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Elemental Shaman DPS Guide (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on May 28, 2018 at 13:42 by Furty 185 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Elemental Shaman DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing an Elemental Shaman in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

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 Future. 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. Class Overview

Elemental Shaman is a damage dealing spellcaster with a straightforward but flexible toolkit. Elemental Shamans can approach a multitude of environments without feeling compromised, though we feel particularly at home when several low priority targets are grouped around the main target. Sustained cleave or AoE allows us to generate significantly more resources, which allows us to pour more damage into the main target, or put it all back into even greater multitarget damage.

Through certain talents, Elemental can also provide infrequent but very powerful burst damage, allowing them to surge ahead during short damage checks or dungeon bosses. Overall, this specialization has a tool or talent for every scenario, and feels like a true jack of all trades.

2. Patch 7.3 Changes for Elemental Shaman

3. Patch 7.2.5 Changes for Elemental Shaman

  • New legendary items have been added.
  • Range of summoning Elemental spells increased from 30 yards to 40 yards.
  • Earth Elemental Icon Earth Elemental now has 600% armor (was 400%) and 150% life (was 100%). Earth Elemental also has a 6% lower probability to get hit by a Critical Strike.
  • Tier 19 4-piece nerfed: Elemental Focus Icon Elemental Focus increases damage and healing by an additional 7% (down from 10%).
  • Storm Elemental Icon Storm Elemental damage buffed by 25%.
  • Earthquake Icon Earthquake no longer gains additional ticks from Haste, but damage increased by 55%.
  • Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock damage increased by 25%.
  • Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock damage increased by 25%.

4. Elemental Shaman Strengths

  • Potential for good burst damage
  • Fantastic on cleave encounters
  • Talent choices allow for excellent flexibility
  • Easy to gear due to lack of mail users

5. Elemental Shaman Weaknesses

  • Mediocre mobility and utility
  • Relatively fragile
  • Outclassed by other specializations outside of specific situations

6. Elemental Shaman Viability in the Current Patch

Elemental is currently sitting just below the middle of the pack in Antorus, the Burning Throne. Despite being below par overall, there are several encounters where they not only excel, but have the potential to dominate other specializations. A great example of this is Portal Keeper Hasabel, where we can use the adds from Transport Portal Icon Transport Portals to fuel our damage output, boosting it to new heights that other classes simply can't compete with. On single target or spread cleave encounters, however, Elemental is simply outclassed.

7. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 12 pages:

