Destruction Warlock DPS Easy Mode in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Nov 09, 2018 at 16:56 by Motoko 51 comments

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About Our Author

This guide has been written by Motoko, Warlock main since The Burning Crusade, co-admin in the Warlock Discord, and theorycrafter and contributor for LockOneStopShop.

1. Foreword

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.

2. The Basics of a 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 number of buttons and reactivity necessary without unduly compromising overall damage output.

3. 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.

4. Stat Priority for Destruction Warlock

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

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

5. Azerite Quick Reference for Destruction Warlock

5.1. Single Target

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5.2. Cleave

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6. Single Target Rotation for Destruction Warlock

  1. Maintain Immolate Icon Immolate at all times.
  2. Cast Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt if you have 5 Soul Shards.
  3. Cast Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate if you have 2 charges.
  4. Cast Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt to keep the Eradication Icon Eradication debuff applied (if talented).
  5. Cast Cataclysm Icon Cataclysm (if talented) when available.
  6. Cast Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate to generate Soul Shards.
  7. Cast Incinerate Icon Incinerate to generate Soul Shards.

7. Multiple Target Rotation for Destruction Warlock

Maintain Immolate Icon Immolate on up to 3 targets. Make liberal use of your Havoc Icon Havoc whenever available, aiming to leverage as much Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt damage as possible in this window.

Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire should become your main Soul Shard consuming spell with at least 3 targets stacked together, unless you are inside a Havoc Icon Havoc timeframe, in which case the number of target is 5+. Keep in mind there will be situation where using Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt will be more beneficial, such as targets constantly moving away from Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire area, or particular Mythic+ affixes like Bolstering Icon Bolstering, and Raging Icon Raging among others.

8. Changelog

  • 09 Nov. 2018: Updated Easy setup recommendation.
  • 26 Aug. 2018: Added Azerite Outer Ring simulations (single target and cleave) for quick reference.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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