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Demonology Warlock DPS Easy Mode in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 26, 2018 at 10:05 by Furty 40 comments

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About Our Author

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 Tabula Rasa. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

1. Foreword

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.

2. The Basics of a Demonology Warlock

Demonology focuses on maintaining a small army of demons at all times, which will deal the majority of your damage. This specialization can be very effective if you do not have to move a lot, particularly on single targets.

In this section we will be focusing on a setup that minimizes the amount of buttons, AddOns, and reactivity necessary without compromising overall damage output.

3. Talent Choice for Demonology Warlock

These Talent recommendations are optimized for ease of use. If a talent requires significant optimization to provide DPS gains, we will instead recommend a competitive talent that requires less knowledge to make use of. See the Talents page for a full and objective evaluation of the Talent tree. These talents aim to present a strong build that has very little punishment for unfamiliarity or mistakes.

4. Stat Priority for Demonology Warlock

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

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

5. Azerite Quick Reference for Demonology Warlock

5.1. Single Target

For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com

5.2. Cleave

For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com

6. Single Target Rotation for Demonology Warlock

  1. Cast Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers whenever available.
  2. Cast Hand of Gul'dan Icon Hand of Gul'dan if you have 4-5 Soul Shards.
  3. Cast Demonbolt Icon Demonbolt if you have 2+ stacks of Demonic Core Icon Demonic Core.
  4. Cast Soul Strike Icon Soul Strike whenever available.
  5. Cast Hand of Gul'dan Icon Hand of Gul'dan with 3 Soul Shards.
  6. Cast Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt to generate Soul Shards.

Summon Demonic Tyrant Icon Summon Demonic Tyrant should be used when you have the maximum number of demons active, allowing you to extend them and further empower the Tyrant's damage.

6.1. Multiple Target Rotation for Demonology Warlock

Implosion Icon Implosion should be used every 2-3 Hand of Gul'dan Icon Hand of Gul'dan casts if more than 2 targets are present and stacked.

7. Changelog

  • 26 Aug. 2018: Added Azerite Outer Ring simulations (single target and cleave) for quick reference.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 23 Jul. 2018: Updated stat priority and Implosion usage.
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