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Frost Death Knight DPS Stat Priority (Legion 7.1.5)

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Frost Death Knights in World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.5, 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 Frost Death Knight guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Totemlord, a Frost Death Knight enthusiast and respected theorycrafter on the Frost Death Knight Discord. You can contact him on Discord under the name Nic#9561.

1. Basics

The stat priority for a Frost Death Knight varies a lot based on gear level and other factors. The following priorities is the most accurate short of running simulations on your character. We provide one priority for the established Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa and Machine Gun playstyles.

1.1. Breath of Sindragosa

  1. Strength;
  2. Critical Strike (until 25%);
  3. Haste (until 20%);
  4. Critical Strike;
  5. Versatility = Haste = Mastery.

1.2. Machine Gun

  1. Strength;
  2. Haste (until 20%);
  3. Critical Strike (until 25%);
  4. Versatility;
  5. Critical Strike >= Haste (until 30% Haste);
  6. Mastery;
  7. Haste.

These breakpoints are not as precise as it may seem, and simming your character is highly recommended.

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

2.1. Statistics Priority

Strength is your primary statistic. You should look for it in all of your upgrades. It provides you with Attack Power, which determines the damage your abilities do.

Haste increases your attack speed (and thus the amount of procs of Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine) and your Rune regeneration rate.

Critical Strike increases your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilities.

Note that the guaranteed critical strikes from Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine procs devalue Critical Strike as a stat.

Mastery, through Mastery: Frozen Heart Icon Mastery: Frozen Heart, increases your Frost damage. Frost damage makes up a great part of your total damage.

Versatility increases all your damage and healing done, and decreases all damage taken.

3. ChangeLog

  • 21 Feb. 2017: Updated Breath of Sindragosa stat priority.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Added Breath of Sindragosa stat priority.
  • 31 Oct. 2016: Updated the stat priority including breakpoints.
  • 27 Oct. 2016: Updated the stat priority (Versatility is now the best secondary stat).
  • 05 Oct. 2016: Updated the stat priority considerably (Haste is now the best secondary stat, without any soft cap).
  • 25 Sep. 2016: Updated the stat priority considerably.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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