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Havoc Demon Hunter DPS Guide (Legion 7.3)

Last updated on Sep 10, 2017 at 12:07 by Wordup 512 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Havoc Demon Hunter DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Havoc Demon Hunter in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Author

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Kib, a lead theorycrafter for Havoc Demon Hunters, alongside playing in Strawberry Puppy Kisses in the world top 40. You can watch his stream on Twitch or follow him on Twitter.

1. Class Overview

Havoc, the DPS spec of the newly introduced Demon Hunter class in Legion is a resource based melee specialization with a focus on Global Cooldown locked gameplay with a builder spender style. It's balanced around your ability to make the most out of your Fury pool and reacting to unpredictable gains whilst using situation specific abilities to push it further. On top of that, it has a number of mobility tools turning it into versatile spec with multiple ways of capitalizing on them.

2. Patch 7.3 Changes

Havoc has received no significant changes moving into Patch 7.3 other than the introduction of the new Netherlight Crucible system.

3. Patch 7.2.5 Changes

  • Chaos Blades Icon Chaos Blades no longer scales with Mastery, and instead provides a flat 30% damage increase. Duration has been raised to 18 seconds to compensate.
  • Fel Barrage Icon Fel Barrage no longer uses a charge system, and instead has cooldown reduction tied to other attacks.
  • Prepared Icon Prepared now generates 100 Fury over 10 seconds, instead of 40 over 5.
  • Mo'arg Bionic Stabilizers Icon Mo'arg Bionic Stabilizers have been reduced to 25% increased damage, from 50%.
  • Tier 19 4-piece bonus has been reduced to 8% Critical Strike bonus on Chaos Strike Icon Chaos Strike, down from 10%.
  • Achor, the Eternal Hunger Icon Achor, the Eternal Hunger has had its bonus effect reworked, focusing on healing from Vengeful Retreat Icon Vengeful Retreat casts instead of Blur Icon Blur.

4. Strengths

  • Powerful burst single target damage.
  • Flexible mobility allowing for great positioning control in encounters.
  • Can switch targets without any downsides, and can pool resources for instant burst.
  • Powerful, versatile cooldowns for different situations.

5. Weaknesses

  • Can be reliant on Critical Strike to fuel burst DPS which can be inconsistent.
  • AoE is tied to cooldowns, which hurts sustained damage.

6. Viability in the Current Patch

Havoc still provides a robust toolkit that can have applications in a majority of different encounter types. Talent diversity also allows to specialise in single target and AoE situations depending on the demand. Burst is exceptionally high as ever, and with a slew of survival tools and options Havoc is likely to remain a powerful choice in Tomb of Sargeras. For Mythic+, Havoc remains a fantastic addition to the group due to its ability to adapt to weekly affixes very fluidly.

7. Contents

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

8. ChangeLog

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  • 10 Sep. 2017 (enchants page): Updated to remove Saber's Eye due to new epic gem options.
  • 10 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Improved on the original version.
  • 08 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Added initial introduction to the Netherlight Crucible in 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (this page): Updated to indicate no new changes coming in 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (talents page): No changes needed for Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lightforged Augment Rune and new 7.3 epic gems.
  • 03 Aug. 2017 (gear page): Added note regarding Delusions of Grandeur power in Tomb of Sargeras.
  • 15 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Clarified Chaos Cleave's place vs. First Blood.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added note regarding Tier 19/20 2/4pc combinations.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 7.2.5 stat changes.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 7.2.5 with Tier 20 set bonus information.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (this page): Updated to document Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (artifact 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 (stats page): Updated for 7.2.5 changes to indicate the drop in Mastery value.
  • 10 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Updated with Patch 7.2.5 Tier 20 gear choices and additional Legendary items.
  • 10 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Updated for Patch 7.2.5 talent changes and choices following patch changes.
  • 31 May 2017 (gear page): Removed note regarding Convergence/Delusions
  • 27 May 2017 (rotation page): Added note regarding Overwhelming Power with Demonic.
  • 18 May 2017 (talents page): Clarified talents regarding Bloodlet in conjunction with legendary bracers in single target.
  • 13 May 2017 (artifact page): Updated for new Critical Chaos values.
  • 09 May 2017 (rotation page): Added note regarding using Felblade for movement.
  • 19 Apr. 2017 (rotation page): Tweaks to Fel Barrage notes.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Updated 7.2 legendary changes.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Added note for Bloodlet regarding legendary bracer change.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Changed food recommendation to Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Updated for 7.2 with new trait paths.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 04 Feb. 2017 (gear page): Large update with new trinket sims and specifics on Convergence/Delusions.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Removed Versatility food, altered neck enchant to Mark of the Claw for 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Altered priority to reflect nerfs to Chaos Cleave at 7.1.5 launch.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Updated for new information following Chaos Cleave change in 7.1.5, added Demonic section.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Updated for 7.1.5 for new Relic recommendations.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated a large number of sections to reflect the changes in builds with the Chaos Cleave reduction to 10% and Demon Blades down to 60%. Added in Demonic recommendation.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Added different stat priorities, depending on talent choices.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (spells page): Changed a few spell descriptions following tooltip changes in 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated the page to be in sync with the rest of the guide.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated with 7.1.5 simulation results. Added Nighthold items and new Legendaries.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Updated strengths and weaknesses for 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Rewrote most of the talent assessments following changes in Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Patch 7.1.5 update.
  • 26 Nov. 2016 (easy mode page): Added section for easier playstyle.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Several adjustments to account for the changes of Demon Blades in Patch 7.1.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated BiS trinkets and added trinket simulations.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Added a note about Potion of Prolonged Power.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Rewrote Level 100 talent explanations, following the change to Demon Blades in Patch 7.1.
  • 28 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Updated opener.
  • 22 Sep. 2016 (artifact page): Updated Artifact path.
  • 21 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Made Potion of the Old War the potion of choice.
  • 05 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Simplified rotation by adding checkboxes to hide or reveal specific lines (cooldown, talents, AoE, etc.).
  • 02 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Moved Fel Barrage up in the multi-target rotation.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 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 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 09 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Rewrote Level 100 talent assessments following Demon Blades' nerf.
  • 05 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Added Throw Glaive to Demon Blades rotation.
  • 01 Aug. 2016 (this page): Guide added.
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