Arcane Mage DPS Statistics Priority (WoD 6.0.2)

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Arcane Mages in World of Warcraft WoD 6.0.2, 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 Arcane Mage guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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1. Basics↑top

The stat priority for an Arcane Mage is:

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

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

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2. Getting a Better Understanding↑top

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.

Mastery, thanks to Mastery: Mana Adept Icon Mastery: Mana Adept, causes your damage to scale with the amount of unspent Mana you have.

Multistrike causes your abilities to have a chance to hit/heal a second and a third time, each time dealing 30% of the initial damage/heal. Both chances are evaluated separately, which means that your abilities can hit/heal only once, dealing their normal damage, or they can hit/heal twice, dealing their normal damage/heal + 30% of that damage/heal, or they can hit three times, dealing their normal damage/heal + twice 30% of that damage/heal.

Haste increases the cast speed of your spells and your Mana regeneration.

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.