Single Target Stat Priority:
Agility > Critical Strike >= Haste > Mastery > Versatility
AoE Stat Priority:
Agility > Mastery > Haste > Critical Strike > Versatility
Agility: Increases the magnitude of your attacks and abilities. This is your most important stat, which is why you want to look at the item level of each item rather than the stats on it. A higher item level is usually better because it gives more agility.
Mastery: Your mastery is called Mastery: Master of Beasts, increasing the damage done by all the pets and creatures you summon. This includes your main pet, Dire Beast, and more. It gains much value in AoE situations because you have way more pet damage in your DPS breakdown (Beast Cleave, Kill Cleave, Stomp, etc.)
Critical Strike: Increasing your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilities. BM Hunters have another passive interaction with Crit called Wild Call. If your auto-attack crits, it has a 20% chance to reset the cooldown of Barbed Shot.
Versatility: Increasing all your damage and healing done also decreases all damage taken. This can provide a bit of survivability that is sometimes needed for hunters.
The best way to calculate stat priorities for your character is to "sim" your characterFind out how to sim
- Orc currently outperforms other races by a mile thanks to Command passive, which gives you pet damage and Blood Fury that can be lined up with Bestial Wrath
- Tauren is also really good for BM hunters: it gives you a 2% critical strike passive and more survivability with the endurance and the 1% nature damage reduction (we are weak in terms of defensives, and all the raid is about nature damage)
- Mechagnome is strong for Alliance at the moment thanks to Combat Analysis which gives you primary stat
- Dwarf can also be a good choice for the critical strike bonus that it’s providing
Chest: Enchant Chest - Waking Stats
Legs: Fierce Armor Kit
Ring: Enchant Ring - Devotion of Mastery, Critical Strike, Versatility or Haste (depending on your stats - SIM yourself!)
Weapon: High Intensity Thermal Scanner
Every gem with 2 different stats works (these provide more stats than the single-stat ones). It is situational and will depend on what stats your character has at the moment. The best way is to SIM your character on Raidbots to see which stat you need the most. Make sure to have 1 Diamond equipped (this one is more powerful).
Rune: Draconic Augment Rune
Healing potion: Refreshing Healing Potion
Weapon rune: Completely Safe Rockets