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Marksmanship Hunter DPS Stat Priority (Legion 7.2.5)

Last updated on Jun 13, 2017 at 13:39 by Azortharion 839 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Marksmanship Hunters in World of Warcraft Legion 7.2.5, 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 Marksmanship Hunter guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Azortharion, the main theorycrafter of the spec. He is also an accomplished player who raids in Solaris. You can also watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Basics

The stat priority for a Marksmanship Hunter is:

  1. Mastery;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Haste;
  4. 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. Choosing Gear

Pawn is an add-on that calculates the value of items based on the stat weights you input for your character. Below you will find importable Pawn strings that you can and should use with the addon, unless you have used SimulationCraft to generate Pawn strings that are specific to your character, which is always the better option.

Marksmanship - Single-Target Trick Shot Build

( Pawn: v1: "Azor-MM": Class=Hunter, Spec=Marksmanship, Agility=19.69, Ap=18.70, CritRating=29.31, HasteRating=28.55, MasteryRating=32.77, Versatility=23.92, Dps=58.11 )

Beast Mastery

( Pawn: v1: "Azor-BM": Class=Hunter, Spec=BeastMastery, Agility=23.68, Ap=22.42, CritRating=21.58, HasteRating=23.02, MasteryRating=26.05, Versatility=21.26, Dps=13.63 )


( Pawn: v1: "Azor-SV": Class=Hunter, Spec=Survival, Agility=20.77, Ap=19.71, CritRating=18.64, HasteRating=20.49, MasteryRating=18.21, Versatility=19.41, Dps=26.84 )

2.2. Stat Softcaps, Distributions & Other Clarifications

There are currently no stat soft or hard caps worth chasing for any stat right now. Unless anything else is noted, your gearing goal should involve getting as much of the best stat as possible, followed by the rest and so on. This stat priority and the stat weights in the Pawn string are designed to cover as many different gearsets as possible, and they are usually based around a reasonable, mid-tier raiding setup to be relevant for as many players as possible. While it is possible to use SimulationCraft to generate your own stat weights, this is recommended only for very advanced users, because the weights that SimulationCraft give you are not necessarily to be taken at face value.

There is not a specific distribution of stats that you should try and chase after, either. The best way to decide on gear is to use SimulationCraft to determine your own stat weights and Pawn string whenever you get an upgrade, this is especially important as certain legendaries can have a pronounced effect on your stat weights. The second-best way is to use the more generic Pawn string found in these guides. These are good for general usage, but obviously not tailored for your character.

2.3. Statistics Explanations

Mastery, through Mastery: Sniper Training Icon Mastery: Sniper Training, grants you increased damage on abilities that cost Focus and increases your maximum shot range.

Agility is your primary statistic. It provides you with Attack Power, which determines the damage your abilities do across the board.

Critical Strike increases your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilities, causing them to deal double damage. Marksmanship has an additional benefit from Crit, with its main cooldown Trueshot Icon Trueshot increasing our Critical Strike damage by 50% (so that crits do 3 times normal damage, rather than just 2 times normal damage).

Haste increases your auto attack speed and Focus regeneration, reduces your Global Cooldown from 1.5 seconds to a minimum of 0.750 seconds, and reduces the cooldown on your Sidewinders Icon Sidewinders and Black Arrow Icon Black Arrow abilities. It also increases how often you get a Marking Targets Icon Marking Targets proc.

Versatility increases all your damage and healing done, and decreases all damage taken.

3. ChangeLog

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  • 13 Jun. 2017: Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 25 May 2017: Gave the stat weights a maintenance update.
  • 17 Apr. 2017: Checked today and deemed updated.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 28 Jan. 2017: Added Marksmanship-specific Crit stat explanation. Updated stat weights.
  • 11 Jan. 2017: Updated stat priority and removed Agility from the listing as it does nothing but confuse at this point. Removed the Haste softcap.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 14 Nov. 2016: Pawn string for Marksmanship updated.
  • 17 Oct. 2016: Ordered statistics explanation in order of priority because OCD.
  • 09 Oct. 2016: Added some notes to clarify frequently asked questions.
  • 26 Sep. 2016: Mastery > Agility. Windburst now affected by Mastery.
  • 09 Sep. 2016: Haste now better than Critical Strike.
  • 08 Sep. 2016: Updated stat weights and Pawn string.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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