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.

 

Beginner and don’t intend on min-maxing?

Pick your highest ilvl pieces (after fitting in your azerite gear and trinkets). Gem and enchant your lowest stat, or haste. Take a gem socket to be worth about 10-15 ilvl depending on which slot it’s on. This actually gets you pretty close to optimal.

Mythic raider looking to get any possible advantage?


Sample screenshot only. Not actual weights. If your weights look like this then see a doctor.

Run a log through WoWAnalyzer for the fight you are currently progressing on. Sadly the HSW addon pictured above is no longer in development.

Some notes on stats:

  • Intellect was once again our strongest stat but as the expansion continues it starts to fall behind our secondaries again. You can already see this in BoD and it’ll get more pronounced as we progress further.
  • Each secondary stat goes up in value the more you have of the other secondaries, which 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.
  • There are no stat caps or breakpoints since HoTs can now partially tick for a reduced amount at the end of their duration.

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, even when intellect isn’t our best stat you still get a huge helping of it 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.

 

Reagents

Flask: Flask of Endless Fathoms (+238 int)

Gems: Socket your highest stat weight. Haste is a decent general purpose gem if you’re not looking to min-max. You’ll also want one +40 intellect gem while you’re gearing up but you can drop that for another secondary gem as you start pushing 400 item level and above.

Potions: The BFA instant mana restore variant is the Coastal Mana Potion. You’ll mostly be using Potion of Replenishment which restore twice as much, while putting you to sleep for 10 seconds. Make sure you keep health potions on you.

 

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