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Enhancement Shaman DPS Guide in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated Yesterday at 14:47 by Wordup 21 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Enhancement Shaman DPS guide for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1. 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 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. Battle for Azeroth 8.0.1 Pre-Patch Changes for Enhancement Shaman

The core of Enhancement remains, however some mechanical changes have been made alongside some new abilities being added.

2.1. Existing Ability Changes

  • The Maelstrom cap has been reduced to 100, down from 150.
  • Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike has been reduced to a 30 Maelstrom cost, and had its base cooldown reduced to 9 seconds.
  • Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer now grants a free Stormstrike cast, instead of reducing the cost by 50%.
  • Stormlash has been removed from the Enhancement toolkit.

2.2. New Spell and Mechanic Additions

  • Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash now costs 40 Maelstrom and deals a larger amount of damage as a Maelstrom spender.
  • Lightning Surge Totem returns as a baseline spell, and has been renamed to Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem, with an increased cooldown of 1 minute and a reduced stun duration of 3 seconds.
  • Earth Elemental Icon Earth Elemental returns to the spec, and is the same as the Elemental Shaman equivalent.
  • Tremor Totem Icon Tremor Totem returns to the specialization as a Fear, Charm and Sleep removal tool.
  • The artifact trait Raging Storms has been rolled into Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer as a baseline effect.
  • The artifact trait Gathering Storms has been rolled into Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning as a baseline effect.

3. 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.

4. 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.
  • Talent tree lacks diversity, so not a lot of personal customization can be done on an encounter specific basis.
  • Weak defensives, so cannot take a lot of punishment.

5. Viability of Enhancement Shaman in the Current Patch

Currently Enhancement is simulating strong, but has received a lot of changes since the bulk of testing occurred within Uldir. There is a lot of potential for it to remain strong, but limited talent options may hurt in the long run. With regards to Mythic+, there have been some improvements to damage output, but survival may have limitations, though currently seems good enough to perform well. Damage wise, Enhancement definitely seems like it has a place.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 14 pages:

7. ChangeLog

  • 13 Aug. 2018 (common mistakes page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation 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 (spells page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (bosses page): Page created in preparation for the eventual Uldir release.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Edited talent choices to shift to the easier to use Spirit Wolf.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page created.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (FAQ 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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