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Posted 04 April 2013 - 12:52 PM

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Vanguards Enhance Shaman Guide (5.4.7)

I've been asked quite a few times to make an Enhance guide on stream so hopefully this can help out! This guide is written mainly for players new to playing enhance in arena / PvP.

What changed about Enhance in 5.4.7 for PvP?

Nothing really changed for Enhance this season. The major changes are mostly for PvP entirely such as Resilience changes and gear upgrades.

PvP Talents

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Talents in PvP are not always set in stone. Blizzard has implemented a system to let you know what you are fighting before arena starts. This lets you optimize your talents and glyphs to fight the opposing team. The above picture shows what I usually use in arena.

Level 15:
Highly Recommended: Nature's Guardian

Nature's Guardian provides the best defensive boost for Enhance. Astral shift isn't bad, but the cooldown is too long for how long it lasts. Stone Bulwark is also a long CD and totem can be killed.

Level 30
Recommended: Windwalk Totem

Any 3 of these talents are viable. What is best will depend on many factors such as your play-style, the composition you're running, and what you're fighting against. Windwalk Totem is my general recommendation because Enhance suffers from mobility. Nearly any team you see in arena will slow or snare you in someway. Windwalk Totem is really nice for this situation. Windwalk Totem also helps a Beastmaster Hunter's stampede.Earthgrab is nice when you fight compositions that really need you to snare. An example is a death knight team without a freedom.Frozen Power has a similar logic to Earthgrab. It's also really good when you play with a druid to Frozen Power someone into a Solar Beam.

Level 45
Recommended: Totemic Projection or Call of the Elements

Call of the Elements is nice because it allows you to use double tremor and double freedom. I highly recommend Call of the Elements against any Priest or Warlock teams, and even Hunter + Warrior (Wyvern Sting + Warrior Fear).Totemic Projection is amazing to make your Capacitor Totem truly useful.

Level 60
Recommended: Any Talents (I use Nature's Swiftness)
This is a talent tree where literally all 3 talents are quite useful.

Elemental Mastery is good for compositions that really rely on burst to win.

Nature's Swiftness provides nearly the same DPS as Elemental Mastery but in a non-burst way. The difference is you can get early pressure from using Nature's Swiftness on a hex for a team without waiting for your procs. It can also be useful with Elemental Blast.

Echo of the Elements provides an okay DPS boost through your lightning bolt. The biggest reason for this talent however is for the chance of giving out huge heals.

Level 75
Recommended: Ancestral Guidance
Ancestral Guidance heals for the most out of any of these 3 talents even when not lined with Ascendance. However, lining this talent up with Ascendance is highly recommended.

Level 90
Recommended: Elemental Blast
Elemental Blast buff for 5.4 has made this talent usually the best. It allows insane burst, and it hits harder than our old Stormblast due to how often it crits.Unleashed Fury is also an incredibly useful particularly when you get trained. I love using this talent versus comps like Rogue Mage Druid.

Primal Elementalist is really nice against certain compositions such as Thug Cleave. It lets your Earth Elemental channel a 20% damage reduction + 10% more healing taken for you. Earth Elemental can also do a stun. The Fire Elemental also does insane damage through this talent. In a game with high up-time my Fire Elemental does roughly 800,000 damage before the effect ends. DO NOT USE this talent if you fight a team that can snipe your Elemental totems easily. Thug Cleave is a comp highly reliant on openers which is why it's rare to see them actually kill your totem especially if you try to hide it.

