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Elemental Shaman DPS Stat Priority (Legion 7.3.2)

Last updated on Aug 29, 2017 at 17:06 by Furty 170 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 7.3.2, 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. Gambler Build

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

Stat Ratio: For every x amount of Haste: 0.90x Critical Strike, 0.20x Mastery, 0.20x Versatility.

1.2. Ascendance Build

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

Stat Ratio: For every x amount of Haste: 0.85x Critical Strike, 0.80x Mastery, 0.40x Versatility.

1.3. Lightning Rod

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

Stat Ratio: For every x amount of Haste: 0.85x Critical Strike, 0.65x Mastery, 0.30x Versatility.

1.4. Icefury Build

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

Stat Ratio: For every x amount of Critical Strike: 0.75x Haste, 0.20x Mastery, 0.20x Versatility.

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.

3. ChangeLog

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  • 29 Aug. 2017: Re-added new stat ratios, added "The Gambler" build priority, re-ordered stats priorities.
  • 28 Aug. 2017: Removed ratios, changed stat priority, removed "Why is Mastery So Good..." section.
  • 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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