Destruction Warlock

Patch 8.2

Written by Deepshades Last Updated: 10th Jul, 2019

Azerite Traits

Spec Specific Azerite Traits:

Bursting Flare: Every time you Conflagrate an enemy affected by Immolate you gain Mastery. This effect can stack up to five times.

Chaotic Inferno: Chaos Bolt deals additional damage and has a 25% chance to make your next Incinerate instant.

Chaos Shards: Your Incinerate damage is increased and every time your fill up a Soul Shard you have a 4% chance to fill up an additional Soul Shard over 2 seconds.

Crashing Chaos: Increases the damage of your next 8 Chaos Bolts.

Flashpoint: When your Immolate deals damage to targets above 80% you gain Haste.

Rolling Havoc: For each spell you use while your Havoc is active you again Intelligence.

Recommended Azerite Traits

Tier 1 & 2:

Tier 3:

In most cases Overwhelming Power is the best Tier 3 trait.

The only exception are execute damage reliant bosses like G’huun, High Tinker Mekkatorque and Jaina. Gutripper is perfect for this kind of situation and can make the difference between a kill and a wipe.

Azerite Essences

With everything unlocked you’ll have 1 Major Essence and 3 Minor Essence effects.

All information listed here is still subject to change due to tuning not being definitive.

Major Essences Ranking (Rank3):

  1. Condensed Life Force: Summons a guardian that does damage and increases your haste by 10%.
  2. Vision of Perfection: Your spells have a chance to activate your Infernal for 35% of it’s normal duration. When activated, you and 2 other nearby allies gain Haste for 10 seconds.
  3. Memory of Lucid Dreams: Increases your Soul Shard regeneration for 15 seconds by 100%.
  4. Crucible of Flame: Extra ability that does a fair amount of damage.
  5. Essence of Focusing Iris: a 3 second channel ability that does a lot of damage and is on a 1.5 minute cooldown.
  6. Blood of the Enemy: an AoE damage ability that increases your critical strike chance by 25% on all targets it hits for 10 seconds and increases your critical hit damage by 25% for 5 seconds. On a 1.5 minute cooldown.
  7. Worldvein Resonance: Spawning three Lifeblood shards immediately on a 1 minute cooldown. Each shard grants you 50 primary stats within 12 yards.
  8. Conflict and Strife: Allows the use of a PvP talent in PvE encounters.
  9. Unbound Force: a 45 second cooldown ability that does mediocre damage but does 300% increases damage if it crits.
  10. Purification Protocol: AoE ability on a 1 minute cooldown. If a target dies your damage is increased by 10% for 8 seconds.
  11. Ripple in Space: You can place an Azerite beacon at a target and get ported there after 2 seconds. You will deal damage at that location and take 10% less damage for 10 seconds.

Minor Essences Ranking:

  1. Worldvein: You spawn shards every 1-25 seconds that grants you and allies 50 primary stat within 12 yards. You can benefit from a maximum of four at the same time.
  2. Crucible of Flame: DoT that does damage.
  3. Focusing Iris: Gain up to 10 stacks of Focused Energy that increases your Haste. You need to use abilities on the same target. When you have no stacks at all, your first ability grants you 3 stacks.
  4. Conflict and Strife: Chance to gain a stack (up to 8) to increase your Versatility for 14 seconds. If you get cc’d you also get a stack.
  5. Condensed Life Force: Chance to do damage to the target and increases all damage you deal to that target by 5% for 6 seconds.
  6. Vision of Perfection: Reduces the cooldown of your Infernal and increases your Versatility. When you use your Infernal you heal for 5% of your maximum health.
  7. Memory of Lucid Dreams: Chance to refund Soul Shards.
  8. Blood of the Enemy: Your critical strikes grant you a stack of Blood-Soaked, increasing your Critical Strike. When you reach 40 stacks you’ll gain Haste for 8 seconds.
  9. Unbound Force: Your non critical strikes have a chance to give you Reckless Force. When you reach 20 stacks you gain 70% increased critical strike chance for 4 seconds.
  10. Purification Protocol: Chance to deal fire damage to your target and to get a HoT on yourself.
  11. Ripple in Space: Your movement speed is increased by 5% and when you move more than 25 yards within 4 seconds you gain Intellect for 20 seconds. This can only happen every 30 seconds.

Choosing Gear/Azerite traits

The best way to find the best gear, Azerite Traits & Essences for your character is to "sim" your character

Find out how to sim

Azerite Traits - Bloodmallet

Tier 3 & 4

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Essences - Bloodmallet

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Trinkets - Bloodmallet

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