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Enhancement Shaman DPS NetherLight Crucible Relic Paths and Weights (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Jan 18, 2018 at 07:27 by Wordup 395 comments

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General Information

This page will help you choose the right paths on your Netherlight Crucible as a a Enhancement Shamans. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. For more information, please read our Guide to the Netherlight Crucible.

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. Optimization between Light/Shadow Tier 2 and Relic Tier 3 Choices for Enhancement Shaman

Netherlight Crucible

Optimizing the Netherlight Crucible for Enhancement is slightly different to some other specs, largely due to the relatively low value of many Relic traits that can be improved that will be presented to you as an option, and the general strength of the Tier 2 Light/Shadow traits that you have available to you. Due to that, it will be quite specific to you and the choices the Crucible gives you as to the path you take, rather than a universal rule.

For each of the Tier 2 and Tier 3 options on the Crucible then, I have added a value next to each choice that has been calculated through SimulationCraft, based on the equivalent Item Level value each trait is. To work out your best choice with the options, simply take the values of the Tier 2 and tier 3 options you use, combine them and select the highest possible combination.

2. Tier 2 Trait Priorities for Enhancement Shaman

The Light/Shadow traits on Tier 2 present the highest possible value for you to gain on the Crucible. Below, I have listed them into 3 brackets of strength, alongside a relative Item Level equivalency:

2.1. Best

2.2. Good

2.3. Weak

Note that anything with defensive added next to it has additional benefit from through the defensive bonuses they also grant. This has no value for dealing damage, but some players may want to focus on this depending on the content they participate in.

3. Tier 3 Trait Priorities for Enhancement Shaman

Ideally, you should attempt to take the best Tier 2 trait to lead to the highest value Tier 3 trait. However, if you find that the Tier 2 option would outvalue any of the Tier 3 options available to you, then deciding based on the Light/Shadow choice instead is optimal. Note that these values are much more specific than those on the Relic page, as they have been done at a more precise gear level to allow for more focus. These may be different on specific characters, but these are a good general outline (note that these values are generated with the Tier 21 4-piece bonus, so may be slightly different without it):

  1.  Icon Wind Strikes - 3
  2.  Icon Weapons of the Elements - 2 (assuming Tier 21 bonuses)
  3.  Icon Gathering of the Maelstrom - 2
  4.  Icon Wind Surge - 2
  5. Crashing Hammer Icon Crashing Hammer 0.4/AoE focused - 2.8
  6.  Icon Forged in Lava - 1
  7.  Icon Gathering Storms - 0.3/AoE focused - 1.5-3

The traits not listed here ( Icon Elemental Healing,  Icon Spiritual Healing, and  Icon Spirit of the Maelstrom) are very low value traits that are either defensively oriented or provide little to no benefit, and should be avoided wherever possible.

4. ChangeLog

  • 18 Jan. 2018: Streamlined Murderous Intent/Shocklight values.
  • 27 Nov. 2017: Updated for Antorus values.
  • 10 Oct. 2017: Relic values adjusted.
  • 09 Oct. 2017: Updated with more recent values including Dark Sorrows buff and higher assumed item level.
  • 12 Sep. 2017: Added Netherlight Crucible page for Enhancement Shaman.
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