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Shadow Priest DPS Stat Priority (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Jan 10, 2017 at 14:21 by Furty 177 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Shadow Priests 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 Shadow Priest 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 has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Myst. 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 by Juzu, a Shadow Priest who plays in Method. You can watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Basics

The Shadow stat priority is as follows:

  1. Haste until ~12k;
  2. Mastery;
  3. Critical Strike;
  4. Intellect;
  5. Haste;
  6. Versatility.

This is optimal for San'layn Icon San'layn talented players, however, if you are running with a heavy Critical Strike setup, you should instead use the Auspicious Spirits Icon Auspicious Spirits talent for single target.

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.

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

Haste increases your spell casting speed and the tick rate of your periodic effects.

Mastery (Mastery: Madness Icon Mastery: Madness) increases the damage of your Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain, Vampiric Touch Icon Vampiric Touch, and Void Bolt Icon Void Bolt.

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

3. ChangeLog

  • 10 Jan. 2017: Updated stats for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 15 Sep. 2016: Updated the stat priorities.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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