Stat Priority

Stats change in value depending on what content you are doing as well as what other stats you currently have. I don’t have stat weights for you, or a pawn string you can use. Anyone who does is misleading you.

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Intellect >>> Haste > Crit = Versatility = Mastery

Item level is particularly strong at the beginning of every expansion and it is especially so in Shadowlands. You can get pretty close to optimal by just strapping on your highest item level pieces.

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Run your gear through Questionably Epic Live. It has full support for stat diminishing returns and how your current gear influences how much each stat is worth. The HSW addon has not been updated at this time.

Some notes on stats:

  • Intellect is once again our best stat and will remain so for the foreseeable future.
  • Each secondary stat goes up in value the more you have of the other secondaries, which when combined with the strength of intellect makes just picking your highest ilvl gear particularly strong.
  • All of our secondaries are great. Enjoy it! Other specs are not as lucky as we are.
  • Stats start to have diminishing returns at 30% which shouldn’t be an issue in the first tier. QE Live’s Top Gear module automatically includes them.

So why is gearing for item level so much better than aiming for specific secondaries?

There are a couple of things that makes picking your highest ilvl gear a strong strategy. Firstly, our secondaries are all close in value and your best secondary will often change from fight to fight. A fight with heavy debuff and tank damage will make mastery look a little better and a fight where the damage is spread will make it look a little worse. Secondly, the more you get of any secondary stat the more valuable all of the others become. Third, you get a huge helping of intellect when you increase your item level and because your secondary weights are so close together this int increase outweighs everything else. Optimizing your secondary stats is a tiny throughput increase and you’re always better off spending that time and effort improving your playstyle or looking through logs to optimize your rotation.

Stats in Mythic+

Mastery and Haste are stronger in Mythic+ where you tend to have larger HoT stacks because of the smaller party size and frequent opportunities to drink however Mastery offers no increase to our DPS. If you think of it as your most powerful healing stat, and least powerful DPS stat, you can make a decision from there based on your playstyle. Gearing for item level is still a strong and sound strategy.


Flask: Spectral Flask of Power (+70 intellect)

Regular Gem Sockets: Slot +16 Haste gems into your sockets. The BFA intellect gem is no longer worth it.

Domination Gem Sockets: Domination gems were heavily bugged on the PTR, so this section will be updated soon.

Potions: Potion of Spiritual Clarity is our best choice, so long as you’re able to sit for 10 seconds during the fight.

Weapon Oil: Embalmer’s Oil. These are pretty low value so you’ll use them but don’t expect large results. You can also use Shadowcore Oil to add a little damage.


Weapon: Celestial Guidance (intellect proc). Eternal Grace is not competitive.

Cloak: Fortified Leech

Chest: Eternal Stats (+30 int). Eternal Bounds is reasonably close but is behind for now.

Bracers: Eternal Intellect (+15 int)

Let’s find out what Trinkets are good, and which ones kinda suck.