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Enhancement Shaman in Battle for Azeroth (BfA)

Last updated on May 29, 2018 at 23:30 by Wordup 395 comments

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General Information

On this page, you will find information on how to play your Enhancement Shaman in Battle for Azeroth. Because the new expansion is still in beta, this guide is simply here to help you perform better in the beta or to give you a sneak peek into what the new expansion has in store for your class.

The other pages of our Enhancement Shaman guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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. Foreword

This page will serve as an early primer for the changes coming up for Enhancement in Battle for Azeroth, covering important spell changes, talent options and a basic rotation. As a small disclaimer, remember the specialization is still being iterated on almost weekly, and as such what is written here may not be immediately accurate following big changes until said changes have been accounted for.

Enhancement overall has not had many drastic changes to its core kit, still orienting itself around Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike, basic Maelstrom management balancing between Rockbiter Icon Rockbiter and Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash, and short weapon buffs such as Flametongue Icon Flametongue. The loss of the Artifact has changed some of the balance between certain abilities, but if you have experience with Legion, you will find this version very similar, although slightly slower paced.

2. Enhancement Shaman Core Ability & Mechanic Changes in BfA

  • Maelstrom cap has been reduced to 100, down from 150.
  • Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike has been reduced to 30 Maelstrom and had its base cooldown reduced to 9 seconds.
  • Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer now grants a free Stormstrike cast, instead of reducing their cost by 50%.
  • Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash now costs 40 Maelstrom and deals a higher portion of damage as a Maelstrom spender.
  • Lightning Surge Totem Icon 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.

Aside from these changes, Enhancement mechanically operates in the same way as in Legion, although some numerical values and damage distribution has been slightly altered.

3. Talent Changes for Enhancement Shaman in BfA

BFA Enhancement Talent Tree

The Enhancement tree is one area that has seen a relatively large amount of changes, with a number of heavily reworked choices interspersed with some returning Legion choices. Talents not mentioned here remain the same as their Legion counterparts.

3.1. Level 15

  • Boulderfist Icon Boulderfist returns but has been moved to the first talent row, and operates the same as the Legion version.
  • Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield has received a complete redesign, and moved from the Level 60 row to here. This now serves as both a Maelstrom generation tool and a short term weapon buff that triggers after enough Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike casts have occurred to charge it up to 15.

3.2. Level 30

This tier has now changed to be more offensive rather than the defense/utility oriented choices of Legion, and as such has changed entirely.

  • Landslide Icon Landslide has been moved here, and now serves as a proc rather than Legion's buff, granting Rockbiter Icon Rockbiter a 20% chance per cast to increase the damage of your next Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike cast by 100%.
  • Forceful Winds Icon Forceful Winds is an entirely new talent, causing each successive Windfury Attack Icon Windfury Attack within 15 seconds to increase all Windfury damage by 100%, and Maelstrom generated by 1 (per swing). Note this affects the swing that triggers it, and the duration does not refresh with each stack, so it will repeatedly cycle between 0 to 5 over the course of combat.
  • Totem Mastery Icon Totem Mastery now appears on our tree, dropping 4 totems for two minutes with no cooldown. The buffs are 1 Maelstrom per second, 5% increased Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike & 10% Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash, and a 2% increased chance for Windfury Attack Icon Windfury Attack to trigger.

3.3. Level 45

This now serves as a utility tier rather than the crowd control Totem tier, which is absent in Battle for Azeroth.

  • Spirit Wolf Icon Spirit Wolf grants a stacking 5% damage reduction and movement speed buff for each second you remain in Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf, up to 20% each. Note that as soon as you leave Ghost Wolf, these stacks will immediately fall off.
  • Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield returns from old expansions, granting a 9-stack buff for 10 minutes that will consume a charge each time you receive damage, healing you for a small amount. While the shield persists, you also increase any healing you do to yourself by 10%.
  • Static Charge Icon Static Charge reduces the cooldown of the newly added Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem by 5 seconds for each target stunned by the detonation, up to a maximum of 20 seconds.

3.4. Level 60

  • Searing Assault Icon Searing Assault is a new talent that causes each direct Flametongue Icon Flametongue cast to deal additional Fire damage to the target hit over 6 seconds, effectively increasing the direct damage value of each cast.
  • Overcharge Icon Overcharge has been moved to this tier.

3.5. Level 75

This now serves as a mobility/defense tier.

  • Nature's Guardian Icon Nature's Guardian causes you to heal for 20% of your maximum health whenever your health is reduced below 35%, with a 45-second cooldown. This provides a nice small personal healing boost for emergency sustain that does not require any Global Cooldown investment.
  • Feral Lunge Icon Feral Lunge has been moved to this tier, and is now on a reduced Global Cooldown.
  • Wind Rush Totem Icon Wind Rush Totem has been moved to this tier but remains unchanged.

3.6. Level 90

This tier remains predominantly the same, however Sundering Icon Sundering now incapicatates enemies hit, no longer knocking them aside.

3.7. Level 100

  • Elemental Spirits Icon Elemental Spirits is a new talent that reduces the cooldown of Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit by 30 seconds, and causes you to spawn two wolves in any combination from a pool of 3 Elements that provide a buff to you for the 15-second duration.
    • FireMolten Weapon Icon Molten Weapon increases your Fire damage by 20% and causes Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash to burn the target for an additional 20% of the damage dealt over 15 seconds, this effect accumulates much like Ignite for Fire Mages.
    • FrostIcy Edge Icon Icy Edge causes all of your attacks to deal a fixed amount of additional Frost damage and slow the target by 30% for 3 seconds.
    • LightningCrackling Surge Icon Crackling Surge increases the damage of Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike and Windfury Attack Icon Windfury Attack by 100%.
  • Ascendance Icon Ascendance is now on the Global Cooldown and has had the cooldown reduction granted to Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike reduced to maintain the every other cast cycle it currently has in Legion.

4. Enhancement Shaman Azerite Traits

Currently, the final iteration of Azerite traits is to be determined, as they have changed quite significantly over the course of the Beta. Some have the potential to slightly alter your rotation and the priority of spells based upon how strong they are, whilst others serve as passive procs and free additional damage that do not require additional input. You will generally be presented with a choice between a generic bonus that all specs can use, and one choice that is tailored to Enhancement, but where they stand will depend on eventual tuning.

5. Basic Rotation for Enhancement Shaman in BfA

Disclaimer — Recently, a change that had been tested with Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike had it converted to Nature damage (therefore allowing it to both bypass armor and gain the benefits of Mastery: Enhanced Elements Icon Mastery: Enhanced Elements), and the rotation was carefully balanced to allow it to generally maintain the same flow of Legion. However, this change was removed in the most recent Beta build, which has caused the balance of Maelstrom to shift drastically enough that the rotation could potentially change. Until the numbers are clarified, I will however list the rotation as it was expected to operate until this change was implemented.

  1. Cast Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit as often as possible.
  2. Cast Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike with or without a Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer proc active.
  3. Cast Rockbiter Icon Rockbiter if at 2 charges and below 70 Maelstrom
  4. Cast Flametongue Icon Flametongue if the buff is not active.
  5. Cast Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash if above 50 Maelstrom.
  6. Cast Rockbiter Icon Rockbiter.
  7. Refresh Flametongue Icon Flametongue if nothing else is available.

5.1. Multi-target Rotation for Enhancement Shaman in BfA

Against multiple targets, Enhancement still operates the same, activating Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning as soon as a second target is in range and maintaining the buff whilst performing your regular single target rotation.

6. ChangeLog

  • 30 May 2018: Added talent tree image.
  • 29 May 2018: Page added.
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