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Demonology Warlock DPS Easy Mode

Last updated on Feb 21, 2018 at 07:34 by Furty 273 comments

Table of Contents

This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

1. The Basics for Demonology Warlock

Demonology focuses on maintaining a small army of demons at all times, which will deal the majority of your damage. Without a proper user interface and the assistance of third party AddOns, this specialization can be difficult to understand and play properly. In this section we will be focusing on a setup that minimizes the amount of buttons, AddOns, and reactivity necessary without unduly compromising overall damage output.

2. Talent Choice for Demonology Warlock

These choices are optimized for ease of use. Although some talents might offer marginally higher gains when played perfectly, these same talents often result in damage losses when utilized by many players. These talents aim to present the best setup that has very little punishment for unfamiliarity or mistakes.

3. Stat Priority for Demonology Warlock

Currently, you will want to prioritize secondary stats as follows:

  1. Haste;
  2. Critical Strike = Mastery;
  3. Intellect;
  4. Versatility.

4. Basic Rotation for Demonology Warlock

  1. Cast Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt to generate Soul Shards.
  2. Cast Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers whenever available to spend Soul Shards.
  3. Cast Hand of Gul'dan Icon Hand of Gul'dan if you have 4+ Soul Shards.
  4. Cast Summon Doomguard Icon Summon Doomguard or Summon Infernal Icon Summon Infernal on cooldown (Doomguard for 1 target, Infernal for 2+ targets).
  5. Cast Grimoire: Felguard Icon Grimoire: Felguard on cooldown.
  6. Cast Demonic Empowerment Icon Demonic Empowerment after summoning demons with Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers, Hand of Gul'dan Icon Hand of Gul'dan, Grimoire: Felguard Icon Grimoire: Felguard, Summon Doomguard Icon Summon Doomguard, or Summon Infernal Icon Summon Infernal.
  7. Cast Command Demon Icon Command Demon+Felstorm Icon Felstorm on cooldown.
  8. Cast Demonwrath Icon Demonwrath to generate Soul Shards if there are 3+ targets stacked around your demons.
  9. Cast  Icon Thal'kiel's Consumption when available.
  10. Cast Life Tap Icon Life Tap when you need to restore Mana.

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 Future. 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. He is also the owner and editor of Lock One Stop Shop, a website dedicated to Warlocks.

5. ChangeLog

  • 21 Feb. 2018: Updated talent build to be more applicable to the majority of Antorus encounters.
  • 03 Sep. 2017: Bumped Intellect below Crit/Mastery.
  • 29 Aug. 2017: Updated talents, rotation, and stats.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: Updated talent build.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 21 Dec. 2016: Added easy mode for Demonology Warlocks.
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