Destruction Warlock Stat Priority - Shadowlands 9.0.5
Stats are a key component when customizing your Destruction Warlock in World of Warcraft--having the right combination of them can be crucial to your performance.
In this guide, we will detail the best stat priority for your Destruction Warlock, as well as provide explanations covering how to determine Destruction Warlock stat priorities personalized for your character in , as well as how to check if a piece of gear is BiS, upgrade or just bad for you.
Besides talking about your Destruction Warlock stat priority, we will also cover your stats in-depth, explaining nuances and synergies for niche situations that go beyond a generic Destruction Warlock priority.
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This guide is written and maintained by Loozy who plays a Warlock in the guild
on Kazzak EU. I began playing Warlock during Siege of Orgrimmar and have been raiding actively ever since. I became involved in guide writing during Legion where I took part in starting the website
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Destruction Warlock Stats
Shadowlands brings very radical changes in the field of stats for every class. With
added to secondary stats, the idea of stacking one single stat is something that is seen less often. On top of that, Shadowlands brings
another item level squish
that reduces the item level bloat from previous expansions.
As a Warlock you'll be looking for Cloth gear with Intellect as your primary stat. Intellect increases your spell power and damage done on abilities.
For secondary stats, the Destruction Warlock has the following:
: Chance for extra effectiveness on attacks and heals.
: Increases attack speed and spell casting speed.
: Your spells deal 8% additional damage, up to X%. Damage you take is reduced by 4%, up to X%.
: Versatility: Increases damage and reduces damage taken by half.
Best Stats for Destruction Warlock
A good estimate of what your stat weights might look like is:
haste = mastery >= crit >> vers
How Covenant Choice Affect Destruction Warlock Stat Weights
In general, the Covenant abilities you receive as a Destruction Warlock don't affect our stats significantly. That being said, there are a few points worth mentioning:
- Slight increase in the value of haste due to the nature of how this spell works.
- Increases the value of Critical Strike. This is because of the damage % scaling part of this ability. If you cast this spell on a low health target and either the initial bolt or the following
casts crit, it's a significant increase to its damage.
- Small increase to haste value.
- Small increase to haste and mastery value.
This is all subject to change based on your character's stats.
The above suggestion is only generic and exact values will change based on your gear available. In order to best know your best stats, we recommend you to
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STAT Intellect is listed as 5th priority needs to be changed to 1st
Tyvm for the guide
Talking solely from statistics, wouldn't mastery just be better than versatility. I've done the numbers myself and taking mastery over versatility is approximately 1.5x as good even before accounting for the random increase in damage from the mastery. Please enlighten me if I'm missing something here.
Looking at your stat priority, it lines up pretty close with mine and is at least within reason for variables. While my most recent sims show Haste>Mastery by a small margin, the issue is Intellect should be LAST not FIRST! Not sure what "Zythor" who complained and asked it to be switched from 5th to 1st on 7/29/2018 was thinking..... If you had it listed at 5th initially whoever listed these had it correct the first time! Anyone with a current geared 120 Destro lock in the 385-410 Ilvl range, feel free to go sim your character with Raidbots/Simulationcraft and you will see that Intellect is far worse than all secondary stats by a significant margin for destruction right now! People using this information and believing a 400 cloak with haste/vers is a big upgrade from a 385 mastery/crit because it has more Intellect.....is going to be disappointed.
Having the worst stat listed as the best stat is very misleading to anyone who doesn't know. Even if it is "main stat" at the end of the day.
Thanks for looking into this, I know these things change frequently, but I feel this is worth addressing for those who rely on this information for decisions/advice.
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