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Elemental Shaman DPS Guide (Legion 7.2.5)

Last updated Today at 13:14 by Furty 161 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Elemental Shaman DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.2.5. 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. Whether you are questing, powering through dungeons, or zoning into a Mythic raid, this is a spec that always feels like it has a place at the table. This specialization feels particularly at home when sustained cleave or AoE is present, but not a priority, as Elemental does both very efficiently while maintaining full single target presence. Through talents, Elemental also has access to some potent burst potential, allowing them to surge ahead during damage checks or dungeon bosses.

2. Patch 7.2.5 Changes

  • 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%.

3. Patch 7.2 Changes

  • New Artifact traits added.

4. Strengths

  • Potential for good burst damage
  • Extremely flexible specialization
  • Easy to gear due to lack of mail users

5. Weaknesses

  • Deals with movement poorly
  • Outclassed by other specializations in terms of pure damage

6. Viability in the Current Patch

Elemental is currently a weak specialization. There are several viable talent builds, allowing for further specialization and flexibility depending on your gear or the encounter, but damage output is generally towards the bottom of the class spectrum. However, the flexibility of talent options ensures the specialization feels consistent across the fights throughout Tomb of Sargeras.

7. Contents

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

8. ChangeLog

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  • 24 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated Maelstrom Management section slightly.
  • 24 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Added some mentions of optimal stat ratios.
  • 24 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority.
  • 22 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Added Lightning Rod relics, updated Ascendance/Icefurty relics.
  • 22 Jun. 2017 (this page): Updated strengths/weaknesses and viability section.
  • 22 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Adjusted a few talent descriptions, added some new talent recommendations for specific Legendary builds.
  • 21 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priorities.
  • 21 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated openers, action priority lists, and cooldown usage.
  • 20 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added Tomb of Sargeras best in slot and Tier 20 section, updated trinket list.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added Smoldering Heart and Soul of the Farseer to Legendary items section.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Removed mention of Earthquake on single-target as it no longer gains ticks based on Haste.
  • 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.
  • 19 Apr. 2017 (talents page): Tweaked talent recommendations for Tiers 1 and 7. Updated default talent builds as a result.
  • 29 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (gear page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (talents page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added new path for Patch 7.2 traits.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 20 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Full update to BiS and legendaries.
  • 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 (bosses page): Updated for Patch 7.1.5, and ToV talent recommendations added.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Fully updated talents page for 7.1.5. Also added separate builds to accommodate Legendary items.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Fully updated rotation page for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Updated description, strengths/weaknesses, viability, and added 7.1.5 changes section for clarity.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Updated Relic priority and leading talent builds.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Added note on Mastery enchants.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated trinket and legendary rankings. Will update BiS list later.
  • 09 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode for Elemental Shaman.
  • 01 Dec. 2016 (gear page): Fully updated Legendary rankings.
  • 01 Dec. 2016 (addons page): Added Earthquake mouseover.
  • 01 Dec. 2016 (stats page): Added some more detailed notes on stat synergy.
  • 01 Dec. 2016 (bosses page): Removed Echo from viable talents on Cenarius/Xavius.
  • 01 Dec. 2016 (rotation page): Split guide into single & multi target sections for clarity. Added two separate opening sequences for different Tier 7 talents.
  • 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 (enchants page): Updated notes on consumables (food/potion).
  • 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 (this page): Updated strengths/weaknesses.
  • 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 (enchants page): Updated neck enchant.
  • 21 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated talent balance based on practical results in Emerald Nightmare.
  • 08 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated BiS.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed trinket sims and added trinket recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats 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 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (spells 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.
  • 09 Jan. 2016 (easy mode page): Updated easy mode talent build.
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