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Elemental Shaman DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.2)

Last updated on Mar 27, 2017 at 21:35 by Furty 153 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Elemental Shamans. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.2.

The other pages of our Elemental Shaman guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewers

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Myst. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been written in collaboration with the team at Storm Earth and Lava, a group of Elemental theorycrafters that includes top players and prominent theorycrafters such as Stormy, Sadozai from Wizards IRL, and Gistwiki from Indestructible.

1. Artifact Progression — First 35 Points

Artifact Progression

1.1. Early Point Investment

After acquiring the initial  Icon Surge of Power, take the high road into  Icon Firestorm for some juicy Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock damage.  Icon Elementalist is a great point, especially on fights where it will allow an extra usage of Fire Elemental Icon Fire Elemental. Go through  Icon Protection of the Elements and into  Icon Molten Blast for the Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst Critical Strike. Grab your first Golden Trait,  Icon Power of the Maelstrom, which is a nice boost to your sustained single target damage. Swing back from  Icon Protection of the Elements and invest into  Icon Static Overload for the single point.

1.2. Second Golden Trait

Head down into  Icon Lava Imbued for some sweet, sweet Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst damage and follow the left path into  Icon Call the Thunder. The Nature damage is very nice overall, and it leads into our second Golden Trait,  Icon Fury of the Storms. This adds a nice little bit of extra burst to your  Icon Stormkeeper once a minute.

1.3. Final Point Investment

Head upwards from  Icon Molten Blast into  Icon The Ground Trembles, a great point for dungeons and Mythic+.  Icon Earthen Attunement gives you some more nuke damage on Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock and acquire your final Golden Trait,  Icon Volcanic Inferno, which adds some nice passive cleave to your kit.

Finally, take  Icon Electric Discharge for the damage to Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning. This trait can be taken much earlier if Mythic+ dungeons are your primary focus, but does not have great value for raids. Grab the extra overload from  Icon Master of the Elements before filling out your last point,  Icon Shamanistic Healing. If you ever feel fragile you can skill 1 point into  Icon Shamanistic Healing for the proc itself earlier in the progression, whenever you feel the defensive utility is necessary, and finish it after the rest of your points are completed.

1.4. Patch 7.2: 35+ Trait Path

Artifact Progression Above Level 35

Patch 7.2 has replaced the 35-54 Paragon system with several additional new traits becoming available upon acquisition of the 35th point. All of the previous Relic traits will also unlock a 4th rank, along with a new Paragon system becoming available after all traits have been filled (via Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall) which all additional Artifact Power will be spent on.

Detailed below is our suggested maxing order after 35 traits:

  1. Power of the Earthen Ring Icon Power of the Earthen Ring
  2. Elemental Destabilization Icon Elemental Destabilization
  3. Swelling Maelstrom Icon Swelling Maelstrom
  4. Seismic Storm Icon Seismic Storm
  5. Fourth rank of  Icon Lava Imbued
  6. Fourth rank of  Icon Firestorm
  7. Fourth rank of  Icon Molten Blast
  8. Fourth rank of  Icon Call the Thunder
  9. Fourth rank of  Icon Earthen Attunement
  10. Fourth rank of  Icon Electric Discharge
  11. Fourth rank of  Icon The Ground Trembles
  12. Fourth rank of  Icon Protection of the Elements
  13. Fourth rank of  Icon Shamanistic Healing
  14. Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall

2. Relic Choice

 Icon Lava Imbued is the best Relic for both builds.

2.1. Icefury Build

  1.  Icon Lava Imbued - 0.65% DPS increase;
  2.  Icon Molten Blast - 0.46% DPS increase;
  3.  Icon Call the Thunder - 0.37% DPS increase;
  4. +1 Weapon Item Level (regardless of trait) - 0.32% DPS increase;
  5.  Icon Firestorm - 0.29% DPS increase;
  6.  Icon Earthen Attunement - 0.21% DPS increase.

2.2. Ascendance Build

  1.  Icon Lava Imbued - 1.10% DPS increase;
  2.  Icon Molten Blast - 0.73% DPS increase;
  3.  Icon Call the Thunder - 0.40% DPS increase;
  4.  Icon Earthen Attunement - 0.38% DPS increase.
  5. +1 Weapon Item Level (regardless of trait) - 0.32% DPS increase;
  6.  Icon Firestorm - 0.30% DPS increase;

3. ChangeLog

  • 27 Mar. 2017: Added new path for Patch 7.2 traits.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated Relic priority and leading talent builds.
  • 01 Dec. 2016: Split Relic choice section into two separate sections to account for leading talent builds.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added
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