Enhancement Shamans are a rather complicated class when it comes down to gemming. Where specs like Retribution Paladins often have 1 stat that trumps all others, Enhancement has 2 stats that, depending on gear and talents, are in a neck-to-neck race for best DPS. Knowing when to gem attack power and when to gem haste is key to maximizing your Shaman’s DPS. However, this knowledge can rather easily be gathered by the use of external programs.
This guide aims at explaining the 2 most commonly used tools for determining gemming practices for Enhancement shamans: Rawr. Enhance and EnhSim. Both programs have their advantages and disadvantages. The goal of this guide is to provide the reader with the knowledge and know-how to operate both programs and know when to use one and when the other, but also how to interpret the results.
Before you start reading this guide, make sure you have read and understand the following F.A.Q:
This guide explains the basics of enhancement PvE and is a very well written guide. If you have any questions after reading this (and have a free afternoon), there is a VERY detailed guide on enhancement that can be found at the following website:
Please note this guide is advanced reading and of an entirely different difficulty than the mmo-
champion guide. However, it should answer nearly all questions.
AP versus haste
simming your character
Aside from these guides, one question still remains. What gems should I use? This guide is meant to fill that gap. Before I start discussing the 2 programs we are going to use, I would like to give some general information about the 2 stats most commonly used: AP and haste.