World of Warcraft Legion Class Guides

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Know a better option? Suggest a guide! Leave a comment, or contact me via the options listed in the about page.

If you are into class information, three very strong other resources are:

Class Discord Channels: These actively discuss each spec and often have resources stickies. They can be a one-stop-shop for most classes.

Wowhead Class Guides: Wowhead recruited some great theorycrafters to write their guides for Legion, and you can do a lot worse than checking the Wowhead guide for your class.

MMO-Champion class forums: These are the best forums for discussing many specs.

That said, RaidAdvice strives to maintain a list of the best guides for every class on this page.

Quick Reference

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The following table contains the resource we most recommend for each spec.

Class Spec 1 Spec 2 Spec 3
Death Knight Blood Frost Unholy
Demon Hunter Havoc Vengeance Balance
Druid Feral Guardian Restoration
Hunter Beast Mastery Marksmanship Survival
Mage Arcane Fire Frost
Monk Brewmaster Mistweaver Windwalker
Paladin Holy Protection Retribution
Priest Discipline Holy Shadow
Rogue Assassin Outlaw Subtlety
Shaman Elemental Enhancement Restoration
Warlock Affliction Demonology Destruction
Warrior Arms Fury Protection

Death Knight: Blood

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This guide is the best for blood of which I am aware.

This brief google doc is a fun read from prepatch.

Death Knight: Frost

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The guide is the best available for Frost DKs. Be warned, Frost lags significantly behind Unholy DK (and most other specs in the game) currently.

Death Knight: Unholy

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This guide is the best available for Unholy.

See also this “BiS gear list” google doc.

Bonus: Check out this weakaura set.

Demon Hunter: Havoc

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This guide is the best available for Havoc.

Demon Hunter: Vengeance

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This guide is the best available for Vengeance.

See also: http://sunniersartofwar.com/vengeance/.

Druid: Balance

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This Balance guide by Cyous is the best that I am aware of.

This Balance guide by Gebuz does not cover everything, but is a very strong second resource.

This FAQ maintains lists several great resources for Balance Druids, including the two aforementioned guides.

Bonus: My Emerald Nightmare gear spreadsheet; Cyrous’s Balance Druid Weakauras.

Druid: Feral

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There are a few great Feral guides.

Check out Xanzara’s Feral Guide at fluiddruid or Tinderhoof’s Feral Guide on wowhead.

http://www.fluiddruid.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=3 – Fluid Druid forums have some good feral DPS discussion, and are a good first place to look.

Druid: Guardian

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Check out this guide by Arielle of http://theincbear.com, the go-to spot for bear tanks, with written and video guides and forums.

Druid: Restoration

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Lavathing wrote an overview guide available at http://www.wowhead.com/guides/classes/druid/restoration/overview, with plans for more detailed information later at http://healcraft.net/ in the future.

See also this guide on Restokin.

Bonus: Check out these Weakauras by Ablution.

Hunter: All

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Excellent guides for hunter are available at http://www.icy-veins.com/wow/class-guides. They are written by Azortharion who maintained a great Tier 18 hunter guide.

Mage: All

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Fire mage guide by Rinoa. Fire is considered the spec to play in early Legion, although Arcane and Frost may be buffed to be more competitive.

The forums at http://Altered-Time.com are a great place for mage discussion for all three specs. In lieu of detailed guides, I share with you Arcane discussion and Frost discussion.

Monk: Brewmaster

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http://sunniersartofwar.com/ has a great guide.

BrewingScribe made the guide for wowhead.

Monk: Mistweaver

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There are two great guides for Mistweaver:

This one at cranehealing.

This one at mistyteahouse.

Monk: Windwalker

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http://www.walkingthewind.com/guides/tldr/ by Babylonius. This is a great, concise guide for windwalker. See also the long-form guide.

Paladin: Holy

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Check out this detailed guide at Sacred Shielding, and the briefer wowhead guide.

Paladin: Protection

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Check out this guide on the official forums by Liminara.

Paladin: Retribution

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Check out this guide on the official forums by Svayne.

Priest: Discipline

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This guide by Jak is great.

Discipline is a very complicated spec to play in Legion. And, depending on Blizzard’s tuning, the rewards may be great or they may be marginal.

Bonus: Check out Ablution’s priest Weakauras.

Priest: Holy

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This guide by Jak is great.

