Balance Druid

Patch 8.1.5

Written by Lørgok Last Updated: 18th Apr, 2019

Stat Priorities

Stat Ranking

Intellect = Haste > Mastery = Crit -= Versatility

Balance druid is one of the specs where stats heavily change based on what gear you’re wearing so despite the stats order above being correct and the “standard” one, I STRONGLY suggest you to sim your own stat weights.

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

Generally for enchants, you will need to look at our stat weights. And as I stated before, since our stat weights are individual based on our character’s gear, you want to make sure to see what sims highest for YOURSELF to pick gems and enchants.

When it comes to weapons enchant, the same rule applies. Quick navigation or Masterful navigation are meant to be the 2 best options depending on which stat sims highest for you.

Gems

As I stated before, since our stat weights are individual based on our character’s gear, you want to make sure to see what sims highest for YOURSELF to pick gems.

Mastery: Masterful Tidal Amethyst

Haste: Quick Owlseye

Intellect: Kraken’s Eye of Intellect

Consumables

Potion: Battle Potion of Intellect

Food: Sanguinated Feast / Bountiful Captain's Feast > Boralus Blood Sausage or haste (Swamp Fish'n Chips)/mastery food based on what stats sims highest for you.

Flask: Flask of the Endless Fathoms

Rune: Battle-Scarred Augment Rune

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