Warcraft stats priority for a Warlock

This is a rough guide for those that are unsure which secondary/enhancement stats are best for your warlock, based on data from leading sites like Icy-Veins and WoWhead. (Currently updated to patch 6.2/6.22). It will also tell you what gems, enchants and food buff is probably best to be using. If you know of any other good web sites specifically aimed at this class please do let me know via comments.

Stat priority for a Destruction Warlock: Crit / Mastery (… of the Peerless / Decimator / Savant)
Mastery > Critical Strike > Haste > Multistrike > Versatility
(Icy veins)
Critical Strike > Mastery > Multistrike > Haste > Versatility
(Mr Robot)
Mastery > Critical Strike > Multistrike > Haste ~= Versatility
(Wowhead)
Critical Strike > Multistrike >= Haste > Mastery >= Versatility
(Noxxic)

Wowhead favour crit over mastery if you are using Cataclysm and Demonic Servitude as your tier 7 talent. My preference would be to use Charred Remains as it possibly give more damage.

As feast gives a crit buff I’d lean towards that but, given the above information, I suspect in real terms crit and mastery are about equal.

Stat priority for an Affliction Warlock: Haste/Mastery (… of the Feverflare / Impatient / Savant)
Haste = Mastery > Multistrike > Critical Strike > Versatility
(Icy veins)
Haste > Mastery > Multistrike > Critical Strike > Versatility
(Mr Robot)
Mastery > Haste > Multistrike > Critical Strike > Versatility
(Wowhead)
Haste > Mastery > Multistrike >= Critical Strike > Versatility
(Noxxic)

Icy Veins add a note that: "Mastery is ahead of Haste in single-target situations and Haste is better than Mastery for multi-dotting situations", advising that you these two stats balanced. Feasts will give you a haste buff. Any one have concrete reasons for one over the other?

Stat priority for a Demonology Warlock: Mastery (… of the Savant /(Feverflare/Peerless/Merciless))
Mastery > Critical Strike = Haste = Multistrike > Versatility
(Icy veins)
Mastery > Haste > Multistrike >= Critical Strike > Versatility
(Mr Robot)
Mastery > Critical Strike = Haste > Multistrike > Versatility
(Wowhead)
Mastery = Haste > Multistrike >= Critical Strike > Versatility
(Noxxic)

Icy veins comment:

Mastery is your most important secondary stat. Versatility is by far the worst. The other statistics are of similar value, and vary with almost every fight. So, you should aim to keep them relatively balanced, all the while choosing pieces of gear that give you the most Mastery.

Unsurprisingly then, feasts give a mastery buff.



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