Shadow Priest DPS Stat Priority in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 30, 2018 at 09:15 by Isentropy 25 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Shadow Priests in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth 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 Shadow Priest guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Isentropy, top Shadow Priest and one of the main theorycrafters of the spec over at Warcraft Priests. He currently raids in Echoes.

1. The Basics of Stats for Shadow Priest

The Shadow Priest stat priority is as follows:

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

Haste and Critical Strike are both about equally valuable, and you will want to get as much of these stats as possible, preferably about equal amounts of both.

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

2. Shadow Priest: 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.

Critical Strike increases your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilities.

Haste increases your spell casting speed and the tick rate of your periodic effects.

Mastery (Mastery: Madness Icon Mastery: Madness) increases the damage of your Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain, Vampiric Touch Icon Vampiric Touch, Void Bolt Icon Void Bolt, Mind Blast Icon Mind Blast, Mind Flay Icon Mind Flay, Mind Sear Icon Mind Sear, and Void Eruption Icon Void Eruption.

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

3. Changelog

  • 30 Aug. 2018: Changed stat priority.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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