Destruction Warlock DPS Stat Priority — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

Last updated on Dec 10, 2018 at 18:55 by Motoko 51 comments

On this page, you will find out the optimal stat priority for your Destruction Warlock. 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 Destruction Warlock

The stat priority for a Destruction Warlock is:

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

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

2. Statistics Explanations for Destruction 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 your spells. The tick rate of Immolate Icon Immolate is also increased, and the cooldown of Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate is decreased. This contributes to significantly higher Soul Shard generation at higher levels of Haste. Your demons also scale with Haste.

Critical Strike increases your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilities. Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt always critically hits and its damage is increased by your Critical Strike, at a rate of 1% damage per 1% Critical Strike. Immolate Icon Immolate criticals have a doubled chance to produce a Soul Shard. Your demons also scale with Critical Strike.

Mastery, through Mastery: Chaotic Energies Icon Mastery: Chaotic Energies increases your damage dealt by a random amount as well as reducing damage taken by a random amount, between 0 and the maximum amount which is determined by your current Mastery rating. This does not affect pet damage.

Versatility is a flat-out damage done increase and damage taken reduction. Your demons also scale with Versatility.

3. Changelog

  • 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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