Destruction Warlock Pre-Patch Guide for WotLK Classic

Last updated on Aug 30, 2022 at 13:15 by Crix and Valks 1 comment

The Pre-Patch period of Wrath of the Lich King Classic is a time to allow players to level or gear up characters while experiencing some of the class changes of the coming expansion before its official launch. Here you will find recommended talents, gear, and some rotation tips for a Destruction Warlock when you can only reach a maximum level of 70.



Warlocks receive a number of changes with the Wrath of the Lich King pre-patch and, for the most part, they have a very positive impact on the rotations of each specialisation.

The usage of Conflagrate IconConflagrate and the shift towards a more Fire-Destruction-focused build sees some changes to the rotation of Destruction, as well as a more involved and active playstyle.


Talent Build

The talent tree listed above is a fairly standard build for Destruction, avoiding talents like Improved Shadow Bolt IconImproved Shadow Bolt in favour of fully committing to the Fire Destruction playstyle.



At Level 70, you will only have access to 2 of your 3 major glyph slots. The minor Glyphs for Warlock are massively unimpactful at this point, hence why we have not chosen to recommend a full set of them. Simply choose as you wish.

Given the move away from Shadow Bolt and the Shadow playstyle, this build favours the Incinerate glyph over the Shadow Bolt one.



The rotation as a Destruction Warlock is the simplest of the three specialisations, but there is a key difference to the Level 80 rotation — given that we will not have access to the glyph for Conflagrate IconConflagrate, you will have to ensure that you refresh your Immolate IconImmolate after casting Conflagrate.

  1. Maintain Curse of Doom IconCurse of Doom, but only put it on the target if it will not die within the next 60 seconds.
  2. Maintain Immolate IconImmolate
  3. Use Conflagrate IconConflagrate when available
  4. Use Chaos Bolt IconChaos Bolt when available
  5. Use Incinerate IconIncinerate as your filler spell

Gearing in the Wrath of the Lich King Classic Pre-Patch

The majority of the recommendations for gear in the pre-patch stay the same for Destruction, which you can read on our TBC Warlock gear guide, which is linked below.


Tier Set Bonus

For your tier set bonus, you should still aim to have your 4-set T6 bonus and can easily do so by taking the belt, bracers, and boots for 3 of the pieces, given that they are already very strong for Destruction.

For the final piece, you should use either the shoulders or helm, depending on the other piece of gear you have for the second slot.



For your enchants, you should use the following:

Slot Enchantment
Head Glyph of Power Icon Glyph of Power
Shoulders Power of the Scourge Icon Power of the Scourge, Greater Inscription of Discipline Icon Greater Inscription of Discipline, Greater Inscription of the Orb Icon Greater Inscription of the Orb, depending on whether you have PotS left over from Naxxramas, as well as your choice of Aldor or Scryers.
Back Enchant Cloak - Subtlety IconEnchant Cloak - Subtlety
Chest Enchant Chest - Exceptional Stats Icon Enchant Chest - Exceptional Stats
Bracers Enchant Bracer - Spellpower IconEnchant Bracer - Spellpower
Gloves Enchant Gloves - Major Spellpower Icon Enchant Gloves - Major Spellpower or Enchant Gloves - Spell Strike Icon Enchant Gloves - Spell Strike, depending on if you need additional hit.
Legs Runic Spellthread Icon Runic Spellthread or Mystic Spellthread Icon Mystic Spellthread, depending on Gold.
Weapon Enchant Weapon - Soulfrost Icon Enchant Weapon - Soulfrost (or the easier-to-obtain Enchant Weapon - Major Spellpower Icon Enchant Weapon - Major Spellpower)


Warlocks have a large number of consumables that are used in different situations and you can read all about the choices on our TBC Enchants page for Warlock below:



  • 30 Aug. 2022: Guide added.
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