Bonus: Check out Ablution’s priest Weakauras.

Priest: Shadow

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This guide on howtopriest is great.

http://howtopriest.com has been a great one-stop shop resource for priests in the past.

Rogue: All

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This google doc has great guides for all three specs.

Shaman: Elemental

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The best guide I am aware of for elemental is Binkenstein’s guide, hosted on wowhead:
http://wowhead.com/guides/classes/shaman/elemental/overview.

See also his blog at (http://binkenstein.wordpress.com).

Shaman: Enhancement

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Wordup continues theorycrafting for enhancement with this guide.

Shaman: Restoration

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Chain Heal (http://chainheal.com/) doesn’t really have “one guide,” preferring smaller articles on different aspects of Shaman healing. However, it does have some excellent tips.

Warlock: All

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Check out this Demonology guide by Not on MMO-Champion.

Check out this Destruction guide by Aldeen on the official forums.

Affliction is lagging behind the other specs, but check out this Affliction guide by Cryptrot if you are interested.

Warrior: All

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Tank: Protection guide.

DPS: Arms guide; Fury guide. Arms has been far ahead of Fury through September 2016.

Bonus: Check out these weakauras.

Changelog, Thanks

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September 26, 2016: Guides reviewed over several days, talked to friends and checked Discords to select guides, post created.

Thanks to all the guide writers!

Thanks to the /r/competitivewow community for the feedback that has helped me in creating this site.

See Class Guides Legion Prepatch for other thanks & previous changes.

RaidAdvice Roster System Tier 19

Are you an officer in your mythic raiding Warcraft guild? Do you have a hard time setting the 20-person roster for each encounter, figuring out who should come in if a replacement is needed, or making sure that each player gets their fair share of playing time?

If so, you’ve come to the right place. In Tier 18, I designed a roster system based on this Google Sheet. It integrates with Discord and this Weakaura a friend made. It automatically generates a list of who you have scheduled for each boss, and which players to swap in and out.

I have updated it for Legion for your use.

Getting the Sheet

Get the Google Sheet. Click on File, Make a Copy, so you have your own version to edit.

Preparing for Raid

The Sheet is easy and fairly self-explanatory. Fill in the player’s names, classes, Battle Tags, and Discord IDs if you use discord.

Then, when you are ready for fill in names for your first week of raiding, click the triangle next to “Weekly Template” at the bottom, and click Duplicate. Double click on “Copy of Weekly Template” to rename it to the week of your raid, such as “2016-09-27.” Change the first line of the sheet to remind you that it is for a certain week. Each week, keep making copies of the weekly template, and save the lists from past weeks to have a record of who you wanted to bring.

For each encounter, place a 1 next to players you want in, and 2-5 for backups in order of preference. For each mythic boss, you should have 20 players in.

Then, if necessary, update the boss order at the bottom of the sheet. If you are skipping a boss, simply place the number at the end and adjust the other numbers accordingly. If you are completing the bosses in the order listed, no adjustment is necessary.

On Raid Night

Here’s where the magic comes in!

Via a bit of creative Sheet functions, the lines at the bottom indicating which players are in and our update automatically. Now, before raid night, or before each encounter, you can copy the lines at the bottom listing which players will be in for the fight. You can paste them on your forums or into chat in Mumble or Discord.

After each boss, you can copy/paste the IN/OUT list. If you use Discord, this will ping the players coming IN to get their attention.

Integrated Weakaura

If that wasn’t exciting enough, my buddy (who wishes to remain anonymous) created this Weakaura for officers who manage the sit list to use. Copy/paste the list of players you want in for a boss into officer chat that is generated by the spreadsheet (including the boss name and asterisks), and every officer with the Weakaura will be told which players to bring in and out.

To clear the instructions, type /wa in chat to bring up your Weakaura menu or complete the roster swaps as instructed.

