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Destruction Warlock DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Aug 29, 2016 at 14:40 by Furty 149 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Destruction Warlocks. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.

The other pages of our Destruction 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 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. Artifact Progression

Artifact Progression

1.1. Early Point Investment

Artifact Progression - Early Point Investment

After acquiring the initial starting point,  Icon Flames of the Pit, take the bottom right path into  Icon Eternal Struggle. Though this trait is largely worthless, it spans the centre of two high value traits. Snag  Icon Impish Incineration, an exceptional single point trait for single target. Next talent into  Icon Burning Hunger for the Immolate Icon Immolate Critical Strike chance, which is good for both damage and Soul Shard generation. Backtrack to the start of the tree and take the upper path into  Icon Devourer of Life, which is largely ineffectual as you will not be casting much Drain Life Icon Drain Life.  Icon Residual Flames is a great trait, even after the Roaring Blaze Icon Roaring Blaze nerfs. Grab your first Golden Trait,  Icon Conflagration of Chaos, which is great for priority add damage and the strongest trait for single target and cleave.

1.2. Second Golden Trait

Artifact Progression - Second Golden Trait

On the right side of the tree, grab  Icon Lord of Flames, your second Golden Trait. This point is pretty mediocre but since we already have the nearby nodes it is worth grabbing earlier rather than later.  Icon Lord of Flames is useful for pushing damage checks, as it is considerably stronger than Summon Doomguard Icon Summon Doomguard on single target when it is off cooldown. It is also useful for sustained AoE or cleave though such scenarios are rare.

1.3. Final Point Investment

Artifact Progression - Final Point Investment

From the starting node, head left through  Icon Fire From the Sky and  Icon Demonic Durability into  Icon Soulsnatcher, which is a great single target trait.  Icon Chaotic Instability is a very high value trait for both single target and cleave, and leads into our final Golden Trait,  Icon Dimension Ripper. Though this trait is solid overall, it is a little too far out to be acquired any earlier.

 Icon Fire and the Flames should be your next acquisition, before heading up into  Icon Master of Disaster. Finalize your  Icon Scepter of Sargeras with the single point in  Icon Planeswalker.

2. Relic Choice

You should prioritize item level over preferable relics if the disparity is greater than 2 item levels.

  1.  Icon Chaotic Instability for Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt damage
  2.  Icon Burning Hunger for Immolate Icon Immolate criticals and shard generation
  3.  Icon Residual Flames for Immolate Icon Immolate damage
  4.  Icon Soulsnatcher for shard refunds
  5.  Icon Fire and the Flames for Incinerate Icon Incinerate cast speed
  6. Incinerate Icon Incinerate damage from  Icon Master of Disaster
  7. Any other damage relic
  8. Any defensive relic

3. ChangeLog

  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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