Protection Warrior

Patch 8.3

Written by Justwait Last Updated: 17th Jan, 2020

Stat Priorities

Stat Ranking

Our secondary stats are the following, please be aware that stat weights do differ based on your current gear and there are a multitude of options available to you based on how offensive or defensively you wish to play as a tank. 

Haste > Vers >= Mastery > Crit = Strength

Generally haste is our largest DPS increase due to it's ability to change our global cooldown, however due to higher item level gear giving you more armour, it is always viable to break your weights for a +5 Item level increase for the defensive value.

Stat Outline

Haste: Provides a reduction in the global cooldown which benefits our resource generation, mitigation windows via Ignore Pain and makes our Shield Block more readily available for use.

Mastery: This increases our overall block rating and therefore ties in well with certain azerite trait combinations for offensive and defensive value however this still hardly improves our mitigation against unblockable damage.

Versatility: is a good overall stat for increasing your damage and reducing your damage taken, this proves to be more consistent for you than mastery when you’re away from a target with mitigation rolling.

Critical Strike: This increases your Parry chance, while good against melee attacks this still does nothing in the way of propping up our spec for magical damage.


Although there are minor increases due to race choice, these only truly come into the fold when performing at the highest level of the game, play what you enjoy.


Weapon: Enchant Weapon - Force Multiplier / Enchant Weapon - Naga Hide

Ring: Enchant Ring - Accord of Haste


Quick Sand Spinel < Leviathan’s Eye of Strength


Flask: Greater Flask of the Undertow

Food: Baked Port Tato

Potions: Potion of Unbridled Fury (Damage), Superior Steelskin Potion (Physical Survivability)

Do not forget to use Abyssal Healing Potion!