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Destruction Warlock DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Sep 14, 2016 at 08:46 by Furty 149 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 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. 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 Celestially Aligned Hood Icon Celestially Aligned Hood Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption
Neck Blackened Portalstone Necklace Icon Blackened Portalstone Necklace Xavius
Shoulders Mantle of Perpetual Bloom Icon Mantle of Perpetual Bloom Cenarius
Chest Dreamscale Inlaid Vestments Icon Dreamscale Inlaid Vestments Dragons of Nightmare
Cloak Evergreen Vinewrap Drape Icon Evergreen Vinewrap Drape Cenarius
Wrists Cinch of Cosmic Insignificance Icon Cinch of Cosmic Insignificance Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption
Gloves Handwraps of Delusional Power Icon Handwraps of Delusional Power Dragons of Nightmare
Belt Pliable Spider Silk Cinch Icon Pliable Spider Silk Cinch Elerethe Renferal
Legs Ragged Horrorweave Leggings Icon Ragged Horrorweave Leggings Elerethe Renferal
Boots Cozy Dryad Hoof-Socks Icon Cozy Dryad Hoof-Socks Cenarius
Ring #1 Mindrend Band Icon Mindrend Band Dragons of Nightmare
Ring #2 Grubby Silver Ring Icon Grubby Silver Ring Nythendra
Trinket #1 Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal Withered J'im
Trinket #2 Swarming Plaguehive Icon Swarming Plaguehive Nythendra

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

Feretory of Souls Icon Feretory of Souls gives Fire spells a 15% chance to generate a Soul Shard. Overall strongest legendary for single target and 2 target cleave.

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 30% 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 7% increased damage from Fire spells. Worst legendary overall, not much use.

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
Trinkets Balance Druids, Mages, Shadow Priests, Elemental Shamans, and Affliction/Demonology Warlocks

5. ChangeLog

  • 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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