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Arcane Mage DPS Stat Priority (Legion 7.2)

Last updated on Mar 30, 2017 at 23:22 by Furty 278 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Arcane Mages in World of Warcraft Legion 7.2, 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 and Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Blixius, a top Arcane Mage who raids in Bird is the Word.

1. Basics

The stat priority for an Arcane Mage is:

  1. Intellect;
  2. Haste to ~8k;
  3. Versatility to ~3k;
  4. Critical Strike;
  5. Mastery;
  6. Versatility above ~3k;
  7. Haste above ~8k.

Haste is a strong stat until approximately 8000-10000 rating (roughly), due to the amount of movement present in the Nighthold. After this, Versatility is high in value until approximately 3000 rating. Players should stack Critical Strike as much as possible once these basic rating benchmarks have been achieved.

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.

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

  • 30 Mar. 2017: Adjusted stat value benchmarks.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 20 Mar. 2017: Updated stat priority with new benchmark ratings.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Removed stat weights while waiting for things to settle down, post 7.1.5 release.
  • 17 Oct. 2016: Updated visual priority to avoid confusion.
  • 28 Sep. 2016: Changed stat priority, following hotfixes.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 21 Jul. 2016: Reassessed value of Haste in the stat priority.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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