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Enhancement Shaman DPS Guide (Legion 7.2.5)

Last updated on Jul 18, 2017 at 11:29 by Wordup 363 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Enhancement Shaman DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.2.5. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing an Enhancement Shaman in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

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. Class Overview

Enhancement Shaman has undergone a wide variety of changes in Legion. Many of the lengthy cooldowns that were limiting to the rotation in past expansions have been removed, replaced by an entirely new resource limited rotation. The result is a specialization that is very flexible and streamlined, with a much faster pace of play that can be applied in a variety of ways. Enhancement has very much shifted into a single-target specialist with some cleave aspects added in, replacing the older sustained AoE that was present in Warlords of Draenor. Coming primed with an impressive priority burst toolkit and the ability to set up damage prior to a target spawning, alongside having some powerful proc based tools make it incredibly versatile, and easily able to tackle the majority of raid situations. Whilst not strictly an AoE powerhouse, it still brings a slew of extra tools in dungeons alongside respectable damage for Mythic+ as well.

2. Patch 7.2.5 Changes

Enhancement has received a significant number of changes, effectively overhauling the spec in many cases this patch. This includes the following:

  • Two new Legendary items have been added, Smoldering Heart Icon Smoldering Heart in the Gloves slot and Soul of the Farseer Icon Soul of the Farseer in the Ring slot.
  • Damage of core abilities increased by 10%.
  • Damage of Earthen Spike Icon Earthen Spike increased by 25%, Hailstorm Icon Hailstorm by 11%, and Fury of Air Icon Fury of Air by 10%.
  • Numerous talents have been moved around and reworked, including Landslide Icon Landslide, Boulderfist Icon Boulderfist and Ascendance Icon Ascendance — see the talent section for more information.
  • Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning damage and on hit effects increased by 20%.
  • Hot Hand Icon Hot Hand proc rate reduced by 29%.
  • Flametongue Icon Flametongue on hit damage has been increased by 28%.
  • Rockbiter Icon Rockbiter has been reworked, convering it into the old Boulderfist design. This now deals significantly more damage, but has 2 charges with a 6 second recharge; whilst also generating additional Maelstrom.
  • Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer now triggers from all weapon attacks rather than just Main Hand hits.
  • Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike cooldown reduced to 15 seconds (from 16).
  •  Icon Wind Surge increased to 8% per rank (from 5%).
  •  Icon Wind Strikes now increases Attack Speed by 3% per point (down from 10) but now lasts from 6 seconds (up from 3).

3. Patch 7.2 Changes

7.2 adds in additional Artifact traits including the new golden trait, Lashing Flames Icon Lashing Flames. The legendary Akainu's Absolute Justice Icon Akainu's Absolute Justice has also been brought up to 50%, making it a viable option.

4. Strengths

  • Exceptional priority burst in single target
  • Flexible, able to adapt to a variety of different encounter types
  • Great target swapping and damage on high priority targets
  • Good group utility for both dungeons and raids

5. Weaknesses

  • High variance in burst due to Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer
  • Reliant on uptime so can be punished in very high movement encounters
  • Weak defensives so cannot take a lot of punishment

6. Viability in the Current Patch

Whilst Enhancement fell off in Nighthold as time moved on, the same strengths for progression raiding that existed then still ring true for Tomb of Sargeras. It still comes primed with a solid Single Target toolkit (although in some cases a little lacking), and the ability to burst down a target if needed with  Icon Doom Winds and a flood of Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer procs. Whilst it remains very average in Mythic+ due to being more Cleave oriented than AoE, it could see a strong showing if 7.2.5 raid encounters require this aspect. The inconsistency has been remedied quite significantly also leading into the 7.2.5 rework, allowing for a more predictable flow of ability usage as opposed to the "feast or famine" design it was reliant on previously.

7. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 9 pages:

8. ChangeLog

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  • 18 Jul. 2017 (gear page): Re-added Sephuz/Prydaz to legendary list.
  • 09 Jul. 2017 (talents page): Updated to reflect Tomb talent choices in the current environment, in particular Fury of Air.
  • 19 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Small changes in opener to prioritise buffs.
  • 17 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Added note regarding Overcharge & Akainus legendary.
  • 16 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Moved Crash Lightning buff maintanence up over casting Ascendance to be active for burst.
  • 15 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Clarified Earthen Spike in the opener & moved above Doom Winds for syncing purposes.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added note regarding Tier 19/20 2/4pc combinations.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Updated for Patch 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Updated for Patch 7.2.5 changes to talent tiers.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Updated for Patch 7.2.5 with new Relic recommendations.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Updated for new Patch 7.2.5 Tier 20 gear and additional Legendary options available.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 7.2.5 talent choice changes.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated Patch 7.2.5 rotational changes, added details regarding Tier 20 set bonuses and Ascendance overview.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Updated for Patch 7.2.5 to note Haste and Mastery being equal.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (this page): Updated for Patch 7.2.5.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Updated with new Feast information.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Updated 7.2 Legendary changes.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): Slight changes to account for Hailstorm's return in patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Updated for 7.2, rewrote some sections.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Updated talent recommendations for Tier 1, 4, and 6.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (easy mode page): Very slight change in the default build and priority.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 14 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Updated Relic values.
  • 25 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated for Nighthold trinket changes with new recommendations.
  • 21 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Added Tier 19 4-piece set bonus sections: rotation/opener.
  • 21 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Added Tier 19 4-piece set bonus specific builds.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (spells page): Wordup's rewrite of several spell descriptions.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Checked and confirmed for 7.1.5
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Checked and confirmed for 7.1.5
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Updated with 7.1.5 changes.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated for 7.1.5 with new talent selections.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Update for 7.1.5 with new talent changes and recommendations.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated for 7.1.5 and added in trinket simulations.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Large update with changes to rotation to factor in 7.1.5 updates.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Checked and confirmed for 7.1.5, changing Vers vs. Crit
  • 27 Nov. 2016 (easy mode page): Added section for easier playstyle.
  • 30 Oct. 2016 (artifact page): Edited Artifact pathing and Relic choice as Gathering of the Maelstrom is now a much weaker trait.
  • 28 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated stat priority and descriptions (Vers>Crit)
  • 28 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated priotity system to include Alpha Wolf mention and cleaned up the opening sequence for additional clarity.
  • 28 Oct. 2016 (this page): Updated the strengths and weaknesses section.
  • 28 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Added Spontaenous Appendages as a Best-in-Slot trinket.
  • 28 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated consumables and added a section on potion usage.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (this page): No changes to Enhancement in 7.1, so the guide remains unchanged.
  • 14 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated BiS.
  • 11 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated stat priority to note Mastery:Haste ratio is no longer present.
  • 26 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinkets.
  • 18 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Updated food and potion choice as well as neck enchant.
  • 18 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Reverted change on food after more testing.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Addendum with mastery haste scaling.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (this page): Fixed typos, improved descriptions.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Improved clarity and updated talent balance.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Improved clarity in some sections.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed trinket sims and added trinket recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (spells page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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