Destruction Warlock

Patch 8.2

Written by Deepshades Last Updated: 10th Jul, 2019

Playstyle & Rotation

General Rotation:

Single Target:

  1. Maintain Immolate (Use Cataclysm if talented)
  2. Chaos Bolt if overcapping Soul Shards
  3. Cataclysm (Unless you need it to AoE in the following 30seconds)
  4. Chaos Bolt
  5. Conflagrate
  6. Incinerate

Cleave:

  1. Maintain Immolate (Use Cataclysm if talented)
  2. Chaos Bolt if overcapping Soul Shards
  3. Havoc (Basically on cooldown)
  4. Chaos Bolt
  5. Conflagrate
  6. Incinerate

AoE:

  1. Rain of Fire (3+ targets unless Havoc is ready than 5+ targets if they’re in for the full duration of Rain of Fire)
  2. Immolate (Up to 8 targets if they’re alive for at least 6 seconds)
  3. Havoc (To generate Soul Shards)

Opener:

Single Target:

  1. Precast Battle Potion of Intellect
  2. Precast Incinerate (4 seconds left with max range)
  3. Precast Cataclysm
  4. Conflagrate
  5. Summon Infernal
  6. Generate Soul Shards
  7. Chaos Bolt to not overcap
  8. Dark Soul: Instability + Trinkets (~20 seconds left of Summon Infernal)
  9. Get as many Chaos Bolts out as possible during your Infernal

Cleave:

  1. Precast Battle Potion of Intellect
  2. Precast Incinerate (4 seconds left with max range)
  3. Precast Cataclysm
  4. Conflagrate
  5. Summon Infernal and Dark Soul: Instability
  6. Havoc (Secondary Target)
  7. Chaos Bolt (Until you’re out of Soul Shards)
  8. Conflagrate

Cooldown Management:

Cooldown management is heavily dependent on the fight length. For optimal DPS it is recommend having a Weak Aura telling you how long the fight approximately is going to last. You want to use Summon Infernal as often as possible with Dark Soul: Instability without losing an use. Here are two examples:

Scenario A - 5 minute fight:

Here you see that I waited with the second Summon Infernal for an entire minute to line it up with Dark Soul: Instability. It doesn’t matter waiting because I don’t lose any uses.

Scenario B - 7 minute fight:

In this fight I had to use my second Berserking and Summon Infernal by itself but it will line up perfectly at 6minutes with my Dark Soul: Instability.

Havoc Usage:

There are two ways to play Havoc. Either you want to burst a target down or you want to gain Soul Shards. If you want to burst something down you want to make sure to have around 4-5 Soul Shards already, 2x Conflagrate and a stack of Backdraft preferably. Your goal is to shoot as many Chaos Bolts as possible and use both of your Conflagrate for more Soul Shards and Backdraft stacks during Havoc.

If your goal is to make Soul Shards you want to also have 2x Conflagrate ready but no Soul Shards left. In this scenario you basically want to boost your Single Target damage with a secondary target and use your Chaos Bolts outside the Havoc window.

Pandemic:

Pandemic is a mechanic that allows you to refresh your dots when they have less than 30% of their duration remaining and adds the new dots duration onto the old one.

Immolate: 18 seconds, <5.4 seconds Pandemic, 23 seconds max

Pet Choice:

  • Imp: Good choice for target swapping
  • Felhunter: Perfect choice for Mythic+ for the interrupt and offensive dispel
  • Voidwalker: Does AoE damage which makes it really strong in dungeons if there is no interrupt required
  • Succubus: Basically pointless in PvE

Movement:

Destruction has decent movement. If you are required to move you can use your Conflagrates.

A lot of movement can also be already planned ahead with a clever use of your Demonic Circle or Demonic Gateway.

Survivability:

For big hits you should always activate Unending Resolve or Dark Pact (if talented). Healthstones and Coastal Healing Potions are really useful as well. If you see you have neither of these tools ready it is worth asking a healer for an external. A great way to see which externals are ready is the Add-On “Exorsus Raid Tools”.