Where did those totems go? I swear I had them here a moment ago… Yep, Mists of Pandaria has come along, and it’s taken away our buff totems. But it brings new goodies, too – new talent choices, new glyphs, and a bunch of other stuff. So, if you want to get up and Lightning Bolting fast, here’s our quick-start guide to get your rotation sorted, your reforging and gemming squared away, and your stats organised in MoP / WoW Patch 5.3!
Updated 22nd May 2013 to WoW Patch 5.3
Glyph of Unleashed Lightning has gone away so our glyph choices change.
OUr DPS rotations remain mostly the same as they were in Cataclysm – the big change being the removal of buff totems.
For 3 or more enemies (not worth it below that – use your single-target rotation), use Magma Totem, then spam Chain Lightning. If there are 5 or more enemies, also cast Earthquake.
Keep Flametongue Weapon and Lightning Shield active at all times.
Shaman talent choices are particularly hotly disputed and situational. However, here’s a good general-purpose build to get started with:
Like all casters, Intellect is our strongest stat. Then we’re looking to get Hit capped (15% OR 5100). After that, at level 90 Haste is our best secondary stat.
Reforging: Reforge for Hit cap (either Hit or Spirit), then reforge to Haste. Reforge from excess Hit first, then Crit.
Gems: For Red slots, Brilliant (Intellect) gems. For Yellow slots, Artful (Int/Mastery) or Reckless (Int/Haste), and for Blue slots, Purified (Int/Spirit) or Veiled (Int/Hit).
Meta Gem: Burning meta gem.
Elemental Shamans are more limited in glyphs than other specs in 5.05 – here’s a good general-purpose selection:
Major: Glyph of Fire Elemental Totem, Glyph of Flame Shock, Glyph of Chain Lightning
Minor: Your choice!
You should almost always use a profession enhancement item if it provides appropriate stats instead of a general enchant.
There are quite a few good Elemental Shaman resources out there:
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