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Shadowlands: Balance Druid

Shadowlands: Balance Druid

The Shadowlands version of the Balance Druid is both very fun and incredibly powerful. As more people are giving the spec a try, many have asked questions about how to play one. In this guide, I’ll give an overview of how the class is played, what tools they have at their disposal, and teach you how to make your laser-chicken go BOOM!

This is not really a return to me actually blogging about WoW, but since I’ve been asked to write guides on how to play this spec in particular, I decided I might as well put it on the blog instead of just writing it up in Discord. 

Side Note: I threw this together in a few hours, because a couple of guildies had asked about it. I haven’t bothered proof-reading it, and I didn’t do much in the way of research to make sure I had all of my numbers right, so there may be a few minor mistakes of that variety floating around. 

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Warrior Heirlooms

Welcome to the Warrior Heirlooms Guide for Legion. This post will cover all three of the Warrior specs, including the optimal enchants. Please keep in mind that heirlooms are designed for leveling, and the choices of which pieces of gear to use as well as which enchants are designed towards leveling rather than raiding. In many cases the choices are the same, but if something seems odd then I’ve likely chosen it for a reason. Feel free to ask if you’re confused or care to offer other comments or suggestions. In the long run, as long as you’re wearing heirlooms with the right primary stats on it, it doesn’t necessarily matter which ones you choose.


Arms
Arms (DPS)

Slot Item Name Enchant
Helm Polished Helm of Valor N/A
Neck Eternal Emburfury Talisman Gift of Critical Strike*
Cloak Worn Stoneskin Gargoyle Cloak Gift of Critical Strike*
Shoulder Polished Spaulders of Valor Greater Tiger Fang Inscription
Chest Polished Breastplate of Valor Peerless Stats
Legs Polished Legplates of Valor Angerhide Leg Armor
Ring 1 Captain Sander’s Returned Band Gift of Critical Strike*
Ring 2 Dread Pirate Ring Gift of Critical Strike*
Main Hand Bloodied Arcanite Reaper Crusader
Off Hand None None
Trinket 1 Swift Hand of Justice N/A
Trinket 2 Swift Hand of Justice N/A

If you don’t have access to the enchants mentioned above, you may choose others. Your stat priorities are as follows (from Icy-Veins.com):

Strength > Crit > Mastery > Multistrike > Haste > Versatility


Fury
Fury (DPS)

Slot Item Name Enchant
Helm Polished Helm of Valor N/A
Neck Eternal Emburfury Talisman Gift of Haste*
Cloak Worn Stoneskin Gargoyle Cloak Gift of Haste*
Shoulder Polished Spaulders of Valor Greater Tiger Fang Inscription
Chest Polished Breastplate of Valor Peerless Stats
Legs Polished Legplates of Valor Angerhide Leg Armor
Ring 1 Captain Sander’s Returned Band Gift of Haste*
Ring 2 Dread Pirate Ring Gift of Haste*
Main Hand Bloodied Arcanite Reaper Crusader
Off Hand Bloodied Arcanite Reaper Elemental Force
Trinket 1 Swift Hand of Justice N/A
Trinket 2 Swift Hand of Justice N/A

If you don’t have access to the enchants mentioned above, you may choose others. Your stat priorities are as follows (from Icy-Veins.com):

Strength > Haste > Crit > Mastery > Haste > Multistrike > Versatility


Protection
Protection (Tank)

Slot Item Name Enchant
Helm Burnished Helm of Might N/A
Neck Eternal Talisman of Evasion Gift of Critical Strike*
Cloak Ripped Sandstorm Cloak Gift of Critical Strike*
Shoulder Burnished Pauldrons of Might Greater Tiger Fang Inscription
Chest Burnished Breastplate of Might Peerless Stats
Legs Burnished Legplates of Might Angerhide Leg Armor
Ring 1 Captain Sander’s Returned Band Gift of Critical Strike*
Ring 2 Dread Pirate Ring Gift of Critical Strike*
Main Hand Bloodsoaked Skullforge Reaver Crusader
Off Hand Flamescarred Draconian Deflector Vitality
Trinket 1 Swift Hand of Justice N/A
Trinket 2 Swift Hand of Justice N/A

If you don’t have access to the enchants mentioned above, you may choose others. Also, while Mastery is higher on your stat priority list than Crit, you don’t actually benefit from Mastery until level 80, which is why I suggest Crit enchants on ring, neck, and back rather than Mastery. If you want to switch the enchants out at level 80+ feel free to do so, but I personally reuse my heirlooms because I level an army of alts as well, so I prefer to get the most bang for my buck by benefiting for as many levels as possible rather than getting maximum effect for only 10-20 levels and nothing for the previous 60-80.

Your stat priorities are as follows (from Icy-Veins.com):

Strength > Bonus Armor > Mastery > Crit = Versatility > Haste > Multistrike

 

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Where I’m Gaming Right Now

I took a look today out of curiosity to see just how little I’ve been on this blog this year. I knew it was low because of my inactivity as well as my jumping around from one game to another so much this year, but I wasn’t expecting to see just 2 posts for the entire year. I wrote one leveling guide which I never finished, even though I have both of the follow-up posts mostly written, and one post about changes to WoW heirlooms that are either on their way or have already gone live (I don’t know honestly, because I haven’t been playing or paying attention).

Today I figured I might as well write a quick post about what’s been going on in my gaming world and give you a bit of a heads up on where this blog might be going in the near future (if anywhere).

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Posted by on July 29, 2013 in Blog

 

5.4 Enchanting Change

Alright, first I’m gonna show it to you here in case you haven’t seen the patch notes for 5.4 (full link here).

So this is going to blow the doors wide open on enchanting your gear, allowing any enchant to be cast on any item so long as it’s the appropriate type of item (you can’t enchant your chest with a weapon enchant and such, but all weapon enchants are available to all weapons unless there’s a two-handed requirement etc).

Since heirlooms are something that I place a high amount of focus on, even when I’m not actively playing the game like right now, this is a big deal that I do want to be able to cover everyone. That being said, until we’re able to do some testing on these changes it’s not going to be clear which enchants are the best for which items. So up until 5.4 goes live, consider my current Guide to Heirlooms to be correct on all fronts, but once 5.4 is out don’t believe the old guide in terms of enchanting until I’ve updated it with the results of testing.

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2013 in Blog

 

2012 in review

I’m not usually big on letting my blog post things for me, but what the heck. Figured I might as well share this with you.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 690,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 13 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

Click here to see the complete report.

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2012 in Blog

 
 
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