This can be a debatable topic I’ve found but here is how I’ve seen the best results on my stat priorityIntellect > Hit to 17% > Haste to Soft Cap > Mastery > Crit
Haste Soft Cap:
Intellect is your most important stat and will provide the most benefit in every situation
Hit Rating is second in the list because it determines your chances to miss your target when casting a spell. Once you reach 17% (1748 rating) any extra points of Hit are being wasted.
Haste Rating lowers the casting time for spells. After Intellect and Hit this will be your best stat right up until your Soft Haste Cap.
Master Rating is vital to our Mana Adept Ability which increased damage based on our amount of unspent mana. Its also our highest rated DPS stats once you have both your hit cap and haste soft cap.
Critical Strike Rating is our lowest priority stat. However, id recommend not taking it any lower then about 17%. Reading around and getting a lot of opinions it seems to be the consensus you wanna keep your mastery in the 17-20% range.
Q: What is the Haste Soft Cap?
A: Its when it takes you exactly 1 second to cast Arcane Blast when using all the buffs at your disposal. Seeing as the global cooldown is 1 second after the soft haste cap haste loses value and drops below mastery in the priority list. Once you past soft haste cap your stats priority list will look like thisIntellect > Hit to 17% > Mastery > Crit > Haste
There are two ways to determine your soft haste cap. The first is to calculate the cap yourself. to do so simply remove all your gear and get yourself to a target dummy.
Pop timewarp and cast Arcane Blast 4 times and simply write down the cast time given by the tooltip.
1.) If you will have 5% haste raid buff then divide that result by 1.05
2.) If you have your T11 4 Peice bonus then divide that result by 1.1
3.) Subtract 1 from the result
4.) Multiply the result by 12806 to obtain the Haste Rating that constitutes the soft haste cap.
5.) If you have T13 two peice bonus, subtract 500 from the value you obtained
Or cheat and use this handy chart
Ask yourself 4 questions for soft cap
input answer in order and get soft hit cap
NO | NO | NO | NO | 2497
NO | YES | NO | NO | 1106
NO | YES | NO | YES | 433
NO | NO | YES | NO | 1997
NO | NO | YES | YES | 1268
NO | NO | NO | YES | 1768
YES | NO | NO | NO | 2345
YES | YES | NO | NO | 968
YES | YES | NO | YES | 312
YES | NO | YES | NO | 1845
YES | NO | YES | YES | 1124
YES | NO | NO | YES | 1624
For example... Im not a goblin... i dont have my T12 4pc... I do have my T13 2 PC... and i do have a raid 5% haste buff.. So my answers where NO | NO | YES | YES
So my Haste Soft cap is 1268