Destruction Warlock DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2

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General Information

Welcome to our Destruction Warlock guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2. Here, you will learn how to play as a Destruction Warlock in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

1. Destruction Warlock Overview

Destruction Warlock is a very flexible specialization that can find ways to excel in a variety of environments. Destruction can deal a lot of burst to a single target, and also efficiently cleave and AoE several targets at once.

Destruction is almost always a viable candidate for progression fights, as it has the least ramp up time of any Warlock specialization. It can pressure priority targets easily, and also has strong cleave through Havoc Icon Havoc. Like all Warlock specializations, Destruction brings Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway, a powerful raid cooldown that can transport your entire group 40 yards instantly.

2. Patch 8.2 Changes for Destruction Warlock

Crashing Chaos Icon Crashing Chaos has been changed to provide a non stackable 15-second cooldown reduction on Infernal, at the cost of reduced bonus Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt damage.

In addition to this, we gained access to the following:

3. Destruction Warlock Strengths

  • Low ramp up time
  • Fantastic cooldowns
  • Good burst on-demand
  • Efficient cleave
  • Flexible gameplay

4. Destruction Warlock Weaknesses

  • Average overall damage output outside of cooldowns
  • Unexciting talents
  • Low mobility

5. Destruction Warlock's Viability in the Current Patch

Destruction is a perfectly viable candidate for all content types. A very solid baseline toolkit makes the spec able to perform in any situation with a combination of very powerful cooldowns, one of, if not the strongest, 2-target cleave and the ability to burst on-demand, even outside cooldowns.

While the performance on paper or in a exclusive single target scenario may not be over the top, the ability to gain additional resources through Havoc and Immolate to funnel damage on priority target makes the spec a strong candidate for any progress in raid.

Destruction before Essences was a mediocre choice in dungeons, mostly hindered by its reliance on the Infernal cooldown to deal high damage. However, having access to Essence of the Focusing Iris Icon Essence of the Focusing Iris and Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection allows Destruction Warlocks to efficiently rotate cooldowns between pulls, offering a higher average output.

6. Changelog

  • 16 Jul. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated for Eternal Palace release.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (this page): Updated for Eternal Palace release.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Updated Essence recommendations.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (simulations page): Updated page with additional simulations.
  • 14 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated Boss Tips and Talent/Essences selection.
  • 10 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Added The Eternal Palace Best in Slot list and updated trinket recommendations.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Guide added.
  • 03 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Added Benthic Gear section and updated trinket recommendations.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Page created.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): Updated the opener.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated after recent raid nerfs.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 11 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated with better talent choices, and more tips.
  • 11 Feb. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated to reflect the changes in gearing from Haste to Mastery.
  • 08 Feb. 2019 (enchants page): Updated to reflect the change of stat priority.
  • 08 Feb. 2019 (stats page): Updated to reflect change in stat priority of Haste and Mastery.
  • 05 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor Heroic week fixes.
  • 05 Feb. 2019 (talents page): Updated talents and builds after Battle of Dazar'alor mythic release.
  • 04 Feb. 2019 (rotation page): Updated rotation for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 25 Jan. 2019 (stats page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor release.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor release.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle of Daz'Alor release.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page added.
  • 21 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Added trinkets/racials to the rotation section.
  • 19 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): Updated page with new sims.
  • 19 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated page with additional questions.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Pet advice update.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 8.1. Reviewed talent advice.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added Patch 8.1 changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1. Added Chaos Shards.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Patch 8.1. Reviewed Level 15 and Level 30 talent advice.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Patch 8.1. Reviewed talent advice for all bosses.
  • 09 Nov. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated Succubus info.
  • 09 Nov. 2018 (how to improve page): Updated common mistakes.
  • 09 Nov. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket selection.
  • 09 Nov. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated boss guide.
  • 09 Nov. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated talent choices.
  • 09 Nov. 2018 (rotation page): Updated rotation.
  • 09 Nov. 2018 (talents page): Updated talents section.
  • 09 Nov. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated Easy setup recommendation.
  • 09 Nov. 2018 (this page): Updated Strengths/weaknesses.
  • 09 Nov. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated trait recommendation.
  • 30 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Fully updated page, including several new sections and simulations.
  • 07 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Uldir.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth.
  • 30 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite rankings. New sims added, with Raidbots links.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Added Azerite Outer Ring simulations (single target and cleave) for quick reference.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Made small tweaks to the page.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Page added.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page added.
  • 07 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added.
  • 26 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Added full legendary tier list.
  • 21 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Added PvP (War Mode) Talents and explanations.
  • 18 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated a typo regarding Havoc changes.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
  • 03 Jan. 2018 (FAQ page): Added Singe Magic usage mention.
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