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Havoc Demon Hunter DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Sep 22, 2016 at 09:52 by Wordup 250 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 Havoc Demon Hunters. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3.

The other pages of our Havoc Demon Hunter guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Wordup, a frequent theorycrafter involved in a number of class communities. He is also an experienced player who has been in the world top 100 since the days of Sunwell, currently raiding in Echoes. You can also follow him on Twitter.

1. Artifact Progression

There are a multitude of ways to build your Twinblades of the Deceiver, as the paths move out in two separate directions from your first trait. Whilst this flexibility is there, only one real path is available to optimise output, as a large amount of survivability perks are mandatory on the way.

2. Artifact Ability

The Twinblades begin with the active ability,  Icon Fury of the Illidari, dealing high Chaos damage over 3 targets to all targets within the area on a 1 minute cooldown, at no cost. This is a fantastic tool in AoE, dealing enormous burst damage in the area you place it, and even in Single Target is very much worth the Global, especially coupled with Momentum Icon Momentum windows. This is only enhanced further by the golden trait  Icon Rage of the Illidari.

2.1. Recommended Path

Artifact Progression

This path will focus on the path to the biggest gains with each trait, increasing your Single Target moderately whilst granting massive AoE damage gains.

The optimal path is quite disjointed and is not linear, instead opting to go straight for specific traits then taking advantage of the varying paths to avoid some of the low impact or mechanically niche tools. This build does assume you're running the recommended group talent build.

  1.  Icon Fury of the Illidari
  2.  Icon Warglaives of Chaos
  3.  Icon Sharpened Glaives
  4.  Icon Balanced Blades
  5.  Icon Unleashed Demons
  6.  Icon Demon Speed
  7.  Icon Illidari Knowledge
  8.  Icon Rage of the Illidari
  9.  Icon Critical Chaos
  10.  Icon Chaos Vision
  11.  Icon Anguish of the Deceiver
  12.  Icon Feast on the Souls
  13.  Icon Deceiver's Fury
  14.  Icon Inner Demons
  15.  Icon Demon Rage
  16.  Icon Contained Fury
  17.  Icon Overwhelming Power
  18.  Icon Chaos Burn

This covers the most important aspects of the Artifact as early as possible, hitting  Icon Balanced Blades right at the start alongside  Icon Sharpened Glaives to further empower Bloodlet Icon Bloodlet's strength. Following that the first gold trait is taken, being  Icon Rage of the Illidari due to its huge power spike in dungeons early on. This also does not sacrifice  Icon Anguish of the Deceiver before 21 traits and the launch of Mythic Emerald Nightmare. This path also avoids taking any particularly weak traits such as  Icon Deceiver's Fury and  Icon Overwhelming Power until you have to get them.

3. Relic Choice

As with many classes when deciding on Relics, Item Level is the most important in your decision, and going for the highest regardless of trait will generally serve as the best rule as Weapon Damage is hugely important for Havoc. If you have two Relics that share the exact same Item Level, the following traits are ideally ones to look for:

  1.  Icon Sharpened Glaives
  2.  Icon Critical Chaos
  3.  Icon Unleashed Demons

 Icon Unleashed Demons is mentioned here solely because if you can capitalise upon extra CDR, it is extremely powerful. In many situations however, it will not provide a significant increase, so be very aware of this.

3.1. AoE Specific:

 Icon Chaos Vision

4. ChangeLog

  • 22 Sep. 2016: Updated Artifact path.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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