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Destruction Warlock DPS Guide (Legion 7.2.5)

Last updated on Jun 15, 2017 at 20:37 by Furty 239 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Destruction Warlock DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.2.5. 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 and Reviewer

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.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Bangerz, a top raider who plays in Method; you can his stream on Twitch and follow him on Twitter.

1. Class Overview

Destruction Warlock is the most flexible of the Warlock specializations, able to bring to bear a wide variety of damage archetypes to fit the situation. This specialization provides exceptionally strong and efficient 2 target cleave and is not particularly gear reliant to pump out meaningful numbers. Like all Warlock specializations, Destruction brings Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway, a powerful raid cooldown that can transport your entire group 40 yards instantly.Destruction is typically the ideal progression candidate due to its flexibility and its ability to quickly burn down high priority targets with ease, though it can be outshone by Demonology on farm content, or encounters where mortality and mobility are not meaningful concerns.

2. Patch 7.2.5 Changes

  • All damage done increased by 10%.
  • New legendary items added.
  • Soul Shards have been reworked for Destruction: each Soul Shard is now also comprised of 10 Soul Shard fragments (5 Soul Shards/50 Soul Shard Fragments maximum).
    • Fire and Brimstone Icon Fire and Brimstone generates 1 Soul Shard Fragment per target hit.
    • Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate generates 6 Soul Shard Fragments and generates double resources when hitting a Havoc Icon Havoc target.
    • Incinerate Icon Incinerate's Mana cost has been reduced by 16%, and now generates 1 Soul Shard Fragments on hit and 2 Fragments on criticals.
    • Immolate Icon Immolate has a 50% chance to generate 1 Soul Shard Fragment and criticals have a 100% chance to generate 1 Fragment.
    •  Icon Dimensional Rift generates 3 Soul Shard Fragments per cast.
    • Shadowburn Icon Shadowburn generates 6 Soul Shard Fragments and an additional 6 Fragments if the target dies within 5 seconds.
  • Soul Conduit Icon Soul Conduit now has a 12% chance to refund a Soul Shard with each Soul Shard consumed (down from 20%).
  •  Icon Soulsnatcher now has a 3% chance per rank for Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt to return a Soul Shard, down from 5%.
  • Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt from  Icon Dimensional Rift now deals 60% increased damage.
  • Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt damage increased by 40% and projectile speed increased by 25%.
  • Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire damage increased by 25%.
  • Reverse Entropy Icon Reverse Entropy slightly redesigned; Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt and Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire now restore 35% of maximum Mana and deal 5% increased damage.
  • Havoc Icon Havoc duration increased to 10 seconds (up from 8) and cooldown increased to 45 seconds (up from 20 seconds).
  • Wreak Havoc Icon Wreak Havoc no longer increases the duration of Havoc Icon Havoc.
  • Channel Demonfire Icon Channel Demonfire damage increased by 56%, and cooldown increased to 25 seconds (up from 15 seconds).
  • Cataclysm Icon Cataclysm cooldown reduced to 30 seconds (down from 45 seconds), cast time reduced to 2.5 seconds baseline (down from 3.0 seconds), and damage reduced by 25%.
  • Soul Harvest Icon Soul Harvest duration is now 12 seconds + 4 seconds per target afflicted by Immolate Icon Immolate, with a maximum of 36 seconds (changed from 15 seconds + 2 seconds per target, maximum 35 seconds).

3. Patch 7.2 Changes

  • New Artifact traits added.

4. Strengths

  • Strong damage in any situation
  • Exceptional ability to quickly switch targets and apply instant pressure
  • Exceptional damage to targets with a short lifespan ("fingertip" burst - essentially good burst in a short time window, e.g. 2 Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt casts back to back)
  • Able to adapt and compete on a variety of encounter types

5. Weaknesses

  • Average single target burst (e.g. weak DPS cooldowns compared with other classes)
  • Immobile

6. Viability in the Current Patch

Destruction is a very strong and competitive specialization in Patch 7.2.5. Offering extreme flexibility and potency to match a host of situations, Destruction is a fantastic choice for any level of raider.

7. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 10 pages:

8. ChangeLog

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  • 15 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Added a few extra notes to some talents detailing synergies. Split cheat sheet into several sections for additional clarity.
  • 15 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Fully updated Legendary section and updated Trinket list.
  • 15 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Added stat priority for Tier 20 bonuses.
  • 15 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added Tier 20 set section, Tomb of Sargeras BiS list, and trinket discussion.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated Soul Shard costs and generation, updated opener, updated several sections specifically pertaining to Shard usage.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Updated for Patch 7.2.5; Shard values and tooltips changed along with talent descriptions in several tiers.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.2.5 changes, updated strengths/weaknesses and viability.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added Soul of the Netherlord and The Master Harvester to the Legendary items section.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Updated for Patch 7.2.5.
  • 17 May 2017 (rotation page): Fixed a mention of Shadowburn consuming a Soul Shard.
  • 05 Apr. 2017 (gear page): Corrected typo listing Sindorei Spite higher than it should be.
  • 29 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added a summary of Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (gear page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (talents page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added path for Patch 7.2 traits.
  • 13 Feb. 2017 (talents page): Updated talent viability in accordance with Bangerz suggestions.
  • 13 Feb. 2017 (rotation page): Updated Roaring Blaze opener.
  • 13 Feb. 2017 (gear page): Swapped Gul'dan boots for Trilliax boots in Raid BiS.
  • 13 Feb. 2017 (bosses page): Removed Emerald Nightmare bosses; added Nighthold advice and suggested legendary/trinket/talent combinations.
  • 30 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Removed leftover mention of Soul Conduit as the go-to talent in section 3.1.
  • 17 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated legendaries, added new legendaries, added Nighthold BiS list.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated final talents based off of empirical testing.
  • 12 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Quick update to Relic priority (Immo>CB>Incin>SS refund)
  • 12 Jan. 2017 (bosses page): Updated Emerald Nightmare talent advice.
  • 12 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated Legendaries (still need to add new Legendaries).
  • 12 Jan. 2017 (addons page): Added Rain of Fire macro.
  • 11 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Fixed the talents graphic bar.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Stat priority remains the same but we removed the stat weights for now. We will re-add them once things stabilise.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added a Patch 7.1.5 changes section, and updated strengths/weaknesses and viability sections.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated the easy mode talent build for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Updated potion section to be more concise.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Updated APL, opener, and various sections for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 11 Dec. 2016 (gear page): Added trinket list, Mythic+ BiS list, and updated Raid BiS list.
  • 11 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode for Destruction Warlocks.
  • 10 Dec. 2016 (rotation page): Updated Dimensional Rift section.
  • 10 Dec. 2016 (bosses page): Updated talent choices for some bosses.
  • 10 Dec. 2016 (artifact page): Swapped Fire From the Sky and Master of Disaster.
  • 10 Dec. 2016 (talents page): Updated talent builds (T1/T4/T7)
  • 31 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Fixed some typos.
  • 30 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Added a "Potion Choice" section to illuminate the pros and cons of pots, following the addition of Potion of Prolonged Power.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated talents following the swap of Demon Skin and Demonic Circle in Patch 7.1.
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated talents a bit.
  • 14 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Added trinket from Withered J'im.
  • 14 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Minor update to opener to optimize potion uptime.
  • 10 Oct. 2016 (bosses page): Added boss by boss guide for Destruction Warlocks.
  • 14 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Updated stat weights.
  • 14 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Minor updates for clarification. Added some hard numbers to some descriptions.
  • 14 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Replaced Mark of the Claw with Mark of the Hidden Satyr for the Neck enchant.
  • 14 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for clarity and parity with suggested talents.
  • 14 Sep. 2016 (this page): Added some additional viability details & clarifications.
  • 14 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Legendary updates.
  • 04 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Changed the gem recommendations to Quick Dawnlight in every socket.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed trinket sims and added proper recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (spells page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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