Balance Druid DPS Stat Priority — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1
On this page, you will find out the optimal stat priority for your Balance Druid. We first present the stat priority, before delving into more complex explanations. Our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.
1. The Basics of Stats for Balance Druid
The stat priority for a Balance Druid is as follows:
- Critical Strike;
These statistics have been obtained by combining common sense, in-game testing, and simulations using SimulationCraft.
2. Getting a Better Understanding of Balance Druid Stats
2.1. Statistics Priority
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.
Critical Strike increases your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilities. This stat has an element of randomness, meaning that it may not always be as effective as other stats or may be more effective than other stats on a fight-by-fight basis.
Mastery, through Mastery: Starlight, increases the damage of Starsurge and Starfall, and increases the effects of your Lunar and Solar Empowerments. Additionally, Mastery increases the damage dealt by your Moonfire and Sunfire.
Haste increases your casting speed and your Astral Power generation (as a result of you being able to cast more spells).
Versatility increases all your damage and healing done, and decreases all damage taken. This stat can be undervalued while doing more difficult content as the damage reduction is not factored into most decisions. When doing raid progression, high Mythic+, or any other hard hitting content, consider valuing Versatility higher.
- 10 Dec. 2018: Updated Stat Prioritiy for Patch 8.1.
- 12 Oct. 2018: Elaborated on Stat Priority.
- 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
- 11 Aug. 2018: Critical Strike now pulls ahead of Versatility.
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