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Demonology Warlock DPS Guide (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Sep 14, 2016 at 09:02 by Furty 118 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Demonology Warlock DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3. 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 approved by Gahddo, a prominent warlock theorycrafter who maintains the Warlock profiles and rotations in Simulation Craft.

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).

6. Contents

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

7. ChangeLog

  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 24 Jul. 2016: Updated Strengths and Weaknesses.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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