Destruction Warlock PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / Patch 9.0.2)
Choosing the right PvP and PvE talents is a prerequisite to proper performance in PvP. This guide goes through the various talent choices available to you as a Destruction Warlock and gives you the best combinations you can take.
This page is part of our Destruction Warlock PvP Guide.
Talent Choices for Destruction Warlocks
|15||✔ Flashover||✘ Eradication||✘ Soul Fire|
|25||✔ Reverse Entropy||✘ Internal Combustion||✘ Shadowburn|
|30||✔ Demon Skin||✘ Burning Rush||✘ Dark Pact|
|35||✘ Inferno||✘ Fire and Brimstone||✔ Cataclysm|
|40||✘ Darkfury||✔ Mortal Coil||✘ Howl of Terror|
|45||✔ Roaring Blaze||✘ Rain of Chaos||✔ Grimoire of Sacrifice|
|50||✘ Soul Conduit||✘ Channel Demonfire||✔ Dark Soul: Instability|
While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding.
Regular Talents for Destruction Warlocks
Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents
Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents
Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents
Demon Skin is the best choice in this tier. This defensive talent allows you to passively heal throughout an arena match. This is crucial for your survivability against most teams.
Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents
Cataclysm is the best choice in this tier. This is a strong ability that will help you spread Immolate without have to cast it multiple times. Cataclysm can be used on teams that are trying to line of sight your damage. More importantly, you can use it to prevent Rogues and Druids from using Stealth.
Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents
Mortal Coil is the best choice in this tier. This gives you extra control over the enemy team with instant crowd control. Mortal Coil will be used in combination with Havoc to crowd control two enemies at once. This will also heal you, increasing your survivability.
Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents
Grimoire of Sacrifice is the best choice in this tier. The abilities that this talent gives your pets makes it the best talent in this tier.
A quick note on pets: Against a team that has multiple magic crowd control for your healer ( Hammer of Justice, Polymorph, Fear), you should sacrifice your Imp for Singe Magic. Against any other composition, you should sacrifice your Felhunter for Spell Lock.
Roaring Blaze is another viable option in this tier. This makes Conflagrate increases the damage your deal to that target for a significant amount. This talent increases your overall sustained damage and should be taken if you know the enemy team can easily kill your pet.
Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents
Dark Soul: Instability is the best choice in this tier. This talent gives you an additional burst cooldown that will crush teams that stay in your line of sight. Use this ability when you are using your burst rotation.
PvP Talents for Destruction Warlocks
You can choose 3 of the following PvP talents. Each of them has their uses, but some are better for certain strategies than others. The top three choices are the most useful, but can be replaced with other PvP talents, depending on your team's goal.
Mandatory PvP Talents
Focused Chaos causes Chaos Bolt's damage to be increased by 65%, but no longer strike additional targets afflicted by Havoc. This makes your Chaos Bolt a much more scarier ability. This is also a significant increase to your single target damage.
Situational PvP Talents
Nether Ward surrounds the caster with a shield that last 3 sec, reflecting all harmful spells cast on you. This is a crucial talent to take against all casters. You also want to use this talent versus teams with a Shaman, Death Knight or Demon Hunter. This is because their kicks are magical and this will prevent you from being interrupted while it is active.
Demon Armor increases your health and armor by a significant amount. This is a crucial PvP talent when playing against teams with two melee on it because you will likely be the main target for them.
Fel Fissure creates a 5-yard wide eruption of Felfire under the target, reducing movement speed by 50% and reducing all healing received by 25% on all enemies within the fissure. Lasts 6 seconds. This PvP talent is powerful when playing with a teammate that has a stun for your kill target. This will also help you punish players that are out of position or do not notice the Fel Fissure animation.
- 05 Dec. 2020: Updated Talent Table.
- Updated Tier 6 Regular Talent.
- 29 Nov. 2020: Removed outdated Traits and Essences.
- 20 Oct. 2020: Updated Talent Table.
- Updated Tiers 6 and 7 Regular talents.
- Updated PvP talents.
- 20 Jan. 2020: This page was checked for Patch 8.3 and no update was deemed necessary.
- 09 Dec. 2019: Page added.
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