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Arms Warrior 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 ArmsWarriors 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 Arms Warrior guide can be accessedfrom the table of contents on the right.

 

1. Basics↑top

The stat priority for an Arms Warrior is:

  1. Hit Rating (until 7.5%);
  2. Expertise Rating (until 7.5%);
  3. Strength;
  4. Critical Strike Rating;
  5. Mastery Rating;
  6. Haste Rating.

 

 

2. Getting a Better Understanding↑top

Hit Rating decreases the chance that your melee attacks will misstheir target (7.5% against a raid boss). Therefore, your goal is to reach the7.5% hit cap (see section below), which will ensure that your attacks nevermiss.

Expertise Rating decreases the chance that your melee attacks willbe dodged (7.5% against a raid boss). Therefore, your goal is to reach the7.5% expertise cap (see section below), which will ensure that your attacksare never dodged. Note that you should always be attacking bosses from behind,which prevents them from parrying your attacks. Therefore, it is usuallyunnecessary (unless the boss cannot be attacked from behind) to decreasethe chance that your attacks will be parried (something that you can do bystacking Expertise Rating after reaching the 7.5% cap).

Strength is your primary statistic. You should look for itin all of your upgrades. It provides you with Attack Power, whichdetermines the damage your abilities do.

Critical Strike Rating is particularly beneficial thanks to the factthat Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike and Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash critical strikes triggerEnrage Icon Enrage.

Haste Rating increases your attack speed.

Mastery Rating, through, Mastery: Strikes of Opportunity Icon Mastery: Strikes of Opportunity,gives your melee attacks a chance to trigger an additional melee attack whichhits for 55% weapon damage.

2.1. Hit Cap

At level 90, most races require 2,550 Hit Rating to reach themelee hit cap. Draenei, thanks to Heroic Presence Icon Heroic Presence, only need2,210 Hit Rating.

2.2. Expertise Cap

At level 90, most races require 2,550 Expertise Rating to reachthe expertise cap. Some races, in some cases, only need 2,210 ExpertiseRating, thanks to passive racial skills:

3. Changelog↑top

  • 16 Oct. 2013: Removed mentions of the critical strike cap affectingthe value of Critical Strike Rating.
  • 13 Oct. 2013: Moved Mastery Rating above Haste Rating in thestat priority.
  • 12 Sep. 2013: Patch 5.4 update: nothing to change.
  • 20 May 2013: Patch 5.3 update: nothing to change.
  • 04 May 2013: Added mention that Critical Strike Chance ceases to bethe best secondary stat after a certain point.



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