Elemental Shaman DPS Stat Priority — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

Last updated on Jan 31, 2019 at 13:30 by Stormy 45 comments

On this page, you will find out the optimal stat priority for your Elemental Shaman. We first present the stat priority, before delving into more complex explanations. Our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.

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. Critical Strike;
  3. Haste;
  4. Versatility;
  5. Mastery.

For exact ratios, this will vary depending on your talents and other factors. For single-target, you want 40% of your secondary stats as Critical Strike, 40% as Haste, 20% as Versatility and 10% as Mastery. So if you had a total of 1000 secondary stats on your gear, you would ideally have 400 Critical Strike, 300 Haste, 200 Versatility and 100 Mastery. For AoE, this becomes 600/200/100/100.

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

  • 31 Jan. 2019: Updated stat priority.
  • 22 Jan. 2019: Updated stat priority.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: Updated stat priority for 8.1.
  • 17 Aug. 2018: Added sentence to explain ratios more clearly.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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