Enhancement Shaman DPS Guide — Dragonflight 10.0.2

Last updated on Nov 28, 2022 at 16:10 by Wordup 29 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Enhancement Shaman guide for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.0.2. Here, you will learn how to play as an Enhancement Shaman in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

If you were looking for WotLK Classic content, please refer to our WotLK Classic Enhancement Shaman guide.


Enhancement Shaman Overview

Enhancement has 3 central pillars: juggling different ability cooldowns, your stacks of the Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon effect, and reacting to procs. This means you will often be cycling all of your abilities on cooldown in an order of priority, with some of them excelling in different scenarios. We can adapt well to different target counts but have also maintained the sustained single-target and funneling components from previous expansions as well. We also still have access to a solid utility toolkit for dungeons, and Windfury Totem Icon Windfury Totem as an extra boost to other melee players in our party, granting us unique damage-increasing utility.


Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Very strong sustained single-target.
  • +Very strong 2-6 target cleave and AoE.
  • +Can funnel AoE and cleave into a single target, gaining priority-target damage.
  • +Versatile group utility toolkit for dungeons.
  • +Strong personal and group mobility.
  • +Good personal durability.
  • +Windfury Totem Icon Windfury Totem boosts other melee in your group.
X Weaknesses
  • -Limited uncapped AoE scaling.
  • -Reliant on uptime, so you are heavily punished by high movement encounters or intermissions.
  • -Punishing playstyle that requires you to be on the ball at all times to manage cooldowns and react to procs.
  • -Requires many available keybinds to play effectively.
  • -AoE is point blank and frontal, meaning you have to put yourself in danger to deal with some situations.

Dragonflight Changes for Enhancement Shamans

Enhancement's core gameplay loops in Dragonflight are very similar to what they were in Shadowlands with some solid improvements along the way, so anyone who has played the spec recently should be very familiar with them. The biggest adjustment to the spec's priority and pacing revolves around the changes made to Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon and its associated spenders. Although the base Maelstrom Weapon proc chance has been reduced, several active methods of generating Maelstrom Weapon stacks have been added to the tree, resulting in both an overall increase to total Maelstrom Weapon stack generation as well as an increase to its reliability. Additionally, our Maelstrom Weapon spenders all deal significantly more damage than before, shifting our emphasis away from tightly managing ability cooldowns and more toward carefully managing our Maelstrom Weapon stacks in order to utilize them effectively.

While the core of Enhancement's gameplay remains similar, almost every aspect of the toolkit has been improved significantly. Notably, Enhancement's AoE damage, while still mostly target capped, has been significantly improved and diversified. Additionally, the new class talent tree offers Enhancement a wide suite of utility, including several AoE crowd control options such as Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem, Guardian's Cudgel Icon Guardian's Cudgel, Thunderstorm Icon Thunderstorm, Thundershock Icon Thundershock, and Sundering Icon Sundering, making Enhancement a specialist at AoE disruption, which is especially useful in Mythic+ situations. Finally, while everything that made Enhancement's fire build strong in the past is still present on the new talent tree, its variance has been thankfully reduced and our Physical abilities have been given a lot of new talented support, encouraging much more build diversity. In particular:

We also now have the ability to take combinations of abilities that were previously impossible, opening up extra possibilities when deciding how we specialize our toolkit. A large number of Shadowlands legendaries return as well, with a number of powerful effects that were mutually exclusive in the past. Examples include:


Leveling an Enhancement Shaman

If you are interested in playing Enhancement, but do not yet have a Shaman at max level, we have a leveling guide with tips to help you along your journey.

After reaching max level, it can sometimes be difficult to immediately include new addons and UI elements you are not used to, and makes the transition to end-game play quite jarring. Due to that, we recommend grabbing some of the basic addons on our dedicated page when you are learning the spec, to make the transition smoother when learning to play Enhancement.


Basics of Enhancement Shaman Gameplay

  • Enhancement gameplay revolves around a number of different interlinking gameplay loops that are often all happening at once, creating a fast-paced experience that is heavy on planning mixed with reactive decision making. The three core loops it needs to maintain are:
    • Manage your Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon stacks. This is especially important in Dragonflight, as our most powerful abilities spend this to become instant (Elemental Blast Icon Elemental Blast, Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst, Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt, and Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning). Moreso than ever, generating as much of this resource as possible and avoiding waste by going above 10 stacks is key to executing Enhancement correctly.
    • Keep your rotational abilities on cooldown as much as possible. This is secondary to our Maelstrom management, but is still very important as it is often the best source of generating stacks. This was previously the most important loop and it remains; you need to look forward in the rotation and think about where gaps may appear and adjust your plan mid flow. This forms the planning and decision-making portion of the spec.
    • React to procs. This is the last and arguably least important component, but still remains important. Keeping up with powerful procs like Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer and Hot Hand Icon Hot Hand without allowing them to disrupt your plan too much is an important skill to learn for us.

    If you have never played Enhancement before or are new to the Dragonflight design, we recommend looking through our Spell Summary first, as that covers all of the individual abilities, alongside our Easy Mode page, which provides a quick primer to get you started.


    How to Gear Up as an Enhancement Shaman

    While we always recommend simming yourself for ideal results, we do provide a dedicated Enhancement gearing page that lists some items to look out for alongside some Best in Slot picks for the first season of Shadowlands.

    Once you have started to gear, you will need to make sure that you have the appropriate consumables, gems, enchants, and more. We have a dedicated page for exactly this, as shown below, as well as the stats page, where you can find more information on the possibility of a changing stat priority and the necessary changes you may need to make for consumables.


    End-Game as an Enhancement Shaman

    The end-game playstyle of Enhancement looks very different from the one you use to level, due to the longer encounters you experience. Due to that, we provide Mythic+, Raiding, and PvP focused guides that are aimed at each content type.


    Improving as an Enhancement Shaman

    Sometimes it can be difficult to pin-point exactly what it is that is causing you to perform poorly, but do not worry, many of these questions come up for players. Because of this, we have set up pages that cover common questions and target frequent mistakes below.


    Viability of Enhancement Shaman in the Current Patch

    10.0.2 looks very bright for Enhancement. A lot of the core issues focused around its lack of AoE damage have been addressed and the new talent tree encourages a healthy amount of build diversity. Enhancement still brings a good sustained single-target profile which has been improved in Dragonflight with significant burst damage thanks to several additions the toolkit at the bottom of the tree, including bit improvements to Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit's damage bonus effects and Ascendance Icon Ascendance receiving extremely strong supporting talents. Additionally, Windfury Totem Icon Windfury Totem has been upgraded, now giving full value to dual-wield specializations and making it attractive for a wider variety of raid compositions. While there may only be room for one Enhancement Shaman in a typical raid, we predict that the spec will perform very well on its own merits and is looking to be much improved in Mythic+ with improved AoE and funnel damage profiles as well as significantly improved AoE crowd control tools.



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