Destruction Warlock Patch 9.1 Changes Analysis

Last updated on Jul 13, 2021 at 11:50 by Motoko 36 comments
General Information

On this page, we tell you how the Patch 9.1 changes for Destruction Warlock affect the spec and what the current state of theorycrafting is.


Destruction Warlock in Patch 9.1: Chains of Domination

This page will go over how the changes currently on the Patch 9.1 will affect Destruction Warlocks, specifically how the changes impact the playstyle, best Legendaries, Covenants, etc. If you are simply interested in what the current changes are for Destruction Warlock on the 9.1 PTR, you can instead read our full list of changes to the entire Warlock class on our dedicated page below. For an additional list of content coming in Patch 9.1, you can also check out our Patch 9.1 Overview page.


Base Spec Changes for Patch 9.1

At the time of writing, Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt has received a flat 10% buff, bringing its Spellpower coefficient up to 320%.

Shadowburn Icon Shadowburn now also refunds a charge if the target dies within 5 seconds, making it an extremely powerful tool for sniping adds and replenishing resources.

Eradication Icon Eradication damage buff affects main pet and Summon Infernal Icon Summon Infernal.


Best Talents in Patch 9.1 for Destruction Warlock

Due to Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt buff, Eradication Icon Eradication is the best numerical choice in single-target (followed by Soul Fire Icon Soul Fire) and especially in 2 targets cleave.

Shadowburn Icon Shadowburn cleave on dying target is extremely effective and substantially buffs Destruction performance in dungeons.


Best Legendary in Patch 9.1 for Destruction Warlock

When using Necrolord, the new Shard of Annihilation Icon Shard of Annihilation is extremely competitive in single-target.

The buff to Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt and the possible change in talent choices could influence the Legendary choice from Cinders of the Azj'Aqir Icon Cinders of the Azj'Aqir toward Odr, Shawl of the Ymirjar Icon Odr, Shawl of the Ymirjar in single-target and Madness of the Azj'Aqir Icon Madness of the Azj'Aqir in two target cleave.


Best Covenant in Patch 9.1 for Destruction Warlock

Necrolord with Heirmir offer very competitive damage in single- and 2-target cleave, but Night Fae remain the most versatile choice when playing multiple specializations. Necrolords offer great overlap between Demonology and Destruction, but fall short with Affliction.



  • 13 Jul. 2021: Removed PTR disclaimer.
  • 27 Jun. 2021: baseline changes, legendary and covenant recommendations updated.
  • 05 May 2021: Page created.
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