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Affliction Warlock DPS Stat Priority (WoD 6.2.4)

Last updated on Feb 13, 2016 at 21:47 by Damien 32 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Affliction Warlocks in World of Warcraft WoD 6.2.4, how the class benefits from each of them.

The statistics priority is important as it influences itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

The other pages of our Affliction Warlock guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Reviewers

This guide has been reviewed and approved by two prominent Warlock theorycrafters: Gahddo, who maintains the Warlock profiles and rotations in Simulation Craft, and Zagam, our in-house Warlock theorycrafter.

1. Basics

The stat priority for an Affliction Warlock is:

  1. Intellect;
  2. Haste = Mastery;
  3. Multistrike;
  4. Critical Strike;
  5. Versatility.

We advise to keep Haste and Mastery balanced, because these stats can get ahead of one another depending on a number of factors, such as trinkets and encounter configurations. For example, if you use Fragment of the Dark Star Icon Fragment of the Dark Star, it will inflate Haste value for single-target situations and Mastery value for multi-dotting situations. For Orb of Voidsight Icon Orb of Voidsight, it is the opposite.

These statistics have been obtained by combining common sense, in-game testing, and simulations using Simulation Craft.

2. Getting a Better Understanding

2.1. Statistics Explanations

Intellect is your primary stat. You should look for this stat in all of your upgrades. It provides you with Spell Power, which increases the damage of your spells.

Haste influences the cast speed of your spells and increases the number of ticks from your DoTs. Thanks to Eradication Icon Eradication, you get +5% Haste from all sources.

Mastery, through Mastery: Potent Afflictions Icon Mastery: Potent Afflictions increases the damage of your DoTs (Agony Icon Agony, Corruption Icon Corruption, and Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction).

Multistrike causes abilities to have an increased chance to hit/heal a second and a third time, each time dealing 30% of the initial damage/heal.

Critical Strike increases your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilities.

Versatility is a flat-out damage done increase and damage taken reduction.

3. ChangeLog

  • 13 Feb. 2016: Reworded paragraph after stat priority.
  • 22 Jul. 2015: Mastery now takes the lead in single-target situations.
  • 14 Jan. 2015: Haste is back to being slightly better overall than Mastery.
  • 30 Nov. 2014: Mastery is now valued slightly better than Haste.
  • 16 Nov. 2014: Updated for Level 100.
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