Demonology Warlock DPS Mythic+ Tips — Dragonflight 10.0.7
In this guide, you will find tips and advice to tackle Mythic+ dungeons with your Demonology Warlock in World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.0.7.
Mythic+ Introduction for Demonology Warlock
Mythic+ has become a large part of the World of Warcraft endgame, but the sheer amount of different variables has left many players feeling overwhelmed. The group composition, weekly affixes, the item level of the group, the keystone level, and the experience and comfort level of the group are just several of the factors that will influence how you approach each dungeon. The purpose of this page is to prepare you for the key differences that set Mythic+ apart from the typical World of Warcraft endgame experience, including talents and rotational anomalies that may not be obvious at first glance.
If you are unfamiliar with Mythic+ and its associated general mechanics, you can read more about it on our Dragonflight Mythic+ Season 1 page below.
Demonology Warlocks have the potential to deal extremely high burst AoE damage after a proper setup, while also offering multiple short cooldowns that suit well the average dungeon pull cadence. With multiple abilities having some form of cleave effect, Demonology's damage profile is well suited for dungeons, with the only negative of being limited by specific setup periods, and a slightly longer interrupt that shares a stun. The spec still retains all the class baseline toolkit comprised of Healthstones, Soulstones, skip-enabling Demonic Gateway, AoE crowd control abilities such as Shadowfury and Howl of Terror, and uncapped AoE spells.
Demonology Warlock Mythic+ Rotation
While both single- and multi-target rotations do not differ substantially from the standard priority outlined in Rotation, Cooldowns, and Abilities page there are few points worth noting:
- Starting a new pull without resources means a relatively long period of time where the damage will be low, due to Shadow Bolt being the only resource generator outside of procs. This makes transitioning between pulls with Soul Shards/Demonic Cores/Wild Imps extremely important to maintaining a higher DPS profile across the dungeon.
- While it may looks tempting, it is generally better to not implode at the end of a dungeon pack, trying to spend all the Shards on additional Wild Imps, in order to regenerate 3 shards out of combat and being able to cast a massive Implosion or Tyrant at the next pack.
- Demonology has relatively low cooldowns by nature, meaning it is usually better to not hold on Summon Demonic Tyrant as it very often results in missed casts across the whole dungeon run.
Demonology Warlock Utility
While damage is the bigger reason to bring an Demonology Warlock, the class itself offer a noticeable amount of crowd control and various supporting abilities:
- Recently reintroduced, the Curses can offer some advantage against specific dangerous enemies: Curse of Tongues can reduce the amount of interrupt required by the group, while Curse of Weakness alleviates the incoming damage on tank from auto attacks. Last but not least, Curse of Exhaustion can be used to slow targets in situations where kiting is required. While these effects can be noticeable, it is better to use curses on a few key targets, as the time spent to apply these effects is time not spent doing damage.
- Healthstones have a 1-minute cooldown and heal for 25% of max health, allowing for an emergency heal for each player.
- Soulstones offer a combat resurrection that can be used both reactively and preemptively in the case of a death run.
- Demonic Gateway offers the unique ability to skip certain parts of the map, depending on the dungeon in question, avoiding specific pulls.
- Shadowfury helps alleviating pressure on the tank during big pulls as it is a 3-second AoE stun.
- Fear and Banish are both spammable crowd control abilities that can be used to interrupt a cast in a pinch or to remove temporarily a target from combat.
Mythic+ Talents for Demonology Warlock
Below are the recommended talents for Mythic+. There is a certain degree of flexibility when progressing down the path, to accommodate for preferences or to meet specific requirements, as discussed further.
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The build above is meant for Fortified weeks.
For Tyrannical weeks this build offers more boss damage overall:
Class talent tree fundamental nodes
Generally all output nodes are hard to give up, but fortunately there are enough point to offer the choice of whichever utility options to pick instead.
- Demonic Inspiration;
- Wrathful Minion;
- Socrethar's Guile;
- Sargerei Technique;
- Soul Conduit;
- Grimoire of Synergy;
- Summon Soulkeeper.
Some other utility nodes are also too good to pass up, especially in the context of dungeons:
- Fel Domination;
- Mortal Coil;
- Dark Pact especially on 45s cooldown;
- Demonic Gateway to skip areas of the dungeon;
- Shadowfury as one of the few AoE stuns.
Demonology Warlock talent tree fundamental nodes
Due to lot of AoE pulls thorough a dungeon run, leaning towards cleave and AoE is generally the safer choice, even in the case of a Tyrannical Week.
- Dreadlash, Carnivorous Stalkers, Dread Calling and Ripped through the Portal will ensure Dreadstalkers will be your first source of damage across the whole dungeon run;
- Guillotine can provide a substantial source of damage on a relatively short cooldown;
- Summon Demonic Tyrant increase the effectiveness of every summoned demons;
- Grimoire: Felguard offers a substantial burst both single and multitarget while costing a single point;
- Implosion augments Demonology Warlock AoE capabilities while also synergizing with Imp Gang Boss;
- Baseline Nether Portal offers too much damage for a single point to not make it an auto-inclusion.
Demonology Warlock talent tree options
- Grand Warlock's Design can be a consideration to make cooldown management easier, especially paired with Grimoire: Felguard, at the expense of 3 points from Soul Strike, Fel Sunder, and Fel Might.
Stat Priority for Demonology Warlock
- Critical Strike;
Pet Choice for Demonology Warlock
You should be using your Felguard at all times as a Demonology Warlock.
Trinket Considerations for Demonology Warlock in Mythic+
When choosing your trinkets, we recommend simulating yourself on Raidbots using the Patchwerk option for raids and single-target, and Patchwerk with 4-5 targets or Hectic Add Cleave for an educated guess on multi-target performance in Dungeons. Usually, trinkets that proc stats are more versatile and better performer than single-target spell damage procs, unless they are overtuned.
You can also get a quick overview of good Mythic+ Trinkets on our Gearing page, specifically the Simulation chart for multi-target scenarios.
Dragonflight Season 1 Affix: Thundering
Periodically players will receive a buff for a 30% damage increase lasting 15 seconds. Before it expires a player must make contact with someone of the opposite polarity or risk a stun. As Warlocks do not have a stun break it is generally advisable to resolve the mechanic as intended. For a more detailed explanation visit the following link:
- 20 Mar. 2023: Talents updated for Patch 10.0.7.
- 24 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
- 11 Dec. 2022: Updated recommended build.
- 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
- 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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