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Marksmanship Hunter DPS Stat Priority (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Jan 17, 2018 at 15:31 by Azortharion 930 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 7.3.5, 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 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 of Marksmanship Hunter Stats

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 SimulationCraft.

2. Getting a Better Understanding of Marksmanship Hunter Stats

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/Raidbots.com 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=25.41, Ap=24.14, CritRating=52.45, HasteRating=39.34, MasteryRating=57.56, Versatility=38.14, Dps=82.10 )

Beast Mastery - Dire Frenzy

( Pawn: v1: "Azor - Dire Frenzy BM": Agility=28.59, Ap=27.91, CritRating=40.51, HasteRating=43.51, MasteryRating=48.17, Versatility=35.51, Dps=17.34 )

Beast Mastery - Stomp/"Zoo" Build

( Pawn: v1: "Azor-BM-Stomp": Class=Hunter, Spec=BeastMastery, Agility=34.76, Ap=32.18, CritRating=51.48, HasteRating=45.76, MasteryRating=44.30, Versatility=31.34, Dps=21.34 )


( Pawn: v1: "Azor-SV": Class=Hunter, Spec=Survival, Agility=29.65, Ap=27.5, CritRating=44.33, HasteRating=59.58, MasteryRating=19.19, Versatility=43.6, Dps=47.75 )

2.2. Stat Softcaps, Distributions & Other Clarifications

In general, it applies to essentially all stats that if you have a lot of one stat, it will lose some of its value compared to other stats. The stat priority can therefore change. If you have a lot of Mastery and very low Critical Strike, then Critical Strike can outscale Mastery until that situation is fixed. That is why we always recommend using RaidBots' Stat Weight option to work out what gems and enchants you should use.

Critical Strike: Critical Strike benefits a lot from the T20 set bonuses, in particular the 2-set bonus that can adds at least 7-8% to Critical Strike's value as a stat, which in many cases pushes it above Mastery. If you have the T20 2-piece or 4-piece bonus, we strongly recommend using something like RaidBots.com to sim your stat weights and figure out if you should be swapping around your enchants and gems.

Haste: While Marksmanship has Haste softcaps, there are none that you should go out of your way to get, besides swapping perhaps a single item of equivalent item level to one with more Haste on it, if it means that you reach the breakpoints when you otherwise would not.

With the T20 4-piece bonus equipped, you can do 2 Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shots before casting 2 Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shots with around 18% Haste.

Without the T20 4-piece bonus equipped, you can do 2 Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shots before casting 2 Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shots with around 23% Haste.

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 Critical Strike, with its main cooldown Trueshot Icon Trueshot increasing our Critical Strike damage by 50% (so that critical strikes 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

  • 17 Jan. 2018: Restructured page slightly.
  • 15 Dec. 2017: Added non-T20 4p Haste breakpoint.
  • 27 Nov. 2017: Updated the Pawn stat weights for Antorus.
  • 28 Aug. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.3.
  • 30 Jun. 2017: Added clarification that there are no Haste softcaps worth chasing for Marksmanship, and Critical Strike's increase in value with T20 set bonuses.
  • 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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