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Affliction Warlock DPS Stat Priority (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Jul 18, 2016 at 22:46 by Furty 24 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Affliction Warlocks in World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3, 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 Author

This guide has been written by Furty who raids in Serenity, one of the top World of Warcraft guilds. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

1. Basics

The stat priority for an Affliction Warlock is:

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

Haste is your best stat, as it influences your Soul Shard generation as well as scaling with all your spells and DoTs. Mastery is a close second, but as it has no effect on Soul Shard generation, can never surpass Haste in value. Critical Strike and Versatility bring up the rear as they are both expensive stats per 1% and have no special interaction with Affliction other than a static damage increase.

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

2. 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. This decreases the ramp up damage from Agony Icon Agony considerably as well. Haste also reduces the global cooldown, and scales with your pets.

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). Mastery does not affect your pets or Soul Shard generation at all, so it tends to get outpaced by Haste.

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

  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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