Glyphs
Similar to talents Glyphs should be adjusted to what you play and what you play against. In general I keep Healing Storm, Shamanistic Rage and Purge Glyph as my defaults in 3v3.
Prime Glyphs:
Healing Storm - Increases your healing by 20% per stack of Maelstorm. It can easily turn games around even in short games.
Lightning Shield - 10% damage reduction most of the time, incredibly useful for a squishy class like Enhance.
Shamanistic Rage - Use this against Mage and Affliction Warlock teams. Use this against Paladin teams that keep stunning you. Can also be useful against any other magic damage dealing teams like Shadow Priests.
Purge - Useful for really saving some of your globals, but if you get unlucky you can be stopping yourself from purging useful buffs. Use when you are not the only purge / dispeller on your team.
Capacitor - Useful for teams where you can keep Totemic Projection and you are afraid they may snipe your 5 second charge time totem.
Hex - Reduces your hex cooldown by 10 seconds. Extremely effective against teams with no curse dispel or only one curse dispeller.
Spirit Walk - Reduces your Spirit Walk CD by 25%. Nice for teams where you need to keep kiting or if you get heavily kited.
Ghost Wolf - Makes you run at 100% even when you are slowed when using Ghost Wolf. Similar logic to Spirit Walk glyph but in a more consistent manner.
Feral Spirit - Makes your wolves heal you for more. Good for short duration games where you need those extra heals.

Major Glyphs:
Lava lash for teams where your Flame Shock dot can break CCs.

Gems / Enchants / Stats
Priorities for Stats:
3% Hit>3% Expertise>Agility=>Mastery>Haste=Crit>PvP Power>Resil>More Expertise>More Hit>Other
Resilience is usually not worth to gem unless it is for very specific situations.

I recommend most people to gem Agility, but resilience is still very useful when you get trained (which isn't uncommon as Enhance).

"There's a common misconception that PvP Power negates Resilience. This actually isn't true because Resilience is factored in after PvP Power in a sense. Lets say a Frostbomb hits for 100,000. With 50% PvP Power it hits for 150,000. However, if a person has 50% Resilience, it would hit for 75,000 in the end.Now lets pretend the Mage gemmed more PvP Power and the target gemmed more resilience. The PvP Power became roughly 60%. The Resilience became 55%.Frost Bomb not hits for 160,000, but with 55% Resilience it hits for 72,000. This is not the exact PvP Power to Resilience scale; but that should give you the picture that Resilience = generally more damage reduction than PvP Power's increased damage point to point with full PvP Gear.edit: In the end you can't just go one way or the other for everyone. If you play a class like Enhance Shamans, gemming Resilience is probably smart since they get trained over half the time. If you play a class like Warriors, it's probably good to use PvP Power against non-Casters and Rogues."

If you have enough conquest points it's probably best to have 2 sets ready. Wear the set depending on if the team is going to hit you or not. However with the upgrading gear factored in this season it's going to be a lot harder to do this."You should always reforge for Hit and Expertise cap rather than gemming for it. This way you can get more mastery, and other useful stats.

Off-Stat Decisions:
I go with Mastery>Crit>Haste on my Enhance. There are other Enhance Shamans that go Mastery>Haste>Crit. Haste provides more DPS than Crit for Enhance in a PvE setting. It also provides you with more maelstrom procs for increased utility. However I prefer Crit due to the increased burst which is obviously very important for Enhance Shamans. Also at the same time, uptime in PvP is not as high as PvE. We don't get to make use of our haste as often imo. Mastery is almost 100% for sure the best, but the second stat is more playstyle based. With enough up time Haste is better.

Recommended Gems:
Meta - 216 Agility / +3% Crit Damage or Tyrannical Meta Gem (Having 2 sets of gear ready is recommended), Agility gem still provides more damage than the PvP Power from the Tyrannical one.
Red - 160 Agility
Yellow - 80 Agility / 160 Mastery
Blue - 80 Agility / 160 PvP Power

Recommended Reforging:
Get 3% Hit Cap.
Get 3% Expertise.
Get the off-stat off your choice. I recommend Mastery>Haste=Crit.

Recommended Enchants:
Head - None
Shoulders - 200Agility / 100 Crit
Back - 180Hit or 180Crit
Chest - 200 Resilience
Wrist - 180 Agility
Hands - 170 Mastery
Legs - 285Agility / 165 Crit
Feet - 140Agility / Run Speed
Weapon - Dancing Steel on main hand. Tyrannical Weapon Enchant on off-hand, 400PvP Power / 200 Resilience / Disarm Reduction.

