Today the patch finally went live on EU realms as well, meaning that everyone now should have their updated Warlocks. As mentioned previously we’ve had quite a few changes to the Warlock class and I will try to write down the basic rotations at 85.
This is not the be all end all guide, but just the pure basics to get you started with your changed rotation as Destruction.
We no longer need 17% Hit, but only 15% (1537 rating at 85).
You now pick a specialization, but the actual talents are the same for each one. To change your talents you don’t have to visit a Class Trainer anymore, but you do have to visit one if you wish to switch from one specialization to another. Switching talents now is similar to switching glyphs, and you need Dust of Disappearance just the same as well.
You can pretty much choose whatever you want for your talents depending on your personal preference and the boss mechanics. The one talent that actually has a bearing on your actual dps is the tier 5 talent where you choose your grimoire. The suggested one for Destruction is Grimoire of Supremacy, which turns your demons into the stronger versions. Supposedly at 85 Grimoire of Sacrifice may yield a little bit more dps, so you can go for that if you prefer. As for me, I’m sticking with Supremacy, because hey… those demons look awesome!
Intellect > Hit (15%) > Haste > Crit > Mastery
As Destruction you’ll want to use the Felhunter, or if you chose to go with Grimoire of Supremacy, the updated version; the Observer.
- Conflagrate (as much as possible)
- Chaos Bolt (if you have Burning Embers and boss is above 20%, but not if you have Backdraft)
- Shadowburn (if you have Burning Embers and boss is below 20%)
- Immolate (always keep up)
- Incinerate (filler – builds Burning Embers)
Use your dps cooldown Dark Soul: Instability every cooldown, but try to do it when you have as many Burning Embers as possible so that you can cast several Chaos Bolts.
Also, try to save up Burning Embers for when the boss is about to hit 20% so that you can use several Shadowburn straight off.
Enjoy your new Warlock changes and let’s get out there and dominate!