Most Common and Worst Mistakes Destruction Warlocks Make in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 13, 2018 at 09:04 by Furty 51 comments

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These are the most common mistakes that players make when playing Destruction Warlock. The goal is that you can learn how to improve your own game and avoid mistakes by being more aware of the mistakes that others are making. There is a good chance that some of these apply to you. They are listed in no particular order.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Tabula Rasa. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

1. Not Utilizing Grimoire of Supremacy

When playing with Grimoire of Supremacy Icon Grimoire of Supremacy, it is very important to ensure you maximize your Soul Shard expenditure during Summon Infernal Icon Summon Infernal. Heading into the cooldown with Soul Shards at the ready will make a big difference in getting the damage boost up and running as early as possible. Grimoire of Supremacy works particularly well in situations where there are non-priority targets surrounding the main target. Fire and Brimstone Icon Fire and Brimstone will provide a ton of extra fuel for your single target damage, and Grimoire of Supremacy Icon Grimoire of Supremacy can pump you up to extremely powerful levels of single target burst.

2. Using Rain of Fire Too Liberally

Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire is a large Soul Shard investment and shifts your damage profile, from focused burst to distributed AoE. The AoE from Rain of Fire is also not terribly significant, and in most cases it is better for you and your group to avoid using it too much. In situations with 5-6 targets or more, it is likely to be a minor DPS gain, however, you lose the ability to focus targets down.

3. Dark Soul Usage

After the opener, your Dark Soul: Instability Icon Dark Soul: Instability is unlikely to align with any of your other main cooldowns until the 6-minute mark. Dark Soul should be used roughly on cooldown, although you should delay it for a short time if you will be able to cleave during the duration. If you are playing with Grimoire of Supremacy Icon Grimoire of Supremacy, you should cast Dark Soul after using Summon Infernal Icon Summon Infernal and a few Soul Shard generators.

4. Refreshing Immolate for Internal Combustion

When playing with Internal Combustion Icon Internal Combustion, many players fail to properly manage their Immolate Icon Immolate. You should always keep track of your Immolate, as dumping multiple Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolts will quickly eat up the duration. You should always refresh Immolate before dumping multiple Chaos Bolts.

5. Havoc Preparation

Properly anticipating cleave and putting Havoc Icon Havoc to the best possible use can add a lot of damage to your parse. Be sure to lead into Havoc with Soul Shards at the ready. Unless you need to refresh Immolate Icon Immolate on the main target, you should apply Immolate before Havoc on the second target. Get right into dumping Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolts, using Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate charges for quick Soul Shard regeneration.

6. Cataclysm Usage

Cataclysm Icon Cataclysm applies Immolate Icon Immolate, and should be used to apply or refresh that debuff whenever possible. It is common for many players to refresh Immolate out of habit, only to cast Cataclysm moments later and refresh again. While this is not a huge optimization, it definitely pays to remember.

7. Changelog

  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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