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

Last updated on Feb 13, 2017 at 13:54 by Furty 203 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Destruction 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 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 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 Bangerz, a top raider who plays in Method; you can his stream on Twitch and follow him on Twitter.

1. 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.

1.1. Best in Slot — Obtainable from Raids

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

1.2. Best in Slot — Obtainable from Mythic+

Generally speaking, the items obtained from Mythic+ are better overall if they are an equal item level, though it requires luck and much time invested to achieve high levels of titanforged.

Slot Item Source
Helm Collar of Enclosure Icon Collar of Enclosure The Arcway
Neck Chain of Scorched Bones Icon Chain of Scorched Bones Court of Stars
Shoulders Amice of the Unfurling Tempest Icon Amice of the Unfurling Tempest Court of Stars
Chest Fluxflow Robes Icon Fluxflow Robes The Arcway
Cloak Cloak of Enthralling Darkness Icon Cloak of Enthralling Darkness Vault of the Wardens
Wrists Sunfrost Wristwraps Icon Sunfrost Wristwraps Neltharion's Lair
Gloves Terrorweave Gloves Icon Terrorweave Gloves Darkheart Thicket
Belt Waistband of Spiritual Doom Icon Waistband of Spiritual Doom Vault of the Wardens
Legs Legwraps of Reverberating Shadows Icon Legwraps of Reverberating Shadows The Arcway
Boots Mistbound Helarjar Footwraps Icon Mistbound Helarjar Footwraps Maw of Souls
Ring #1 Band of Fused Coral Icon Band of Fused Coral Eye of Azshara
Ring #2 Loop of Vitriolic Intent Icon Loop of Vitriolic Intent Neltharion's Lair
Trinket #1 Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal Withered J'im
Trinket #2 Chrono Shard Icon Chrono Shard The Arcway

1.3. Trinket Notes

Due to the prevalence of high item level trinkets and titanforged rewarded from Mythic+ dungeon grinding there are a variety of suitable options when it comes to trinkets. Using the list below you should be able to extrapolate whether or not something is an upgrade for you. Trinkets at equal item level, in order of priority, are as follows:

  1. Brinewater Slime in a Bottle Icon Brinewater Slime in a Bottle (Haste or Crit)
  2. Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal
  3. Swarming Plaguehive Icon Swarming Plaguehive
  4. Chrono Shard Icon Chrono Shard
  5. Naraxas' Spiked Tongue Icon Naraxas' Spiked Tongue
  6. Aran's Relaxing Ruby Icon Aran's Relaxing Ruby (with Robes of the Ancient Chronicle Icon Robes of the Ancient Chronicle)
  7. Oakheart's Gnarled Root Icon Oakheart's Gnarled Root
  8. Devilsaur Shock-Baton Icon Devilsaur Shock-Baton
  9. Brinewater Slime in a Bottle Icon Brinewater Slime in a Bottle (Mastery or Vers)
  10. Deteriorated Construct Core Icon Deteriorated Construct Core (with Robes of the Ancient Chronicle Icon Robes of the Ancient Chronicle)
  11. Unstable Horrorslime Icon Unstable Horrorslime
  12. Eyasu's Mulligan Icon Eyasu's Mulligan
  13. Padawsen's Unlucky Charm Icon Padawsen's Unlucky Charm
  14. Bough of Corruption Icon Bough of Corruption
  15. Stormsinger Fulmination Charge Icon Stormsinger Fulmination Charge
  16. Aran's Relaxing Ruby Icon Aran's Relaxing Ruby (without Robes of the Ancient Chronicle Icon Robes of the Ancient Chronicle)
  17. Infernal Writ Icon Infernal Writ
  18. Horn of Valor Icon Horn of Valor
  19. Portable Manacracker Icon Portable Manacracker
  20. Twisting Wind Icon Twisting Wind
  21. Obelisk of the Void Icon Obelisk of the Void
  22. Bough of Corruption Icon Bough of Corruption
  23. Caged Horror Icon Caged Horror
  24. Moonlit Prism Icon Moonlit Prism
  25. Eye of Skovald Icon Eye of Skovald
  26. Any of the other dungeon trinkets

2. 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:

380×0.55 + 1150×1.24 + 976×1 = 2611.0

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:

450×1.24 + 970×0.58 + 976×1 = 2096.6

We can clearly see that 2611.0 > 2096.6, 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).

3. Legendaries

Lessons of Space-Time Icon Lessons of Space-Time increases all of your damage by 10% while your  Icon Dimensional Rifts are active. This is the strongest legendary for single target.

Feretory of Souls Icon Feretory of Souls gives Fire spells a 10% chance to generate a Soul Shard. Very strong for all situations.

Sin'dorei Spite Icon Sin'dorei Spite is the second best legendary and causes you and your minions to deal 15% increased damage for 25 seconds after casting Summon Doomguard Icon Summon Doomguard or Summon Infernal Icon Summon Infernal.

Odr, Shawl of the Ymirjar Icon Odr, Shawl of the Ymirjar causes enemies marked by Havoc Icon Havoc to take 8% increased damage from your single target spells. Very strong on fights where you can take full advantage of Wreak Havoc Icon Wreak Havoc.

Magistrike Restraints Icon Magistrike Restraints gives Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt a 20% chance to strike an additional enemy within 30 yards. Decent legendary, especially on add fights where there are a lot of high priority targets.

Alythess's Pyrogenics Icon Alythess's Pyrogenics causes enemies affected by Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire to take 10% increased damage from Fire spells. Worst legendary overall, not much use.

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.

4. 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/Demonology Warlocks
Cloth Armor Mages, Priests, and Affliction/Demonology Warlocks
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Everyone
Trinkets Balance Druids, Mages, Shadow Priests, Elemental Shamans, and Affliction/Demonology Warlocks

5. ChangeLog

  • 13 Feb. 2017: Swapped Gul'dan boots for Trilliax boots in Raid BiS.
  • 17 Jan. 2017: Updated legendaries, added new legendaries, added Nighthold BiS list.
  • 12 Jan. 2017: Updated Legendaries (still need to add new Legendaries).
  • 11 Dec. 2016: Added trinket list, Mythic+ BiS list, and updated Raid BiS list.
  • 14 Oct. 2016: Added trinket from Withered J'im.
  • 14 Sep. 2016: Legendary updates.
  • 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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