Destruction Warlock PvP Stat Priority, Gear, and Trinkets (BfA / Patch 8.3)

Last updated on Feb 13, 2020 at 08:03 by Mysticall 6 comments

Choosing your gear carefully is important for your Destruction Warlock in PvP. We give you a stat priority to help you choose items with the right stats as well as guidance on how to pick up your Azerite pieces, followed by advice on how to choose the rest of your gear and your trinkets.

This page is part of our Destruction Warlock PvP Guide.

1.

The stat priority for Destruction Warlock in PvP

The stat priority for Destruction Warlock in PvP is as follows:

  1. Intellect;
  2. Mastery;
  3. Haste;
  4. Versatility;
  5. Critical Strike.

Intellect is the best stat in all situations. Mastery is the strongest secondary stat at all times due to it increasing Mastery: Chaotic Energies Icon Mastery: Chaotic Energies. This increases the damage of your spells and reduces damage you take. Haste is also a good stat to have, as it reduces the Global Cooldown on abilities and reduces your cast time. This will help you cast your Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt and Cataclysm Icon Cataclysm quicker.

2.

Corruption Gear for Destruction Warlocks in PvP

Gear has a chance to get a Corruption@ effect on them. This Corruption can have 2 different affects: dealing damage or increasing one of your stats. The more Corruption to have, the more damage you will take from the Corruption effects. It is recommended to not have more than 40 Corruption at once or you will take too much damage and die quickly.

For a general guide on Corruptions, check out our guide.

2.1.

Corruptions that deal Damage

Corruptions that deal damage proc from your damaging abilities. Although you do not have a choice on when they proc, most of them proc often and can make up a large amount of your overall damage. Below are the best Corruptions to have that will deal damage from using your abilities.

  1. Infinite Stars Icon Infinite Stars — Although the debuff is dispellable, it procs very often and can drastically increase your cleave damage.
  2. Gushing Wound Icon Gushing Wound — Places a very large DoT on the enemy that cannot be dispelled. Perfect for increasing your overall damage output.
  3. Twisted Appendage Icon Twisted Appendage — gives your abilities a chance to summon a tendril that will deal damage and slow the enemy. This tendril can be killed, but you can spawn multiple on one target and will do incredible amounts of damage if they are not killed quickly.
2.2.

Corruptions that increase Stats

Corruptions that increase Stats are also extremely powerful. These Corruptions also have two different variations. The first is a proc chance to gain a stat. This is just like any other proc, where you will randomly get a buff that greatly increases one of your stats. The second, is you receive a certain stat from any source. This means you can gain that stat from anything from gear to traits. These stat increases are much more powerful to have. Below are the best Corruptions that increase your stats.

  1. Expedient Icon Expedient — Because Haste is one of your best stats, this is by far the best stat increase corruption to have. Quick note: this is not a proc, but this is just a flat increase to your Haste.
  2. Racing Pulse Icon Racing Pulse — Similar to the Expedient Icon Expedient corruption, Racing Pulse also increases your Haste. However, this is a proc, so you will not have control over when you get this Haste increase. With that said, it is still one of the best Corruptions you can get.
  3. Masterful Icon Masterful — Because Mastery is another great stat, this is by far the next best corruption to have. Quick note: this is not a proc, but this is just a flat increase to your mastery.
  4. Honed Mind Icon Honed Mind — Similar to the Masterful Icon Masterful corruption, Honed Mind also increases your Mastery. However, this is a proc, so you will not have control over when you get this Mastery increase. With that said, it is still one of the best Corruptions you can get.
3.

Gear Recommendations

3.1.

General Guidelines

In general, Destruction Warlocks want to get trinkets that line up well with Dark Soul: Instability Icon Dark Soul: Instability. These trinkets can have a passive or on-use effect. The stat you want to be increasing is Intellect. The reason you want to increase Intellect is because it drastically increases your overall damage output.

To be successful in 3v3 arena, you need to have at least 2 pieces of gear with the Flashpoint Icon Flashpoint trait. You will also want either Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power or Heed My Call Icon Heed My Call in the second tier.

Below, we list the items that have these traits.

3.1.1.

Helms

3.1.2.

Shoulders

3.1.3.

Chest

3.2.

Corrupted Gladiator's Maledict Icon Corrupted Gladiator's Maledict is a great trinket to have. The on-use damage and healing absorption is capable of forcing defensives, especially when coordinated with your other teammates Maledicts. This can be used by itself or while you are using your burst rotation to force multiple cooldowns out of enemy teams. If you use this trinket, make sure your other teammates are using it as well. Otherwise, the enemy healer can just dispel the debuff and it will force cooldowns.

Corrupted Gladiator's Safeguard Icon Corrupted Gladiator's Safeguard is a mandatory trinket if you think the enemy team can swap to you and kill you. This provides an additional defensive for when you drop to low health. If you do not think a team will swap to you and kill you, you can use replace this one with any of the trinkets below.

Corrupted Gladiator's Badge Icon Corrupted Gladiator's Badge is strong for the Versatility and the on-use Intellect effect. The 2-minute cooldown lines up well with Dark Soul: Instability Icon Dark Soul: Instability.

Corrupted Gladiator's Insignia Icon Corrupted Gladiator's Insignia has a good amount of Versatility on it and has a passive effect. This effect increases your Intellect. This increases your sustained damage.

3.3.

Weapon Enchant

Enchant Weapon - Machinist's Brilliance Icon Enchant Weapon - Machinist's Brilliance is the best weapon enchants. This enchant provides a proc that gives you more Haste. This reduces the cast time of your important spells and results in an increase to your overall damage.

4.

Changelog

  • 14 Feb. 2020: Added Corruption Gear section. Updated Recommended Gear section.
  • 20 Jan. 2020: Updated PvP gear to be Season 4 Corrupted gear.
  • 09 Dec. 2019: Page added.
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