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Havoc Demon Hunter DPS Guide (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Feb 04, 2017 at 17:40 by Wordup 391 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Havoc Demon Hunter DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.5. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Havoc Demon Hunter in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

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. Class Overview

Havoc, the DPS spec of the newly introduced Demon Hunter class in Legion is a resource based melee specialization with a focus on Global Cooldown locked gameplay with a builder spender style. It's balanced around your ability to make the most out of your Fury pool and reacting to unpredictable gains whilst using situation specific abilities to push it further. On top of that, it has a number of mobility tools turning it into versatile spec with multiple ways of capitalizing on them.

2. How Does it Work?

  • Fury is the primary resource, fueling offensive spenders such as Chaos Strike Icon Chaos Strike and Blade Dance Icon Blade Dance, and generated by Demon's Bite Icon Demon's Bite.
  • Critical Strikes from Chaos Strike Icon Chaos Strike return half of the Fury cost, adding a dynamic aspect to your resource spending casts.
  • Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam is a moderate cooldown AoE burst tool that costs Fury, dealing high Chaos damage to targets in front of you.
  • Both Fel Rush Icon Fel Rush and Vengeful Retreat Icon Vengeful Retreat grant high active mobility allowing you to cover large distances instantly.
  • Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis is a strong burst cooldown that augments your Fury spending abilities and grants additional Haste and Leech.

3. Patch 7.1.5 Changes

With 7.1.5 a number of Havoc spells have been brought up in power, including the main spender Chaos Strike Icon Chaos Strike. Alongside this, a number of weak talents have been altered to make them far more useable, alongside some shifts in their position on the tree, most noteable of which is Felblade Icon Felblade which is now on the first tier, and extremely powerful. Finally, Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis gained a base 30% Leech whilst active, to increase personal survivability slightly.

4. Strengths

  • Consistent sustained single target damage.
  • Flexible mobility allowing for great positioning control in encounters.
  • Can switch targets without any downsides, and can pool resources for instant burst.
  • Powerful, versatile cooldowns for different situations.

5. Weaknesses

  • Can be reliant on Critical Strike to fuel burst DPS which can be inconsistent.
  • AoE is tied to cooldowns, which hurts sustained damage.

6. Viability in the Current Patch

Havoc brings a very robust toolkit to a vast majority of PvE situations in Legion. Coming equipped with both high Priority Target burst, and amazing burst AoE tools coming both from basic abilities and talents, there is not much Havoc struggles with when tailoring yourself to a fight. Having a very versatile talent tree with a lot of choices that can be honed to different playstyles also add to this power. In both dungeons, Mythic+, and Raids, Havoc is a great addition to a group and is one of the more powerful melee specializations.

7. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 9 pages:

8. ChangeLog

  • 04 Feb. 2017 (gear page): Large update with new trinket sims and specifics on Convergence/Delusions.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Updated for 7.1.5 for new relic recommendations.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Updated for new information following Chaos Cleave change in 7.1.5, added Demonic section.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated a large number of sections to reflect the changes in builds with the Chaos Cleave reduction to 10% and Demon Blades down to 60%. Added in Demonic recommendation.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Altered priority to reflect nerfs to Chaos Cleave at 7.1.5 launch.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Removed Versatility food, altered neck enchant to Mark of the Claw for 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Updated strengths and weaknesses for 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (spells page): Changed a few spell descriptions following tooltip changes in 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Rewrote most of the talent assessments following changes in Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Added different stat priorities, depending on talent choices.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated the page to be in sync with the rest of the guide.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated with 7.1.5 simulation results. Added Nighthold items and new Legendaries.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Patch 7.1.5 update.
  • 26 Nov. 2016 (easy mode page): Added section for easier playstyle.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Several adjustments to account for the changes of Demon Blades in Patch 7.1.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Rewrote Level 100 talent explanations, following the change to Demon Blades in Patch 7.1.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Added a note about Potion of Prolonged Power.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated BiS trinkets and added trinket simulations.
  • 28 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Updated opener.
  • 22 Sep. 2016 (artifact page): Updated Artifact path.
  • 21 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Made Potion of the Old War the potion of choice.
  • 05 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Simplified rotation by adding checkboxes to hide or reveal specific lines (cooldown, talents, AoE, etc.).
  • 02 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Moved Fel Barrage up in the multi-target rotation.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 09 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Rewrote Level 100 talent assessments following Demon Blades' nerf.
  • 05 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Added Throw Glaive to Demon Blades rotation.
  • 01 Aug. 2016 (this page): Guide added.
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