This guide serves as a quick reference intended for raiders who play Elemental Shaman and are already familiar with the class. If you’re new to Elemental or have questions not answered here, please take a look at our full guide which covers many of these questions and more in greater depth.
These questions were put together based on our own interests leading into Antorus, as well as responses to our recent Twitter post.
Which legendaries are best now?
There have not been any significant changes to which legendary combinations perform best.
For single target, Smoldering Heart and The Deceiver’s Blood Pact continue to perform best with both Icefury and Ascendance. Eye of the Twisting Nether, Pristine Proto-Scale Girdle, and Soul of the Farseer remain strong in single target as well, and can be used based on personal preference.
For multiple targets, and depending on the encounter, Soul of the Farseer and Al’Akir’s Acrimony both remain strong choices.
As always, Sephuz’s Secret is very strong if the encounter allows you to reliably proc it for the Haste buff.
There are several “viable” combinations of legendaries for progression, depending both on the encounter and your own personal preferences. While Smoldering Heart and The Deceiver’s Blood Pact are the best combination for single target damage output, you should expect that encounter design may make other legendaries more desirable in early progression (for example, Prydaz, Xavaric’s Magnum Opus was a very solid choice in early Sisters of the Moon kills in Tomb of Sargeras). Evaluate your legendary choices on a case-by-case basis.
Which secondary stats are best now?
For single target encounters, we found a rough priority of Critical Strike > Mastery >= Haste > Versatility to perform best in most situations.
For AOE encounters, we found a rough priority of Critical Strike >= Haste >>> Versatility >= Mastery to perform best in most situations.
For exact ratios, please consult the full guide, and when in doubt, always simulate your own character to find the gear that’s best for you in any given situation.
When do I replace T20 with T21?
In our testing, it was viable to replace mythic item level T20 4p (930 item level) with heroic item level (945 item level) T21 4p. This can vary depending on your own gear, and if you’re unsure, it’s always worth simulating yourself to determine if it’s an upgrade. There is no point at which you would want to equip T20 2p and T21 2p together and forego either tier’s 4p bonus. Additionally, the strength of Smoldering Heart prevents any combination of a 4p and a 2p from T20/T21 from being equipped simultaneously. This means you should only expect to replace one 4p bonus with another in this case.
Should I ever use T20 over T21?
In our testing, T21 (eventually) outperforms T20 in pure single target through its increased base item level for players. However, in 2-3 target encounters, such as Felhounds and Coven in Antorus, we have found that even 930 T20 4p can sometimes outperform 960 T21 4p, particularly when the targets are spread out. As always, you should simulate your own gear to make sure it’s the right choice for you.
Are there any rotational changes with T21?
When playing with Ascendance as your level 100 talent, we have found no evidence of rotational changes
to min-max Earthen Strength usage (T21 2p buff) to result in a DPS increase.
When playing with Icefury as your level 100 talent, we have found a very minor DPS increase can be found by casting Frost Shock with a slightly higher priority when both the Icefury and Earthen Strength buffs are up. However, this DPS increase is quite small (<1% gain) and requires flawless execution to achieve in a rotation that’s already a good bit more complex than the Ascendance build. Mistakes in execution trying to min-max the Earthen Strength buff will result in an overall DPS loss. For this reason, we don’t recommend altering your rotation for the T21 2p unless you’re confident in your execution of the rotation.
What gear should I be looking out for?
Due to the existence of Titanforging, it’s hard for us to provide a true best-in-slot list. The gear below only includes drops from Antorus and is used for our official T21 simulationcraft profile. It does not include any Warforged or Titanforged gear, even though Mythic+ items can and will be upgrades that make up part of your equipped gearset, because we adhere to the simulationcraft profile rules.
As mentioned above, you should expect that Warforged/Titanforged gear from any source may be an upgrade over any of these pieces. With so many disparate sources of gear, it’s difficult to provide an exhaustive list of gear that may be an upgrade. When in doubt, you should always simulate your own gear to determine if something is an upgrade or not for you.
It is worth mentioning a couple other items to keep an eye out for that aren’t part of our simulationcraft profile at this time.
Relics: With no relics in Antorus that feature Elemental Destabilization, the only two sources for our best relic trait are the third tier options in the Netherlight Crucible and farming Mythic Goroth weekly for Titanforged Felsoul Vortex. In general, our better traits are all fairly close, and weapon item level is very strong.
Trinkets: Unstable Arcanocrystal remains incredibly strong and you’ll want to continue to try and farm Relinquished tokens for it. Norgannon’s Prowess is also decently strong, and we know that it drops from Argus, the Unmaker. While in our testing Aman’Thul’s Vision did outperform it, we expect that players will end up getting the other Pantheon trinkets before acquiring Aman’Thul’s, and so there’s a solid chance most Elemental Shaman will end up wearing Norgannon’s Prowess for at least a little while. That said, since Prowess takes many weeks to upgrade to the 1000 item level that Aman’Thul’s drops at natively, you’re going to want to get that Aman’Thul’s as quickly as you can. Stat sticks that feature Crit or Haste will continue to be strong. The other trinket drops from Antorus aren’t particularly exciting, but aren’t terrible either. Please refer to our trinket simulations and simulating your own character if you find yourself unsure whether or not a trinket is worth using.
Suramar 2p: The set bonus offered by Epaulets of Deceitful Intent and Remorseless Chain Armbands continues to be strong, though a bit less so now than it has been in the past. With our T21 profile based on Mythic Antorus gear, our testing indicates that this set bonus can be a DPS increase when both pieces are approximately 950 item level. Put another way, the set bonus is worth about 10 item levels in each slot. If you get lucky and get either of these pieces Titanforged to a higher item level, it’s worth simulating yourself to see if the set is worth equipping.