Destruction Warlock Patch 9.2 Changes Analysis and Tier Set Thoughts

Last updated on Jan 15, 2024 at 15:00 by Motoko 55 comments
General Information

On this page, we tell you how the Patch 9.2 changes for Destruction Warlock affect the spec and what the current state of theorycrafting is.


Destruction Warlock in Patch 9.2: Eternity's End

This page will go over how the changes currently on the Patch 9.2 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 9.2 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 9.2, you can also check out our Patch 9.2 Overview page.


Further Spec Tuning in Patch 9.2.7 (Season 4)

Destruction was one of the specs with tuning postponed to the beginning of Season 4 due to the extent of the changes:

  • Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt damage increased by 5% in PvE;
  • Incinerate Icon Incinerate and Immolate Icon Immolate damage increased by 20%;
  • Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate damage increased by 10% in PvE;
  • Avatar of Destruction Icon Destruction Warlock 4-Piece: Blasphemy no longer grants Rain of Chaos Icon Rain of Chaos (when talented).

The buffs to spells are meant to compensate the severe nerf to (an arguably overtuned) set bonus, at least in single-target, with the intent to remove some of the excessive Shard generation in multi-target (which was attempted previously with the change to Inferno Icon Inferno). However, in practice this results in a slight performance nerf in single-target and a noticeable hit in AoE where the spec was definitely a strong outlier in terms of (over)performing.


Base Spec Changes for Patch 9.2

Summon Succubus Icon Summon Succubus has received a new Incubus model option and a rework to her 2 abilities:

  • Seduction Icon Seduction causes the target to slowly walk towards the demon and has a chance of break on damage taken.
  • Whiplash Icon Whiplash puts a debuff on target that increase the damage taken from Succubus by 1%, stacking 10 times.

Succubus changes have a deeper ramifications in the PvE settings: having a 10% damage increase over other baseline pets (albeit with a ramp up of 60 seconds) makes Succubus the default option for boss damage (breaking the previous normalized damage across pet rule), unless a Felhunter interrupt or a Imp dispel is required. Succubus will still be worse than Imp in situations where target swapping is frequent, especially between distant targets, and will also lose in pure AoE situations vs VoidWalker.


Best Talents in Patch 9.2 for Destruction Warlock

The Tier Set for Destruction has arguably the biggest impact in regards to talent changes among all Warlock specs. Eradication Icon Eradication, Rain of Chaos Icon Rain of Chaos, and Soul Conduit Icon Soul Conduit become the best options in their respective rows, due to the increased Shard flow generated by the Avatar of Destruction Icon Destruction Warlock 4-Piece bonus and the subsequent emphasis on Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt casts.


Destruction Warlock Tier Set in Patch 9.2

With the advent of Patch 9.2 every class will have the opportunity to earn new gear sets either through the Great Vault or the Sepulcher of the First Ones raid.

Equipping at least 2 and 4 pieces of the set will unlock new passive effects which are the following for Destruction Warlock:

  • Ritual of Ruin Icon Destruction Warlock 2-Piece — Every 10 Soul Shards spent makes your next Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt or Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire free to cast.
  • Avatar of Destruction Icon Destruction Warlock 4-Piece — When Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire or Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt is freely cast, you summon a Blasphemy for 8 sec.

While the Ritual of Ruin Icon Destruction Warlock 2-Piece seems pretty average in value, slightly favoring AoE situations and stronger Havoc Icon Havoc windows, the Avatar of Destruction Icon Destruction Warlock 4-Piece has interaction with Rain of Chaos Icon Rain of Chaos and Infernal Brand Icon Infernal Brand, which can potentially lead to some changes in both talents and Potency Conduit choices.


Best Legendary in Patch 9.2 for Destruction Warlock

Patch 9.2 will feature the ability to equip a Covenant Legendary simultaneously with another non-Covenant-specific one. While sounding great on paper, in reality it will not necessarily influence the Legendary of choice and instead will simply increase the borrowed power.

With the addition of the tier set, however, shifts the Legendary pick toward Madness of the Azj'Aqir Icon Madness of the Azj'Aqir and even Embers of the Diabolic Raiment Icon Embers of the Diabolic Raiment in single-target specifically.


Best Covenant in Patch 9.2 for Destruction Warlock

Necrolord with Plague Deviser Marileth offers very competitive damage in single- and 2-target cleave, but Night Fae remains the most versatile choice when playing multiple specializations. Necrolords offer great overlap between Demonology and Destruction.



  • 30 Jul. 2022: Updated for Season 4 tuning pass.
  • 22 Feb. 2022: Updated to reflect Patch 9.2 launch.
  • 15 Jan. 2022: Page added with initial thoughts and information.
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