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Enhancement Shaman PvP Guide (Legion 7.2)

Last updated on Jun 01, 2017 at 07:05 by Mysticall 4 comments

Table of Contents

Introduction

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play an Enhancement Shaman in a PvP environment. The guide will cover everything from talent choices, artifacts, gameplay and rotation, and useful racial bonuses. It is most applicable to Arena content, but most talents and racial bonuses will work in Rated Battlegrounds and skirmishes.

About The Author

This guide has been written by Mysticall, a seasoned PvP player who has repeatedly achieved Arena Master and 2300 rating. You can watch his stream on Twitch, and you can also check out his YouTube channel.

1. Spec Overview / Place in the Current Meta

Enhancement Shamans have flown under the radar as far as damage goes. They have very strong consistent damage, but what makes them scary is how strong their burst is. With tools such as Purge Icon Purge to dispel important enemy buffs and Heroism Icon Heroism/Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust being able to be used in Arenas they are certainly a threat to any class.

2. Gear

With regards to gear, the biggest change in Legion is that there is no more PvP gear. Your strength in PvP will be determined based on the average item level of your gear (as displayed on your character sheet). For example, the base item level at level 110 is 800, so your stats in PvP will be adjusted accordingly. For every 10 item levels you gain, your stats are increased by 1%.

The implication is that it does not matter where your gear comes from, and all that matters is its item level. Gear from quests or PvE content is just as good as gear you get as a reward from PvP (which, in fact, will be very similar to PvE gear; there are no more PvP stats on gear).

Practically, you will simply look to collect gear with the highest item levels possible, and the stat distribution on the gear will not matter.

3. Artifact Traits

Below, we will explain what the recommended order for artifact traits is, if you wish to maximise your PvP potential. It is quite possible that your artifact path (at the time of reading this guide) differs from our suggestions. If this is the case, do not worry, and use the information below to help you understand your traits and guide your future choices.

If you have suddenly decided that you want to turn to PvP, the best thing to do in your artifact progression is continue to your closest Golden trait, and then follow the recommendations below. Picking up the most useful traits ( Icon Spiritual Healing,  Icon Alpha Wolf,  Icon Elemental Healing, and  Icon Stormflurry) along the way is a great way to boost your potential.

3.1. First Golden Trait

The first Golden trait you should go for is  Icon Doom Wolves.

  1. Take  Icon Hammer of Storms.
  2. Take  Icon Gathering Storms. This trait is great against teams that are stacked. This will make your next Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike hit very hard.
  3. Take  Icon Wind Strikes. This makes your consistent damage much stronger.
  4. Take  Icon Spiritual Healing. Enhancement Shamans have very few defensive abilities. This trait comes in handy when you are being focused and you need to heal yourself to stay alive.
  5. Take  Icon Doom Wolves. This makes your burst much more powerful.

3.2. Second Golden Trait

The second Golden trait to take is  Icon Corrupted Blood of Zakajz.

  1. Take  Icon Stormflurry. This trait gives your Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike the potential to deal large amounts of damage.
  2. Take  Icon Forged in Lava. Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash is a core ability for Enhancement Shaman. By increasing its damage you increase your consistent damage.
  3. Take  Icon Doom Vortex. This trait increases your overall damage and deals a good amount of spread damage to enemy teams.

3.3. Remaining Traits

After this, you should head for your last Golden Trait,  Icon Unleash Doom, picking up any remaining traits after that. Although there is no particular order you need for the rest of the traits, you should prioritize  Icon Elemental Healing and  Icon Alpha Wolf over the other traits.

4. Relics

Relics are disabled in PvP, so they are not a concern to you.

5. Talent Choices

Regular talents work in both PvP and PvE content (although they may sometimes work differently in the two environments, which is indicated by their tooltips). In other words, they are always active.

On the other hand, Honor talents are inactive outside of a PvP environment.

5.1. Regular Talents

5.1.1. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Hot Hand Icon Hot Hand is the best choice in this tier. The procs you get from this talent are an overall increase to your consistent damage.

5.1.2. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Feral Lunge Icon Feral Lunge is the best choice in this tier. This makes it much easier for you to stick to a target if they are trying to get away from you.

5.1.3. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Earthgrab Totem Icon Earthgrab Totem is the best choice in this tier. Enhancement Shamans have very little mobility. Being able to root your target makes it much easier for you to connect to them. However, if you are playing against melee teams and you will not have a problem connecting to your target, Lightning Surge Totem Icon Lightning Surge Totem is the better choice.

5.1.4. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Hailstorm Icon Hailstorm is the best choice in this tier. This will increase your overall consistent damage.

5.1.5. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Tempest Icon Tempest is the best choice in this tier. In combination with artifact traits such as  Icon Stormflurry, Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike is a very powerful ability. This talent increases your overall damage and makes your burst damage very strong.

5.1.6. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Sundering Icon Sundering is the best choice in this tier. This talent deals a decent amount of damage and can also be used as an interrupt.

5.1.7. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Landslide Icon Landslide is the best choice in this tier. The buff you gain from using Rockbiter Icon Rockbiter from this talent is an increase to your consistent damage.

5.2. Honor Talents

5.2.1. Tier 1 Talents

If you are an Orc or playing against a team with a lot of crowd control, Relentless Icon Relentless is the best choice in this tier. If the team has very little crowd control, Adaptation Icon Adaptation is the best choice in this tier. In any other situation, Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion is the best choice in this tier, which provides a standard PvP trinket effect.

