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

Last updated Yesterday at 09:04 by Furty 26 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 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.

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 and talents

4. Destruction Warlock Weaknesses

  • Average overall damage output

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

  • 13 Aug. 2018 (common mistakes 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.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats 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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