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Unholy Death Knight DPS Stat Priority (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Nov 28, 2017 at 08:42 by Vlad 471 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Unholy Death Knights 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 Unholy Death Knight guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by JaceDK, long-time Death Knight theorycrafter and moderator on the Death Knight Discord. You can also catch him on his stream or on his YouTube channel. He also raids in WHATEVER WERE AWESOME, a top guild.

1. Basics

The recommended stat priority for Unholy Death Knights is as follows.

  1. Strength;
  2. Haste (until 26%);
  3. Mastery;
  4. Critical Strike OR Versatility (depending on your gear levels, recommended to sim your character);
  5. Haste.

Note that Strength is extremely valuable, and choosing a higher item level piece in spite of its poor stat distribution should not be unusual for you.

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 Priority

Strength is your primary statistic. You should look for it in all of your upgrades. It provides you with Attack Power, which determines the damage your abilities do.

Mastery, through Mastery: Dreadblade Icon Mastery: Dreadblade, increases your Shadow damage. Shadow damage makes up a great part of your total damage.

Haste will increase your attack speed and Rune regeneration rate.

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

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

3. ChangeLog

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  • 28 Nov. 2017: Updated stat priority.
  • 28 Aug. 2017: Added a mention of the importance of Strength.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 11 Mar. 2017: Removed Critical Strike priority.
  • 17 Jan. 2017: Updated the stat priorities slightly.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Added a second stat priority that prefers Mastery.
  • 12 Dec. 2016: Updated the stat priorities are split them depending on whether or not you have the legendary wrists.
  • 16 Oct. 2016: Slightly updated the Castigator stat priority.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 09 Aug. 2016: Made a small tweak to the stat priority.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Removed the different stat priorities for Dark Arbiter and Breath of Sindragosa.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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