Enhancement Shaman DPS Stat Priority — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Sep 15, 2018 at 07:19 by Wordup 39 comments

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 — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1.

1. The Basics of Stats for Enhancement Shaman

The simple stat priority for an Enhancement Shaman is:

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

Note that in AoE and Cleave situations, Mastery rises to the value of Haste, making it extremely strong in current BfA content.

1.1. Breakpoints & Ratios

Enhancement in Battle for Azeroth, much like most classes, heavily relies on Primary stats, and this means item level is (as a very general rule) preferred on most gear. It also does not currently appear to have any fixed ratios to aim for between secondaries. Ideally, to decide on specific gear, you should generate your own stat weight plot within SimulationCraft, as due to this, the stats currently present on your gear can drastically alter which is the ideal choice.

Currently, there is a small bump for Enhancement that exists at approximately 21% Haste. This is caused by granting an additional Global Cooldown and Auto Attack within a 15 second window, granting extra strength for both Ascendance Icon Ascendance and Elemental Spirits Icon Elemental Spirits talents, which is the period in which we are doing the highest damage. This however is very difficult to reach in early Battle for Azeroth, and you should not worry about it.

Note, after this point Haste only increases in value, so it does not discourage the stat after reaching this.

2. 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.

Haste increases the speed of your melee autoattacks, enabling you to get more procs Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer and Windfury Icon Windfury procs. You will also generate more Maelstrom due to your Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon passive. Haste also decreases the your Global Cooldown to a minimum of 0.750 seconds, and reduce the cooldown of your Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike, Rockbiter Icon Rockbiter, Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning, Overcharge Icon Overcharge, and Flametongue Icon Flametongue abilities.

Mastery, through Mastery: Enhanced Elements Icon Mastery: Enhanced Elements, increases all of your Fire, Frost, and Nature damage and further increases the chance to proc Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer and Windfury Icon Windfury.

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

3. Changelog

  • 15 Sep. 2018: Added note regarding Mastery being strong in AoE.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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