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Enhancement Shaman DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.2)

Last updated on Mar 27, 2017 at 21:51 by Wordup 330 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Enhancement Shamans. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

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

About Our Author

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. Raid Best in Slot List

With the existence of Titanforged and Mythic+ dungeons, there is no such thing as a hard Best in Slot anymore. This is more of a guideline for the best pieces to keep an eye out for in your raid or dungeon (if applicable). Be smart, and if you find higher item level pieces with valuable stat combinations do not hesitate to upgrade to them.

Slot Item Source
Helm Helm of Shackled Elements Icon Helm of Shackled Elements Grand Magistrix Elisande
Neck Zealous Timestone Pendant Icon Zealous Timestone Pendant Chronomatic Anomaly
Shoulders Netherbranded Shoulderpads Icon Netherbranded Shoulderpads Gul'Dan
Chest Raiment of Shackled Elements Icon Raiment of Shackled Elements Krosus
Cloak Cloak of Shackled Elements Icon Cloak of Shackled Elements Trilliax
Wrists Stinger Resistant Bracers Icon Stinger Resistant Bracers Skorpyron
Gloves Sterilizer's Insulated Gauntlets Icon Sterilizer's Insulated Gauntlets Trilliax
Belt Emblazoned Duskwatch Belt Icon Emblazoned Duskwatch Belt Spellblade Aluriel
Legs Leggings of Shackled Elements Icon Leggings of Shackled Elements Gul'dan
Boots Sabatons of Burning Steps Icon Sabatons of Burning Steps Spellblade Aluriel
Ring #1 Ring of the Scoured Clan Icon Ring of the Scoured Clan Gul'dan
Ring #2 Ring of Braided Stems Icon Ring of Braided Stems High Botanist Tel'arn
Trinket #1 Convergence of Fates Icon Convergence of Fates Grand Magistrix Elisande
Trinket #2 Bloodthirsty Instinct Icon Bloodthirsty Instinct Ursoc

With the trinkets listed, this assumes that you are comparing against equal item level pieces at Item Level 895, therefore in some cases due to the scaling effect, this list can be inaccurate. Due to that, there is a simulation of all trinkets against each other listed here; but note this list has been generated assuming the use of the Tier 19 4-piece bonus due to its impact:

Trinket Simulations

Recent changes following Nighthold release warrant some explanation for trinket choices here:

  • Nightblooming Frond Icon Nightblooming Frond has been reduced in effectiveness by 50%, which has pushed it out as an option.
  • Spontaneous Appendages Icon Spontaneous Appendages has had its RPPM reduced down to 0.7 from 1.3, significantly impacting its consistency.

Due to this, it has forced both of these trinket options out in lieu of more consistent choices in Convergence of Fates Icon Convergence of Fates, reducing the cooldown of Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit by up to 50%. Haste proc trinkets also have a significant impact on the frontloaded Enhancement package, which makes trinkets such as Bloodthirsty Instinct Icon Bloodthirsty Instinct in particular, alongside Chrono Shard Icon Chrono Shard and Memento of Angerboda Icon Memento of Angerboda very desirable.

1.1. Evaluating Upgrades with dynamic Item Levels

Due to the Warforging/Titanforging system, having a full comprehensive list of gear ranked against each other would be far too elaborate and confusing to compile, and as such it is recommended instead to evaluate upscaled items using rough stat weights. As always with weights, they can change depending on your gear and to get them perfectly accurate for your character, it is always advised to simulate it yourself, however for the purpose of this I will use example Enhancement stat weights:

These were calculated using the recommended build, 4pc and 890 average gear. At lower gear levels, secondaries are less significant so be aware this is not strictly universal.

  • Agility: 1
  • Mastery: 0.91
  • Haste: 0.89
  • Critical Strike: 0.83
  • Versatility: 0.80

If we then compare two belts, we can get a rough evaluation of which to use. Starting with Belt of Celestial Alignment Icon Belt of Celestial Alignment, this comes with 1705 Agility, 577 Critical Strike, and 685 Versatility, so we can use this to calculate a relative value:

577×0.83 + 685×0.80 + 1705×1 = 2731.91

Then comparing to Emblazoned Duskwatch Belt Icon Emblazoned Duskwatch Belt, this comes with 1705 Agility, 740 Haste, and 523 Mastery, which can be evaluated in a similar way:

740×0.89 + 523×0.91 + 1705×1 = 2839.53

Through this we can see that the value of Emblazoned Duskwatch Belt Icon Emblazoned Duskwatch Belt is higher than Belt of Celestial Alignment Icon Belt of Celestial Alignment, and is the better choice to use. As said though, these weights can differ depending on the content you are doing, your talent selections, and the other gear you are currently wearing, as many stats synergise with others and scale exponentially, increasing their value. This is especially true for Enhancement given that stats are so close in value.

