- Author: Nevermore
- Date: July 22, 2022
- Updated: August 22, 2022
- Expansion: WotLK Classic
The following Stat Priority recommendations are a guideline for you to decide how you want to gear. In order, PvP Elemental Shaman Stat Priority is as follows:
- Hit Rating
- Cap (4% Soft Cap/6% Hard Cap)
- Spell Penetration
- Cap (75 Soft Cap/130 Hard Cap)
- Critical Strike Chance
- Spell Power
Resilience should be the first stat you think about when you talk about PvP. The fact that the Elemental Shaman does not have a lot of defensives means that you will have to stack as much resilience as possible.
The soft cap for this is 1400 but you should definitely aim for more — a good amount would be 1600.
Due to how dependent we are on survivability granted by resilience, we seldomly have the chance to mix and match our PvP gear with PvE gear, limiting our equipment choices.
Hit Rating is the most important stat after Resilience, as it allows us to properly land our abilities. Without Hit Rating, you will often find yourself missing your spells, which will result in a quick loss.
The soft cap for hit chance in PvP is 4% while the hard cap for casters is 6%.
You will generally want to have the soft cap achieved from your equipment and the hard cap reached through gems!
Spell Penetration is a very important stat for any caster archetype! It allows you to pierce magic resistances, lowering the chance of your enemy resisting your spells.
The soft cap for Spell Penetration is 75 while the hard cap is 130.
Even though the soft cap can do wonders for you, you will generally want to achieve the hard cap through gems!
Haste rating will always play a big role when it comes down to your ability to burst down a target. You will want to stack as much haste as possible from your gear pieces and some of your gems. However, you should never over-stack haste over critical strike chance, most of your gear already offers critical strike chance but your off-pieces will be the ones that will truly help you reach your desired haste rating.
There is no accurate number for how much Haste you should acquire, however, we encourage you gain as much as possible and abuse it in combination with your Heroism/Bloodlust for maximum effect!
Critical Strike Chance is a very powerful stat for Elemental Shamans as the class itself is known for its burst capabilities, and this can only be made possible through raw Critical Strike Chance. However, you should never use gems for Critical Strike Chance as you will gain plenty of it from your equipment, talents, and enchantments.
Spell Power is a stat innate to all spell casters, empowering their spells, and granting them higher destructive or healing power. You should aim to stack as much Spell Power as possible from your equipment, enchantments, and gems!
There is no accurate number for how much Spell Power you will want to gain. We generally recommend you stack as much as possible without sacrificing your other stats!
As Elemental Shamans, we are considered hybrids, having the ability to cause devastating damage but also provide hefty amounts of healing for ourselves and our allies. However, due to our “spammy” nature, we are prone to having huge mana-management issues. Mp5 is a stat that will fix this issue for us, as it will grant us essential mana regeneration! Still, it isn’t nearly as important as other stats, which should generally be prioritized.