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Demonology Warlock DPS Stat Priority (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Sep 14, 2016 at 09:02 by Furty 149 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Demonology Warlocks in World of Warcraft Legion 7.1, 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 Demonology Warlock guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewer

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.

This guide has been reviewed and approvied by Imakki, one of the best Demonology Warlocks. He raids in Exploding Labrats and you can watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Basics

The stat priority for a Demonology Warlock is:

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

1.1. Spooky Stat Weights

  1. Haste: 1.15
  2. Intellect: 1.00
  3. Critical Strike: 0.75
  4. Mastery 0.72
  5. Versatility: 0.66

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 all your spells, as well as the number of attacks your demons can output before despawning. It also increases the frequency of your Doom Icon Doom ticks. Haste is a particularly strong stat for Demonology as it affects the caster and your demons in equally beneficial respects. It is also a very forgiving stat as it considerably increases Soul Shard influx which smooths the rotation and allows you to spend them more casually.

Mastery, through Mastery: Master Demonologist Icon Mastery: Master Demonologist, increases the damage dealt by your demons while Demonic Empowerment Icon Demonic Empowerment is active. Mastery scales in synergy with Haste, but doesn't affect the caster's spells.

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

  • 14 Sep. 2016: Updated stat weights.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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