How To Improve As Demonology Warlock — Shadowlands 9.1
On this page, you will find out how you can improve at playing Demonology Warlock in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1. We list the common mistakes that you should try to avoid and the small details that can greatly improve your performance.
Not Wasting Cleave Cooldowns Too Early
Remember that many of your single target cooldowns are also effective for dealing heavy cleave damage. For example, if you know the boss is going to summon a group of adds in 15 seconds, it is certainly worthwhile to hold on to cooldowns such as Demonic Strength or Grimoire: Felguard. Pairing off your cooldowns to the context of the fight is a very important part of maximizing your damage; players with high awareness of fight timers will have a much easier time.
Not Overcapping Demonic Core
As we often have large numbers of Imps expiring at once, it is possible with good luck to quickly generate large numbers of Demonic Core stacks. If you are not ready for the influx of procs, you risk overcapping your stacks and losing precious Soul Shards. Once you reach 2 stacks of Demonic Core, you should be ready to spend stacks on Demonbolt quickly, as it is easy to quickly overcap from there.
Moving During Instant Casts
Demonology, while being a fairly mobile specialization when played correctly, is heavily dependant on your ability to keep casting in order to generate resources to convert in a steady flow of summons. It is extremely important to learn to plan ahead your movements in any given situation and to make use of instant casts in those moments.
Setting Up for Demonic Tyrant
Summon Demonic Tyrant is a cooldown that requires proper setup in advance, as you want to have the maximum amount of demons at the ready for the usage. Make sure you are anticipating the use of this cooldown, and how you can maximize your demon count in advance of it.
Using Call Dreadstalkers on Cooldown
Call Dreadstalkers is one of our most important abilities, particularly if you are playing with Demonic Calling. You will want to get your Dreadstalkers out as soon as possible, as any extra usages that you might get over the course of a fight results in a noticeable amount of extra damage. Keep a careful watch on this cooldown and be ready to use it immediately once it is ready.
Correct Pet Control
Your Felguard can be positioned strategically to deal the maximum amount of cleave and AoE. Patch 9.0.5 introduced direct control over Vilefiend, Dreadstalkers, and Tyrant together with your main pet when using pet commands. As a result it is generally better to leave your Pet Stance on Assist by default and use pet commands to impart a different action when needed (a target swap, for example). That said, pet positioning is still an element to keep into consideration in order to maximize your Felguard's cleave and Felstorm damage potential. Small precautions such as pre-positioning your pet during downtime and especially target selection during cleave or AoE can result in noticeable damage gains.
Using Your Cooldowns More Often
Demonology cooldowns are relatively short, and a common mistake is to hold on to them for bosses only. Try to evaluate the time between bosses and how many cooldown rounds you can fit in the most efficient way.
- 28 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
- 27 Apr. 2021: Updated Pet Control section.
- 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands.
- 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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