Enhancement Shaman DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

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Welcome to our Enhancement Shaman guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1. 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. Patch 8.1 Changes for Enhancement Shaman

A number of talents have been adjusted, alongside an across the board damage buff, but this remains largely irrelevant relative to the 8.0.1 landscape:

None of these changes have a significant impact on the talents you will select in current content. It does however allow for more flexibility in what options you have available to you.

3. Patch 8.0.1 Changes for Enhancement Shaman

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

3.1. 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.

3.2. 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.

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.

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.
  • 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.

6. Viability of Enhancement Shaman in the Current Patch

Enhancement is likely to still remain in the lower area of melee performance due to its inconsistency. It still has a strong showing in Mythic+, which is only improved by the extra talent options available on the AoE talent tier. The upcoming Battle of Dazar'alor also has a number of fights that lean into the few Enhancement strengths remaining, however the power of the specialization remains to be seen in raid content.

7. Changelog

  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 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 (how to improve 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 (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 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for patch 8.1 with additional talent choices.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated for new talent changes in 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for 8.1 to indicate Crash Lightning as a filler with Crashing Storm.
  • 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 (bosses page): Preliminary update for Uldir launch week.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Added note regarding Gale-Force Striking following the 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.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Gale-Force Striking buff.
  • 25 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated to account for simulation changes revealing Landslide weakness.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (simulations 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 (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 (spells page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents 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 (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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