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Destruction Warlock DPS Spell Summary (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Aug 29, 2016 at 14:40 by Furty 96 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

On this page, we list the spells that you will often use as a Destruction Warlock.

The other pages of our Destruction Warlock guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

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.

1. Spell Summary

If you are new to Destruction, it is recommended you read this before proceeding! In this section we will discuss what abilities you have, what they are used for within the specialization, and how they interact with important cooldowns. If you have played this spec before or have already achieved a level of comfort playing this spec in a practical environment, it is recommended you skip this section and move on to the rest of the guide.

2. Main Resources

Soul Shards are the main resource of Destruction Warlocks. Soul Shards are generated by one of your filler spells and your DoT effect, and they can be spent on an extremely powerful nuke or an AoE blanket. You can have a maximum of 5 Soul Shards.

Mana is another primary resource of Destruction. Most of your spells cost Mana, which can be periodically restored through Life Tap Icon Life Tap. Mana is not very essential to your rotation, so long as you have enough to continue to cast spells.

3. Basic Abilities

These abilities are available no matter what talents you chose, and form the bread and butter of this specialization.

Immolate Icon Immolate is a damage over time spell that deals very high damage. Immolate has the highest DPET (damage per execute time) of any spell in your kit. It has a 15% chance to generate a Soul Shard when it ticks, and this chance is doubled for critical ticks. This should be kept applied at all times to target who will lived for 3 seconds or more.

Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate is an instant cast spell with 2 charges. It generates 1 Soul Shard on cast, and the cooldown of the charges is reduced by Haste rating. This should be cast on cooldown for maximum Soul Shard generation.

Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt expends 2 Soul Shards and nukes the target for heavy damage. This damage is always a Critical Hit, and Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt does increased damage (1% damage per 1% crit) based on your Critical Strike rating. This should be cast when you have Soul Shards available, and ideally, an active damage proc.

Incinerate Icon Incinerate is your main filler. This should be cast when the previous 3 spells are unavailable or already active on your target.

Havoc Icon Havoc is applied to a target for 8 seconds, and copies any spellcasts made to another target to the marked target as well. This should be used on cooldown if more than 1 target is present.

Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire is an AoE spell that deals damage over several seconds to all targets within the area. It costs 3 Soul Shards, and should only be cast on large groups of mobs.

3.1. Demonic Summons

Summon Imp Icon Summon Imp is your default choice for a permanent pet, as its Firebolt Icon Firebolt deals increased damage if an Immolate Icon Immolate is active on the target. If you are talented into Grimoire of Service Icon Grimoire of Service, you should also use Grimoire: Imp Icon Grimoire: Imp as your grimoire cooldown.

Summon Doomguard Icon Summon Doomguard is your main DPS cooldown. It deals strong damage and has a 3-minute cooldown. If you are talented into Grimoire of Supremacy Icon Grimoire of Supremacy, you should use the Doomguard as your permanent pet for all situations.

4. ChangeLog

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