2. Legendaries

Eye of the Twisting Nether Icon Eye of the Twisting Nether causes Fire, Nature and Frost damage dealt to each apply a separate 1.5% damage increase, with separate applications for a total of 4.5%. With 7.2 re-introducing Hailstorm Icon Hailstorm to the talent pool if you are using Akainu's Absolute Justice Icon Akainu's Absolute Justice, this goes from solid to very strong as you can now effectively trigger all 3 buffs without any loss.

Emalon's Charged Core Icon Emalon's Charged Core procs 10% increased damage if your Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning hits 3 or more targets. This is the default legendary for sustained cleave and AoE as it essentially amounts to a permanent 10% damage increase in these situations.

Storm Tempests Icon Storm Tempests causes enemies struck by your Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike to deal low Nature damage to a nearby target every second for 15 seconds. This is the best legendary for 2 targets, though you need to tab Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike between the targets to maximise it. This starts to fall off quickly with extra targets due to the high maintenance, and unless two targets are always active can be very lackluster.

Akainu's Absolute Justice Icon Akainu's Absolute Justice increases Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash damage by 50% when Flametongue Icon Flametongue and Frostbrand Icon Frostbrand are both active. With this receiving a buff in 7.2, this is now a strong choice and necessitates using Hailstorm Icon Hailstorm alongside it, pairing very well with Eye of the Twisting Nether Icon Eye of the Twisting Nether because of this. With the new golden trait Lashing Flames Icon Lashing Flames picked up and switching to Hot Hand Icon Hot Hand, this serves as the top single target option.

Spiritual Journey Icon Spiritual Journey causes your Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit cooldown to recharge 500% faster whilst in Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf. This can have a lot of power in fights that have high movement and downtime, as any time spent in Ghost Wolf will recharge 6 seconds of our main cooldown per second spent inside. Due to the high damage loss spent inside Ghost Wolf however, it does not have a universal impact so requires extra play to make use of.

2.1. 7.1.5 Legendaries

7.1.5 introduces a new Legendary helm Uncertain Reminder Icon Uncertain Reminder, that increases the duration of any Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust effects by 75%. This increases the duration up to 70 seconds, which can be very useful for extended burn periods on a boss, but as it is a one time effect is otherwise unremarkable. Serves as a great choice for additional burn during certain fights, and is a consistent and reliable increase assuming uptime is high.

Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish is a newly added trinket, providing significant passive Agility and secondary stats, alongside a powerful on use AoE effect on a 1.15-minute cooldown. This can be very useful for timed AoE burst that Enhancement is lacking, but as it scales with no secondaries may be relegated to specific situations rather than an auto-equip given how powerful alternative trinkets are.

2.2. 7.2 Legendaries

7.2 only adds one new legendary in the form of the crafted item Vigilance Perch Icon Vigilance Perch. These gloves come with ideal stats and 3 sockets to add additional items in, but mostly serve as a utility item for the out of combat speed increase, so is not an ideal choice for raiding and group content.

3. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Hunters, Monks, Elemental/Restoration Shamans, and Warrior
Mail Armor Hunters and Elemental/Restoration Shamans
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Everyone
Trinkets Havoc Demon Hunters, Feral Druids, Windwalker Monks, Hunters, and Rogues

4. ChangeLog

  • 27 Mar. 2017: Updated 7.2 Legendary changes.
  • 25 Jan. 2017: Updated for Nighthold trinket changes with new recommendations.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated for 7.1.5 and added in trinket simulations.
  • 28 Oct. 2016: Added Spontaenous Appendages as a Best-in-Slot trinket.
  • 14 Oct. 2016: Updated BiS.
  • 26 Sep. 2016: Updated trinkets.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2016: Removed trinket sims and added trinket recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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