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Enhancement Shaman DPS Guide (Legion 7.3.2)

Last updated on Oct 25, 2017 at 14:42 by Wordup 381 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Enhancement Shaman DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.2. 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 7.3 Changes

Enhancement currently has received nothing new leading into 7.3 aside from the addition of the Netherlight Crucible.

3. 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).

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 10 pages:

8. ChangeLog

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  • 25 Oct. 2017 (gear page): Updated to account for Convergence of Fates nerf.
  • 10 Oct. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Relic values adjusted.
  • 09 Oct. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Updated with more recent values including Dark Sorrows buff and higher assumed item level.
  • 12 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Added Netherlight Crucible page for Enhancement Shaman.
  • 10 Sep. 2017 (enchants page): Altered gems to highlight Saber's Eye no longer being ideal.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (talents page): No changes needed for Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (this page): Updated to indicate no new changes for 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lightforged Augment Rune and new 7.3 epic gems.
  • 14 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): Updated rotation for new Earthen Spike information & re-arranged certain parts of the rotation regarding buff management.
  • 10 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Edited Level 100 talent section to explain Earthen Spike and Ascendance parity.
  • 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 (gear page): Updated for new Patch 7.2.5 Tier 20 gear and additional Legendary options available.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 7.2.5.
  • 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 (artifact page): Updated for Patch 7.2.5 with new Relic recommendations.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Updated for Patch 7.2.5 changes to talent tiers.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Updated for Patch 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 7.2.5 talent choice changes.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (this page): Updated for Patch 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Updated for Patch 7.2.5 to note Haste and Mastery being equal.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Updated with new Feast information.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): Slight changes to account for Hailstorm's return in patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Updated 7.2 Legendary changes.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Updated talent recommendations for Tier 1, 4, and 6.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Updated for 7.2, rewrote some sections.
  • 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.
  • 14 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Updated Relic values.
  • 25 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated for Nighthold trinket changes with new recommendations.
  • 21 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Added Tier 19 4-piece set bonus specific builds.
  • 21 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Added Tier 19 4-piece set bonus sections: rotation/opener.
  • 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 (rotation page): Large update with changes to rotation to factor in 7.1.5 updates.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Update for 7.1.5 with new talent changes and recommendations.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Checked and confirmed for 7.1.5, changing Vers vs. Crit
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated for 7.1.5 with new talent selections.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Checked and confirmed for 7.1.5
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated for 7.1.5 and added in trinket simulations.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Updated with 7.1.5 changes.
  • 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 (enchants page): Updated consumables and added a section on potion usage.
  • 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 (gear page): Added Spontaenous Appendages as a Best-in-Slot trinket.
  • 28 Oct. 2016 (this page): Updated the strengths and weaknesses section.
  • 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): Reverted change on food after more testing.
  • 18 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Updated food and potion choice as well as neck enchant.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Addendum with mastery haste scaling.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Improved clarity and updated talent balance.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Improved clarity in some sections.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (this page): Fixed typos, improved descriptions.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed trinket sims and added trinket recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear 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.
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