Posted: Sat Jun 14, 2008 11:55 am Post subject: Gearing Enhancement
Enhancement shaman are highly gear dependent, perhaps more so than any other DPS class. The 'skill' required to be effective at the class manifests in proper gear selection prior to combat; during combat the amount of 'skill' to produce respectable DPS consists mainly of staying in contact with the mob and maintaining totem coverage. This gives an Enhancement Shaman a great deal of latitude while DPSing since there are a limited number of actions that we can perform while waiting on Stormstrike and Shock cooldowns, allowing many possible global cooldowns to be used for purging mobs or removing poison/disease debuffs with no interruption of the DPS cycle.
A lot of classes have the option of looking at one or two stats and deciding what is a better option in gear, the enhancement shaman has an incredibly difficult time weighing a multitude of stats. Due to the interactions of weapon speed, crit rating, windfury procs and their internal cooldown, no simple determination of gear is really possible.
Enhancement shaman don't just get a list.
The most important things (and this is almost an absolute truth) is that an enhancement shaman should be dual wielding slow weapons. In many cases, a slow, lower dps, rare quality weapon can result in higher dps than an epic, faster one. The internal cooldown on windfury (which is roughly half an enhancement shaman's damage) forces this limitation on us.
Beyond that, you generally want high amounts of crit to keep Unleashed Rage and Flurry active, high AP for straight damage. Hit and expertise are not that important: expertise isn't very beneficial when attacking from behind a target, and the typical enhancement spec has+9% to hit from talents which is enough +hit that special attacks (Windfury and Stormstrike) should not miss.
Do not be afraid to wear leather! Most of the stats a rogue or feral druid would want, are good for enhancement shaman as well. Be careful about stacking agility, though. It adds to your crit %, but it does not add AP, so the derivative stats (AP and Crit) are more useful than the base stats.
MaxDPS has an interactive loot listing for enhancement shaman that is not bad- just enter your stats, click include leather, and there is your list.
The best choice is to use a tool like MaxDPS to find potential items and then use Crazy Shaman's DPS and AEP calculator, written by Yo!, to see just how much of a benefit the item would provide. The simulator runs a simulated combat session to generate data as close to WoW as possible. When compared to in-game results, it ends up being very similar. It can also determine stat weights for addons like Pawn, or for sites like LootRank
Last edited by Shalareth on Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:16 pm; edited 1 time in total
I think the above information is still fairly correct for Enhancement Shaman. The only thing that needs to be mentioned is to not wear leather. With the new bonus from wearing all mail items it is subboptimal to wear leather.
Also, with the changes to hunters and the change of Enhancement to be Agility based, itemization in the mail category should be pretty solid. _________________ [Image blocked due to inappropriate content]
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