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Unholy Death Knight PvP Guide

Level 100, Patch 7.0.3

Currently using leaderboard data from Level 100, which is still relevant when evaluating what is effective at 110. Statistics will be updated using level 110 players when Legion matures and more players are playing competitively in PvP at 110.

Unholy Death Knight PvP Stat Priority - 7.0.3

The below Stat Priority recommendation is automatically generated through statistics from the best Unholy Death Knight players in competitive PvP, updated frequently. Use this guide for insight on what stats the most successful PvP Unholy Death Knight players are currently focusing on.

Stat Priority

Mastery > Haste > Versatility >= Crit

Primary stats such as Stamina and Strength are not included in priority as it is difficult to determine the value of them through analyzing data from PvP leaderboards. However, knowing the value of secondary stats is highly usable as the majority of enchants, gems, consumables and gear stat differentiations are focused on secondary stats.

With that being said, Strength is very powerful and perchance rivals or surpasses the value of Mastery in PvP.

Stat Summaries


87.78% of the top PvP players focus on Mastery.
Mastery provides a passive bonus to your character based on your specialization. Mastery Dreadblade increases all Shadow damage dealt, which increases the damage of core abilities like Scourge Strike and Death Coil


10.28% of the top PvP players focus on Haste.
Haste increases attack and spell casting speed, adds additional damage and healing to DoTsA spell or ability that does damage over time. and HoTsA spell or ability that heals over time., and reduces the GCDA universal cooldown activated by most abilities.. Also, Haste increases your Rune regeneration speed.


1.39% of the top PvP players focus on Versatility.
Versatility increases your damage, healing, and absorption done and decreases damage received.


0.56% of the top PvP players focus on Crit.
Critical Strike increase the chance for your spells and attacks to critically hit for additional damage and healing.


Strength increases your attack power and the damage dealt by your abilities.


Stamina increases your total health.