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Affliction Warlock DPS Stat Priority (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Aug 28, 2017 at 22:03 by Furty 222 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Affliction Warlocks in World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5, 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 Affliction 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 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 Future. 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 Deepshades, a top raider who plays in Method; you can watch his stream on Twitch and follow him on Twitter.

1. Stat Priority for Affliction Warlock

The stat priority for an Affliction Warlock is:

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

2. Stat Weights for Affliction Warlock

Please consider that stat weights are very approximate and will always vary from player to player. The factors that affect stat weights are:

  • Your current item level;
  • Your current legendaries;
  • What set bonus, if any, you are using;
  • Your current distrubtion of stats.

These weights are calculated for players in Tomb of Sargeras Heroic raid gear, and can be used as a rough approximation for your character. For truly accurate stat weights you will have to sim your own character using the correct parameters.

  1. Mastery: 1.55
  2. Haste: 1.49
  3. Critical Strike: 1.35
  4. Versatility: 1.06
  5. Intellect 1.0

2.1. Why is Mastery Good?

The amount of Shard generation per Haste rating is less efficient than the flat damage received from Mastery. The value of Mastery is even higher on multi target, making it the clear go-to.

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

3. Statistics Explanations for Affliction Warlock

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, through Mastery: Potent Afflictions Icon Mastery: Potent Afflictions increases the damage of your DoTs (Agony Icon Agony, Corruption Icon Corruption, and Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction). Mastery does not affect your pets or Soul Shard generation at all.

Haste influences the cast speed of your spells and increases the number of ticks from your DoTs. This decreases the ramp up damage from Agony Icon Agony as well. Haste also reduces the global cooldown, and scales with your pets.

Critical Strike increases your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilities. Crit is especially good for Affliction Warlocks due to the effects of  Icon Perdition. This is further compounded during the active time of  Icon Reap Souls.

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

4. ChangeLog

  • 28 Aug. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.3.
  • 17 Jun. 2017: Added stat weights for Patch 7.2.5.
  • 13 Jun. 2017: Updated stat priority for Patch 7.2.5.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Removed stat weights for Patch 7.1.5 until more theorycrafting can be done.
  • 12 Dec. 2016: Updated stat weights and priority.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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