wotlk pve destruction warlock stat priority

In this section, we will be covering what is deemed to be an effective stat priority list for Destruction Warlocks in Wrath of the Lich King, and will further explain each stat in more detail.

  1. Hit Rating
  2. Spell Power
  3. Critical Strike Chance
  4. Haste
  5. Spirit

Hit Rating is the first stat you should think about. The Hit Rating cap for spellcasters is 17%, and you will need to achieve at least a 14% Hit Rating on your own (without the use of Suppression). You will acquire the other 3% of the required Hit Rating from the rest of the raid. You should know that you will only require the hit cap for bosses that are found in raids.

Spell Power is one of the most important stats for a caster, as it offers us increased damage for our spells. This being said, we gain Spell Power both from our gear, and from the Intellect stat as well. The more Spell Power you acquire, the more damage you will deal.

Critical Strike Chance plays a big role for the Destruction Warlock – since you spam direct damage spells, and since you are less oriented towards DoT spells, you will want to maximize this stat as much as possible. By way of comparison, you can think about a Fire Mage: both specializations require a high amount of Critical Strike Chance in order to be effective. 

Unlike an Affliction Warlock, a Destruction Warlock does not require as much Haste, but it makes use of it nonetheless. A Haste rating of around 900 should help you achieve amazing results DPS-wise.

Although Spirit might not seem like a stat that a Warlock should worry about, it actually affects your overall Spell Power through two different effects. First, through the Glyph of Life Tap, one of our main glyph choices: every time we cast Life Tap, we gain 20% of our Spirit turned into Spell Power. Secondly, the main demonic armor that we will use will be Fel Armor: this spell turns 30% of our Spirit into raw Spell Power.


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