8. ChangeLog

  • 28 May 2018 (Battle for Azeroth page): Page added.
  • 15 May 2018 (gear page): Updated Tier 20 section to be more currently useful, added Tier 19 section, reorganized legendary section, added information on Sephuz's Secret, Prydaz, Roots of Shaladrassil, added "best combos"section , changed some wording, added link to https://bloodmallet.github.io/#shaman_elemental_patchwerk
  • 15 May 2018 (rotation page): Added Earth Shock usage for gambling build to basic Ascendance Rotation, changed Lightning Bolt to Lightning Rod in Playing with Smoldering Heart section, fixed Flame Shock priority in Icefury Opener.
  • 15 May 2018 (stats page): Put the Gambling stat priority at the top
  • 15 May 2018 (this page): Updated Strength/Weaknesses
  • 02 Mar. 2018 (rotation page): Fixed a typo in Ascendance APL.
  • 19 Feb. 2018 (spells page): Added Stormkeeper. Removed spell description from Rotation page.
  • 19 Feb. 2018 (rotation page): Complete renovation of page layout and content.
  • 19 Feb. 2018 (stats page): Updated stat ratios and priorities.
  • 19 Feb. 2018 (enchants page): Updated recommended gems, neck enchant, and food choice.
  • 18 Feb. 2018 (addons page): Updated Earthquake macro text.
  • 18 Feb. 2018 (Netherlight Crucible page): Redesigned entire page; Tier 2 and Tier 3 sections removed. Added two overall priorities for Single Target and Multitarget.
  • 18 Feb. 2018 (artifact page): Re-ordered Relic Priorities into two separate lists; single target and multitarget.
  • 18 Feb. 2018 (this page): Updated introductory paragraphs, strengths/weaknesses, and viability.
  • 18 Feb. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated Talents, Stats, and Priority List.
  • 03 Jan. 2018 (talents page): Updated cheat sheets and talent selections.
  • 03 Jan. 2018 (gear page): Updated Smoldering Heart discussion.
  • 20 Dec. 2017 (gear page): Fixed a typo referencing a pair of shoulders instead of the correct trinket.
  • 05 Dec. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat ratios.
  • 30 Nov. 2017 (gear page): Updated trinket list, added Tier 21, and legendaries. Removed BiS for now.
  • 30 Nov. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Updated Tier 2 & 3 hierarchy.
  • 13 Oct. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Added a note about Dark Sorrows.
  • 12 Sep. 2017 (gear page): Updated trinket list.
  • 12 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Added Netherlight Crucible page for Elemental Shaman.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Revised recommended gems, redesigned "Consumables" section, and added a note about Healthstones in Patch 7.3.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (stats page): Re-added new stat ratios, added "The Gambler" build priority, re-ordered stats priorities.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): Small change for Patch 7.3: Added Earthquake to 2-target rotation.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Added a new single target build ("The Gambler") and adjusted some talent explanations for Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.3 changes.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lightforged Augment Rune and new 7.3 epic gems. Made Haste enchants and gems default.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (stats page): Removed ratios, changed stat priority, removed "Why is Mastery So Good..." section.
  • 24 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated Maelstrom Management section slightly.
  • 24 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority.
  • 24 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Added some mentions of optimal stat ratios.
  • 22 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Adjusted a few talent descriptions, added some new talent recommendations for specific Legendary builds.
  • 22 Jun. 2017 (this page): Updated strengths/weaknesses and viability section.
  • 22 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Added Lightning Rod relics, updated Ascendance/Icefury relics.
  • 21 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated openers, action priority lists, and cooldown usage.
  • 21 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priorities.
  • 20 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added Tomb of Sargeras best in slot and Tier 20 section, updated trinket list.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added Smoldering Heart and Soul of the Farseer to Legendary items section.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Removed mention of Earthquake on single-target as it no longer gains ticks based on Haste.
  • 19 Apr. 2017 (talents page): Tweaked talent recommendations for Tiers 1 and 7. Updated default talent builds as a result.
  • 19 Apr. 2017 (rotation page): Added Earthquake on single-target section based on new theorycraft. Modified rotations based on the new builds we present in the talents page.
  • 29 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added new path for Patch 7.2 traits.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (talents page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (gear page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 06 Feb. 2017 (bosses page): Added Antorus, the Burning Throne boss recommendations.
  • 20 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Full update to BiS and legendaries.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Updated description, strengths/weaknesses, viability, and added 7.1.5 changes section for clarity.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (bosses page): Updated for Patch 7.1.5, and ToV talent recommendations added.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Updated Relic priority and leading talent builds.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Fully updated talents page for 7.1.5. Also added separate builds to accommodate Legendary items.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Added new stat priorities and separated them based on talent build. Also added explanation for why Mastery has increased in value in Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated trinket and legendary rankings. Will update BiS list later.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Fully updated rotation page for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Added note on Mastery enchants.
  • 09 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode for Elemental Shaman.
  • 01 Dec. 2016 (enchants page): Updated notes on consumables (food/potion).
  • 01 Dec. 2016 (bosses page): Removed Echo from viable talents on Cenarius/Xavius.
  • 01 Dec. 2016 (addons page): Added Earthquake mouseover.
  • 01 Dec. 2016 (artifact page): Split Relic choice section into two separate sections to account for leading talent builds.
  • 01 Dec. 2016 (talents page): Updated Lightning Rod/Ascendance description for additional clarity. Also removed a few talents that were close contenders but did not see much practical use (e.g. Echo).
  • 01 Dec. 2016 (gear page): Fully updated Legendary rankings.
  • 01 Dec. 2016 (stats page): Added some more detailed notes on stat synergy.
  • 01 Dec. 2016 (rotation page): Split guide into single & multi target sections for clarity. Added two separate opening sequences for different Tier 7 talents.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated Stormkeeper section to note that it now has a 1.5-second cast and affected spells are now instant in Patch 7.1.
  • 21 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Added trinket rankings to help with Mythic+ trinket determinations.
  • 21 Oct. 2016 (bosses page): Added boss by boss guide for Elemental Shaman.
  • 21 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated talent balance based on practical results in Emerald Nightmare.
  • 21 Oct. 2016 (this page): Updated strengths/weaknesses.
  • 21 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated neck enchant.
  • 08 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated BiS.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells 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.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed trinket sims and added trinket recommendations.
  • 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 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 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 (spells 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.
  • 09 Jan. 2016 (easy mode page): Updated easy mode talent build.
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