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The elemental priority is fairly straightforward — the choice of which spell to cast next is often easy to make. The only issue you might face will be to learn the different ways the priorities shift with different talents. We have done our best to condense the SimulationCraft Action Priority List (APL) into a human-readable, easy to understand form. If you want to investigate any minor details, please refer to the APL in SimulationCraft or contact us on Discord.

After reading the APL, please pay attention to the special mentions below, because we couldn’t fit all special cases and handling into the readable formated APL.

If you have suggestions with sim evidence to back them up, please let us know on Discord.

Single target / two targets

Talent selector:

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  1. Cast Totem Mastery when any of the following are true:
    • It is not active or you are out of range of the existing totems.
  2. Cast Fire Elemental / Storm Elemental / Earth Elemental on cooldown (see the warning about Primal Elementalist).
  3. Cast Flame Shock when any of the following are true:
    • It is not active on the target.
    • The debuff's duration is at or below 7 seconds remaining.
    • Special warning: Don't refresh Flame Shock if you have 14 stacks or more of Wind Gust during Storm Elemental.
  4. Cast Earthquake if you're fighting 2 or more enemies.
  5. Cast Lightning Bolt if Stormkeeper is active and when any of the following are true (if you don't see any following conditions, ignore this line):
  6. Cast Earth Shock. But read the special cases about delaying Earth Shock casts.
  7. Cast Lightning Bolt if Storm Elemental is active.
  8. Cast Lava Burst with Surge of Power if you could get another use out of Storm Elemental or lengthen its last possible duration within the fight.
  9. Cast Lava Burst.
  10. Refresh Totem Mastery if its duration is at or below 9 seconds remaining.
  11. Cast Lightning Bolt as a filler.
  12. Cast Frost Shock in place of Lightning Bolt while moving, even if you do not have Icefury.

Special cases

Master of the Elements

Storm Elemental + Elemental Blast

Stormkeeper + Surge of Power

Surge of Power + 2 targets

AoE (3 or more targets)

  1. Cast Totem Mastery when any of the following are true:
    1. It is not active.
    2. The buff's duration is at or below 9 seconds remaining.
  2. Cast Fire Elemental / Storm Elemental / Earth Elemental on cooldown (see the warning about Primal Elementalist).
  3. Cast Stormkeeper on cooldown.
  4. Maintain 3 Flame Shocks if there are 3 targets.
  5. Cast Earthquake when available. (Try gaming Master of the Elements if fighting 3 stacked targets.)
  6. Cast Lava Burst to consume Lava Surge procs and Storm Elemental is not active.
  7. Cast Chain Lightning.

Special mention Flame Shock can be maintained at 4 targets and should be, if you can ensure that they all live at least 80% of the duration. Because this is usually not the case, we opted to write 3 as the maximum number of spreads. Tread carefully, as this could otherwise backfire.

Openers

Follow the cast sequences below for your chosen opener. A red arrow indicates the time the boss is pulled. Please note that openers are a very minor and nit-picky increase (or sometimes decrease!), and adapting to the fight is much more important.

Standard raid opener:

TM
SK
SE
LvB
FS
LvB
LMT
LB


Common misconceptions and mistakes

“I should try and play around Master of the Elements!”

The only time you should adjust your gameplay for Master of the Elements is when you have the liberty to cast a spell later with a MotE buff versus now – this means for a spell like Earth Shock, you can make the decision to wait until you have the Master of the Elements buff active before casting it (this is reflected in the priority above). This is thanks to the low urgency of Earth Shock casts, as you are not constrained by a cooldown or Maelstrom cast, since you can cast it at any point between 60 and 100 Maelstrom.

“I should cast Lightning Bolt during Ascendance if I have some powerful buffs for it active!”

During Ascendance you only want to spend your time casting Lava Burst and Earth Shock. Yes you’ll waste Master of the Elements but that’s fine.

“I should cast Elemental Blast during Ascendance!”

No. Elemental Blast doesn’t deal enough damage by quite a significant margin.

“I should cast Icefury with Master of the Elements during Ascendance!”

No. Your Ascendance is ideally used when Icefury is on cooldown and won’t get ready while you’re casting Lava Burst.

“I should only cast Lightning Bolt / Chain Lightning during Storm Elemental!”

During single target you’ll want to only cast Lightning Bolt and Earth Shock. During AoE Chain Lightning becomes quickly more worth than Lava Burst. Nonetheless you should use Earthquake.

“I should cast Flame Shock at 7.2 seconds remaining or lower!”

That’s correct but which human is able to accurately judge the difference between 7.2 seconds and 7 seconds. So we decided to present the easier to digest number in the priority list.

“I should cast Totem Mastery at less than 9 seconds remaining!”

Yes, the shorter the remaining duration, the less likely it is for you to need an additional cast of it over the whole fight. But because that is quite unlikely already, 9 is a good rule of thumbs. The overall dps won’t budge with that change.

“I should try to keep Natural Harmony active with Frost Shock!”

Yes/No. If you have that trait at least twice you can keep the frost buff up with Frost Shock to be dps neutral. This offers additional movement globals, which are very helpful.

Warning about Primal Elementalist

A problem that has existed for a while now is Primal Elementalist causing Fire Elemental and Earth Elemental to be exclusive with each other (intended) but the dps Elemental has the higher Priority. Summoning the dps Elemental first will put Earth Elemental on CD when used without spawning it. Summoning Earth Elemental first will despawn it when summoning the DPS Elemental second.

In addition all Elementals have autocasts. If you disable one on one Elemental all other Elementals will have that ability deactivated too. This is very annoying and we hope for a fix.

Combining Storm Elemental with Primal Elementalist enables access to Eye of the Storm. This powerful ability needs to be activated manually. Make sure to use it shortly after your Storm Elemental buffs itself with Call Lightning. Eye of the Storm is an incredible AoE CD and very useful for single target as well. Check out our FAQ for macros if you need help with that.