How To Improve As Enhancement Shaman — 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 how you can improve at playing Enhancement Shaman in World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2.7. We list the common mistakes that you should try to avoid and the small details that can greatly improve your performance.

1.

Optimizing your Global Cooldowns

The single most common mistake Enhancement players make is not adjusting their rotation to minimize empty Global Cooldowns. This problem is twofold:

  • Simply not pressing buttons fast enough. You should be GCD locked at this stage in Dragonflight, so you should always be pressing something.
  • A combination of not keeping on top of your ability cooldowns and casting things in an order that causes them to clash in the next cycle.

Ideally, you should plan your globals based on your ability state, making sure to keep abilities cooling down in a way that does not cause this to happen. This is not a skill you learn overnight and comes with practice and muscle memory, but downtime is the enemy of any good Enhancement player.

Also remember that Enhancement does have tools to keep dealing a small amount of damage when you are forced out of range. Both of your Shock spells have a 40-yard range, as do your Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon spenders, letting you fill space that other melee specs may not be able to. With none of these available, shift into Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf whenever possible to quickly re-engage your target in melee.

2.

Correctly Managing Maelstrom Weapon

The above is also intertwined with your Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon management. This serves as the central mix-up in the rotation that allows you to fill gaps that can be caused by incorrect cooldown cycling or bad Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer that creates a clash. Treat it as a one GCD delay, giving other abilities time to return. This means pooling is a core part of Maelstrom management, as you can store up to 10 stacks before any waste occurs. If you are at risk of reaching 10 stacks, however, due to cooldowns or passive generation, you should shift to burning it off quickly, as waste is terrible in Dragonflight due to how much damage it contributes.

Overflowing Maelstrom Icon Overflowing Maelstrom doubles down on this, giving more room to use Maelstrom-positive GCDs without worrying about overcapping because you cannot spend it fast enough, as it always spends your entire pool.

It may be tempting as Elementalist to rush into big payoff Elemental Blast Icon Elemental Blast moments, but remember that it is key to get the most out of these limited charges. That means ideally spending at or above 8 (unless charges are about to go to waste) and overlapping it with powerful Elemental Spirits Icon Elemental Spirits. If you spend them too early and avoid these buffs, you leave a huge amount of damage on the table.

For Storm builds specifically, our rules surrounding Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon changes drastically. Unlike in all other cases, when playing this in single-target, we do not care about resource waste at all. Instead, we aim to cast as many Stormstrike Icon Stormstrikes as possible. That means it is used more to fuel Legacy of the Frost Witch Icon Legacy of the Frost Witch resets, and as such, whenever Stormstrike is not ready, we spend to try and trigger both this and Static Accumulation Icon Static Accumulation. This rule is exclusively for Storm builds due to the way its entire loadout works and the nature of fishing for Deeply Rooted Elements Icon Deeply Rooted Elements procs.

3.

Ability Priority Mistakes

While Enhancement is not the highest APM spec, it does come with a lot of different active buttons that all interact with each other and can be very unforgiving with the time you have to make those decisions. Due to this, knowing when to prioritize something because it is currently buffed and when to sit on it because more important things are currently available is key.

For Elementalist builds effects such as Hot Hand Icon Hot Hand drastically alters the playstyle when active raising Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash to the top to avoid waste. Similarly, Hailstorm Icon Hailstorm and Ice Strike Icon Ice Strike buffs raise Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock much higher to avoid reapplying the buff without consuming it.

For Storm builds on the other hand the highest priority is getting Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike on cooldown and keeping it there to fish for Deeply Rooted Elements Icon Deeply Rooted Elements procs. Anything that can trigger Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer should be used when it is not ready, and shifting to maintenance in the short period while waiting (such as refreshing Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock with Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash or managing your Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon) becomes the priority.

Both builds also have to balance their Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon carefully, as mentioned above due to the ebb and flow that changes between them. Storm comes in bursts and leverages it for extra resets via Legacy of the Frost Witch Icon Legacy of the Frost Witch, while Elementalist plays around with the Elemental Blast Icon Elemental Blast cooldown and uses it to fill otherwise while also trying to aim for as few stacks as possible before casting Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave.

Our Rotation section goes into more depth regarding this as it comes with a fairly robust ruleset for the conditions on when to shift priorities.

4.

Knowing When RNG Is Not On Your Side

No matter the build you play (though some are worse than others), there is simply a factor of high RNG that can impact Enhancement at all times. Sometimes, there is nothing you could have done to fix it. Elementalist can simply have bad Elemental Spirits Icon Elemental Spirits rolls not overlapping with Hot Hand Icon Hot Hand and badly timed Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon slumps, which can hurt performance. Storm, on the other hand, is at the whim of Deeply Rooted Elements Icon Deeply Rooted Elements and Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer proc chains, which can be extremely erratic, and both contribute a lot to your performance. If you check your logs and you see you only got a couple of procs in 5 minutes compared to someone who got 10+, unfortunately, that is just the luck of the draw, and the only real answer is to move on to the next pull.

5.

Flame Shock Uptime

In single-target situations, you should always aim to have as close to 100% uptime on your enemy as possible with Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock. This is an extremely high DPS DoT effect that also has strong talent pairings with Lashing Flames Icon Lashing Flames, making it even more important when taken. With Molten Assault Icon Molten Assault, Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash will reapply Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock to your target if it already has Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock on it and will also apply it to nearby targets in AoE, allowing you to maintain Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock uptime without having to recast it.

6.

UI Assitance

Because Enhancement is a spec with a lot of moving parts, it really does benefit from having some form of tracking via Weakauras or something similar. This is especially due to the fact that our resource in Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon has no resource bar, just some small UI elements despite how important it is. While a lot of the packs can be very helpful, nothing compares to manually adjusting things to your own weaknesses. If you find you are struggling with a particular part of the rotation, just highlight that aura a bit more aggressively to train yourself into managing it properly. There is nothing wrong with using all the tools at your disposal to improve, just remember to think about the why when pressing buttons!

7.

Knowing How to Sim Yourself

It is challenging to optimize your character without first accurately using Raidbots to sim your own character to identify a fixed start point. This will allow you to quickly identify the ideal gear choices you have available to equip, and due to the variables of different gear interacting with each other (and the War/Titanforging system causing unpredictability) should be the go-to tool to decide what you use.

On top of this, simming is now very easy, with no need to understand SimulationCraft APLs or installation yourself. All you will need is the in-game SimulationCraft AddOn and the Raidbots website. Below is a video on how to sim your character using the website.

8.

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, added note regarding UI.
  • 04 Sep. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.7, no changes necessary.
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.1.5 to add extra emphasis to Storm and Maelstrom waste.
  • 01 May 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1, no changes necessary.
  • 20 Mar. 2023: Updated 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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