Mists of Pandaria is here, and with it one hugely anticipated change for Enhancement Shamans – Thrall won’t be in trouble all the time! Oh, yeah, also new talents, Pandaren, new continent, etc. But not everything’s changed – we’re still fighting trolls in the Throne of Thunder and WoW’s Patch 5.3 and its changes to talents, totems, glyphs and more. So, if you’re itching to stick a new and improved axe into new and improved MoP monsters, here’s our quick start guide to get you gemmed, reforged, au fait with your new rotation and ability priority queue, and out there hitting things.
Updated 22nd May 2013 to World of Warcraft Patch 5.3
Changes to Enhancement Shamans in WoW patch 5.3
Some damage buffs.
New Lightning Shield glyph is a decent choice, and theorycraft has changed, meaning recommended talents have changed.
Enhancement “Rotation” and Priorities
OUr DPS rotations remain mostly the same as they were in Cataclysm – the big change being the removal of buff totems. These rotations assume you’re using our recommended talents.
Single-target DPS as Enhancement
- Top Priority: Put down a Searing totem if one isn’t down already or is about to vanish. Cast Unleash Elements if it’s available.
- Second Priority: Cast Lightning Bolt if you have 5 stacks of Maelstrom Weapon. Cast Storm Strike if it’s available.
- Third Priority: Cast Lava Lash if it’s available. Cast Flame Shock if Unleash Flame is active.
- Fourth Priority: Use Unleash Elements if it’s available. If that’s not available, use Earth Shock. If that’s out, and you have a stack of Maelstrom Weapon, cast Lightning Bolt.
For 3 or more enemies (not worth it below that – use your single-target rotation), use your regular single-target rotation, but cast Fire Nova whenever it’s available, and Chain Lightning instead of Lightning Bolt.
- Use Feral Spirit on cooldown.
- Use Spiritwalker’s Grace whenever you’ll need to move and attack.
- Use Ascendance on cooldown, or when you’ll need to attack at range.
- Use Fire and Earth Elemental Totems whenever the elementals are guaranteed to be able to attack the boss for a solid minute.
- Use Stormlash Totem when your entire group is buffed, usually at the same time as Heroism/Bloodlust/Time Warp.
- Use Heroism/Bloodlust when your raid leader tells you to, or in dungeons when your group needs to deal high DPS.
- Shamanistic Rage can either be used when you’re taking damage, or if you’re very low on mana.
- Spirit Walk is a great speed-increasing cooldown.
Rememeber to cast Lightning Shield, Windfury on your main weapon, and Flametongue on your offhand weapon.
Enhancement Shaman Talent Choices
Most Enhancement Shaman talent choices are very situational, and you should expect to end up swapping often if you’re raiding. However, here’s a good general-purpose build to get started with:
- Tier 1: Nature’s Guardian
- Tier 2: Earthgrab Totem – only situationally useful.
- Tier 3: Call of the Elements – resets cooldowns on your totems.
- Tier 4: Elemental Mastery
- Tier 5: Ancestral Guidance – gives you a short-cooldown raid healing spell.
- Tier 6: Primal Elementalist
Stats, reforging and gemming for Enhancement Shaman
Agility is our strongest stat. Then we’re looking to get Hit and Expertise capped (2550 rating or 7.5%). After that, Mastery is our strongest stat and Crit by far our weakest.
Reforging: Reforge for Hit and Expertise caps, then reforge to Mastery. Reforge from Critical Strike first, then other secondary stats.
Gems: For Red slots, Delicate (Agility) gems. For Yellow slots, Adept (Agi/Mastery), and for Blue slots, Glinting (Agi/Hit).
Meta Gem: Agile meta gem.
There are a lot of situational glyph choices, but here’s a good no-downside loadout to use for general purpose:
Major: Glyph of Fire Elemental, Glyph of Feral Spirit, Glyph of Lighting Shield.
Minor: Your choice!
Enhancement Shaman enchants and item enhancements
You should almost always use a profession enhancement item if it provides appropriate stats instead of a general enchant.
- Shoulder – Greater Tiger Claw Inscription
- Cloak – Accuracy
- Chest – Glorious Stats
- Wrist – Greater Agility
- Hands – Superior Expertise
- Belt – Living Steel Belt Buckle
- Legs – Shadowleather Leg Armor
- Feet – Blurred Speed
- Weapon – Enchant Weapon – Dancing Steel
There are quite a few good Enhancement Shaman resources out there, although they’re often pretty hardcore:
- Totemspot, as you’d expect, has an extremely detailed and very reliable guide to Enhancement in 5.05 -although it’s definitely targeted at more experienced players.
- Elitist Jerks also has a detailed, useful, technical guide for Enha shammies
- If you’re looking for something a bit fluffier, Lodur at WoW Insider has a Welcome to 5.05 post for Enhancement
- Finally, as a WoW player, you should really check out the latest and greatest from the blogosphere on World of Warcraft, here at the Melting Pot.
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