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Elemental Shaman DPS Stat Priority (Legion 7.2.5)

Last updated on Jun 24, 2017 at 13:14 by Furty 165 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Elemental Shamans in World of Warcraft Legion 7.2.5, 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 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. Basics

The stat priority for an Elemental Shaman is:

1.1. Icefury Build

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

Ratio: for every x Critical Strike, you want 0.65x Mastery, 0.4x Versatility, and 0.25x Haste.

1.2. Ascendance Build

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

Ratio: for every x Mastery, you want 0.97x Critical Strike, 0.68x Versatility, and 0.35x Haste.

1.3. Lightning Rod

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

Ratio: for every x Critical Strike, you want 0.82x Mastery, 0.42x Versatility, and 0.39x Haste.

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

2. Getting a Better Understanding

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 and procs Elemental Focus Icon Elemental Focus.

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

2.1. Why is Mastery Good in Patch 7.1.5?

Some of the buffs in 7.1.5 have caused the majority of our damage to be shifted to Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst, Elemental Blast Icon Elemental Blast, and Icefury Icon Icefury. All three of these spells benefit from Mastery: Elemental Overload Icon Mastery: Elemental Overload.

Another significant factor is Elemental Blast Icon Elemental Blast being the prime talent of choice. When Elemental Blast Icon Elemental Blast triggers an overload from your Mastery, you will also gain a second buff from this proc. This additional buff is a major factor in the inflation of the value of Mastery.

3. ChangeLog

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  • 24 Jun. 2017: Added some mentions of optimal stat ratios.
  • 21 Jun. 2017: Updated stat priorities.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: 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.
  • 01 Dec. 2016: Added some more detailed notes on stat synergy.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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