Enhancement Shaman DPS Easy Mode in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 13, 2018 at 14:47 by Wordup 38 comments

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This guide has been written by Wordup, a frequent theorycrafter involved in a number of class communities. He is also an experienced player who has been in the world top 100 since the days of Sunwell, currently raiding in Echoes. You can also follow him on Twitter.

1. Foreword

This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

2. The Basics for Enhancement Shaman

Enhancement is very focused around the flow of your Maelstrom and reacting to your Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer procs. There are some ancillary effects that must be maintained between your Flametongue Icon Flametongue buff and some talent effects that are used in this build to enhance your damage, but the core gameplay plays itself in many ways.

The vital aspect to understand is that making sure you fill as many Global Cooldowns as possible, alongside maintaining your primary buff in Flametongue Icon Flametongue is crucial, alongside making sure that you keep Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike on cooldown. Finally, you need to always ideally have enough Maelstrom available that you will be able to react to a Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer proc if and when it occurs, while trying to avoid any going to waste by reaching the cap of 100.

3. Enhancement Shaman Talent Choices

Currently, there is not a great deal of choice in the Enhancement tree, even for very performance-oriented players, but the build listed below tries to focus on talents that require the least management to make use of, while giving the most flexibility and power in the largest array of content. While you may find better results with some different talents by selecting them based on the situation, this will provide the easiest path into learning Enhancement without struggling with output:

4. Enhancement Shaman Stat Priorities

The current Enhancement stat priority is as follows when using this build.

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

Enhancement stats are somewhat fluid, depending on the gear you are currently wearing. Haste synergizes very well with the majority of the Enhancement kit by reducing the cooldown of your core spells, your Global Cooldown and increasing the pace it moves. Versatility and Critical Strike provide simple flat bonuses to the spec, and finally Mastery provides a solid boost with increases to your Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer proc chance, alongside having a stronger impact during AoE situations.

5. Enhancement Shaman Basic Rotation

Because Enhancement is more reactionary, it operates on a priority list that you need to react to based upon your current state.

  1. Cast Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit for a burst of damage.
  2. Cast Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning if against 2 targets or above.
  3. Cast Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike if available, especially with Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer active.
  4. Maintain Flametongue Icon Flametongue; this can refreshed with 4.5 seconds remaining.
  5. Cast Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash at 50 Maelstrom with nothing else available.
  6. Cast Rockbiter Icon Rockbiter to generate Maelstrom.

This list should be a good springboard to grasp the basics of how to play Enhancement with the above build at its most fundamental level. Note that there are a lot of small optimizations that can be done with the priority list in certain situations to improve your damage and those can be found in the rotation section of the guide.

6. Changelog

  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 11 Aug. 2018: Edited talent choices to shift to the easier to use Spirit Wolf.
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