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Demonology Warlock DPS Stat Priority (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Sep 03, 2017 at 12:26 by Furty 273 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Demonology Warlocks 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 Demonology Warlock guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Future. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Not, one of the best Demonology Warlocks and a respected theorycrafter. He raids in Strawberry Puppy Kisses. You can watch him on Twitch or YouTube and you can follow him on Twitter. He is also the owner and editor of Lock One Stop Shop, a website dedicated to Warlocks.

1. Stat Priority for Demonology Warlock

The stat priority for a Demonology Warlock is:

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

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

2. Stat Weights for Demonology Warlock

Please consider that stat weights are very approximate and will always vary from player to player. The factors that affect stat weights are:

  • Your current item level;
  • Your current legendaries;
  • What set bonus, if any, you are using;
  • Your current distrubtion of stats.

These weights are calculated for players in Tomb of Sargeras Heroic raid gear, and can be used as a rough approximation for your character. For truly accurate stat weights you will have to sim your own character using the correct parameters.

  1. Haste: 1.22
  2. Intellect: 1.0
  3. Critical Strike: 0.97
  4. Mastery: 0.95
  5. Versatility: 0.88

3. Statistics Explanations for Demonology Warlock

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.

Haste influences the cast speed of all your spells, as well as the number of attacks your demons can output before despawning. It also increases the frequency of your Doom Icon Doom ticks. Haste is a particularly strong stat for Demonology as it affects the caster and your demons in equally beneficial respects. It is also a very forgiving stat as it considerably increases Soul Shard influx which smooths the rotation and allows you to spend them more casually.

Mastery, through Mastery: Master Demonologist Icon Mastery: Master Demonologist, increases the damage dealt by your demons while Demonic Empowerment Icon Demonic Empowerment is active. Mastery scales in synergy with Haste, but doesn't affect the caster's spells.

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.

4. ChangeLog

  • 03 Sep. 2017: Bumped Intellect down below Crit/Mastery.
  • 17 Jun. 2017: Added stat weights.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 14 Sep. 2016: Updated stat weights.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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