Stat Priority (5.4.8)

Stats are the core of your character and how you choose to balance those stats will greatly impact the effectiveness of your Frost Death Knight. Use this guide to select the stats that are the most important for your Death Knight and learn how to prioritize those stats to optimize your performance.

Stat Priority

DW: Melee Hit (7.5%) = Expertise (7.5%) > Strength > Mastery > Crit > Haste

2H: Strength > Expertise (7.5%) = Melee Hit (7.5%) > Crit > Mastery > Haste

Stat Summaries

Melee Hit (7.5%) The Hit cap of 7.5% (2550 Rating) will eliminate the chance for any special ability to miss against a boss. This is the cap regardless of weapon type. Special abilities missing is the easiest way to lose DPS, so always make sure you have this cap. To check your Hit percentage, open your character panel and then check under the Melee tab for “Hit Chance” and make sure it is exactly 7.5%.

Expertise (7.5%) The Expertise cap of 7.5% (2550 Rating) will eliminate your attacks from being dodged. Having this cap and always attacking behind your target is crucial for avoiding high DPS loss. To check your Expertise, open your character panel and then check under the Melee tab for “Expertise.” Make sure it is at exactly 7.5% for your weapon(s).

Strength Increases your Attack Power and the damage dealt by all of your abilities.

Crit Increases the chance for your attacks to critically hit for additional damage. Crit is more valuable when you spend less time attacking a target.

Mastery Mastery Frozen Heart increases all Frost damage dealt, increasing the damage of Frost Fever, Howling Blast, and Frost Strike.

Haste Increases the rate of Rune regeneration and your attack speed. Haste increases in value as you spend more time attacking your target.