A few notes about the Weakaura:

  1. While this sheet can be used with Normal/Heroic groups, the Weakaura is hard-coded for 20-person mythic, with groups 1-4 being “in” and 5-8 being “out.”
  2. If your raiders have above-average name lengths, you will not be able to copy in the name of every raider into a single chat line. Copy as many names as you can, and figure out the remaining raiders without using the Weakaura.
    If you have an idea of how to edit the Weakaura to fix this, do so and let me know about it! I have no custom LUA experience, and my buddy has moved on to another guild and may not have the time to come up with a fix.
    One solution would be to use the first 5 characters in each player’s name, but that could cause problems if a guild has two similarly named players.
  3. As noted, my buddy may not have much time to work on the Weakaura, and I do not have experience with custom LUA Weakauras. If you see a problem, I would love to know about it, but I very well may not be able to get it fixed. I welcome you to make the fix and have me integrate your improvement into the Weakaura.

Conclusion

That’s it. I hope this system helps you as much as it helped me in managing a roster. Good luck with The Emerald Nightmare and The Nighthold!

Balance Druid Gear Spreadsheet for The Emerald Nightmare

As I discussed in my prior post about Preparing for The Emerald Nightmare, it can be useful, after you have done all your other prep, to figure out what gear you should be targeting in the instance.

For reference, here is my gear as of last night.

I created a spreadsheet, outlining the possible upgrades in the Emerald Nightmare for my class and spec. If you are a Balance Druid that wants to use this sheet, I urge you to make a copy and enter your own starting gear, as well as to continue to update stat weights using a source you trust.

This sort of spreadsheet has limited usefulness, as there are many out-of-raid sources of gear in Legion and titanforging exists. This sheet serves the limited purpose of showing what upgrades exist for me, from the raid.

If you play any other class, this spreadsheet may serve as a model of something you want to create for yourself.

Here is the spreadsheet.

One insight demonstrated by spreadsheet that is applicable to Balance Druids and may be of use to other classes: the crafted ring and neck-piece are better than non-warforged/non-socketed rings and neck-pieces available from the mythic raid.

Balance Druids should look into getting these pieces is possible. Other classes should research them, especially if your class has a secondary stat that is valued much more highly than the other secondary stats.

Preparing for The Emerald Nightmare

Here’s a basic overview of how I prepared for day one of heroic raiding in the Emerald Nightmare. Many of these steps are repeatable tasks you can do yourself, even if you are starting the day before the raid opens up.

Strategies

Knowing what is heading your way from the seven bosses of The Emerald Nightmare is probably the most important step you can take at this point. Here are some resources I used:

  • Dungeon Journal – Seriously, before anything else, open the in-game (or wowhead copy) dungeon journal and read about the bosses to get a good idea of what each encounter will be like and what your role’s job is. Starting with it will give you a good frame of reference for more in-depth guides.
    You can also take a look at the loot from each boss to create a checklist of what loot you are hoping drops (especially relevant if your guild uses Master Looter and you need to figure out what loot you want to prioritize going for).
  • Wowhead Encounter Guides – These guides are the best written guides I have seen for the Emerald Nightmare. They provide a good overview of what to look for and do in the fights, I recommend them as your next step.
  • Fatboss Legion Beta Ecounter Videos – In this video playlist, Fatboss covers each of the seven encounters with a video. This is the best collection of encounter video guides that I have heard of. More may be available in the coming weeks.
  • SpartySmallwood’s Preparation Stream – I had this on in the background while playing today to reinforce the concepts outlined in the above guides. He did a solid job of covering the encounters and shared this link of useful Emerald Nightmare weakauras.
  • Discussion with other players – After all that, I spent a bit of time discussing the encounters with guild mates and friends. Finding someone who plays your spec and discussing it with them can be a great way to make sure you are fully prepared. If your guild deviates from public strategies, make sure to pay attention to that.

User Interface

Right before a new raid is not a great time to make drastic changes to your user interface – hopefully you did that weeks ago, so you are now comfortable with your UI setup.

However, before your enter raid, you want to make sure your addons are up to date and look at the boss-specific settings of whichever boss mod (such as Deadly Boss Mods or BigWigs) you use. The mod may be set to alert you to more or less than you want to know, and you can change this to suit your needs.

If you are using boss specific addons or weakauras, you also want to make sure that they are set to display when and where you want them. Customize your UI – don’t just accept the defaults!

Spec: Talents and Rotation

Hopefully you have been mastering your rotation for the past several weeks. But now is a good time to take one last look at the public theory-crafting available for your class.

As a Balance Druid, I am thankful to the folks that put together this FAQ. It links to a bunch of superb resources including two great guides. This one outlines the Boomkin opener and covers talent choices for each fight.

