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Destruction Warlock in Battle for Azeroth (BfA)

Last updated on Jun 11, 2018 at 05:29 by Furty 292 comments

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General Information

On this page, you will find information on how to play your Destruction Warlock in Battle for Azeroth. Because the new expansion is still in beta, this guide is simply here to help you perform better in the beta or to give you a sneak peek into what the new expansion has in store for your class.

The other pages of our Destruction Warlock guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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. Foreword

This page provides a summary for the changes to the Destruction Warlock specialization in the new Battle for Azeroth expansion. Recommendations for talents, traits, and rotational priorities have also been included. Please bear in mind that much of this theorycraft is still in a state of flux, and is very likely to change in the coming weeks as we approach the release of Battle for Azeroth. In the interim, the primary purpose of this page is to provide a blueprint for Destruction in Battle for Azeroth, so that you may evaluate whether or not the changes suit your taste and be suitably prepared when they arrive.

While Destruction's core gameplay remains largely intact, several talents and mechanics have been altered or removed entirely. Legacy players from Legion should have little trouble adapting their experience to the new era of Destruction.

2. Baseline Abilities & Changes for Destruction Warlock in BfA

  • Backdraft Icon Backdraft is now baseline.
  • Havoc Icon Havoc's cooldown has been reduced to 25 seconds (down from 45 seconds).

3. Destruction Warlock Talents in BfA

Destruction Warlock BfA Talent Tree

3.1. Level 15

  • Flashover Icon Flashover causes Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate to deal 10% increased damage and grant an additional charge of Backdraft Icon Backdraft.
  • Eradication Icon Eradication is now on Tier 1, causing Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt to increase the damage you deal to the target by 10% for 7 seconds.
  • Soul Fire Icon Soul Fire has a long cast time and cooldown, dealing a large Critical Strike further increased by Critical Strike chance.

3.2. Level 30

3.3. Level 45

  • Demon Skin Icon Demon Skin has not changed in Battle for Azeroth. Soul Leech Icon Soul Leech recharges 1.0% of maximum health per second, and may now absorb 15% of maximum health.
  • Burning Rush Icon Burning Rush also has not been altered, and still grants 50% movement speed in exchange for 4% maximum health per second, and preventing you from being reduced below base movement speed.
  • Dark Pact Icon Dark Pact's values have been tinkered with, however, it still grants a large shield on demand. 20% of your current health is sacrificed to shield you for 250% of the amount lost.

3.4. Level 60

  • Inferno Icon Inferno causes Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire to have a 20% chance to generate a Soul Shard fragment.
  • Fire and Brimstone Icon Fire and Brimstone causes Incinerate Icon Incinerate to now also hit all enemies near your target for 40% damage and generating 1 Soul Shard fragment for each additional enemy hit.
  • Cataclysm Icon Cataclysm deals a large burst of AoE damage to enemies within 8 yards, once every 30 seconds.

3.5. Level 75

  • Darkfury Icon Darkfury reduces the cooldown of Shadowfury Icon Shadowfury by 15 seconds.
  • Mortal Coil Icon Mortal Coil remains the same, allowing you to horrify an enemy and heal for 20% of your maximum health once every 45 seconds.
  • Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle is also functionally unchanged, allowing you to place a portal and teleport to it.

3.6. Level 90

3.7. Level 100

  • Soul Conduit Icon Soul Conduit is functionally the same, however, the numbers have been tinkered with; each Soul Shard spent now has a 15% chance to refund itself.
  • Channel Demonfire Icon Channel Demonfire launches 15 bolts of felfire over 3 seconds at random targets afflicted by your Immolate Icon Immolate within 40 yards. The damage splashes to nearby enemies.
  • Dark Soul: Instability Icon Dark Soul: Instability infuses you with power, granting 30% Critical Strike chance for 20 seconds, on a 2-minute recharge.

4. Azerite Traits for Destruction Warlock

Azerite Traits are a facelifted version of Legion's Artifact progression system. All players will be given Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth, an amulet which serves as the equivalent of the Artifact weapon. Azerite is collected automatically as objectives throughout the expansion are fulfilled, unlocking traits as you reach key milestones.

Currently, the Azerite Trait system is not fully completed on the Beta, making it difficult to determine which traits are most dominant. The Azerite Traits provide a mix of damage, defense, and utility, and appear to have a smaller impact on core character power than in Legion.

5. Destruction Warlock Rotational Priorities in BfA

  1. Cast Havoc Icon Havoc if at least one secondary target is present.
  2. Cast Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt to spend Soul Shards if you are capped.
  3. Cast Summon Infernal Icon Summon Infernal whenever available.
  4. Apply Immolate Icon Immolate to up to 3 targets.
  5. Cast Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate if it has 2 charges.
  6. Cast Life Tap Icon Life Tap when necessary to generate Soul Shards quickly.
  7. Cast Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate.
  8. Cast Incinerate Icon Incinerate.

6. ChangeLog

  • 11 Jun. 2018: Added talents image.
  • 11 Jun. 2018: Page added.
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