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Protection Warrior Tank Stat Priority (BfA 8.0.1)

Last updated on Jul 16, 2018 at 23:46 by Marok 6 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Protection Warriors in World of Warcraft BfA 8.0.1, 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 Protection Warrior guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Marok, a Protection Warrior theorycrafter, owner of the Skyhold Warrior Discord, and owner of skyhold.gg, a Warrior community website. He raids in Potent on Mal'Ganis-US. You can follow him on Twitter.

1. Basics

The stat priority for Protection Warriors is:

  1. Haste
  2. Versatility >= Mastery
  3. Critical Strike
  4. Strength

Note that Versatility is ever so slightly better than Mastery in most situations, but their defensive value is so similar that it is not necessary or useful to strictly value one over the other.

In the same vein, for Protection Warriors, the value of each secondary stat is very close together. Not only that, but Strength, despite being slightly worse than the secondary stats, still provides a decent amount of survivability. Generally speaking, the stat priority should only be followed when comparing gear of the same item level. A piece of gear with a higher item level than what you currently have should be equipped regardless of its secondary stats.

2. Getting a Better Understanding of Protection Warrior Stats

Haste does a few things. It reduces the global cooldown, increases your attack speed, and reduces the cooldown on Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam, Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap, and Revenge Icon Revenge, resulting in increased Rage generation and damage. But most importantly, it reduces the cooldown on Shield Block Icon Shield Block. This gives you much more control over your active mitigation and helps smooth out your damage intake.

Versatility increases all your damage and healing done (including Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain), and decreases all damage taken. Versatility does not require luck or rely on playing a certain way. It reduces all damage, making it a solid stat for survivability.

Mastery (Mastery: Critical Block Icon Mastery: Critical Block) increases your chance to block, your chance to critically block, and your Attack Power. Not only does it increase your overall damage reduction, the increased attack power also increases the size of your Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain.

Critical Strike provides additional avoidance due to increased parry chance (thanks to Riposte Icon Riposte). While it is a good stat for overall damage reduction, it is also unreliable.

Strength increases your Attack Power, which increases the size of your Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain. However, its main value comes from the Armor increase you get via Vanguard Icon Vanguard.

Most encounters have abilities that cannot be mitigated or avoided. Also, you need to have a decent amount of health, in order to give yourself the chance to be healed before a subsequent attack kills you. As such, you need a minimum amount of Stamina. This amount will, in most cases, simply come from the Stamina found innately on your gear. Therefore, item level is the determining factor in keeping your health pool growing.

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