Weapon Imbues
For main-hand use Windfury.
For off-hand use Flametongue.
Rockbiter is also a possible choice for compositions that train you a lot, but the above 2 would be the default imbues.

Professions
Blacksmithing and Jewelcrafting can give you choices on what stats to use. Engineering and Tailoring gives you tons of burst.

What rotation do you use in PvP?
There is no "specific" rotation in PvP.
Below is just a general rough idea for dealing damage.
Use Elemental Blast on CD. In PvP you want to use this with the Stormstrike debuff up and Unleash Elements buff up.
Keeping Searing Totem up.
Lightning bolt with 5 stacks of maelstrom is the most optimal DPS after Elemental Blast; but it's not great to always use this. In PvP you sometimes want to save your stacks for Elemental Blast or Hex or Healing.
Use Stormstrike.
Use Flameshock. Reapply it while your other damage CDs are down.
Use Lava Lash.
Use Earth Shock.
Use Lightning Bolt with Maelstrom stacks only when you really want to get a kill.

2-Hand Enhance Shaman?
2-Hand Enhance Shaman actually provides the most insane Stormstrikes and Stormblast. However, you can't Lava Lash with a 2-hander. You could potentially swap to 2-handers when you use ascendance for the largest possible burst. However, with how gearing scales now I no longer recommend doing this.

Macros / Keybindings?
Macros are largely personal preference. I prefer using @party1 and @arena1 kind of macros. Some players do it differently. Do what works for you!

Macros I use, and the keybinding I use with it:

For my shaman:

` = Start Attack with Unleash Elements
/startattack /cast Unleash Elements

6 = Cancel BOP
/cancelaura Hand of Protection

Ctrl + D = Burst Macro
#showtooltip
/cast Ascendance
/cast Blood Fury
/cast Elemental Mastery
/use Malevolent Gladiator's Badge of Conquest

Shift + F = Solar Beam
/cast Symbiosis

R / T / Y = same as my Ret, /focus @arena1 / @arena2 / @arena3

F = Wind Shear Arena 1
#showtooltip
/cast [target=arena1] Wind Shear

G = Wind Shear Arena 2

#showtooltip
/cast [target=arena2] Wind Shear

H = Wind Shear Arena 3

#showtooltip
/cast [target=arena3] Wind Shear

Alt E = Frost Shock Arena 1
/cast [target=arena1] Frost Shock

Alt R = Frost Shock Arena 2
/cast [target=arena2] Frost Shock

Alt T = Frost Shock Arena 3
/cast [target=arena3] Frost Shock

Alt F = Cleanse Spirit Party 1
/cast [target=party1] Cleanse Spirit

Alt G = Cleanse Spirit Party 2
/cast [target=party2] Cleanse Spirit

Alt S = Healing Surge Party 1 Macro

#showtooltip
/cast [target=party1] Healing Surge

Alt D = Healing Surge Party 2 Macro

#showtooltip
/cast [target=party2] Healing Surge

Ctrl + Z = Rockbiter Macro

#showtooltip
/castsequence [@none] Frostbrand Weapon,Rockbiter Weapon
/use 17
/click StaticPopup1Button1

Ctrl + X = Focus Frost Shock
/cast [target=focus] Frost Shock

Ctrl + A = Focus Windshear
/cast [target=focus] Wind Shear

Ctrl + S = Focus Purge
/cast [target=focus] Purge

Alt + X = Focus Hex
/cast [target=focus] Hex


As said with almost everything, Macros have a lot to do with personal preference. You can also use modifiers for different skills in your macros. Use these only as a general guideline and form your own macros!

Gearing for PvP
You can basically use all the PvP Gear and you'll do great. PvE gear has been nerfed in PvP quite a dramatically this patch.

Trinkets
Generally of course you would use the trinket that removes all impairing effects.For your second trinket, I recommend the proc trinket or on-use trinket. Why proc trinket over on-use possibly? On-use is good for set-up based. You get the burst when you want it. However, proc provides MUCH more damage. It gives roughly ~1000 more agility and it's on a lower cooldown.

