Here is our full Enhancement Shaman PvP Guide for Classic WoW! Get ready to become the best Shaman on your server ;)
So you want to become the new Unbreakable from Vanilla, but in Classic WoW ? You’re in the right place! This guide will give you all the ingredients you need to become a master of PvP!Enhancement Shaman is a class that is notorious in PvP for its famous Windfury One Shots). It has numerous abilities in its spellbook, making it a scary opponent if you can use them well. It can deal massive damage in melee combat, cast ranged spells, heal itself or become a wolf to flee or catch up to the enemy.
20/31/0 is the default build for Enhancement Shamans. You can however adapt your talents to your playstyle.
Without a doubt the most popular Enhancement Shaman PvP build. Dévastation élémentaire is a very powerful talent in PvP, increasing your chance to critically strike but also to proc Windfury!
Your main goal: equip a powerful two-handed weapon to quickly cast Courroux naturel. With some luck, Arme Furie-des-vents procs, which will pretty much always drop your opponent’s Health below 50%, or even lower if it crits. After that, you can finish him off with Horion de terre or Horion de givre.
You don’t need 3 points in Oeil du cyclone for it to work, you’re most likely going to get critically hit a lot and therefore have the bonus all the time anyway.Tip: If you’re out of mana, use a rank 1 Horion de terre or Eclair to try to proc Idées claires and gain a free max rank Shock cast!
This build is about gaining an edge against melee opponents. You need to invest in Totems de Feu améliorés, your most powerful (high mana cost) Totem. You should avoid using this Totem if you don’t have this talent because it has a 4 second delay, giving your opponent enough time to kill it or simply move away from it. This talent prevents that. Along with Totems renforcés, making you hit harder, this spec requires a good mana pool to be viable. This means you need pretty good gear to gain full advantage of it.
The Shaman’s totems are like a Warlock’s pets: you NEED to use them! Shamans can have up to 4 totems up at the same time, one of each element: Earth, Water, Air, Fire. Which are the most important ones for PvP?
Totem de Séisme : Mandatory to deal with Fear effects!
Totem de Peau de pierre : mostly a PvE totem, can be useful if your Health drops too low.
Totem de Griffes de pierre : One could think this totem is useless in PvP but if an engineer unleashes Coq de combat gnome, Petit dragon mécanique en mithril or Cloche des Barov on you, the Totem will grab aggro on these adds and allow you to freely pummel the amateur tinker who thought he was being smart
Totem de Purification du poison : Fantastic against Rogues, will become your best friend when facing them.
Totem Fontaine de mana : To use when not fighting along with water to regain mana.Totem guérisseur : To use every fight.
Totem incendiaire : Should be used as often as possible. Costs little mana and useful against both melee and ranged opponents.
Totem de résistance au Givre : Ideal totem against mages, prevents damage and makes you more likely to resist their frost spells entirely. If you resist the mage’s Nova de givre you have an 80% chance of winning the duel.
Totem de Magma : Your most expensive totem. Only use it when you see a rogue coming, or an enemy is about to walk to a key chokepoint. Combine with mana totem so you don’t go oom.Tip: engineers can wait for Totem Nova de feu’s explosion and Charge de sapeur gobelin and a Shock at the same time. This will deal massive damage and probably make your opponent pause.
Totem de Glèbe : The best PvP totem! Allows you to control enemy casters more easily. Combine with Horion de terre. Don’t make the mistake of dropping this totem immediately as you begin a fight, casters will destroy it with their wands. Drop it while an enemy is casting.
Totem de Grâce aérienne : Use as much as you can to increase your dodge and critical strike chance.
Potions and consumables shouldn’t be used in duel because they’re not Fair Play. They’re very powerful items that can easily turn the tide of any fight. Before any duel, talk to your opponent and decide on a rule for consumables. If you cheat you’ll end up with a bad reputation.
Whether in Battlegrounds, World PvP or in front of Orgrimmar / Stormwind, 1v1 fights are commonplace.
This isn’t PvE, every fight is unique and how they end will mainly depend on reflexes and mechanical skill more than raw damage.
Enhancement Shamans MUST be engineers. The class is highly dependent on Windfury RNG. Even if you’ve mastered shaman, if you’re not getting procs, you will struggle. This is why being as optimized as possible matters a lot: you make your own luck!
Once in melee, forget Horion de givre and drop Totem de lien terrestre. Try staying in his dead zone to damage him with Horion de terre and Courroux naturel. Use Totem de Grâce aérienne and Totem Nova de feu if you have enough mana to burst him down.Engineers should use Heaume-fusée gobelin when your Health drops below 50% to heal yourself and kill the Hunter’s pet. Don’t hesitate to use Grenade en fer to catch him if he’s trying to kite you.
