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Demonology Warlock DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Jan 18, 2017 at 19:05 by Furty 177 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Demonology Warlocks. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

The other pages of our Demonology Warlock guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Myst. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Not, one of the best Demonology Warlocks and a respected theorycrafter. He raids in SNF Labrats. You can watch him on Twitch or YouTube and you can follow him on Twitter.

1. Disclaimer

The guide has been updated for 7.1.5, but this page will be updated a bit later.

2. Best in Slot List

With the existence of Titanforged and Mythic+ dungeons, there is no such thing as a hard Best in Slot anymore. This is more of a guideline for the best pieces to keep an eye out for in your raid or dungeon (if applicable). Be smart, and if you find higher item level pieces with valuable stat combinations do not hesitate to upgrade to them.

Slot Item Source
Helm Eyes of Azj'Aqir Icon Eyes of Azj'Aqir Grand Magistrix Elisande
Neck Radiant String of Scorpid Eyes Icon Radiant String of Scorpid Eyes Skorpyron
Shoulders Pauldrons of Azj'Aqir Icon Pauldrons of Azj'Aqir Tichondrius
Chest Robes of Fluctuating Energy Icon Robes of Fluctuating Energy Chronomatic Anomaly
Cloak Astromancer's Greatcloak Icon Astromancer's Greatcloak Star Augur Etraeus
Wrists Woven Lasher Tendril Bracers Icon Woven Lasher Tendril Bracers High Botanist Tel'arn
Gloves Clutch of Azj'Aqir Icon Clutch of Azj'Aqir Star Augur Etraeus
Belt Man'ari Skullbuckled Cinch Icon Man'ari Skullbuckled Cinch Krosus
Legs Leggings of Azj'Aqir Icon Leggings of Azj'Aqir Gul'dan
Boots Perpetually Muddy Sandals Icon Perpetually Muddy Sandals Trilliax
Ring #1 Ring of the Scoured Clan Icon Ring of the Scoured Clan Gul'dan
Ring #2 Ring of Braided Stems Icon Ring of Braided Stems High Botanist Tel'arn
Trinket #1 Erratic Metronome Icon Erratic Metronome Chronomatic Anomaly
Trinket #2 Whispers in the Dark Icon Whispers in the Dark Gul'dan

3. Evaluating Upgrades Using Stat Weights

You can evaluate upgrades side by side using a simple napkin math formula:

DPS Value = Σ Stat weight × Amount of Stat

For example, using the stat weights from our Stats page, a pair of boots with 380 Mastery, 1150 Haste, and 976 Intellect, we can calculate a DPS value of:

380×0.68 + 1150×1.17 + 976×1 = 2579.9

This does not give an exact DPS value, but can be used to calculate the relative value versus another piece. For example, if we have a second pair of boots with 450 Haste, 970 Versatility, and 976 Intellect, we can compute the DPS value for that second item using the same formula, before comparing the results:

450×1.17 + 970×0.69 + 976×1 = 2171.8

We can clearly see that 2579.9 > 2171.8, and therefore, the first pair of boots are the stronger upgrade. This is the quickest, best, and most reliable way of determining whether or not you should use one upgrade or another, despite the fact that stats weights are very approximate and change with respect to fight type, fight length, and the values of your other stats (synergetic scaling).

4. Legendaries

Recurrent Ritual Icon Recurrent Ritual causes Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers to refund 2 Soul Shards. This legendary is the best choice in any single target situation.

Kazzak's Final Curse Icon Kazzak's Final Curse increases Doom Icon Doom damage by 5% for every demon you have active. Especially strong in situations where you can apply Hand of Doom Icon Hand of Doom in sustained AoE and get tons of Doom Icon Dooms rolling at once. Second best for single target, and best for 2+ targets. Overall, likely the best legendary — combine with Impending Doom Icon Impending Doom for best results.

Sin'dorei Spite Icon Sin'dorei Spite increases damage by 15% for 25 seconds after summoning Doomguard or Infernal. Best legendary for pushing damage checks and speed kills, and third for damage overall regardless of number of targets. Can result in some very large Thal'kiel's Consumption Icon Thal'kiel's Consumption values, especially when combined with Soul Harvest Icon Soul Harvest.

Wakener's Loyalty Icon Wakener's Loyalty empowers your next  Icon Thal'kiel's Consumption by 3% for each Soul Shard you spend. This legendary is not amazing, but a stronger choice than the legendary items that do not offer a direct damage contribution.

Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning Icon Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning reduces the cooldown of Summon Doomguard Icon Summon Doomguard by 2.0 seconds for every Dreadstalker or Imp you summon. Weak for single target, but goes up in value considerably as the number of targets increase.

Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish takes up a valuable trinket slot but sports a high amount of passive stats and a useful on use burst effect. Can be a good option if your trinkets are lacklustre.

Sacrolash's Dark Strike Icon Sacrolash's Dark Strike causes Corruption Icon Corruption to slow enemies by 60%. No damage value.

5. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Demon Hunters, Paladins, Priests, and Affliction/Destruction Warlocks
Cloth Armor Mages, Priests, and Affliction/Destruction Warlocks
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Everyone
Trinkets Balance Druids, Mages, Shadow Priests, Elemental Shamans, and Affliction/Destruction Warlocks

6. ChangeLog

  • 18 Jan. 2017: Added new legendary items and updated BiS list for Nighthold.
  • 02 Nov. 2016: Updated trinkets because Wriggling Sinew was still there for some reason.
  • 14 Sep. 2016: Updated Legendary balance.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2016: Removed trinket sims and added proper recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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