We might not have gotten to be the Warlock Tank, but Demonology warlocks have been having a great time in Mists of Pandaria and WoW Patch 5.3 doesn’t change that. But does it change new mechanics, talents, glyphs, gemming, reforging? Don’t worry – this Quick-start guide will help you get reforged, gemmed, up to speed on MoP stat weights and ability priorities, so you can get on with the evil laughter and the ridiculous DPS as soon as possible.
Updated 22nd May 2013 to World of Warcraft Patch 5.3
Demonology Warlock changes in Patch 5.3
No significant changes.
Demonology “Rotation” and Priorities
Demonology’s new rotation is governed by Demonic Fury, our new primary resource. We build it up in caster form and spend it in demon form – and everything we do is balanced around that.
Start out by casting Corruption and Hand of Gul’dan on your target.
- Top Priority: Maintain Corruption and Shadowflame on your target. The latter is maintained through Hand of Gul’dan.
- Second Priority: If the Molten Core buff is active on you, cast Soul Fire.
- Third Priority: If you have nothing else to do, cast Shadow Bolt.
You should keep doing this until you nearly have 1000 Demonic Fury. At that point, use Dark Soul, and then use Metamorphosis.
Whilst in Metamorphosis:
- Top Priority: Cast Doom on your target and keep it up.
- Second Priority: Cast Touch of Chaos.
Leave Metamorphosis when Dark Soul expires.
After that, go into Metamorphosis whenever you have close to 1000 Demonic Fury. If Dark Soul is available, cast it before Metamorphosing and stay in Demon Form until it runs out. Otherwise, stay in Demon Form until you hit 750 Demonic Fury, then come out.
You can get more advanced with your Demonic Fury management – and the theorycraft on how best to manage it isn’t solid yet – but this is a good basic way to manage it.
Against 2-3 targets keep Corruption /Doom up on all of them, and otherwise use your standard rotation.
Against 4 or more targets, get in close to them, then:
- In caster form channel Hellfire and try and keep Corruption on as many enemies as possible.
- In demon form use Immolation Aura. Use Void Ray as often as possible and try and keep Doom up on as many enemies as possible.
- Dark Soul is already built into your priorities – see above.
- Use Summon Doomguard for single-target DPS and Summon Infernal for multi-target DPS. Use both whenever available.
- Use Life Tap to restore mana to you.
- Use Soulshatter to drop aggro from monsters attacking you. Particularly important before using Life Tap!
- Unending Resolve reduces damage you take – particularly valuable if you’re on low life thanks to Life Tap.
- Soulstone now functions as a combat resurrection – remember to use it if no-one else can combat res.
- Imp Swarm – if you’re using the Imp Swarm glyph, this is a powerful DPS cooldown. Use it to boost your Demonic Fury, too.
Summon a Felguard. Remember to cast Dark Intent, and summon a Soulwell if your party or raid wants one!
Demonology Warlock Talent Choices
Whilst MoP talents are designed to be chosen on a per-encounter basis, here’s a good talent build for most situations:
- Tier 1: Soul Leech – makes all your damage spells heal you (a bit).
- Tier 2: Mortal Coil – gives you a self-heal spell.
- Tier 3: Dark Bargain – gives you an 8-second 100% damage protection. Very useful!
- Tier 4: Unbound Will – gives you a cooldown which removes movement impairing effects, mind control, and magic debuffs.
- Tier 5: Grimoire of Supremacy – gives you more powerful demons.
- Tier 6: Archimonde’s Vengeance – use when you’re taking heavy damage
Stats, reforging and gemming for Demonology Warlock
Intellect is still the key stat for Demonology warlocks. After that, it’s Hit to hit cap (15% / 5100 ) then Haste.
Reforging: Reforge to hit cap first (15% / 5100), then reforge everything else to Haste. Reforge from Hit over cap first, then Critical Strike.
Gems: Use Brilliant gems in Red sockets, Reckless gems in Yellow sockets and Veiled gems in Blue sockets.
Meta Gem: Burning meta gem.
Note on Expertise: Expertise counts toward the Hit Cap – so if you can’t reforge to Hit, you can still reforge to Expertise.
Demo lock Glyphs
Destro locks will mostly choose situationally amongst MoP glyphs, but here are some good general choices:
Major: Glyph of Soulstone, Glyph of Imp Swarm, Glyph of Siphon Life
Minor: Glyph of Falling Meteor, Glyph of Carrion Swarm, Glyph of Hand of Gul’dan – these DO actually have an effect.
Demonology Warlock enchants and item enhancements
You should almost always use a profession enhancement item if it provides appropriate stats instead of a general enchant.
- Shoulders – Greater Crane Wing Inscription
- Back – Enchant Cloak – Superior Intellect
- Chest – Enchant Chest – Glorious Stats
- Wrist – Enchant Bracer – Super Intellect
- Hands – Enchant Gloves – Greater Haste
- Belt – Living Steel Belt Buckle
- Legs – Greater Cerulean Spellthread
- Feet – Enchant Boots – Pandaren’s Step
- Weapon – Enchant Weapon – Jade Spirit
- Off-Hand Weapon – Enchant Weapon – Major Intellect
If you want more detail, particularly on Demonic Fury management, there are a few good guides out there right now – although beware, they don’t all agree at this point, so treat them all as points of view!
- Megan O’Neill writes on Warlocks for WoW Insider – her guides to everything you need to know about MoP are particularly useful.
- MMO Champion has a good, fairly easy-to-read guide to demonology.
- Icy Veins has a good guide to Demonology. Good section on Demonic Fury.
- Finally, as a WoW player, you should really check out the latest and greatest from the blogosphere on World of Warcraft, here at the Melting Pot.
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