5.2.2. Tier 2 Talents

If you are playing against a team with two casters on it, we recommend Reinforced Armor Icon Reinforced Armor in this tier.

If you are playing against a team with at least one melee on it, we recommend Sparring Icon Sparring. Both of these talents improve survivability, you just have to switch them based on the team you are playing against.

5.2.3. Tier 3 Talents

If you are playing with a teammates that is a melee, Windfury Totem Icon Windfury Totem is the best choice in this tier. This is a great addition to your burst cooldowns.

If you are playing with a teammates that is a caster, Skyfury Totem Icon Skyfury Totem is the best choice in this. This can be used offensively, but it can also be used to help your healer.

5.2.4. Tier 4 Talents

If you are playing against a team with two casters on it, Purifying Waters Icon Purifying Waters is the best choice in this tier. This talent allows you to play offensively with Purge Icon Purge and still be able to heal yourself.

If you are playing against a team with at least one melee on it, Ethereal Form Icon Ethereal Form is the best choice in this tier. Many teams will focus you and this is a strong talent for negating enemy teams' offensive cooldowns.

5.2.5. Tier 5 Talents

Ride the Lightning Icon Ride the Lightning is the best choice in this tier. This talent will give you more strong consistent damage.

5.2.6. Tier 6 Talents

Shamanism Icon Shamanism is the best choice in this tier. This is the bread and butter of the Enhancement Shaman burst damage. A large majority of your kills will be while you and your teammate have Heroism Icon Heroism/Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust active.

6. Racial Bonuses

Racial bonuses can provide interesting PvP benefits. Here are the best races to choose for each faction.

6.1. Horde

Orc is the best race for Enhancement Shaman, thanks to the passive Orcs have (Hardiness Icon Hardiness); reducing all stuns greatly improves survivability.

6.2. Alliance

The Draenai bonus (Gift of the Naaru Icon Gift of the Naaru) is a good heal to have for you or your teammates.

7. Playstyle

The Enhancement Shaman has one role when in an Arena: do damage. Enhancement Shamans lack crowd control and the ability to peel for teammates. Players should focus on maximizing their damage as much as they can. Because Shamans lack mobility, when you get to the enemy you should deal as much damage as you can to them. Although Shaman consistent damage can force defensives from enemies, you should wait to use important cooldowns for when Heroism Icon Heroism/Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust is available.

7.1. Before Gates Open

Have a plan for who you will be mainly using your crowd control on. Although Enhancement Shaman do lack crowd control, they still have Hex Icon Hex and Lightning Surge Totem Icon Lightning Surge Totem if someone stands near it.

7.2. Offensive Playstyle

7.2.1. The Opener

The opener refers to your team's opening crowd control chain and damage done as soon as you get out of the gates. The main goal in the opener is to force your enemies to use their cooldowns.

If the enemy healer uses their trinket in the opener, they are in trouble. In the opener, Enhancement Shaman should focus on sticking to an enemy and gaining their buffs.

This is the rotation you should use on your target at the beginning of the game.

  1. Use Rockbiter Icon Rockbiter to generate Maelstrom and gain Landslide Icon Landslide.
  2. Use Frostbrand Icon Frostbrand for the buff it provides.
  3. Use Flametongue Icon Flametongue for the buff it provides.
  4. Use Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike.
  5. Use Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash.
  6. Use Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning.
  7. Get crowd control on the enemy healer (you can use Hex Icon Hex or have a teammate do this).
  8. Use your burst rotation.

7.2.2. Burst Damage

When you have the enemy healer in crowd control and you are trying to kill an enemy, you use your burst damage.

Before you burst, make sure you have Landslide Icon Landslide, Flametongue Icon Flametongue, and Frostbrand Icon Frostbrand buffs active.

  1. Use Windfury Totem Icon Windfury Totem/Skyfury Totem Icon Skyfury Totem.
  2. Use Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit.
  3. Use Heroism Icon Heroism on your DPS teammates.
  4. Use  Icon Doom Winds.
  5. Use Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike.
  6. Use Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike.
  7. Use Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash.
  8. Use Sundering Icon Sundering.
  9. Use Rockbiter Icon Rockbiter as a filler.

7.2.3. Sustained damage

Sustained damage is damage you do when your burst cooldowns are not available.

  1. Use Rockbiter Icon Rockbiter to generate Maelstrom and to maintain Landslide Icon Landslide.
  2. Use Frostbrand Icon Frostbrand for the buff it provides.
  3. Use Flametongue Icon Flametongue for the buff it provides.
  4. Use Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike.
  5. Use Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash.
  6. Use Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning.
  7. Use Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt if you cannot connect to your target.

7.3. Defensive Techniques

Ethereal Form Icon Ethereal Form/Astral Shift Icon Astral Shift is your main defensive cooldown. This is a very powerful defensive. Use this when you are being focused and your healer is having trouble healing you or is stuck in crowd control. It is also good to note that neither of these can be used while stunned.

Healing Surge Icon Healing Surge is a spammable heal that can be used on any of your teammates. Use this if the enemy team does not have interrupts and you or a teammate need additional healing.

Spirit Walk Icon Spirit Walk will mostly be used to get to an enemy trying to run away, it can be used to avoid incoming damage or crowd control.

8. ChangeLog

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  • 01 Jun. 2017: Enhancement Shaman PvP Guide was created.
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