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Arcane Mage DPS Statistics Priority and Reforging (MoP 5.4.8)

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for ArcaneMages 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 Arcane Mage guide can be accessedfrom the table of contents on the right.


1. Basics↑top

The stat priority for an Arcane Mage 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.

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.

Mastery Rating, thanks to Mastery: Mana Adept Icon Mastery: Mana Adept,causes your damage to scale with the amount of unspent manayou have.

Haste Rating increases the cast speed of your spells and yourmana regeneration.

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: nothing changed.
  • 20 May 2013: Patch 5.3 update: nothing changed.
  • 19 May 2013: More testing from Blatty: Mastery > Haste.
  • 17 Apr. 2013: As more people now have access to Tier 15 gear, wechanged the default stat priority to give Haste a higher value than Mastery.A note mentioning that Mastery is better than Haste for Tier 14 gear and lowerhas been added.
  • 07 Mar. 2013: With Tier 15 gear, Haste is better than Mastery.

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