Affliction Warlock DPS Stat Priority — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jun 28, 2021 at 12:58 by Motoko 37 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find out the optimal stat priority for your Affliction Warlock. We first present the stat priority, before delving into more complex explanations. Our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Affliction Warlock stat priority.

1.

The Basics of Stats for an Affliction Warlock

The stat priority for an Affliction Warlock is:

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

This stat priority was determined using a SimulationCraft profile in standard BiS gear with normalized stats. It was meant to simulate a very "average" set of player gear, but you should refer to this information with care. It is highly recommended you sim yourself to determine which stats your character gets maximum benefit out of, as this is subject to change depending on your ratios.

Most players will notice their stat priority shifts as they acquire higher item levels, due to the variance in scaling.

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

2.

Gems, Enchants, and Consumables

Your stat priority has a direct impact on your gem, enchant, and consumable choices, and you can find recommendations for all 3 on our dedicated page below.

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, Seed of Corruption Icon Seed of Corruption, and Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction) and Malefic Rapture Icon Malefic Rapture. 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. Since an increased number of DoT ticks also results in more Soul Shards, we can look at Haste as the stat that has the most effect on our resource generation.

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

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

4.

Changelog

  • 28 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 01 Feb. 2021: Updated Mastery stat explanation.
  • 03 Dec. 2020: Stats ranking updated following simulation profile optimisations.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands release, removed Corruptions and updated stat priority.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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