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 Unholy 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

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

Stat Summaries

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

Expertise (7.5%) The Expertise cap of 7.5% (2550 Rating) will eliminate your attacks 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).

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%.

Crit Increases the chance for your attacks to critically hit for additional damage.

Mastery Mastery Dreadblade increases Shadow damage dealt. This directly buffs major abilities such as Scourge Strike, Death Coil, and Soul Reaper Unholy.

Haste Increases the rate of Rune regeneration and your attack speed.