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Arms Warrior DPS Stat Priority (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Nov 28, 2017 at 17:17 by Wordup 266 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Arms Warriors 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 Arms Warrior guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Wordup, a frequent theorycrafter involved in a number of class communities. He is also an experienced player who has been in the world top 100 since the days of Sunwell, currently raiding in Echoes. You can also follow him on Twitter.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Archimtiros, one of the best DPS Warriors in the world, who raids in Infinity. You can follow him on Twitter.

1. The Basics of Stats for Arms Warrior

The stat priority for Arms Warrior is:

  1. Mastery;
  2. Haste = Versatility = Critical Strike;
  3. Strength.

Note that Haste, Versatility and Critical Strike are very close to even with Tier 21 gear, and there is not much separating them.

1.1. Getting a Better Understanding

1.2. Statistics

Strength is your primary statistic. You should look for it in all of your upgrades. It provides you with Attack Power, which determines the damage your abilities do.

Critical Strike provides additional damage to your attacks and abilities, and also increases your rage generated by auto-attack swings on successful critical strikes.

Mastery increases the damage bonus provided by Mastery: Colossal Might Icon Mastery: Colossal Might boosting the base damage of Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash and the bonus damage taken the debuff provides.

Haste increases auto-attack swing speed, reduces the Global Cooldown and also reduces the cooldown time on Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike, alongside also reducing the channelling time of Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm.

Versatility provides a flat damage dealt boost and damage taken reduction.

1.3. Breakpoints

There is currently a breakpoint for Haste that sits at roughly 20-27%~ (depending on execution and latency). This allows for an additional Global Cooldown during Battle Cry Icon Battle Cry, but this is largely trivial when using In For The Kill Icon In For The Kill. Haste remains a powerful stat even past this however due to the build shifting away from Focused Rage Icon Focused Rage in Patch 7.2.5 and moving more to a global cooldown heavy playstyle.

2. ChangeLog

  • 28 Aug. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.3.
  • 19 Jul. 2017: Added Strength to the stat priority.
  • 14 Jun. 2017: Updated to cover Critical Strike surpassing Strength and Breakpoint notes.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 16 Nov. 2016: Moved Strength further down the stat priority.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Swapped Haste and Mastery.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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