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Balance Druid DPS Guide (Legion 7.3)

Last updated on Sep 12, 2017 at 15:36 by Vlad 212 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Balance Druid DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Balance Druid in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Slippykins, long-time Balance Druid theorycrafter and moderator at MMO-Champion and the Druid discord. You can catch him in his theorycrafting thread, or on Discord.

1. Class Overview

The Balance specialisation provides an entertaining and challenging rotation, and it performs very 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 AoE is strong, it requires significant set-up/ramp-up time and is not very bursty, resulting in other classes outperforming them in this area.

2. Patch 7.3 Changes

  • Mass Entanglement Icon Mass Entanglement was slightly changed to now root the target and any enemies within 15 yards immediately, instead of spreading.

3. Patch 7.2.5 Changes

4. Patch 7.2 Changes

5. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 10 pages:

6. ChangeLog

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  • 12 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Added Netherlight Crucible page for Balance Druid.
  • 12 Sep. 2017 (artifact page): Updated relic priority slightly.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Updated Mass Entanglement's description.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.3 changes.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lightforged Augment Rune and new 7.3 epic gems.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.3.
  • 13 Jul. 2017 (easy mode page): Made an update to bring the rotation in line with updates made to the rotation page of the guide.
  • 13 Jul. 2017 (artifact page): Made a small fix to the multiple target relic priority.
  • 11 Jul. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priority (Mastery is now the best stat).
  • 11 Jul. 2017 (enchants page): Changed recommendations to Mastery, and removed the Mark of the Claw neck enchant.
  • 11 Jul. 2017 (artifact page): Revamped the relic priorities.
  • 11 Jul. 2017 (gear page): Updated set bonus recommendations and legendary item ranking.
  • 11 Jul. 2017 (spells page): Removed a mention that claimed that Incarnation: Chosen of Elune is the best talent choice.
  • 11 Jul. 2017 (addons page): Updated the Balance Druid WeakAura string.
  • 11 Jul. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated the page to reflect changes to the rest of the guide (stats and talents).
  • 11 Jul. 2017 (talents page): Updated most of the page.
  • 11 Jul. 2017 (rotation page): Made various small tweaks to the single and multiple target rotations, and added a section on dealing DPS while moving.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Updated Set Bonus recommendations and legendary item ranking.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Updated the description of Stellar Empowerment to account for Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Removed Emerald Dreamcatcher playstyle since it is no longer relevant.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Updated talent descriptions to account for Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 22 Apr. 2017 (talents page): Clarified that Wild Charge when in Travel Form causes you to jump to the location of an ally, and not to fly to them.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Changed food recommendation to Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Removed BiS list.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Made a small update to the 7.2 Artifact trait order.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (stats page): Slightly updated the stat priority.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (addons page): Added a Starfall cursor macro.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (gear page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added path for the Artifact traits added in Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority slightly.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Made small adjustments to tier 1, 3, 5, and 6 talent evaluations.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 22 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Fixed an error in a recommended multiple target Relic (now correctly advising Falling Star).
  • 19 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Added a separate Relic priority for multiple target situations.
  • 19 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated tier 5 and 7 talent evaluations (changing the recommendations somewhat).
  • 19 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Added Stellar Drift as the tier 7 recommendation against multiple targets.
  • 19 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Updated neck enchants.
  • 19 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Added a mention of a 30% Haste breakpoint if using The Emerald Dreamcatcher.
  • 12 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated tier 3 talent section to make Feral Affinity look less bad (although it is still not recommended).
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Matched the new 7.1.5 stat priority.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated legendary item recommendations, added new legendary items, and added Tier 19 Set Bonus recommendation.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated talent descriptions to account for Patch 7.1.5, and slightly changed the evaluation of tier 6 talents.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Updated the stat priority slightly.
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (spells page): Page added.
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode page.
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (talents page): Updated the description of Restoration Affinity.
  • 27 Nov. 2016 (addons page): Added two WeakAura strings.
  • 27 Nov. 2016 (enchants page): Added Potion of Prolonged Power to the potion recommendations.
  • 27 Nov. 2016 (talents page): Updated tier 3 and tier 7 talent recommendations, and changed the Shooting Stars recommendation to 4+ targets.
  • 27 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Further detailed the Lunar Strike versus Solar Wrath usage in multiple target situations, and slightly updated the opening rotation.
  • 25 Nov. 2016 (artifact page): Updated the Relic priority.
  • 02 Nov. 2016 (talents page): Fixed a small issue where we were still referring to Thick Hide's old 10% damage reduction (it is now 6%).
  • 31 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Removed the Mastery snapshotting section since it is no longer relevant.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Patch 7.1 updates
    • Added a mention that Incarnation is now off the global cooldown.
    • Updated Guardian Affinity's description (Thick Hide now passively reduces damage by 6%, down from 10).
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the Full Moon description to account for Patch 7.1 changes.
  • 02 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Revamped tier 1, 3, and 5 talent sections.
  • 02 Oct. 2016 (artifact page): Refined advice for choosing Relics.
  • 02 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Greatly improved the legendary item section and updated the BiS trinkets.
  • 02 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Made various improvements to the existing rotations, added a section about Mastery snapshotting, and also added a section about how The Emerald Dreamcatcher affects the playstyle.
  • 02 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Tweaked the stat priority slightly and added a note regarding how to interpret it.
  • 12 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Added BiS recommendations.
  • 08 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the recommendations on when to use Lunar Strike.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 28 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Revamped tier 5 and 7 talent discussions.
  • 28 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket and set bonus recommendations.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Fixed a small issue that recommended not to cap Empowerments, when in fact it should have said that you should not generate more Empowerments when you are capped.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Added Stellar Flare to the rotations, and added a mention about using Blessing of the Ancients as your tier 6 talent.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Corrected an error where we were recommending Astral Communion (in tier 6), whereas this talent is only viable if you can pair it with Fury of Elune (tier 7), which is not currently the case. We now correctly recommend Blessing of the Ancients.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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