azerite Trait that replaces Sunblaze. This trait is a value trait that increases the damage dealt of Starsurge Icon Starsurge by a flat amount and grants you Celestial Alignment Icon Celestial Alignment (or Incarnation: Chosen of Elune Icon Incarnation: Chosen of Elune if talented) for 6-seconds every 9 Starsurges you use.
  • Power of the Moon Icon Power of the Moon and High Noon Icon High Noon were both shifted from direct damage buffs to DoT buffs. This makes them much stronger for extended multi-target fights.

3. Patch 8.0.1 Changes for Balance Druids

Balance Druid received many changes over the duration of the Beta. Not all of them will be listed below, just the ones that impact the class significantly or are completely new to the toolkit. Most changes involve talent reworks which are included in the Builds and Talents page.

4. Balance Druid Strengths

  • Strong cleave in a small radius
  • Decent single and multi-target DPS with the ability to multi-DoT
  • Very mobile toolkit
  • Very tanky to various attacks and abilities
  • Great utility spread through toolkit

5. Balance Druid Weaknesses

  • A good portion of cleave is limited to an 8-yard radius
  • Cooldowns are not particularly strong
  • Easily punished with mismanagement of Empowerment charges

6. Changelog

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