Balance Druid

Patch 8.3

Written by Lorgok Last Updated: 13th Nov, 2019

Some content in this guide is based on PTR/early data

Updates will be made after raid progress is finished and more accurate information is available.

Stat Priorities

Stat Ranking

Single Target:

Crit > Versatility > Haste > Mastery > Intellect

With Crit and Versatility being very close. Haste could also sim higher based on your gear, so make sure to always sim your character.

2 targets:

Crit > Mastery  > Versatility > Haste > Intellect

With all 4 main stats being very close.

5 targets:

Mastery = Haste >  Crit > Versatility > Intellect

Mastery and Haste dominate by a good margin.

Stat Outline

Intellect: is your primary stat. You should look for this stat in all your upgrades.

Crit: increases your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilities. This stat has a big element of randomness, meaning that it may not be as effective as others.

Mastery: Our mastery increases the damage of our starsurge, starfall, dots and empowerment damage.

Haste: Increases your casting speed and your astral power generation (as a result you will be able to cast more spells).

Versatility: Increase all your damage and healing done while also decreasing damage taken. Versatility despite often not being the best stat DPS wise, it can have a very big value in progression encounters where damage taken reduction is very impactful.

The best way to calculate stat priorities for your character is to "sim" your character

Find out how to sim

Races

Horde:

Troll will always be the best damage race due to their racial berserking.

Alliance:

Night elf is overall slightly better for DPS.

None of the new races pulls ahead in case you were wondering.

Enchants

This is very dependent on your character. Torrent of elements should sim the highest, but always make sure to sim every enchant to determine what is really best for you.

Gems

You want to make sure to see what sims highest for yourself to pick gems (or in the order of stats priority).

Crit: Deadly lava lazuli

Versatility: Versatile Dark Opal

Haste: Quick Sand Spinel

Mastery: Masterful Sea Currant

Intellect: Leviathan’s Eye of Intellect

Consumables

Potion: Potion of Unbridled Fury

Food: You should eat food based on which stat sims highest for you (or based on the order of stats priority).

Flask: Greater Flask of the Endless Fathoms

Rune: Battle-Scarred Augment Rune

Also make sure to always use abyssal healing potions for an additional healthstone (they don’t share a cooldown with healthstones).