Stat Priority (5.4.2)
Stats are the core of your character and how you choose to balance those stats will greatly impact the effectiveness of your Fire Mage. Use this guide to select the stats that are the most important for your Mage and learn how to prioritize those stats to optimize your performance.
Spell Hit (6%) > Intellect > Crit > Haste > Mastery
PvP Resilience and PvP PowerPatch 5.3 introduced major changes to PvP Resilience and PvP Power to reduce their effectiveness. In general, traditional secondary stats like Crit, Haste, and Mastery are now much more effective in PvP. Our stat priorities are based on the best available information, but we expect our recommendations to change as the PvP season progresses.
Spell Hit (6%) The Hit cap of 6% (2040 Rating) will eliminate the chance for any special ability to miss against other players. To check your Hit, open your character panel and then look under the Spell tab for “Hit Chance” and make sure it is at or just above 6%.
Intellect Increases damage and healing dealt by all spells and slightly improves critical strike chance.
Crit Increases the chance for your attacks to critically hit for additional damage. Thanks to Critical Mass and Shatter, Fire Mages can reach high effective Crit rates with minimal Crit from their gear. At 16.67% Crit, you will effectively have a 100% Crit rate against frozen players. Arcane Brilliance lowers the Crit required from 16.67% to 11.67%. If you are using Molten Armor, then you only need 6.67% Crit from your gear.
Haste Decreases cast time of all spells and increases DoT ticking speeds. At 15.01% Haste (6380 Rating) Combustion receives 2 additional ticks. This is the optimal amount of Haste to obtain from gear. The required amount of Haste is lower if you can depend on a 5% Haste buff.
Mastery Mastery Ignite adds the Ignite DoT effect to your various direct damage Fire spells.