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Affliction Warlock DPS Statistics Priority and Reforging (MoP 5.4.8)

General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for AfflictionWarlocks in World of Warcraft MoP 5.4, how the class benefits fromeach of them, andwhat your reforging strategy should be. We also detail what the various capsare (if any) and why they should be attained.

The statistics priority is important as itinfluences reforging strategies as well as itemisation choices(gear, enchants, and gems).

Make sure to check our GearOptimisation Guide, which serves as a support guide for thisarticle.

The other pages of our Affliction Warlock guide can be accessedfrom the table of contents on the right.


1. Basics↑top

The stat priority for an Affliction Warlock is:

  1. Intellect;
  2. Hit Rating (until 15%);
  3. Mastery Rating;
  4. Haste Rating;
  5. Critical Strike Rating.



2. Getting a Better Understanding↑top

2.1. Statistics Explanations

Intellect is your primary stat. You should look for this stat in allof your upgrades. It provides you with Spell Power, which increases the damageof your spells, and increases your critical strike chance.

Mastery Rating, through Mastery: Potent Afflictions Icon Mastery: Potent Afflictions increasesthe damage of your DoTs (Agony Icon Agony, Corruption Icon Corruption, andUnstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction).

Haste Rating influences the cast speed of your spells and increasesthe number of ticks from your DoTs.

Hit Rating decreases the chance that your spells will misstheir target (15% against a raid boss). Therefore, your goal is to reach the15% hit cap (see section below), which will ensure that your attacks nevermiss.

Critical Strike Rating increases your chance to critically hit withall spells and abilities.

2.2. Hit Cap

At level 90, most races require 5,100 Hit Rating to reachthe spell hit cap. Some races, in some cases, only need 4,760 HitRating, thanks to passive racial skills:

Note that, in Mists of Pandaria, 1% expertise counts as 1% hit towards the spell hit cap.

3. Changelog↑top

  • 10 Sep. 2013: Patch 5.4 update: the changes to effects withRPPM procs have made Mastery the best secondary stat.
  • 18 May 2013: Evrelia's review and Patch 5.3 update: Haste > Mastery.
  • 07 Mar. 2013: Added a note to explain why we advise prioritising Hit Rating, despite it not being the best statistics theoretically.

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