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Arcane Mage DPS Stat Priority (Legion 7.2.5)

Last updated on Jun 12, 2017 at 11:54 by Furty 302 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 7.2.5, 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 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. Versatility;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Haste;
  4. Intellect;
  5. Mastery.

All of the stats are quite 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 desire according to your current distribution and legendary setup, 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.

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

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  • 12 Jun. 2017: Updated stat priority and explanations.
  • 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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