Demonology Warlock DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2

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General Information

Welcome to our Demonology Warlock guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2. Here, you will learn how to play as a Demonology Warlock in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

1. Demonology Warlock Overview

Demonology has once again taken on a new look for a new expansion. While Legion took a stab at the Demonlord fantasy, their vision did not really ring true for a lot of the playerbase. Battle for Azeroth has done a lot of course correcting towards a fluid feeling, demon horde commanding iteration of Demonology.

Demonology has a fun and medium paced rotation, focused around summoning forces of evil to do your bidding while you generate resources in between. While the specialization does have some ramp up time, it does feel smooth and fast once it is running at full steam. Demonology Warlocks are especially strong on encounters that have stable mobility, rather than helter skelter movement.

2. Patch 8.2 Changes for Demonology Warlock

Beside the introduction of 3 new Azerite traits with The Endless Palace, and the new Essence system, discussed respectively on the Azerite traits page and Essences page there have been no changes.

3. Patch 8.1 Changes for Demonology Warlock

4. Demonology Warlock Strengths

  • High single target damage
  • Efficient cleave damage
  • High mobility

5. Demonology Warlock Weaknesses

  • Weaker but shorter cooldowns compared to Affliction or Destruction
  • Some ramp up required

6. Viability of Demonology Warlock in the Current Patch

Demonology is a capable contender in both Dungeon and Raid content. The current Talent Tree provides a wide variety of abilities, many of which we make good use of in varying situations. While Demonology might not surpass Affliction in every scenario, it is a perfectly playable specialization that can really excel in the right environments. The major limiting factor for this specialization is lack of strong single target burst, and spread cleave.

7. Changelog

  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 27 Apr. 2019 (talents page): Updated default talent choices.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): Updated page format and Sacrificed Soul opener.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated after recent raid nerfs.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 21 Feb. 2019 (rotation page): Updated Demonic Consumption opener.
  • 21 Feb. 2019 (rotation page): Updated Single Target and AoE priority with Explosive Potential buff.
  • 21 Feb. 2019 (talents page): Updated talent reccomendations.
  • 11 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated with better talent choices, and more tips.
  • 11 Feb. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated page to expand the opportunity cost of Implosion single target.
  • 08 Feb. 2019 (enchants page): Updated page to reflect influence of Explosive Potential trait.
  • 08 Feb. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated page to reflect influence of Explosive Potential trait.
  • 08 Feb. 2019 (rotation page): Added Demonic Consumption opener.
  • 08 Feb. 2019 (talents page): Updated talent choices.
  • 08 Feb. 2019 (stats page): Updated page to reflect influence of Explosive Potential trait.
  • 05 Feb. 2019 (rotation page): Updated rotation according to Battle of Dazar'alor heroic week hotfixes.
  • 05 Feb. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated page to include Explosive potential.
  • 05 Feb. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor heroic week fixes.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor release.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor release.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor release.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page added.
  • 03 Jan. 2019 (Uldir page): Updated Nether Portal value after simc hotfix.
  • 03 Jan. 2019 (talents page): Updated Nether Portal value after simc hotfix.
  • 29 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): Updated the movement section.
  • 21 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Added potions to Nether Portal section.
  • 19 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): Updated page with new sims.
  • 19 Dec. 2018 (addons page): Added additional macros for talent management.
  • 19 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated page with additional questions.
  • 14 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated tier 7 talent checkmarks.
  • 14 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Updated Nether Portal rotation.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Patch 8.1. Reviewed talent advice for all bosses.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 8.1. Reviewed talent advice.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1. Added Baleful Invocation.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added Patch 8.1 changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (stats page): Updated stats priority and explanation.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (rotation page): Updated rotation, spells usage, and description.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated talent builds and description.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated traits selection.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (addons page): Expanded the list of Addons.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (how to improve page): Expanded the list.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated Implosion/Doom info.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (talents page): Updated talent choices.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated tips for Uldir bosses.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (this page): Updated strengths/weaknesses of the spec.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated Tyrant usage.
  • 19 Oct. 2018 (gear page): Split best in slot lists into Raid & Dungeon sections.
  • 30 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated sim rankings, re-organized page.
  • 07 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Uldir.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Made small tweaks to the page.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Added Azerite Outer Ring simulations (single target and cleave) for quick reference.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page added.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page added.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Page added.
  • 07 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added.
  • 26 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Updated the legendary ranking.
  • 23 Jul. 2018 (stats page): New sims completed; added a 4-target stat priority for M+ players.
  • 23 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Updated Implosion and multitarget section. Reduced number of targets for Implosion usage.
  • 23 Jul. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority and Implosion usage.
  • 21 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Added PvP (War Mode) Talents and explanations.
  • 17 Jul. 2018 (this page): Fixed typo in the 8.0 changes.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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