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 Protection Warrior. Use this guide to select the stats that are the most important for your Warrior and learn how to prioritize those stats to optimize your performance.
Stamina > Melee Hit (7.5%) > Expertise (15%) > Parry > Dodge > Mastery
Stamina Increases your total health. You want to stack just enough Stamina to survive a couple of hits from bosses so that your healers have time to react.
Expertise & Hit These two stats are effective for both threat generation and survival. You need 7.5% Hit (2550 Rating) to no longer miss your attacks, 7.5% Expertise (2550 Rating) to no longer have attacks dodged, and 15% Expertise (5100 Rating) to no longer have your attacks Parried. Properly stacking Expertise and Hit ensures that your Rage generating abilities do not miss. It is essential to maintain a steady flow of Rage so that you can activate your Rage spending mitigation abilities when needed.
Parry Allows you to avoid an incoming physical attack. Parry has very low diminishing returns which means you can stack a lot of Parry and it will still be an effective stat. As a rule, you want 2.5x as much Parry as Dodge. Parry also increases your Critical Strike rating thanks to more frequent use of Riposte.
Dodge Allows you to avoid an incoming physical attack. Dodge has a higher rate of diminishing returns than Parry and should not be stacked as high. Dodge also increases your Critical Strike rating thanks to more frequent use of Riposte.
Mastery Critical Block increases your chance to block and critically block attacks. Mastery leads to slightly smoother incoming damage that may be easier for your healers to manage.