Enhancement Shaman DPS Stat Priority — Dragonflight 10.2.7

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 11:20 by Wordup 34 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find out the optimal stat priority for your Enhancement Shaman. We first present the stat priority, before delving into more complex explanations. Our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2.7.

If you were looking for WotLK Classic content, please refer to our WotLK Classic Enhancement Shaman stat priority.

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General Stat Priority

Season 4 Note: Due to the extreme amount of stats and item level gained over the course of the expansion and the multiple diminishing returns we are beginning to hit, when simulating your character you are likely to see a strong desire to balance stats. This should be followed (even if it includes Versatility recommendations) as the amount of gear variance between characters is now very large.

Enhancement currently has two build archetypes in Elementalist and Storm, each with their own stat priorities and details below:

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Stat Priority for Enhancement Shaman in Dragonflight

Elementalist Storm
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Elementalist Stat Priority

Elementalist builds prefer the following:

  1. Agility;
  2. Mastery;
  3. Haste;
  4. Critical Strike;
  5. Versatility.

Agility directly increases the damage of all of your abilities by contributing to your attack power, and is the strongest stat after weapon DPS.

Due to the large amount of damage scaling with Mastery present in the build and the excellent point-per-percent conversion, it is consistently our best stat. This remains true even after it begins to hit diminishing returns. Following that, Haste up to the first DR point (roughly 5100 rating) comes in behind it.

After reaching that, we generally want to spend the rest of our budget on Critical Strike and a small amount of Versatility to balance things out.

Since there is a very large amount of secondaries available with Season 4 gear, you are very likely to find that simulations of your character will want to balance out all 4 stats. This is normal and you should follow it, even if it is beginning to weigh into Critical Strike and Versatility, as we gain a decent amount from all of them at this point.

4.

Storm Stat Priority

Storm builds prefer the following:

  1. Agility;
  2. Haste;
  3. Mastery;
  4. Critical Strike;
  5. Versatility.

Agility directly increases the damage of all of your abilities by contributing to your attack power, and is the strongest stat after weapon DPS.

This build strongly prefers Haste early on, and it starts to balance out just past the diminishing returns point at around 33% (due to the Deeply Rooted Elements Icon Deeply Rooted Elements window). Mastery is very close behind until then and overtakes it after the Haste 33% mark (roughly 5600 rating), so these two are your first priority stats.

After hitting the DR point, generally, Critical Strike catches up, which you want to gather alongside Mastery and a small amount of Versatility to balance your budget.

Since there is a very large amount of secondaries available with Season 4 gear, you are very likely to find that simulations of your character will want to balance out all 4 stats. This is normal and you should follow it, even if it is beginning to weigh into Critical Strike and Versatility, as we gain a decent amount from all of them at this point.

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Gems, Enchants, and Consumables

The gems, enchants, and consumables you will use are directly derived from your stat priority, and you can find our advice on this topic in our dedicated page.

5.1.

Breakpoints & Ratios

The only notable secondary stat breakpoint Enhancement is expected to encounter in Dragonflight involves our Mastery stat. At roughly 83.3% increased Fire, Frost, and Nature damage, assuming Storm's Wrath Icon Storm's Wrath is talented, your Windfury Weapon Icon Windfury Weapon will have a 100% proc rate inside Doom Winds Icon Doom Winds windows, and thus, additional Mastery no longer increases the strength of the cooldown. This, however, does not have a significant enough impact to change gearing strategies.

There is also a very soft breakpoint that is moreso related to gameplay feel than performance, around 33% Haste for Storm builds. This gives a more generous amount of time for an extra GCD during Deeply Rooted Elements Icon Deeply Rooted Elements, but whether this gets capitalized on during each proc is still up to chance. This is more a consistency preference than something to aim for, and it slightly warps some gear sims when hovering around, but just below this point.

As always, we recommend you sim your own character on Raidbots when possible, due to the stats present on your other gear pieces often having a big impact on what you should equip.

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Getting a Better Understanding of Enhancement Shaman Stats

Agility provides you with Attack Power, which increases the damage of your melee attacks and abilities.

Critical Strike increases the chance for your attacks and abilities to critically strike, dealing double damage. It also increases the chance to trigger the Flurry Icon Flurry effect from abilities.

Haste increases the speed of your melee autoattacks. This increases the frequency of your Windfury Weapon Icon Windfury Weapon procs (and by extension Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer chances), and your Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon stack generation. Haste also decreases the your Global Cooldown to a minimum of 0.75 seconds, and primarily reduces the cooldown of your Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike, Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash, Ice Strike Icon Ice Strike, Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning, Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock, Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock and Fire Nova Icon Fire Nova abilities.

Mastery, through Mastery: Enhanced Elements Icon Mastery: Enhanced Elements, increases all Fire, Frost, and Nature damage you deal alongside increasing your chance to proc Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer and Windfury Weapon Icon Windfury Weapon. This bonus chance to trigger Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer and Windfury Weapon Icon Windfury Weapon can be increased by 150% via the Storm's Wrath Icon Storm's Wrath talent, and your Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer procs can be empowered to cause your next Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike to deal 25% additional damage as Nature damage via the Stormblast Icon Stormblast talent, which also benefits from Mastery.

Versatility increases all damage and healing you do and reduces all damage taken.

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Changelog

  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 22 Apr. 2024: Reviewed for Season 4.
  • 19 Mar. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.6.
  • 15 Jan. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.5, no changes necessary.
  • 06 Nov. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.2.
  • 04 Sep. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.7, no changes necessary.
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.1.5 with small note about soft Haste breakpoint.
  • 01 May 2023: Updated for 10.1 with adjusted notes about Storm build and Haste for Elementalist.
  • 20 Mar. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 24 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 28 Nov. 2022: Reviewed for Dragonflight launch.
  • 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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