Enhancement Shamanenhancement iconvssubtlety iconSubtlety Rogue

Debating whether to play a Subtlety Rogue or Enhancement Shaman? Knowing which currently performs better DPS in PvE might help make a decision.

This page analyzes multiple simulations for both Subtlety Rogues and Enhancement Shamans using profiles and settings intended to achieve their maximum DPS. Multiple sim environments are used to test how they perform in various conditions. Is one the AoE king? Does one scale better with gear upgrades? Is one more bursty, and more reliant on big cooldowns? Below analyzes the data to find the strengths of each.

Simulation results were created with SimulationCraft
Using game data from Patch 10.0 WoW Dragonflight Pre-patch

  • Enhancement Shamanenhancement icon
  • Least affected by movement (single-target)Enhancement Shaman’s single-target DPS was -31.5% less affected by increased movement compared to Subtlety Rogues.
  • Simplest GameplayEnhancement Shaman has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.
  • subtlety iconSubtlety Rogue
  • Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)Subtlety Rogue achieved 39.83% more maximum boss DPS than Enhancement Shaman when there was no movement or lag.
  • Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)Subtlety Rogue achieved 40.33% more maximum boss DPS than Enhancement Shaman when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.
  • Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)Subtlety Rogue achieved 51.03% more AoE DPS than Enhancement Shaman when there was no movement or lag.
  • Best gear scalingSubtlety Rogue scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 62.85% more from 282 ilvl to 308 compared to Enhancement Shamans.
  • DPS less dependant on big cooldownsSubtlety Rogue’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 73.95% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Enhancement Shamans.

While the above highlights the DPS advantages between Enhancement Shaman and Subtlety Rogues, the DPS potential should not be the only factor in your decision. Ultimately, you should also consider the playstyle that you enjoy most while crushing it in Mythics+ and Raids!


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