In general you want to prioritize stats in the following order:
- Item Level
- Crit & Vers
To optimize damage, it is essential to sim yourself, as what gear is best for you can change with every new item you receive. Defensively item level is almost always the best option, followed by secondaries in the above order.
Haste, directly and indirectly, works with Vengeance’s toolkit, directly reducing the cooldown of Fracture, Immolation Aura, and Demon Spikes. Indirectly it increases your soul generation, which feeds into the cooldown reduction of Feed the Demon, the uptime of Calcified Spikes, Infernal Armor, and Painbringer, as well as the number of stacks of Frailty you can stack up. The introduction of the Aberrus tier set focusing primarily around generating Soul Fragments haste becomes even more desirable in patch 10.1.
Crit interacts with the Volatile Flameblood talent to increase your overall Fury generation. It will also grant you parry, which, paired with Demon Spikes, can give you a very high parry chance, which is especially strong against many enemies. With the loss of the Vault of Incarnates tier set the extra Fury generation from Crit makes it a much more desirable stat.
Versatility is a straightforward power boost. It is decently strong and somewhat smoothens damage intake and self-sustain.
Mastery increases the Armor Demon Spikes gives based on your Agility. Starting in Dragonflight, it now also gives you half the bonus armor you get outside Demon Spikes. As well as granting attack power, and, if you picked the Pursuit talent, it will also give you speed. It is Vengeance’s weakest stat by a significant margin. Unless you are only prioritizing damage, it’s a stat you want to avoid unless it comes with an item-level upgrade.
Demon Hunters can only be Night Elves or Blood Elves. However, there is no significant difference in their power as both have very similar racials.
Weapons (offensive and defensive):
Sophic Devotion + Wafting Devotion
Watcher’s Loam or Plainsrunner’s breeze
Fierce Illimited Diamond (unique-equipped shared among all Primalist Gems)
Crafty Ysemerald (Haste + Crit)
Single target/Tyrannical Mythic+: Phial of Tepid Vers
AOE/Fortified Myhic+: Phial of the Eye in the Storm
Elemental Potion of Ultimate Power
If you have a Grand Banquet of the Kalu'ak available, you want to eat from it.
Otherwise, Fated Fortune Cookie (Agility), or Deviously Deviled Eggs (Agility).
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