Warlocks will most often use Invocation d'un marcheur du Vide sot hey can sacrifice it to gain a massive shield. You can simply purge that shield! If they’re using Invocation d'un chasseur corrompu, focus on it before attacking the warlock so it can’t counter your heals.If a warlock engages you: Totem de Séisme to avoid a Fear effect and attempt to absorb Voile mortel with Totem de Glèbe or Réflectombre ultra-flash. Use Horion de givre to get close and drop Totem guérisseur to reduce the effectiveness of his DoTs.
Pretty balanced matchup. You should try to kill the Druid as fast as possible, the Druid’s strength will be in longer fights because of the strength Rapidité de la nature, HoTs and Innervation : be ready to purge them and interrupt their healing spells
Use Totem de lien terrestre as a cheap slow to make him waste time and mana changing forms.
If a Warrior charges you, you’re in trouble, he will have rage to damage you immediately, potentially killing you in seconds if he crits.Immediately use Totem de Grâce aérienne, Totem de Force de la Terre et Totem Nova de feu and hope for good RNG. If you have trinkets such Petit dragon mécanique en mithril along with Cloche des Barov / Coq de combat gnome, you have a good chance of being able to take over the fight. Use Lance-filet automatique gnome + Totem de Séisme because he’ll try to fear you to prevent you from running away. After that, cast Vague de soins inférieurs or Vague de soins if you have a lot of mana. Boomerang de Linken can come in handy if you have it in your bags, while your other trinkets are on cooldown.
Your nemesis : they can sheep / root / slow / stun you : drive you crazy. That being said, despite all his control spells, if the mage isn’t good, you’ll probably still win.
Be smart with Insigne de la Horde. When he tries to root you with nova, ascertain whether he already used his Blink. If he did, use Totem de lien terrestre, Expiation, Insigne de la Horde, Courroux naturel and Horion de terre. If he’s not dead, he’ll have to Bloc de glace. Stay nearby and get out of combot to eat and drink. As he gets out of his ice block, use Cloche des Barov + Totem incendiaire and finish him off!
Potion de libre action is your best friend in this fight. It’ll give you freedom to hit the mage a few times and hope for a WF proc to kill him.
Engineers have once again major bonuses:
Not unlike Warriors: mainly a melee fight, purge his buffs, drop Totem de Grâce aérienne + Totem de Force de la Terre, use Horion de terre to counter his heals and Insigne de la Horde if he stuns you. A paladin with a good weapon can do a lot of damage so be careful.
purge his shields and always have Totem de Séisme up to break his Fears. Use Horion de terre to counter Attaque mentale. Shadow Priests have Silence and
they’ll usually use it as you get low to prevent you from casting heals. Make sure you have a Potion
de soins majeure in case it happens, Réflectombre
ultra-flash to reflect it and
en fer to allow you to cast a Vague de soins inférieurs.
This fight can take a while to start; you need to wait for the Rogue to get out of Stealth (by design or by force). Rogues need to use their opener to get ahead and stab you in the back. After they’ve engaged, wait for Aiguillon perfide to use Insigne de la Horde. If you don’t use it then, you’re probably going to die. The best way to deal with rogues is this:
In BGs, you need to analyze the situation before you act so you can:
Have fun! Whether you’re attacking or defending, your role is dealing damage. If there’s no druid to carry the flag, it’ll be your job! In order to have better mobility, you should always use Loup fantôme so you can catch up to preys or help your allies. Once rank 7 unlocked, you can buy Bottes de garde de sang en mailles to further increase your movement speed in this form!As we said, your job is doing damage, and your purges will greatly help with that. Add Horion de terre, and enemy healers will hate your guts.
Communicating properly is half the work here. Our Warsong Gulch tips apply in attack and defense both.
When defending, always keep your Totems up, some Rogues could very well be nearby and could catch you unawares. Ideally, be in a party with melee players so Totem Furie-des-vents + Totem de Force de la Terre can benefit more people. If you feel in danger, don’t hesitate to use Loup fantôme to move back and regen or heal some allies
Communicate with your team: if a horde of enemy players is arriving somewhere, count them and notify your raid so they can adapt their strategy.
When attacking, try to be sneaky. Prefer reaching the Blacksmith and the Farm through water as your enemies will usually be watching the roads, so you can engage on your terms.The key to victory in this BG is capturing points. To do so, you need to control your enemies. Unfortunately, as a Shaman you only have Totem de lien terrestre and Horion de givre to slow them down. Enemies will try to capture flags, use Totem de Magma so they can’t do so. Engineers once again have massive advantages: their 2 helms can help controlling the opponents, helping capture an enemy flag. Keep in mind that the gnome version can’t be used in combat. Use it as fast as possible to control an opponent and make him kill his friends.
The worst BG for Enhancement Shamans. This is caster-town and you’re not welcome, they can deal massive damage while remaining at a safe distance.Your goal here is capturing graveyards with some friends to occupy the map. You’ll have to fight other small groups defending these graveyards, which is a much better format for you (and your computer) than the main battles.
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guide: Zeke, Wowisclassic guild’s GM, Lolonzo, Wowisclassic contributor.