Tips?
Stormstrike before you Ascendance in general. Stormblast is not on cooldown after you stormstrike. This can give you some extremely scary burst.
Make sure to Unleash before Elemental Blast. With Flametongue it makes Elemental Blast hit 30% harder.

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Thanks for reading, I hope this helped you out. Post any other questions you have! If you have specific questions for me, try posting them on my facebook page or tweet them to my twitter.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:03 PM

nice guide, repped ^^

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 04:19 PM

Wait are you telling me 2-hand enhancement may still actually be fun? Definitely gonna try that and screw around in some BGs once I get enhancement gear =P

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 11:42 PM

Updated to 5.3! Not too many changes other than gemming from 5.2.
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Posted 03 June 2013 - 12:17 AM

Also don't be afraid of using ascendance after gates open. 50% of the time, it works 100% if the time.

The other 50% your hunter will take care of.

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 12:28 AM

no glyph of lightning shield?

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 09:04 PM

Members should now be able to post here, if you have any questions or comments regarding my guide please feel free to post! I'll check back every so often.
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Posted 04 June 2013 - 10:00 PM

WOW, another great guide! +rep!, i tuned in to your stream seeing you played elemental, did you switch or just trying it out? seemd to be quite sick eitherway! thanks again for a great guide, im sure that many ppl browsing aj will find this most usefull!

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 10:30 PM

View PostZerlog, on 04 June 2013 - 10:00 PM, said:

WOW, another great guide! +rep!, i tuned in to your stream seeing you played elemental, did you switch or just trying it out? seemd to be quite sick eitherway! thanks again for a great guide, im sure that many ppl browsing aj will find this most usefull!

Thanks! I'm still going to play Enhance, and will probably continue playing Ele for the time being. 5.3 made it really easy to try out new classes / specs, so I saw no reason in not giving it a shot.
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Posted 08 June 2013 - 06:41 PM

I'm noticing that my stormblasts are getting parried and it's really frustrating since my comp is so dependent on our CD phase. Is it really not worth it to reforge expertise cap to 0% chance to be parried?

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 07:25 PM

brief version: que with a hunter

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 04:49 AM

In 5.4 what would be some viable comps for enhance? My buddy plays a Ret, would that be playable at high rating?

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 01:48 AM

Did they do a hotfix on Enhance ascendance and stormblast? I swear I could do at least 3 stormblasts before and now I can only put out 2 w/o even coming close to a 3rd, thats with hitting the 1st right as I pop ascendance.

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 12:15 PM

View Postsatrina, on 09 July 2013 - 01:48 AM, said:

Did they do a hotfix on Enhance ascendance and stormblast? I swear I could do at least 3 stormblasts before and now I can only put out 2 w/o even coming close to a 3rd, thats with hitting the 1st right as I pop ascendance.

you could never do more than 2 stormblasts, idk what you're thinking but go look at the cooldown numbers and ascendance duration.
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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:10 PM

It's hard to say concrete things for 5.4 yet, I've mostly played my ret in the past 2 times I played PTR.

I think Enhance Hunter will still be a decent comp. I can see Enhance Warlock possibly working out better next patch as well. I don't think Enhance Ret will be that good, that comp was good way back when MOP first came out, it was when hybrid healing was even more insane than now.

I started playing Enhance when MOP came out, I've never been able to do 3 stormblasts.
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Posted 12 July 2013 - 10:20 AM

Thanks for feedback regarding comps. So if my two main arena partners are Disc/Ret would it be better to play ele? Do you forsee Ret/Ele/Disc being viable?

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 10:54 AM

thank you very nice guide

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 01:31 AM

updated for 5.4! will clean it up more after my stream
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Posted 23 December 2013 - 06:46 AM

very good. I like Enhance, and I had no idea what patch it was but it was easy to follow and understand. I've downloaded a hard copy and stored it in my file cabinet.
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Posted 23 December 2013 - 09:16 AM

The imbue part is outdated, also the talent picutre. You have to use your paint skills once more.

What i'm thinking since a while, is to get Grounding Glyph for fun, just not sure which Glyph to pass on. All of them feels so mandatory.
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