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Destruction Warlock DPS NetherLight Crucible Relic Paths (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Oct 13, 2017 at 19:50 by Furty 292 comments

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General Information

This page will help you choose the right paths on your Netherlight Crucible as a a Destruction Warlocks. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. For more information, please read our Guide to the Netherlight Crucible.

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

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 Deepshades, a top raider who plays in Method; you can watch his stream on Twitch and follow him on Twitter.

1. General Optimization Advice for Destruction Warlock

Netherlight Crucible

Optimizing through the Netherlight Crucible is straightforward; you are offered 2 initial paths, Shadow and Holy, and you should determine your path contingent on which leads to your best trait. If the 2 available paths are equal or very close in ranking it is usually best to adhere to the fork that leads to the highest value Tier 3 trait, as this often results in the largest DPS increase. If the best available Tier 3 trait is in the middle, you should always default to the highest ranked Tier 2 upgrade, as you are able to reach it from either path.

Be aware that the theorycraft for the Tier 2 upgrades available through the Netherlight Crucible is still in a primordial state, and therefore the ordering of upgrades detailed below is not entirely definite. This will be continually updated leading up to and following the release of the Crucible as things become more clear. This priority was determined using SimCraft.

2. Tier 2 Upgrade Priority for Destruction Warlock

The top 4 upgrades are noticeably stronger than their peers, and are worth seeking out. Dark Sorrows Icon Dark Sorrows, on the other hand, is significantly weaker than all other traits and should be avoided.

  1. Shocklight Icon Shocklight;
  2. Light Speed Icon Light SpeedMaster of Shadows Icon Master of Shadows;
  3. Murderous Intent Icon Murderous Intent;
  4. Infusion of Light Icon Infusion of LightSecure in the Light Icon Secure in the Light;
  5. Torment the Weak Icon Torment the Weak;
  6. Chaotic Darkness Icon Chaotic Darkness;
  7. Shadowbind Icon Shadowbind;
  8. Dark Sorrows Icon Dark Sorrows*;
  9. Refractive Shell Icon Refractive Shell;
  10. Light's Embrace Icon Light's Embrace.

*Dark Sorrows Icon Dark Sorrows steadily rises in value as the number of sustained targets increases. At approximately 4 targets it becomes a middling value choice, slotting in behind Murderous Intent Icon Murderous Intent (provided the splash damage hits all targets). This trait is still not recommended, however, due to the inconsistency between encounters and extremely low value on a single target.

3. Tier 3 Upgrade Priority for Destruction Warlock

The Tier 3 upgrades are identical to the relic priority found in our Artifact Traits and Relics page, however, they have been relisted here for your convenience.

  1.  Icon Burning Hunger;
  2.  Icon Residual Flames;
  3.  Icon Chaotic Instability;
  4.  Icon Fire and the Flames;
  5.  Icon Master of Disaster;
  6.  Icon Soulsnatcher;
  7. Flames of Sargeras Icon Flames of Sargeras;
  8.  Icon Fire From the Sky.

If you are unlucky enough to roll all defensive low value traits for your Tier 3 upgrades, you should be aiming for the best Tier 2 option available in the Crucible, or whichever defensive/niche trait you prefer to focus on, as they have minimal DPS gains.

4. ChangeLog

  • 13 Oct. 2017: Added a note about Dark Sorrows on multiple targets.
  • 23 Sep. 2017: Added Flames of Sargeras to the relic priority.
  • 13 Sep. 2017: Old priority rendered erroneous by recent balancing; updated Tier 2 priority based on SimCraft results.
  • 11 Sep. 2017: Added Netherlight Crucible page for Destruction Warlock.
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