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Patch 7.2

Approved by Bangerz Last Updated: 7th Apr, 2017
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Talents

Below are my talent recommendations for various situations along with an in depth look into each talent choice.

Recommended Single Target Raid Encounters

Recommended Cleave Raid Build

Recommended High Mythic+ Build

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Talent Discussion

Tier 1 - Level 15

Demonic Calling is the best option for raids, it's the biggest DPS increase especially when stacking haste as it scales best with haste. Demonic Calling causes Shadow Bolt to have a 20% chance and Demonwrath and 5% chance on dealing damage to make your next Call Dreadstalkers to cost no Soul Shards.

Shadowy Inspiration is quite close in DPS value compared to Demonic Calling and if used properly can be used as a DPS increase on heavy movement fights as you can use it to reposition, saving movement and globals. Shadowy Inspiration causes casting Demonic Empowerment to make your next Shadow Bolt an instant cast.

Shadowflame draws too much attention for what its worth, not used in raids, however it's an instant cast ability with 3 charges, it generates 1 Soul Shard on cast and applies a damage over time effect that can stack up to 3 times.

Tier 2 - Level 30

Impending Doom is extremely strong if you have the legendary Kazzak's Final Curse. The increased Doom tick rate is most effective when mobs are stacked up on the boss and you can cleave everything, like council style fights.

Improved Dreadstalkers is the go to choice for most situations, its a very strong talent. It allows you to get larger damage values out of Thal'kiel's Consumption as you're summoning more demons. It also helps with Wild Imp generation and does not have any additional cost which is what makes it very strong.

Implosion is only good if you don't need to do good damage to a main target as your imps which do most of your Single Target damage all explode. This talent is great on fights where there are lots of adds stacked up for AoE, by far the best talent for clearing low level mythic+. Basically Implosion sucks all your Wild Imps onto the target and detonates for AoE damage.

Tier 3 - Level 45

Demonic Circle is the best choice for 99% of the fights, its a good DPS increase if used properly as it reduces movement. Can also be used smartly is certain situations, definitely the best choice most of the time.

Mortal Coil can be used as a heal which can be useful, it does have travel time however so its not instant.

Shadowfury can be really useful in mythic+ for an extra stun but rarely ever used in raids.

Tier 4 - Level 60

Hand of Doom is generally the go to talent here as its great in most situations. It saves a lot of globals having to manually refreshing Doom and makes it a lot easy to DoT all the mobs around your Hand of Gul'dan.

Soul Harvest can be best for progress and is quite strong in raids as it buffs your Thal'kiel's Consumption and gives Demonology warlocks an extra CD for bursting important adds down or pushing specific boss timers.

Power Trip is only really good if the fight requires really high movement, this talent is rarely used. Power Trip grants Demonic Empowerment a 65% to generate a Soul Shard.

Tier 5 - Level 75

Demon Skin is only good if there's a fight with no mobility and constant damage as its provides the most damage reduction.

Burning Rush is best 90% of the time as Warlocks have no baseline movement speed and are very slow without Burning Rush. It is also a good DPS increase as you can move faster and helps get out of lethal mechanics which will 1 shot you.

Dark Pact is very potent when there's big damage coming out every 1 minute or when you need to soak something and require a big shield.

 Tier 6 - Level 90

Grimoire of Service is the best for Single Target damage, it provides another burst CD for pushing important damage and works well with Thal'kiel's Consumption. This is the go to for most progress fights.

Grimoire of Synergy is only really used for heavy cleave/AoE (4+ targets).

Grimoire of Supremacy can be good for beginners as its a much more passive option and isn't that far behind the other 2 options.

Tier 7 - Level 100

Summon Darkglare is the best choice for heavy cleave/AoE, if using this talent then it best pairs with the talent Hand of Doom as this talents works of your Dooms

Demonbolt is the strongest option for general raid encounters as it offers the strongest single target damage. This is the talent you will most likely use for progress.

Soul Conduit is never used in raids at the moment. It causes every Soul Shard you spend to have a 20% chance to be instantly refunded.

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Artifact

Skull of the Man'ari provides us with the spell,  Thal'kiel's Consumption which drains 8% of the life from your demons and then blasts shadow damage at your target equal to the life he stole, so the more pets you have out, the more damage it'll do. Here is the route I recommend you take:

7.2 New trait path

Artifact Progression Above Level 35

At the end simply max out the damage increasing trait. And here's the 7.1.5 version.
I took the image, with permission, from the Icy Veins guide, which I help maintain.

Relics

  1. Infernal Furnace is by far the best relic choice.
  2. The Doom of Azeroth is the second best relic choice especially when using Hand of Doom talent.
  3. Maw of Shadows is the 3rd best for damage on single target.
  4. Summoner's Prowess is really good for extra damage value from Thal'kiel's Consumption.
  5. Sharpened Dreadfangs for the extra Critical Strike chance for your Dreadstalkers.
  6. Dirty Hands for Hand of Gul'dan damage.
  7. Legionwrath is the least DPS increase.
  8. Any of the defensive relics.