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Destruction Warlock DPS Stat Priority (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Sep 14, 2016 at 08:35 by Furty 114 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Destruction 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 Destruction 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 approved by Gahddo, a prominent warlock theorycrafter who maintains the Warlock profiles and rotations in Simulation Craft.

1. Basics

The stat priority for a Destruction Warlock is:

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

1.1. Spooktacular Stat Weights

  1. Intellect: 1.00
  2. Haste: 0.90
  3. Critical Strike: 0.82
  4. Versatility: 0.70
  5. Mastery: 0.66

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. The tick rate of Immolate Icon Immolate is also increased, and the cooldown of Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate is decreased. This contributes to significantly higher Soul Shard generation at higher levels of Haste. Your demons also scale with Haste.

Critical Strike increases your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilities. Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt always critically hits and its damage is increased by your Critical Strike, at a rate of 1% damage per 1% Critical Strike. Immolate Icon Immolate criticals have a doubled chance to produce a Soul Shard. Your demons also scale with Critical Strike.

Mastery, through Mastery: Chaotic Energies Icon Mastery: Chaotic Energies increases your damage dealt by a random amount as well as reducing damage taken by a random amount, between 0 and the maximum amount which is determined by your current Mastery rating. This does not affect pet damage.

Versatility is a flat-out damage done increase and damage taken reduction. Your demons also scale with Versatility.

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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