Demonology Warlock PvP Guide (Shadowlands 9.1.5)
This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play in a PvP environment. The guide will cover everything from talent choices, PvP talents, gameplay and rotation, and useful racial bonuses. It is most applicable to Arena content, but most talents and racial bonuses will work in Rated Battlegrounds and skirmishes.
If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Warlock PvP guide.
Demonology Warlocks in the Current Meta
Demonology Warlocks are the strongest Warlock spec right now. They have the same crowd control as all the other specs, but they are much harder to kill. They have utility in the form of Fear and a passive defensive, Soul Link, that makes them a bad target to focus. If the Demonology Warlock is left unchecked, they can easily burst an enemy down in seconds.
Strengths of Demonology Warlocks
- Great control
- Decent mobility
- Strong consistent damage
Weaknesses of Demonology Warlocks
- Limited mobility
- Predictable burst damage
- Very few defensive cooldowns
Content of the Guide
This guide ended up being very long, so we decided to split it in different pages.
- On the Demonology Warlock PvP Talents page, you will find an analysis of each PvE talent row to help you decide which talent to pick on each row, as well as an overview of the PvP talents, which advice on which ones to take and under which conditions.
- On the Demonology Warlock PvP Rotation and Playstyle page, you will learn how to use your spells, depending on the situation (opener, burst damage, surviving, controlling enemy players, etc.), and what is generally expected of your class and spec in PvP.
- On the Demonology Warlock PvP Covenants and Legendary Powers page, you will find advice on choosing the best Covenant, Soulbind, and Conduits as well as the best PvP Legendary Powers.
- On the Demonology Warlock PvP Stat Priority and Gear page, you will find the stat priority to follow in PvP, as well as advice for choosing your gear, particularly trinkets.
- On the Demonology Warlock PvP Best Races page, you will find lists of the Alliance and Horde races, ranked by how good they are for Demonology Warlocks in PvP, as well as explanations regarding why and how their racials benefit you.
- On the Demonology Warlock PvP Useful Macros page, you will find a collection of useful macros for PvP for Demonology Warlocks.
- On the Demonology Warlock Arena Composition page, you will find the list of the most powerful Arena compositions featuring Demonology Warlocks, in both 2v2 and 3v3 modes.
- 26 Nov. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.1.5.
- 08 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
- 29 Nov. 2020: Guide updated for Shadowlands release. Missing Covenants page.
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