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Marksmanship Hunter DPS Stat Priority (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated Yesterday at 00:17 by Azortharion 301 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Marksmanship Hunters 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 Marksmanship Hunter guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Azortharion, the main theorycrafter of the spec. He is also an accomplished player who raids in Vanguard. You can also watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Basics

The stat priority for a Marksmanship Hunter is:

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

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

2. Getting a Better Understanding

2.1. Choosing Gear

Pawn is an add-on that calculates the value of items based on the stat weights you input for your character. We recommend this Pawn string, maintained by Azortharion, which has all the up to date stat weights needed.

This is considered the most convenient way of choosing gear, and it will choose the correct piece of gear 98% of the time. If you want to be 100% sure that you are making the right gear choice (especially when talking extremely small differences), using SimCraft with its corresponding Addon to make gear choices will always be slightly better. A simple guide to using SimCraft can be found here. You can use this for trinkets as well.

2.2. Statistics Explanations

Agility is your primary statistic. It provides you with Attack Power, which determines the damage your abilities do across the board.

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

Haste increases your attack speed and Focus regeneration, reduces your Global Cooldown from 1.5 seconds to a minimum of 0.750 seconds, and reduces the cooldown on your Sidewinders Icon Sidewinders and Black Arrow Icon Black Arrow abilities. It also increases how often you get a Marking Targets Icon Marking Targets proc.

Mastery, through Mastery: Sniper Training Icon Mastery: Sniper Training, grants you increased damage on abilities that cost Focus and your maximum shot range.

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

3. ChangeLog

  • 26 Sep. 2016: Mastery > Agility. Windburst now affected by Mastery.
  • 09 Sep. 2016: Haste now better than Critical Strike.
  • 08 Sep. 2016: Updated stat weights and Pawn string.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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