Destruction Warlock DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

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Welcome to our Destruction Warlock guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1. 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 8.1 Changes for Destruction Warlock

3. Patch 8.0.1 Changes for Destruction Warlock

  • Many talents were removed or saw major changes in 8.0 — see the talents page for additional information.
  • Summon Doomguard was removed.
  • The Mana costs of a variety of spells were altered due to the removal of Life Tap and Mana based gameplay. Most core gameplay abilities now cost significantly less base Mana, so you will never run dry performing the normal rotation. Utility abilities and crowd control now cost more Mana than before, however, so you will need to be careful in PvP.
  • The former Level 75 Talents (Demon Skin Icon Demon Skin, Burning Rush Icon Burning Rush, and Dark Pact Icon Dark Pact) have been moved to the Level 45 Tier. Dark Pact and Demon Skin have both been slightly nerfed.
  • Soul Conduit Icon Soul Conduit has been reduced to a 15% chance per Soul Shard spent.
  • Summon Infernal Icon Summon Infernal has been redesigned. The Infernal deals moderate impact damage, and lasts 30 seconds. Every 0.5 seconds, 1 Soul Shard fragment is generated while the Infernal is alive.
  • Backdraft Icon Backdraft is now baseline, but Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate generates only 1 charge per cast by default.
  • Havoc Icon Havoc's cooldown has been reduced, and it now only copies 60% of the original damage.

4. Destruction Warlock Strengths

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

5. Destruction Warlock Weaknesses

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

6. Destruction Warlock's Viability in the Current Patch

Destruction is a perfectly viable candidate for all content types. While it does not top the damage meters in most situations, it is a stable and adaptable specialization that certainly holds its own this patch.

7. Changelog

  • 11 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Pet advice update.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants 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 (talents page): Updated for Patch 8.1. Reviewed Level 15 and Level 30 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 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1. Added Chaos Shards.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations 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 (rotation 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 (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 (this page): Added Patch 8.1 changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (bosses 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 (bosses page): Updated boss guide.
  • 09 Nov. 2018 (rotation page): Updated rotation.
  • 09 Nov. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated trait recommendation.
  • 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 (mythic+ page): Updated talent choices.
  • 30 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Fully updated page, including several new sections and simulations.
  • 07 Sep. 2018 (bosses 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 (gear page): Made small tweaks to the page.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Added Azerite Outer Ring simulations (single target and cleave) for quick reference.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents 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.
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