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Arcane Mage DPS Stat Priority in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated Yesterday at 00:15 by Dutchmagoz 18 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Arcane Mages in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth 8.0.1, 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 Arcane Mage guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Dutchmagoz. Dutchmagoz is a Mythic raider in UnknownError, owner of the Mage theorycrafting website Altered Time, and an admin of the Mage Discord server, Halls of the Guardian.

1. The Basics of Stats for Arcane Mage

The following is a good guideline for stats for Arcane Mages:

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

Intellect is by far the best stat, which means that in almost any cases, an item of higher item level will be better. All of the secondary (non-intellect) stats are very close in value, despite the way they are ordered on our list. We encourage players to sim themselves, if possible, to determine what stats you should aim for according to your current distribution, as this may change depending on your current values. This is because a deficiency of one stat will often cause it to become high in value, relative to the others, until you reach a "normalized" value. A sim can be very easily run by almost anyone using the Raidbots Stat Weights tool.

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

2. Arcane Mage: 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.

Mastery, thanks to Mastery: Savant Icon Mastery: Savant, increases your Mana pool and Mana regeneration, allowing you to cast more spells at maximum Arcane Charges between Evocation Icon Evocations. Savant also increases the damage gain per Arcane Charge.

Haste increases the cast speed of your spells. It also reduces the cooldown of Arcane Barrage Icon Arcane Barrage.

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.

3. ChangeLog

  • 12 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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