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Balance Druid DPS Guide (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Jan 23, 2018 at 18:49 by Vlad 234 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

Welcome to our Balance Druid DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. 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 Bora, an up-and-coming Balance Druid theorycrafter who is active on the Druid 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 for Balance Druids

  • 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 for Balance Druids

4. Patch 7.2 Changes for Balance Druids

5. Contents

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

6. ChangeLog

  • 23 Jan. 2018 (Netherlight Crucible page): Updated tier 2 and 3 weights slightly.
  • 23 Jan. 2018 (artifact page): Updated relic priority slightly.
  • 23 Jan. 2018 (talents page): Updated tier 1 and 5 talents slightly.
  • 23 Jan. 2018 (enchants page): Added a single-target food.
  • 23 Jan. 2018 (rotation page): Removed an out-dated rotation and added a Stellar Flare 2-target rotation.
  • 23 Jan. 2018 (gear page): Made a small updated to the multiple target BiS list and fixed small issues in the legendary ranking.
  • 18 Dec. 2017 (gear page): Made a small update to the single target BiS list and added an extra note to the tier 20 set bonus discussion.
  • 18 Dec. 2017 (rotation page): Updated the opening rotation slightly.
  • 18 Dec. 2017 (enchants page): Fixed an error whereby the previous removal of the Intellect gem recommendations had not taken place.
  • 18 Dec. 2017 (artifact page): Removed an irrelevant mention about the value of Scythe of the Stars.
  • 18 Dec. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Updated single target tier 2 crucible weights.
  • 03 Dec. 2017 (easy mode page): Added a mention that if you are using Soul of the Forest as your tier 5 talent, your cooldown is called Celestial Alignment.
  • 02 Dec. 2017 (stats page): Updated the stat priority slightly.
  • 02 Dec. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated various parts to bring the page in line with updates made to the rest of the guide (stats, talents, rotation).
  • 02 Dec. 2017 (gear page): Updated set bonus recommendations and added BiS lists.
  • 02 Dec. 2017 (spells page): Made a small tweak to the Solar Wrath paragraph.
  • 02 Dec. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Updated some weights slightly.
  • 02 Dec. 2017 (enchants page): Removed recommendation for Intellect gems and replaced Ancient Healing Potion with Astral Healing Potion.
  • 02 Dec. 2017 (rotation page): Updated opening rotation, multiple target rotation and added a multiple target rotation if using the 2-piece Tier 21 Set Bonus.
  • 02 Dec. 2017 (artifact page): Updated multiple target relic priority slightly.
  • 02 Dec. 2017 (talents page): Updated tier 7 talent discussion slightly.
  • 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 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lightforged Augment Rune and new 7.3 epic gems.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Updated Mass Entanglement's description.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.3 changes.
  • 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 (enchants page): Changed recommendations to Mastery, and removed the Mark of the Claw neck enchant.
  • 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.
  • 11 Jul. 2017 (spells page): Removed a mention that claimed that Incarnation: Chosen of Elune is the best talent choice.
  • 11 Jul. 2017 (artifact page): Revamped the relic priorities.
  • 11 Jul. 2017 (talents page): Updated most of the page.
  • 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 (gear page): Updated set bonus recommendations and legendary item ranking.
  • 11 Jul. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priority (Mastery is now the best stat).
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Updated Set Bonus recommendations and legendary item ranking.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Updated the description of Stellar Empowerment to account for Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Updated talent descriptions to account for Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Removed Emerald Dreamcatcher playstyle since it is no longer relevant.
  • 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 (gear page): Removed BiS list.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Made a small update to the 7.2 Artifact trait order.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Changed food recommendation to Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (gear page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Made small adjustments to tier 1, 3, 5, and 6 talent evaluations.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (stats page): Slightly updated the stat priority.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added path for the Artifact traits added in Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (addons page): Added a Starfall cursor macro.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority slightly.
  • 22 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Fixed an error in a recommended multiple target Relic (now correctly advising Falling Star).
  • 19 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Added a mention of a 30% Haste breakpoint if using The Emerald Dreamcatcher.
  • 19 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Updated neck enchants.
  • 19 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Added Stellar Drift as the tier 7 recommendation against multiple targets.
  • 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).
  • 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 (gear page): Updated legendary item recommendations, added new legendary items, and added Tier 19 Set Bonus recommendation.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Updated the stat priority slightly.
  • 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 (talents page): Updated talent descriptions to account for Patch 7.1.5, and slightly changed the evaluation of tier 6 talents.
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (talents page): Updated the description of Restoration Affinity.
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode page.
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (spells page): Page added.
  • 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 (addons page): Added two WeakAura strings.
  • 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 (artifact page): Refined advice for choosing Relics.
  • 02 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Tweaked the stat priority slightly and added a note regarding how to interpret it.
  • 02 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Revamped tier 1, 3, and 5 talent sections.
  • 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 (gear page): Greatly improved the legendary item section and updated the BiS trinkets.
  • 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 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants 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.
  • 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 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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