Enhancement Shaman DPS Guide — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Nov 24, 2020 at 01:28 by Wordup 4 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Enhancement Shaman guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2. 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 WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Enhancement Shaman DPS guide.

1.

Enhancement Shaman Overview

Enhancement in Shadowlands relies on juggling different ability cooldowns and the Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon effect to form a cyclical rotation. This means you will often be using all of your abilities on cooldown, with some of them excelling in different scenarios. We can adapt well to different target counts and maintain the sustained single-target and funneling components from previous expansions as well. We still struggle with survivability and our self-healing has been reduced, but our utility toolkit for dungeons remains intact. We also have access to Windfury Totem Icon Windfury Totem as an extra boost to other melee players in our party, granting us unique damage-increasing utility.

2.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Sustained single-target and cleave-focused damage profile.
  • +Flexible, can mesh with a number of different encounter styles and target counts.
  • +Able to funnel AoE and cleave into single-target, gaining a large amount of priority target damage.
  • +Versatile group utility toolkit for dungeons.
  • +Good mobility via Spirit Walk Icon Spirit Walk and Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf.
  • +Windfury Totem Icon Windfury Totem boosts other melee in your group.
X Weaknesses
  • -Can have high variance, due to Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer and Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon proc rates.
  • -Reliant on uptime, so can be punished in very high movement encounters.
  • -Very fragile, with a low number of defensive tools, which is rough for melee.
  • -Punishing playstyle that requires you to be on the ball at all times to manage cooldowns.
3.

Recent Changes for Enhancement Shaman

Due to the extent of the changes to Enhancement in Shadowlands, you can look at our maintained list of Shadowlands expansion changes at the link below:

4.

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.

5.

Basics of Enhancement Shaman Gameplay

Enhancement in Shadowlands is focused around managing a number of individual spell cooldowns that, while they do not cost anything, have different timers that need to be used in varying orders to prevent downtime. This is paired with two proc effects - Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon and Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer, that provide a mix-up to your regular rotation cycles.

The core concept is to make sure that you keep Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike, Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash, Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning, and Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock/Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock on cooldown and make use of every Global Cooldown you can. You should also be weaving in casts of Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt/Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning whenever your Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon stacks allow (making sure not to waste any by going over 10), as they are made instant whenever you have 5 available.

If you have never played Enhancement before or are new to the Shadowlands 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.

6.

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.

7.

End-Game as an Enhancement Shaman

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

8.

Improving as an Enhancement Shaman

Sometimes it can be difficult to pin-point exactly what it is that is causing you to do 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.

9.

Changelog

  • 24 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Page added.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (this page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page added.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 25 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated for all bosses.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 01 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Updated with notes for each boss.
  • 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.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Preliminary update for Uldir launch week.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page created in preparation for the eventual Uldir release.
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