Destruction Warlock DPS Stat Priority (WoD 6.2)

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Destruction Warlocks in World of Warcraft WoD 6.2, 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 Destruction 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↑top

The stat priority for a Destruction Warlock is:

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

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

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 increases the damage of your Burning Ember consuming spells by a large amount, through Mastery: Emberstorm Icon Mastery: Emberstorm.

Critical Strike increases your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilities. This stat is of particular important to Destruction Warlocks, because Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt always critically hits and its damage is increased by your Critical Strike. Also, critical strikes with spells generate more Burning Embers. Finally, you get +15% Critical Strike from all sources, thanks to Devastation Icon Devastation.

Haste influences the cast speed of your spells and increases the number of ticks from your DoTs. In turn, this increases the speed at which you build Burning Embers, which is generally good for single-target fights.

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.

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

3. Changelog↑top

  • 15 Mar. 2015: A few fixes suggested by Extremy: removal of an outdated mention of Rain of Fire, a few typo fixes, and addition of a mention of critical strikes generating more Burning Embers.
  • 24 Feb. 2015: Patch 6.1 update. Since Charred Remains Icon Charred Remains is now the best talent for single-target, Destruction Warlocks favor Mastery for single-target. Mastery was already the best stat for AoE, which makes Mastery the best stat overall for Destruction Warlock.
  • 16 Nov. 2014: Updated for Level 100.