Demonic Gateway / Demonic Circle

Demonic Circle has been quite a favourite of mine since it was first introduced to Warlocks. In Mists of Pandaria we got a new spell added, Demonic Gateway, which allows up to 5 people to teleport between two portals. Today I wanted to have a look at fights when these abilities can be useful for your raid.

Throne of Thunder

Jin’rokh the Breaker

On this fight, you can put down your Demonic Circle in the middle of the room where your raid will be stacking for Lightning Storm. If you want to, you can also put down a Gateway for the same, if you have people in your raid who are slow at moving out of the waters.


Put your Demonic Circle in the middle of the room so that you can use it for Down Draft and avoid getting kicked off the platform. Again, you can put down a Gateway in the same location if you want to help some raiders out who maybe don’t have any movement increasing cooldowns.

Iron Qon

Use your Demonic Circle to quickly get to the gathering for your group in the first phase. For phase two, you can put a Demonic Gateway down for a few people to quickly get away after Windstorm.

Terrace of Endless Spring

Sha of Fear

Put your Demonic Circle close to the tanks in the middle. This allows you to dps the adds more or less anywhere, and still teleport in time to avoid Breath of Fear. You can also put a Gateway inside the Wall of Light, with the other one outside where adds will spawn to help out your team mates.

Heart of Fear

Imperial Vizier Zor’lok

Put a Demonic Gateway between the first and second platform to allow people to move quickly across and avoid the pheromones. Make sure no dps gets across and starts attacking the boss before the tank though, since they will most likely die. Also, don’t let the tank take the Gateway, because they won’t be able to generate aggro for 15 seconds afterwards.

In the phases with Force and Verve, you can put down a Demonic Circle on one side and stand on the opposite. That way you should always have an easy way to get to a safe bubble.

Blade Lord Ta’yak

Place a Demonic Circle at the gathering-up spot for Unseen Strike. This allows you to stand fairly far away to place tornadoes aimed at you, and still gather up quickly enough when someone is targeted. Or you can use it to quickly get away from Blade Tempest on Heroic Mode.

A Demonic Gateway can be very helpful for people to move down the tornado alley quickly. Place it at the end of the room where you will first have to run towards (left side).

Grand Empress Shek’zeer

Use your Demonic Circle to get away if you get targeted by one of the adds in the transition phase.’

Mogu’Shan Vaults

Feng the Accursed

Place your Demonic Circle away from Feng to quickly get away after you’ve been gathering up for Arcane Velocity.

Gara’jal the Spiritbinder

You can put your Demonic Circle close to the boss to quickly get back to dps after returning from the Spirit Realm.


If you’re lazy (like me), put a Demonic Circle on your gathering spot. That way you can easily get back there after the transition phase ends.

A Demonic Gateway makes for easy movement between the gathering spot and the sides during the transition for your raid members.

Will of the Emperor

Put a Demonic Circle on one side of the room where the Emperor’s Courage will spawn to quickly get behind him to dps. Then put a Demonic Gateway in the middle of the room to the other side, where the Emperor’s Courage will spawn. This way you can always get behind the Courage when it spawns and start killing it.

Do you have any tips to add to this list for when you can make use of Demonic Circle and Demonic Gateway?

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