Hi everyone, I am kr3b5 and I have been maining my Shaman since Siege of Orgrimmar back in Mists of Pandaria. I am a moderator for the Earthshrine Discord and I have been raiding with Deposit Coin on Stormscale for the past two years, finishing around World 200-300 on a casual two day schedule.
Enhancement Shaman is a melee specialization that excels at funneling AoE damage into a priority target, while also being able to tailor your damage profile to different situations through a variety of very strong and impactful legendaries. It also provides the other melee in your party with Windfury Totem, which depending on their specialization can be a sizeable increase to their single target damage.
However, Enhancement has most of its resource generation and procs tied to its melee hits, so having downtime hurts the spec more than most. There is also a lot of randomness involved with the current best single target build, which means you will find yourself dealing low damage some attempts through no fault of your own. Aside from Windfury Totem it shares all its utility with Elemental and Restoration, which isn’t all that impressive anyway compared to other classes.
What has changed
Patch 9.1 Changes
Enhancement Shamans haven’t received any noteworthy class changes in 9.1, however we have received some bug fixes that should help our performance in the next raid tier.
Previously Rank 2 of Windfury Totem only affected us and not our party members, resulting in them only getting the base 10% chance at extra melees. Now our party members will also receive the full 20% effect.
Additionally in a hotfix on May 19 Blizzard fixed our swing timer resetting when spending Maelstrom Weapon to make a casted spell like Lightning Bolt instant. With our resource generation and procs being tied to our melees this amounted to a sizeable damage buff.