Enhancement Shaman playstyle and rotation guide

Patch 9.2.5 Last Updated: 29th Jul, 2022
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Playstyle & Rotation

This priority list assumes you have access to double legendaries and both set bonuses.

Single Target Priority:

  1. Feral Spirit
  2. Keep Windfury Totem active if not using Doom Winds
  3. Lava Lash if Hot Hand is active or with 6 or more stacks of Primal Lava Actuators
  4. Windfury Totem if the buff is down
  5. Flame Shock if it is not active (replace with Primordial Wave if not active and Necrolord)
  6. Lightning Bolt at 5 Maelstrom Weapon if Primordial Wave is active
  7. Primordial Wave if not active and Necrolord
  8. Frost Shock with Hailstorm active
  9. Lava Lash with 5.4 seconds duration or less on Flame Shock
  10. Fae Transfusion if Night Fae and >30s on Feral Spirit cooldown
  11. Stormstrike if Stormbringer is active and talented into Stormflurry
  12. Elemental Blast at 5 Maelstrom Weapon if talented
  13. Chain Harvest at 5 Maelstrom Weapon if Venthyr
  14. Lightning Bolt to not overcap Maelstrom Weapon
  15. Stormstrike
  16. Lava Lash
  17. Lightning Bolt at 5 Maelstrom Weapon
  18. Sundering if talented
  19. Frost Shock
  20. Crash Lightning
  21. Fire Nova if Flame Shock is active
  22. Flame Shock
  23. Windfury Totem or Healing Stream Totem to fill empty GCDs

Opener:

  1. (pre-pull) Windfury Totem if not using Doom Winds
  2. Flame Shock (replace with Primordial Wave if Necrolord)
  3. Feral Spirit
  4. Fae Transfusion if Night Fae
  5. Stormstrike

Make sure to always get Feral Spirit on cooldown before you Fae Transfusion, so you get the cooldown reduction from Seeds of Rampant Growth and Witch Doctor’s Wolf Bones. Be aware that Lava Lash will “spread” Flame Shock to your main target if no others are present, which means that you can maintain it without having to use it manually.

AoE Priority:

  1. Feral Spirit
  2. Chain Harvest at 5 Maelstrom Weapon if Venthyr
  3. Fire Nova if 6 Flame Shocks are active
  4. Primordial Wave if Necrolord
  5. Lava Lash to spread Flame Shock if less than 6 are active
  6. Flame Shock if none are active
  7. Flame Shock if less than 6 are active and not talented into Hailstorm
  8. Lightning Bolt at 5 Maelstrom Weapon if Primordial Wave and more than 4 Flame Shocks are active
  9. Frost Shock with Hailstorm active
  10. Fae Transfusion if Night Fae
  11. Sundering if talented
  12. Fire Nova if 4 Flame Shocks are active
  13. Keep the Crash Lightning buff active
  14. Lava Lash on a target without Lashing Flames (skip if funneling)
  15. Fire Nova if 3 Flame Shocks are active
  16. Lava Lash
  17. Stormstrike
  18. Fire Nova if 2 Flame Shocks are active
  19. Crash Lightning
  20. Chain Lightning at 10 Maelstrom Weapon
  21. Flame Shock with 5.4 seconds duration or less
  22. Frost Shock
  23. Chain Lightning at 5 Maelstrom Weapon
  24. Windfury Totem or Healing Stream Totem to fill empty GCDs

Lava Lash has to hit a target with an active Flame Shock to spread it preferably you should do it on a target that doesn’t yet have Lashing Flames applied (if your objective is not to funnel damage into a priority target).

The Crash Lightning buff from hitting two or more targets has taken more of a backseat with the return of Flame Shock spreading, and our other AoE tools improved. You still want to maintain it, but put less emphasis on it and make sure to refresh it before all adds die. However, it will still provide you with extra damage and Maelstrom Weapon when you hit Stormstrike and Lava Lash.

With Sundering, you should optimize for hitting the maximum number of targets rather than getting a maximum number of casts off. Delaying it and only getting one cast but hitting five targets is better than getting two casts that only hit two targets each.

Playstyle

Cooldowns as a resource:

Enhancement has a rather unique playstyle, as what appears to be the the main resource Maelstrom Weapon doesn’t actually lead into high reward buttons. Lightning Bolt is in fact very low priority.

Instead the main goal to play Enhancement properly is to fill as much downtime and as many GCDs as possible while not wasting any Maelstrom Weapon. You do this by only spending Maelstrom Weapon on Lightning Bolt as a last resort. Rather focus on always getting your abilities on cooldown, because the sooner you get them on cooldown the sooner you will have them up again and only fill gaps by spending Maelstrom Weapon. Especially Stormstrike is important to get on cooldown so you can profit from getting Stormbringer procs. This will lead to you being able to use more abilities over the course of a fight, which turns into more damage.

The Doom Winds burst window:

To make the most out of your Doom Winds burst window you want to fit as many main hand melees into it as possible, which includes Stormstrike, Crash Lightning and Sundering. At the same time you also don’t want to lose Windstrikes during your Ascendance burst window. The ideal way to start out the burst window if both are ready is to:

  1. Stormstrike to get it on cooldown
  2. Ascendance 
  3. Windstrike
  4. Windfury Totem to activate Doom Winds
  5. Windstrike

As Windfury Totem only causes half a GCD this will get you all of your Windstrikes with exception of getting a Stormbringer proc on the very first one and at the same time you get your full Doom Winds during Ascendance, which drastically increases your available main hand melees.

In AoE on the other hand your main priority in the Doom Winds window is to get 3 Crash Lightning in it, as it will hit every single target in the cone with Windfury Weapon. As your Chain Lightning will reduce the cooldown of Crash Lightning if you hit multiple targets with it, spend Maelstrom more aggressively to make sure you get the third Crash Lightning into your cooldown.

Sundering should also be used during every other window, however don’t delay it to sync it up with every Doom Winds. It is more important to go for maximum hits with it and if you end up using it on cooldown you will get it every other window naturally.