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Demonology Warlock DPS Guide (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Nov 12, 2016 at 21:06 by Furty 149 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Demonology Warlock DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Demonology Warlock in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Furty who raids in Serenity, one of the top World of Warcraft guilds. 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 approvied by Imakki, one of the best Demonology Warlocks. He raids in Exploding Labrats and you can watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Class Overview

Demonology Warlocks have received a major overhaul in Legion. Instead of harnessing dark power and transforming into a demonic entity, we now command hordes of demons to unleash on anyone foolish enough to cross our path. Demonology is a very procedural specialization that focuses on sustained damage, though it can deal some impressive burst AoE through the use of certain talents. Demonology Warlocks have high personal survivability, which makes them ideal for progression encounters as it is rare that any damage will take you by surprise. Like all Warlocks, Demonology brings the Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway, which can be an invaluable raid cooldown.

2. What Has Changed?

  • Major overhaul to entire specialization.
  • High focus on the summoning and empowerment of temporary pets.
  • Metamorphosis has been removed.
  • Gameplay has been shifted to a more rotational and procedural style of play.
  • Doom Icon Doom now lasts for a significantly shorter period of time.
  • Mastery: Master Demonologist Icon Mastery: Master Demonologist has been entirely reworked.
  • Some of the warlock defensive power has been stripped away.
  • Many glyphs are no longer present within the game.
  • Many changes to the talent tree, including a variety of new abilities and passives.

3. Strengths

  • Spooky
  • Strong sustained single target damage
  • Good burst AoE damage

4. Weaknesses

  • Weak single target burst
  • Weak sustained AoE
  • Mediocre target switching
  • Very inefficient at cleave and AoE (e.g. your single target damage suffers considerably)

5. Viability in the Current Patch

Demonology is currently the strongest Warlock specialization for pure single target damage. It is usable in Mythic+ with a proper build, however, its major significant niche is to tunnel a single target on low/no movement fights (e.g. Nythendra). That said, it can excel in lower levels of Mythic+ where very large pulls are a possibility, as long as there is time for your damage to properly ramp. Implosion Icon Implosion and Summon Darkglare Icon Summon Darkglare are capable of providing strong AoE though it does take a little while for you to build the damage.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 8 pages:

7. ChangeLog

  • 12 Nov. 2016 (this page): Updated viability section.
  • 12 Nov. 2016 (talents page): Updated Grimoire selection and removed Shadowflame as a potential candidate due to incorrect Simcraft data.
  • 12 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Added an AoE In-Depth section to further clarify how to play in Mythic+ and AoE scenarios.
  • 12 Nov. 2016 (artifact page): Updated relic priority.
  • 02 Nov. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinkets because Wriggling Sinew was still there for some reason.
  • 30 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Added a "Potion Choice" section to illuminate the pros and cons of pots, following the addition of Potion of Prolonged Power.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated talents following the swap of Demon Skin and Demonic Circle in Patch 7.1.
  • 14 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Added Shadowflame section and cleaned up APL.
  • 14 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Replaced Mark of the Claw with Mark of the Hidden Satyr for the Neck enchant.
  • 14 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Added some additional clarification on progression talent options.
  • 14 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Updated Legendary balance.
  • 14 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Updated stat weights.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated Strengths and Weaknesses.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Added section explaining the 4-piece + Fragment "cheese" playstyle and additional opening sequence.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated talents for improved clarity.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Added cheese build with T18 4-piece and Fragment of the Dark Star.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed trinket sims and added proper recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (spells page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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