[Updated for Patch 6.2.3] Note: This guide is meant to help you make informed decisions rather than blindly gear and play in a specific way “because this guide said so”. You will have to make choices that suit your situation, playstyle and preferences. Contents Races Talents Abilities Stats & Gear Enchants Addons Macros & Tips Items & Consumables 1. Races Spoiler Alliance Human – Diplomacy, Every Man for Himself, The Human Spirit Dwarf – Explorer, Frost Resistance, Might of the Mountain, Stoneform Night Elf – Nature Resistance, Wisp Spirit, Quickness, Shadowmeld, Touch of Elune Gnome – Arcane Resistance, Engineering Specialization, Escape Artist, Expansive Mind, Nimble Fingers Draenei – Gift of the Naaru, Gemcutting, Heroic Presence, Shadow Resistance Worgen – Aberration, Darkflight, Flayer, Running Wild, Viciousness My personal pick: Human/Night Elf Horde Undead – Cannibalize, Shadow Resistance, Touch of the Grave, Will of the Forsaken Tauren – Brawn, Cultivation, Endurance, Nature Resistance, War Stomp Troll – Regeneration, Beast Slaying, Berserking, Da Voodoo Shuffle Blood Elf – Arcane Torrent, Arcane Acuity, Arcane Affinity, Arcane Resistance Goblin – Time is Money, Best Deals Anywhere, Better Living Through Chemistry, Pack Hobgoblin, Rocket Barrage, Rocket Jump My personal pick: Tauren/Troll Pandaren – Bouncy, Epicurean, Gourmand, Inner Peace, Quaking Palm Ultimately you should always choose a race that you enjoy playing. Make sure you are comfortable with the movement and casting animations unless you want to be addicted to transformation toys and consumables. 2. Talents Spoiler Spectral Guise > Angelic Bulwark > Desperate Prayer Spectral Guise is great for getting out of sticky situations and avoiding incoming CC, and it only has a 30 second cooldown, so you can use it quite often in battlegrounds. The only downside is that it can not be used while you are under the effect of Faerie Fire. The other two talent choices are not nearly as useful in my opinion, but there is no harm in trying all three to see which one you like the most. Night Elves can use Spectral Guise > Move away > Shadowmeld in order to "vanish" in a fight. Use a speed boost if you want to increase the distance traveled while stealthed. If you use Spectral Guise in PvE and cancel the aura before the duration runs out, you will drop out of combat and mobs will evade. (See macro further down) Spectral Guise can be used while riding a Goblin Glider for stealthy air attacks. These are just a few of the awesome things you can use this talent for! 3. Abilities Spoiler Smite – Your basic spammable damage dealer. Shadow Word: Pain – Cover the enemy team with this DoT when you are not busy healing. It works great with Elemental Force, and the 18 second duration is fantastic for keeping rogues and druids out of stealth. Power Word: Shield – Using this does not only saves lives; it also gives you a short haste buff. Keep in mind that it can be removed by Purge and Dispel Magic. Flash Heal – Your spammable heal. Keep it on a comfortable keybind. Penance – Channeled heal or damage dealer, quite strong either way. Holy Fire – Instant damage dealer + DoT. Resurrection – Lets you bring an ally back to life. It comes in handy in PvP every now and then, do not forget that you have it. Holy Nova – This is incredible for getting people out of stealth. Spam it when you suspect that someone is sneaking up on you! 4. Stats & Gear Spoiler The stats you mainly want to look for are Intellect, Stamina and Haste. Versatility is good for arenas but should generally not be used over haste in battlegrounds. Critical Strike is not great for Discipline, and you will only need Spirit in long-lasting group fights (consider making a set for Alterac Valley). StatWithout scaling (20)With scaling (29)1 Intellect1 Spell Power1 Spell Power1 Stamina19 Health24 Health1 Critical Strike0.31%0.18%1 Haste0.385%0.22%1 Spirit2.25 Mana Regen2.5 Mana Regen1 Versatility~0.262%0.1496% Below is a list of viable options for each slot (in no particular order). If you want to see what setups people typically use, check out the Veteran Armory List. The numbers in parentheses represent the stat scaling in arenas and battlegrounds. Head Tattered Dreadmist Mask (+9 Intellect +13 Stamina +12 Haste) Spellpower Goggles Xtreme (+18 Intellect) Neck Eternal Horizon Choker (+5 Intellect +8 Stamina +7 Critical Strike) Eternal Amulet of the Redeemed (+5 Intellect +8 Stamina +7 Spirit) Shoulders Exquisite Sunderseer Mantle (+7 Intellect +10 Stamina +9 Haste) Magician’s Mantle (+5 Intellect +18 Stamina) Back Ancient Bloodmoon Cloak (+5 Intellect +8 Stamina +4 Critical Strike +4 Haste) Feyscale Cloak (+7 Intellect +7 Stamina) Chest Tattered Dreadmist Robe (+9 Intellect +13 Stamina +12 Critical Strike) Gorestained Garb (+4 Intellect +15 Haste) Fallen Apprentice's Robe (+13 Intellect +13 Stamina) Wrist Mindthrust Bracers (+7 Intellect +4 Stamina +4 Spirit) Cuffs of Black Elements (+6 Intellect +6 Stamina +4 Spirit) Hovel Digger Bands (+4 Intellect +4 Stamina +4 Haste) Hands Magefist Gloves (+8 Intellect +5 Stamina +7 Spirit) * Raven's Claws (+6 Intellect +8 Stamina) * Serpent Gloves (+10 Intellect +7 Stamina) Gold-Flecked Gloves (+10 Intellect +7 Stamina) Waist Enumerated Wrap of the Sorcerer (+6 Stamina +6 Intellect +6 Haste) Enumerated Wrap of the Vision (+9 Intellect +5 Haste +2 Stamina) Keller’s Girdle (+12 Intellect +4 Stamina) Ghamoo-Ra's Bind (+9 Intellect +9 Stamina) Tarantula Silk Sash (+3 Intellect +13 Stamina) Legs Tattered Dreadmist Leggings (+9 Intellect +13 Stamina +6 Critical Strike +6 Haste) Feet Corpse Rompers (+10 Intellect +7 Stamina) Spidersilk Boots (+9 Intellect +10 Stamina) Finger Ring of Pardons (+7 Intellect +7 Stamina) Seal of Argas (+6 Intellect +5 Stamina) Signet of the Third Fleet (+5 Intellect +8 Stamina +7 Critical Strike) (Guide) Lavishly Jeweled Ring (+8 Intellect +5 Critical Strike) Dread Pirate Ring (+7 Stamina +5 Critical Strike +4 Haste) Black Widow Band (+10 Intellect -6 Stamina) Lorekeeper's Ring (+6 Intellect +3 Stamina +9 Spirit) Trinket Inherited Insignia of the Alliance / Inherited Insignia of the Horde (+10 Stamina) Defending Champion (+10 Stamina +7 Versatility) Returning Champion (+10 Stamina +7 Versatility) Arena Grand Master (+11 Stamina) Inherited Mark of Tyranny (+10 Stamina) Discerning Eye of the Beast (+9 Intellect) Swift Hand of Justice (+9 Haste) Touch of the Void (+9 Versatility) Main Hand The Blessed Hammer of Grace (+4 Intellect +6 Stamina +5 Haste +49 Spell Power) Off Hand Musty Tome of the Lost (+5 Intellect +8 Stamina +7 Haste) Tome of the Dawn (+6 Intellect +11 Stamina) Mystic Tome (+10 Intellect) * BoE gloves allow for Glove Reinforcements (+12 Stamina). 5. Enchants Spoiler The numbers in parentheses represent the stat scaling in arenas and battlegrounds. Neck Gift of Haste (+19 Haste) Gift of Versatility (+19 Versatility) Shoulders Greater Crane Wing Inscription (+4 Intellect +1 Critical Strike) * Greater Inscription of Charged Lodestone (+3 Intellect +1 Haste) * Cloak Gift of Haste (+25 Haste) Gift of Versatility (+25 Versatility) Chest Superior Stamina (+5 Stamina) Peerless Stats (+2 All Stats) Bracer Superior Spellpower (+5 Spell Power) Speed (+4 Haste) Major Stamina (+6 Stamina) Gloves Glove Reinforcements (+12 Stamina) ** Major Spellpower (+6 Spell Power) Greater Haste (+6 Haste) Legs Greater Cerulean Spellthread (+5 Intellect +3 Critical Strike) * Sapphire Spellthread (+4 Spell Power +3 Stamina) * Greater Pearlescent Spellthread (+5 Intellect +3 Spirit) * Boots Minor Speed *** Fortitude (+5 Stamina) Haste (+3 Haste) Ring Gift of Haste (+13 Haste) Gift of Versatility (+13 Haste) Main Hand Elemental Force (105-121 Elemental Damage) Heartsong (+30 Spirit) Spellpower (+16 Spell Power) Off Hand Major Intellect (+6 Intellect) * Only works on heirlooms. ** Only works on BoE gloves. *** Minor Speed is the only movement speed enchant that stacks with the cloak gift. 6. Addons Spoiler All addons are of course optional, but here are a couple I find very useful. Quartz – Enhanced cast bar BattlegroundTargets – Enemy team roster frame Capping – Battleground timers and more SaySapped – Lets your team know when you are sapped Doom_CooldownPulse – Flashes the icon of spells when they come off cooldown SmartTabTarget – Switches your tab target settings depending on where you are OmniBar – Tracks enemy interrupt cooldowns QuickQueue - Automatically accepts the role check for group queueing 7. Macros Spoiler Set focus macro – Put your current mousover or target on focus, or removes your current focus if none of them exist. Modifier spell macro – If no modifier is pressed it will cast your spell like normal. You can change the modifier to shift or alt, and the target to focus or a character name. Panic button – This will use your equipped neck and second trinket. If you have a Healthstone it will use that instead of the neck. Great when you are silenced etc. Leave combat-button for PvE – Press it twice to instantly leave combat and make mobs evade.