I hope that finding a great resource like this is as easy as you as the Balance Druid community made finding this for me – it was as simple as checking the pinned comments in the Balance Druid discord (see my list of class Discords).

The night before raid is a good time to run a few dungeons or practice on a target dummy to make sure that you are very comfortable with the mechanics of your class, so you can focus on the mechanics of the raid encounters in raid.

Gear

You have gotten most of what you can from world quests, heroics, and mythics at this point. However, it’s worth checking out whether you can improve your gear with crafted or world drop BoEs if you have the gold to do so. I decided to get five crafted/BoE pieces, all of which are just about as good as I can get outside of mythic, and a few of which will last me well into mythic despite the lower item level.

Crafted gear, BoE rings, and BoE trinkets can come with perfect stats for your class. I recommend prioritizing a neck piece and rings. Secondary stats seem to scale at a lower rate in Legion than in prior expansions.

The first piece I bought was my Dawnlight Band (of the Fireflash). I upgraded it to 850, and my stat weights showed that it was better than all but one mythic ring that drops in the Emerald Nightmare because of how much better haste is for balance druids than the other stats.

The Sylvan Maelstrom Amulet for Druids is especially great, as it gives not only (potentially) perfect stats, it gives a free bonus of versatility for outdoor encounters, which may include “outdoor” fights in raids!

Here is an album showing my overall gear, crafted pieces, and artifact weapon progression. The other four pieces are an Imbued Silkweave Flourish, a set of Dreadleather Bindings, Fran’s Intractable Loop, and my artifact, the Scythe of Elune (I had some good luck with warforged relics before raids!).

The good news here is that you can decide to purchase crafted gear after a week or two of raids to fill in if you want to save gold, and the gear is only going to get cheaper.

If you think you might be interested in crafted gear, I recommend scanning your realm’s auction house for upgrades. The biggest cost of crafted gear is Obliterum to upgrade the gear to item level 850, and it may take a while to find crafted gear with perfect (or close enough to perfect for your liking) stats.

The necklace, cloak, and rings I had I all intend to keep for a long while, and I enchanted them with the best enchantments available: Enchant Cloak – Binding of Intellect, Enchant Neck – Mark of the Hidden Satyr, and Enchant Ring – Binding of Haste. I used a Saber’s Eye of Intellect on my ring and Quick Dawnlight on my necklace. Interestingly, before the lowering of gems from +250 of a secondary to +150 of a secondary, Quick Dawnlight would have been better than the Saber’s Eye.

I had used a cheaper Quick Azsunite on my belt as I hoped to replace it before raiding. I have since upgraded it to a Dawnlight. While a few thousand gold for a piece I want to replace soon is a bit expensive, it’s really just a few potions worth of gold…

Too see what enchantments and gems you might want to use, check out the wowhead World of Warcraft: Legion Enchanting and Jewelcrafting guides. Don’t forget the shoulder and glove enchantments for use outside of raids.

Consumables

Before you enter raid, you want to make sure you have all the consumables you need to succeed. For each class, that can include potions, flasks, health potions, food, and possibly even Defiled Augment Runes.

For balance druids, the best available are Potion of Deadly Grace, Ancient Healing Potion, Flask of the Whispered Pact, and Azshari Salad. Potions are very expensive this expansion, so good luck with those.

Check the wowhead guides to World of Warcraft: Legion Alchemy and Cooking to see what consumables are best for you.

Vantus runes will be an important consumable you want to coordinate with your guild.

You may also want to grab a few Tome of the Tranquil Mind for changing talents on the fly.

Conclusion

That’s most of what I did to prepare over the past few days. What are you doing to be Ready for Raiding? Best luck in the Nightmare!

World of Warcraft: Legion Useful Discord Channels

As I’ve noted before, the Discord channel for your class is a great place to get information about how to play your class and spec well. I recently checked the https://www.reddit.com/r/competitivewow Discord channel list, and wanted to post a list of class channels here as well for your reference. If you want to make sure that guide you read in prepatch is still up-to-date and search for more resources, the Discord channel for your spec is a great first stop.

I will be going through and cultivating the class guides, hopefully in time for the release of mythic raiding. In the meantime, your class Discord is a good first place to check for up-to-date information, and can be all you need in some cases.

For even more Discord channels, check out this list on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/wow/comments/4yfgms/wowclass_discord_info/.