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Destruction Warlock DPS Easy Mode

Last updated on Aug 28, 2017 at 22:01 by Furty 292 comments

Table of Contents

This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

1. The Basics for Destruction Warlock

Destruction is a flexible specialization that can provide a variety of damage types and pressure without much rotational complexity. In this section we will be focusing on a setup that minimizes the amount of buttons and reactivity necessary without unduly compromising overall damage output.

2. Talent Choice for Destruction Warlock

These choices are optimized for ease of use. Although some talents might offer marginally higher gains when played perfectly, these same talents often result in damage losses when utilized by many players. These talents aim to present the best setup that has very little punishment for unfamiliarity or mistakes.

3. Stat Priority for Destruction Warlock

Currently, you will want to prioritize secondary stats as follows:

  1. Intellect;
  2. Haste;
  3. Critical Strike;
  4. Versatility;
  5. Mastery.

4. Basic Rotation for Destruction Warlock

  1. Keep Immolate Icon Immolate applied to up to 3 targets at all times.
  2. Cast Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate to generate Soul Shards.
  3. Cast Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt to spend Soul Shards.
  4. Cast Channel Demonfire Icon Channel Demonfire when available.
  5. Cast Grimoire: Imp Icon Grimoire: Imp when available.
  6. Cast Incinerate Icon Incinerate as a filler.
  7. Cast Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire on 4+ targets if they are stacked.
  8. Cast Havoc Icon Havoc whenever a secondary target is present to cleave your single target spells.
  9. Cast Summon Doomguard Icon Summon Doomguard or Summon Infernal Icon Summon Infernal on cooldown (Infernal for 2+ targets).
  10. Cast Soul Harvest Icon Soul Harvest whenever available.
  11. Cast  Icon Dimensional Rift whenever it reaches maximum charges, you need to move, or you need to burst.

About Our Author and Reviewer

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 Future. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Deepshades, a top raider who plays in Method; you can watch his stream on Twitch and follow him on Twitter.

5. ChangeLog

  • 28 Aug. 2017: Updated talents and rotation sections for Patch 7.3.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated the easy mode talent build for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 11 Dec. 2016: Added easy mode for Destruction Warlocks.
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