WoW 10.0 Destruction Warlock Guide

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Tier Sets

2-Piece: Chaos Maelstrom

(2) Set Bonus: Consuming Soul Shards has a chance to grant you Chaos Maelstrom, increasing your critical strike chance by 10% for 10 seconds.


Raiding: B

Mythic +: B



4-Piece: Critical Strike Increase

(4) Set Bonus: Your critical strikes deal 208% damage instead of the usual 200%.


Raiding: B

Mythic +: C+



Talent Builds

Trinkets

Destruction typically prefers two equip based trinkets due to how poor the on-use options are for casters in Season 1. Your best combinations will typically consist of Furious Ragefeather/Eye of Skovald/Whispering Incarnate Icon. Irideus Fragment is played at times, usually based on fight duration. 
Horn of valor
Eye
infernal
Whispoering
Feather
Iredius

Horn of Valor


Strong On-Use based trinket with a 2 minute cooldown. Pairs nicely with other two minute cooldowns.

Eye of Skovald


Equip based trinket with baseline Critical Strike and a strong damage effect in both Single Target and AOE.

Infernal Writ


Equip based trinket that brings baseline Intellect and a stacking Critical Strike buff.


Whispering Incarnate Icon


A "very rare" equip based trinket that bring Intellect and Critical Strike. Gains additional value when paired with allies wearing the same trinket. 


Furious Ragefeather


Equip based trinket that brings baseline Intellect and a strong damage based effect. Your best equip based option outside of Mythic Incarnate Icon.


Irideus Fragment



On Use based trinket with a 3 minute cooldown that brings a large amount if Intellect which diminishes after every cast. 

Stat Weights

Intellect>Haste>Mastery>=Critical Strike>Versatility


It is VERY important to note that this is a rough outline of desired secondary stats. Your stat weights will be different than others due to varying gear sets and other external factors. The best way to tell what your own stat weights are is a raidbots.com Top Gear sim with Gems and Enchants taken into account. If you don't want to do that then you can just follow this.

Gear, Consumables and Enchants

Consumables

Banquet
Elem chaos
ultiamte power png
Howling Rune

Personal - Timely Demise

Raid - Grand Banquet of the Kalu'ak


While Feasts are better in every sense they are also very expensive to craft and typically not used outside of raiding. 

PhialPhial of Elemental Chaos


This is your best, all around option outside of niche settings.


Potion - Elemental Potion of Ultimate Power


This is your best option however each potion costs 1 Primal Chaos. 

Weapon - Howling Rune


Howling Runes grant you Haste when consumed, similar to Weapons Oils from Shadowlands.ath.

Enchants and Gems

Enchant
Keen Ysemerald
Fierce Illimited Diamiond

Quick Ysemerald - Pure Haste

Keen Ysemerald - Major Haste/Minor Mastery

Fierce Illimited Diamond - Primary Stat and Haste (1)

Rotation

The openers and rotations listed below are what you want to follow in a normal opener and setting. At times these may change due to fight mechanics or needing to hold CDs. 

Single Target

1. Precast Soulfire 

2. Summon Infernal (Trinkets, Potions and Racials)

3. Conflagrate

4. Chaos Bolt

5. Channel Demonfire

6. Chaos Bolt

7. Conflagrate

Resume normal rotation

Soulfire applies Immolate and will also have its CD reduced when you are attacking targets below 50% health. Be sure to cast in on CD when in these "execute" settings. 

AOE/Mythic +

1. Cataclysm (if not talented, apply Immolates)

2. Channel Demonfire (if talented)

3. Summon Infernal (Trinkets, Potions and Racials)

4. Rain of Fire

5. Havoc

6. Conflagrate

7. Chaos Bolt/Rain of Fire Spam


Rain of Fire is a DPS gain at 3 or more targets outside of Havoc. It is a DPS gain at 5 or more targets inside a Havoc window. This will determine whether your Havoc is used to build shards via Conflagrate and Incinerate, or to cast Chaos Bolts.


Certain builds will opt for Cataclysm over Inferno and the same can be said for Cry Havoc and Pandemonium. Your shard spending spell will vary in AOE based on the build you have chosen. 

Filler Rotation

Outside of major CD's Destructions rotation is very simple. You want to maintain Immolate while filling with Conflagrate/Incinerate casts to generate Soul Shards and Chaos Bolt to spend them. A few important things to remember are...


If playing a non Madness builds


1. Maintain as high of a Roaring Blaze (if talented) uptime as possible by spacing out Conflagrate casts. 

2. Be sure to cast Cataclysm on cooldown unless adds are spawning soon.


If playing a Madness build


1. Be sure to not overcap on shards which can be challenging at times during your Infernal window.

2. You want to cast Chaos Bolts in mini "dump window" which could look something along the lines of


Conflagrate

Chaos Bolt

Incinerate

Chaos Bolt


or 


Chaos Bolt

Channel Demonfire

Chaos Bolt


This ensures you get both the CDR from Madness as well as the damage increase it brings. You typically approach said window by building to 3.5+ shards and then dumping based on Soul Conduit refunds and shard generation. 


3. During periods of excessive shard generation or Soul Conduit refunds it is fine to cast multiple Chaos Bolts back to back, to avoid overcapping on shards. 

Havoc Usage

There are a couple different ways to use your Havoc window which depends on the setting you are in. At times it will be used for shard generation to fuel more Rain of Fire casts. If you are looking to use Havoc in a setting where there are two targets, there are a few general guidelines you can follow. 


1. Try to enter the Havoc window with 2.5-3.5 Soul Shards.

2. Apply Immolate to both targets as long as they are going to live for 6+ seconds.

3. Be sure to apply Roaring Blaze (if talented) by Casting Conflagrate ASAP.

4. Be sure to not shard cap and be mindful of shard generation with Conflagrate/Incinerate casts.

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