Demonology Warlock PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / Patch 9.0.2)

Last updated on Nov 29, 2020 at 20:52 by Mysticall 7 comments

Choosing the right PvP and PvE talents is a prerequisite to proper performance in PvP. This guide goes through the various talent choices available to you as a Demonology Warlock and gives you the best combinations you can take.

This page is part of our Demonology Warlock PvP Guide.

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Talent Choices for Demonology Warlocks

Level Choices
15 Dreadlash Dreadlash Bilescourge Bombers Bilescourge Bombers Demonic Strength Demonic Strength
25 Demonic Calling Demonic Calling Power Siphon Power Siphon Doom Doom
30 Demon Skin Demon Skin Burning Rush Burning Rush Dark Pact Dark Pact
35 From the Shadows From the Shadows Soul Strike Soul Strike Summon Vilefiend Summon Vilefiend
40 Darkfury Darkfury Mortal Coil Mortal Coil Howl of Terror Howl of Terror
45 Soul Conduit Soul Conduit Inner Demons Inner Demons Grimoire: Felguard Grimoire: Felguard
50 Sacrificed Souls Sacrificed Souls Demonic Consumption Demonic Consumption Nether Portal Nether Portal

While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding.

1.1.

Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Against teams with 2 melee on it, Dreadlash Icon Dreadlash is the best choice in this tier. This increases your spread damage when the enemy team is stacked or single-target damage when enemies are alone.

1.2.

Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents

Power Siphon Icon Power Siphon is the best choice in this tier. This gives you more on-demand damage by sacrificing two of your imps. This results in two charges of Demonic Core Icon Demonic Core, giving you instant Demonbolt Icon Demonbolts.

1.3.

Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents

Demon Skin Icon Demon Skin is the best choice in this tier. This defensive talent allows you to passively heal throughout an arena match. This is crucial for your survivability against most teams.

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Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents

If you are playing against a team with two melee that will be focusing you, Soul Strike Icon Soul Strike is the best choice in this tier. This is a strong talent that gives you more on-demand damage and generates a Soul Shard. Note: this can be used to kill Shaman Totems. However, you should not use this talent if you are using Pleasure through Pain Icon Pleasure through Pain, as you will have a Succubus pet active and not a Felguard.

Against teams where you can cast often, Summon Vilefiend Icon Summon Vilefiend is the best choice in this tier. This gives you more burst damage and will allow you to bait interrupts from enemy teams.

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Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents

Mortal Coil Icon Mortal Coil is the best choice in this tier. This gives you extra control over the enemy team with instant crowd control. This ability will also heal you, which is great for increasing your survivability.

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Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents

Inner Demons Icon Inner Demons is the best choice in this tier. This talent passively increases your sustained damage by summoning a Wild Imp every 12 seconds.

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Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents

Sacrificed Souls Icon Sacrificed Souls is crucial for increasing your overall damage output. It might be difficult versus teams with two melee on it, but as soon as you are able to cast a Demonbolt Icon Demonbolt, you will quickly force cooldowns.

2.

PvP Talents for Demonology Warlocks

You can choose 3 of the following PvP talents. Each of them has their uses, but some are better for certain strategies than others. The top three choices are the most useful, but can be replaced with other PvP talents, depending on your team's goal.

2.1.

Mandatory PvP Talents

Call Felhunter Icon Call Felhunter gives you an interrupt that locks an enemy in that school for 6 seconds. This PvP talent is crucial to stop incoming crowd control or, more importantly, to interrupt a healer that is casting a powerful spell.

Master Summoner Icon Master Summoner makes your Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers instant. This is crucial to increase your sustained damage and gives your more time to cast more important spells.

2.2.

Situational PvP Talents

Pleasure through Pain Icon Pleasure through Pain is a great PvP talent if you are playing against a team with casters on it and you want to increase your sustained damage. This reduces the cooldown of Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt and all of your Shadow damage is increased.

Nether Ward Icon Nether Ward surrounds the caster with a shield that last 3 sec, reflecting all harmful spells cast on you. This is a crucial talent to take against all casters. You also want to use this talent versus teams with a Shaman, Death Knight or Demon Hunter. This is because their kicks are magical and this will prevent you from being interrupted while it is active.

Call Fel Lord Icon Call Fel Lord summons a Fel Lord at a location that will stun anyone that enters its ring. This ability is crucial against melee who try to ignore it. This also increases your survivability if you stand by your Fel Lord. You should replace Nether Ward Icon Nether Ward for this PvP talent.

3.

Changelog

  • 29 Nov. 2020: Removed outdated Traits and Essences.
  • 27 Oct. 2020: Updated Talent Table.
    • Updated Tiers 1, 4, 5, 7 Regular Talents.
    • Updated PvP Talents.
  • 14 Feb. 2020: Updated Tier 7 Regular talent.
  • 20 Jan. 2020: This page was checked for Patch 8.3 and no update was deemed necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020: Page added.
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