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Destruction Warlock DPS Stat Priority (Legion 7.3)

Last updated on Aug 29, 2017 at 19:35 by Furty 262 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Destruction Warlocks in World of Warcraft Legion 7.3, 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 Destruction 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 Deepshades, a top raider who plays in Method; you can his stream on Twitch and follow him on Twitter.

1. Basics

1.1. Without Tier 20 4-piece bonus

The stat priority for a Destruction Warlock is:

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

1.2. With Tier 20 4-piece bonus

The Tier 20 4-piece bonus guarantees that all your Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolts benefit from the maximum damage provided by Mastery: Chaotic Energies Icon Mastery: Chaotic Energies, making Mastery our second best choice once this bonus is obtained.

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

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.

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

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  • 29 Aug. 2017: Adjusted T20 4P stat priority for Patch 7.3.
  • 15 Jun. 2017: Added stat priority for Tier 20 bonuses.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Stat priority remains the same but we removed the stat weights for now. We will re-add them once things stabilise.
  • 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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