Elemental Shaman DPS Stat Priority in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 17, 2018 at 13:30 by Stormy 37 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Elemental Shamans in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth 8.0.1, how the class benefits from each of them.

The statistics priority is important as it influences itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

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

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Stormy, Elemental main since Wrath of the Lich King and member of the Storm, Earth and Lava elemental theorycrafting team.

1. The Basics of Stats for Elemental Shaman

In Battle for Azeroth, Intelligence is the most important stat. This means you should most of the time equip your highest item level gear and sim yourself from there for adjustments that will be specific to your gear.

1.1. Generic Stat Priority

  1. Intellect;
  2. Haste;
  3. Versatility;
  4. Critical Strike;
  5. Mastery.

For exact ratios, this will vary depending on your talents and other factors. For single target, you want 60% of your secondary stats as Haste, 20% as Versatility, and 10% as both Critical Strike and Mastery. So if you had a total of 1000 secondary stats on your gear, you would ideally have 600 Haste, 200 Versatility, 100 Critical Strike and 100 Mastery.

For AoE purposes, the value of Critical Strike and Versatility is reversed, you want 20% Critical Strike and 10% Versatility. Having Haste as your best stat has the side benefit of increased mobility (because your casts finish faster) and, arguably, increased fun!

For exact relative values, as always, we recommend simming your character.

These statistics have been obtained by combining common sense, in-game testing, and simulations using SimulationCraft.

2. Statistics Explanations for Elemental Shaman

Mastery, through Mastery: Elemental Overload Icon Mastery: Elemental Overload, causes your spells to have an additional chance to deal additional damage and generate extra Maelstrom.

Haste increases the speed of your casts as well as the tick rate of your damage over time effects.

Critical Strike increases the damage of your spells.

Versatility is a flat-out damage done increase and damage taken reduction.

3. Changelog

  • 17 Aug. 2018: Added sentence to explain ratios more clearly.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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