Introduction to the Destruction Warlock
Destruction Warlock is a very flexible specialisation that can find ways to excel in a variety of environments. Destruction can deal a lot of burst to a single target, and also efficiently cleave and AoE several targets at once.Destruction is a perfectly viable candidate for all content types. A very solid baseline toolkit makes the spec able to perform in any situation with a combination of very powerful cooldowns, one of, if not the strongest, 2-target cleave and the ability to burst on-demand, even outside cooldowns.
Below you will find a beginners guide to the Destruction Warlock, you can click on highlighted abilities, for a more in depth description of them.
Strengths and Weaknesses of the Destruction Warlock
- Low ramp up time
- Fantastic cooldowns
- Good burst on-demand
- Average overall damage output outside of cooldowns
- Unexciting talents
- Low mobility
Rotation of the Destruction Warlock
The basic rotation of the Destruction Warlock is as follows:
- Maintain Immolate at all times
- Cast Chaos Bolt if you are about to cap Soul Shards
- Cast Cataclysm when available
- Use Conflagrate if you have 2 charges
- Use Conflagrate to generate Soul Shards
- Cast Incinerate to generate Soul Shards
You can use the recommended Addon ConRo for help with your rotation, it can be found in our Addons Guide here
- Summon Infernal is our primary damage cooldown. The Infernal is a targeted ability that deals Fire damage and stuns within an AoE.
- Havoc is a 10-second debuff that can be applied once every 30 seconds. During the duration of Havoc, all your single target spells cast will also be copied to the Havoc target.
- Unending Resolve reduces damage taken by 40% for 8 seconds. Additionally, you are also immune to interrupt and silence effects for the duration.
The stat priority for the Destruction Warlock is:
- Mastery = Haste
- Critical Strike