Enhancement Shaman DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5

Last updated on Apr 16, 2019 at 06:40 by Wordup 51 comments

Welcome to our Enhancement Shaman guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5. 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.

1. Enhancement Shaman Overview

Enhancement Shaman has remained largely intact in Battle for Azeroth, with the core abilities carrying over a lot of the same design from Legion. It still keeps a focus on single target tools with some easy access into additional sustained cleave and AoE without it altering the rotation significantly. Losing the artifact has diluted some parts of what made Enhancement strong within the Legion landscape, however its ability to maintain a strong sustained damage package should not be underestimated. It can feel quite susceptible to damage however with a lack of strong defensive tools, so requires a good amount of awareness to stay safe. It also still keeps the large package of flexible small utility tools that are useful in a variety of situations, but largely remains as a specialization that does not provide anything truly unique.

2. Season 2 Changes for Enhancement Shaman

With the release of Season 2 in Battle for Azeroth, an additional ring has been added to each Azerite piece, increasing the availability of many class specific traits. This has opened up a number of Azerite enabled talent builds for different situations, which are explained elsewhere in the guide.

3. Patch 8.1 Changes for Enhancement Shaman

A number of talents have been adjusted, alongside an across the board damage buff.

Two new Azerite, traits Ancient Ankh Talisman Icon Ancient Ankh Talisman and Thunderaan's Fury Icon Thunderaan's Fury, have been added to the game.

4. Enhancement Shaman's Strengths

  • Strong sustained single target damage.
  • Flexible, can mesh with a number of different encounter styles.
  • Able to funnel AoE and cleave into single target, gaining a large amount of priority target damage.
  • Potential to do extremely high burst damage to targets with RNG at your side.
  • Versatile group utility toolkit for both dungeons and raids.
  • Azerite opens up a lot of talent options to customize your build depending on encounter.

5. Enhancement Shaman's Weaknesses

  • High variance in burst due to Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer.
  • Reliant on uptime, so can be punished in very high movement encounters.
  • Relies heavily on gear to enable certain damage profiles, which can be restrictive.
  • Weak defensives, so cannot take a lot of punishment.

6. Viability of Enhancement Shaman in the Current Patch

While the new Azerite builds introduced in Patch 8.1 helped Enhancement significantly, nerfs that happened briefly after hit its potential very hard. However, having variety in what you can select does allow you to tailor talents toward different encounters, increasing flexibility. Enhancement does deal a high amount of damage in Mythic+ situations, alongside a robust utility toolkit, but is outshined by some of the top tier melee specializations currently. Unfortunately, while Battle of Dazar'alor did present a number of fights that allowed for Enhancement to capitalise upon their mechanics, it was also outshined by some of the heavy hitters in the tier. It is unlikey that Crucible of Storms will change this significantly either.

7. Changelog

  • 16 Apr. 2019 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release and a small disclaimer was added regarding secondaries and simulations.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release with small tweaks to recommendations around Roiling Storm.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (FAQ page): Reviewed for Crucible release, added Bloodmallet race sims and viability notes.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (this page): Updated to reflect Crucible of Storms predictions and current state of the spec in viability section.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (stats page): Reviewed for Crucible release, added small disclaimer regarding weights and simming.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 28 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added Enhancement Shaman tips for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Updated for season 2 gear, updated item levels and recommended Azerite.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for season 2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for Season 2 Primal Primer optimisation with Mastery.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (stats page): Updated for season 2 to cover different weights depending on specific Azerite builds.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (rotation page): Updated for Season 2 with extra Azerite related build notes.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Season 2 Azerite to cover significant changes to Azerite and builds.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (talents page): Updated for season 2 deviations depending on Azerite gear available.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (easy mode page): Small update for stat recommendations to account for secondary values.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (this page): Updated for Season 2 Battle of Dazar'alor release.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (how to improve page): Updated for Season 2 notes, with specific notes regarding different build playstyles.
  • 17 Jan. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated for season 2 changes including notes regarding different builds.
  • 20 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated with additional notes.
  • 14 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Small updates for Boulderfist/Landslide checkmarks, and explanations underneath.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (spells page): Updated range of Capacitor and Earthbind Totems.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added in new upcoming trait additions.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for 8.1 to indicate Crash Lightning as a filler with Crashing Storm.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated for new talent changes in 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Updated for patch 8.1 talent changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for patch 8.1 with additional talent choices.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for patch 8.1 with Landslide notes.
  • 06 Oct. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated page format.
  • 15 Sep. 2018 (stats page): Added note regarding Mastery being strong in AoE.
  • 12 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated with gearing paths and Uldir item recommendations.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Preliminary update for Uldir launch week.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Added note regarding Gale-Force Striking following the buff.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Gale-Force Striking buff.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated to remove references to Landslide rotation changes due to simulation updates.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Switched to Bloodmallet charts for Azerite rankings.
  • 25 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated to account for simulation changes revealing Landslide weakness.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (spells page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Edited talent choices to shift to the easier to use Spirit Wolf.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page created in preparation for the eventual Uldir release.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page created.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page created.
  • 28 Jul. 2018 (addons page): Added Hekili to the list as a regularly updated rotation aid tool.
  • 22 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Altered trinket section to indicate direct damage trinkets are performing better.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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