Destruction Warlock DPS Guide in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Nov 09, 2018 at 17:30 by Motoko 51 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Destruction Warlock DPS guide for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Destruction Warlock in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

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. Class 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 8.0.1 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.

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. 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.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 14 pages:

7. Changelog

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