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Spiritual Guidance: Secondary stats and what to stack

Every Sunday (usually), Spiritual Guidance will offer practical insight for priests of the holy profession. Your host is Matt Low, the grand poobah of World of Matticus and a founder of PlusHeal, a new healing community for all restorative classes. Some requests were made recently to help newer Priests figure out what secondary stats are important and what to aim for. Matticus shall help!

I know when I started playing World of Warcraft, I didn't pay a whole lot of attention to secondary stats. To be fair, stats like Hit didn't exist back in the day. This post is meant for newer Priests who aren't quite sure what these secondary stats do or what they mean. Just to be clear, primary stats are base attributes like stamina and intellect. Secondary stats are things like haste and critical strike rating.

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Filed under: Priest, Tips, Raiding, (Priest) Spiritual Guidance, Wrath of the Lich King

WoW Rookie: All you needed to know about stats, part 3


In today's continuation of our series on what the various stats in World of Warcraft do for you, we're going to be discussing caster stats. And, while a long-time player probably knows everything I'm talking about here, someone who's newer to the game might find spelling all of these things out to be handy. Curious as to how gear with +spell damage helps you out? Not quite sure how useful gear with mana per five seconds on it is for your class? You're in the right place.

However, before you keep reading, it's well worth it to check out part 1 (covering the five main game attributes) and part 2 (covering statistics effecting physical damage). Coming up our next installment we'll talk about defensive statistics (armor, dodge, parry, resilience, etc), so stay tuned!

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Filed under: WoW Rookie

Resilience and crit-activated abilities


Not sure what exactly resilience is? Then I'll start out with an explanation: resilience is a stat which reduces your chance to be crit and reduces the damage done by crits when they do hit you. Of course, you'd think there's something of a downside to reducing your chance to get crit -- cool abilities that are activated by critical strikes won't activate, right?

Actually, as confirmed by Drysc, wrong. Players have been reporting that crit-activated abilities activate inconsistantly when they have high resilience, and Drysc explains that this is by design. High resilience can prevent crits from landing -- but to allow crit-activated abilities to still benefit the player, whenever a hit occurs, the crit-activated abilities have a small chance of being activated. Abilities are checked individually, so it's possible for say, Blood Craze to activate without Enrage activating.

Filed under: Tips, News items

WoW Rookie: All you needed to know about stats, part 2


For those of you who have been playing World of Warcraft since launch, this information is going to be ancient history. However, for players newer to the game, I imagine that many of the stats you'll find on armor and weapons remain something of a mystery -- and it's for the new players in the audience that this post was written. That said, if you haven't read our recent post attempting to explain the five basic attributes, you ought to start there, because the basic stats all impact the more advanced stats we'll be discussing here.

In part 2, we're going to be talking about stats that improve physical DPS -- if that sounds interesting to you, read on!

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Filed under: WoW Rookie

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