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Demonology Warlock DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.2)

Last updated on Mar 27, 2017 at 22:52 by Furty 194 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 Demonology Warlocks. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.2.

The other pages of our Demonology 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 has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Myst. 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 Not, one of the best Demonology Warlocks and a respected theorycrafter. He raids in Strawberry Puppy Kisses. You can watch him on Twitch or YouTube and you can follow him on Twitter.

1. Artifact Progression — First 35 Points

Artifact Progression

1.1. Early Point Investment

Take the left path into one of the most potent basic traits,  Icon Summoner's Prowess, which is exceptional for increasing stable damage output as well as producing larger  Icon Thal'kiel's Consumption casts. Do not be scared that  Icon Imp-erator shares nomenclature with a terrible boss, because it is an amazing trait. 35% free Critical Strike for your Imps is a huge boost to your damage at the cost of only a single point.  Icon Open Link is nothing special other than to add a little more defensive utility to your already invincible kit. Mosey down into  Icon Infernal Furnace, another extraordinarily high value basic trait. Talent into your first Golden Trait,  Icon The Expendables, which is a very strong trait overall for any situation.

1.2. Second Golden Trait

Before doing anything else, quickly snag  Icon Doom, Doubled right below  Icon The Expendables. This is a great trait and for only one point it is definitely worth acquiring early. Backtrack to the start of the tree and scoop up some more Doom Icon Doom bonuses by investing into  Icon The Doom of Azeroth. Swing back down the left side of the tree and talent into your second Golden Trait,  Icon Stolen Power, which is a fine choice for single target damage.

1.3. Final Point Investment

From the start of the tree take the right path this time, grabbing some tasty Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers crit from the  Icon Sharpened Dreadfangs trait. Go through  Icon Soul Skin and  Icon Firm Resolve to achieve true immortality. Invest into your final Golden Trait,  Icon Thal'kiel's Discord. For your final two traits I recommend taking the  Icon Dirty Hands trait first before finally rounding out Thal'kiel with  Icon Legionwrath.

2. Patch 7.2: 35+ Trait Path

Artifact Progression Above Level 35

Patch 7.2 has replaced the 35-54 Paragon system with several additional new traits becoming available upon acquisition of the 35th point. All of the previous Relic traits will also unlock a 4th rank, along with a new Paragon system becoming available after all traits have been filled (via Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall) which all additional Artifact Power will be spent on.

Detailed below is our suggested maxing order after 35 traits:

  1. Swarms of the Black Harvest Icon Swarms of the Black Harvest
  2. Left Hand of Darkness Icon Left Hand of Darkness
  3. Jaws of Shadow Icon Jaws of Shadow
  4. Fourth rank of  Icon Infernal Furnace
  5. Fourth rank of  Icon The Doom of Azeroth
  6. Thal'kiel's Ascendance Icon Thal'kiel's Ascendance
  7. Fourth rank of  Icon Summoner's Prowess
  8. Fourth rank of  Icon Sharpened Dreadfangs
  9. Fourth rank of  Icon Maw of Shadows
  10. Fourth rank of  Icon Dirty Hands
  11. Fourth rank of  Icon Legionwrath
  12. Fourth rank of  Icon Firm Resolve
  13. Fourth rank of  Icon Open Link
  14. Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall

Current theorycraft is inconclusive but this is regarded as the best order to spend your traits at the current time.

3. Relic Choice

  1.  Icon Infernal Furnace is overall the best Relic choice by far.
  2.  Icon The Doom of Azeroth is very high value on fights with multiple Doom Icon Doom targets, especially when it can be applied via Hand of Doom Icon Hand of Doom. Overall it is the second best Relic for single target.
  3.  Icon Maw of Shadows provides a consistent increase to your damage on single target.
  4.  Icon Summoner's Prowess is a good trait as your pets will always be empowered. It also allows for larger damage values from  Icon Thal'kiel's Consumption.
  5.  Icon Sharpened Dreadfangs for the Critical Strike chance for your dogs.
  6.  Icon Dirty Hands for the Hand of Gul'dan Icon Hand of Gul'dan damage.
  7.  Icon Legionwrath.
  8. Any of the defensive Relics.

4. ChangeLog

  • 27 Mar. 2017: Updated for Patch 7.2. with new traits and order.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 12 Nov. 2016: Updated Relic priority.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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