Patch 4.3 Destruction Warlock Quick Start Guide – Stats, Rotation, Spec, Reforging, Enchants And Glyphs

Deathwing’s planning to rain down fire on the world? Oh noes. If there’s one thing Destruction Warlocks are enthusiastic about, it’s rains of fire. But patch 4.3’s sweeping changes have you confused as to how exactly to burn things to a crisp?? Well, we’ll get you sorted out with the correct talent spec, gems and reforging, enchants, stat priorities and rotation for 4.3 so that you can get back to doing what you do best: setting things on fire and cackling while you do it.

Updated June 19th for Patch 4.3

Destruction Warlock changes in Patch 4.3

This patch sees some pretty major changes and buffs to Destruction. Fire and Brimstone sees a straight damage buff for Chaos Bolt and Incinerate of 11%. Soul Fire now scales better with spellpower, Improved Soul Fire lasts longer (which actually means less Soul Fire casts!), and the talent Burning Embers does more damage of the Imp’s Firebolt and – yes – Soul Fire.

The good news is that whilst the effects of those changes are internally very complex, they don’t change our play or gearing style. The only thing that will change our play style is getting 4 pieces of Tier 13, at which point Soulburn comes in just under maintaining Improved Soul Fire on the priority tree.

Destruction warlock Priorities / Rotation

Destro locks don’t use a fixed rotation – most fixed rotations went out with Wrath, and good riddance. Instead, they use a FCFS (First Come First Served) priority system:

Soul Fire IF Improved Soul Fire isn’t up > Demon Soul > Immolate > Conflagrate > Bane of Doom > Corruption > Shadowflame > Soul Fire (if hasted from Soul Burn or your imp) > Chaos Bolt > Shadowburn (if the boss is below 20%) > Incinerate

  • This is a priority list. If any of the spells or buffs from an earlier step fall off or refresh their cooldown, use that instead of a later step.
  • If you reach the end of the list cast Incinerate, which is a spell you cast when there’s nothing else to do. It’s slightly better for your DPS than making a cup of tea.
  • If no-one else is using a debuff similar to Curse of the Elements (Balance Druids, Unholy DKs, other Destro locks and some hunter pets will all conflict), put up Curse of the Elements at the start of the fight.
  • Remember to use Dark Intent! If you’re on progression, put it on a healer, prioritising the ones that use HoTs – Resto Druid, Holy Priest, Resto Shaman. Otherwise, stick it on a fellow DOT-using DPS – Shadow Priests are probably best, and Balance Druids and Fire Mages are also good.
  • Bane of Havok is complicated – see the Elitist Jerks guide linked below, see the discussion in comments, or simply avoid using it, as it can often cause problems.

AOE: Use Rain of Fire and Shadowflame liberally, and use your Infernal if it’s available.

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Destruction talent spec

Stats, reforging and gems as a Destruction warlock

Stats order: Intellect > Hit (until hit capped at 174217%) > Haste > Critical Strike Rating > Mastery

  • Reforge Mastery, Crit and any Spirit to Hit until Hit Cap, then reforge excess Hit, Mastery, and Crit to Haste.
  • Gem Intellect, unless the socket bonus is more than 20 Int or 30 of another stat, when you should use an Int/Haste or Int/Hit gem.
  • IF you have an average iLevel above 402 then only reforge Haste to 2681 rating – after that, reforge to Mastery.

Destruction Warlock enchants

Remember to check if your profession enchants are better! (Check the stat weights above – it’s likely to be pretty obvious if so).

Head Arcanum of Hyjal
Shoulders   Greater Inscription of Charged Lodestone
Back Enchant Cloak – Greater Intellect
Chest Enchant Chest – Peerless Stats
Wrist Enchant Bracer – Mighty Intellect
Hands Enchant Gloves – Haste
Belt Ebonsteel Belt Buckle
Legs Powerful Enchanted Spellthread
Feet Enchant Boots – Lavawalker
Weapon Enchant Weapon – Power Torrent
Off-Hand Weapon Enchant Weapon – Superior Intellect

Glyphs:

Primes: Glyph of ImmolateGlyph of ConflagrateGlyph of Imp

Major: Glyph of Life Tap and personal choice. If you’re likely to need to combat res, Glyph of Soulstone. If you are likely to need to CC, Glyph of Fear.

Minor: your choice.

  • [Elitist Jerks destro lock guide – REALLY good and updated to 4.3.

](http://elitistjerks.com/f80/t111390-destruction_cataclysm_4_3_release/) * Cynwise’s warlockery section has some great guides to aspects of Warlock play. * MMO Champion’s Dark Intent Guide – definitely read this if you want to get more advanced. * WoW insider’s Warlock column – useful for extra warlock information

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Patch 4.2 changes for… Rogues, (Prot and Retri) Paladins, (Feral and Balance)Druids, Warlocks, Death Knights and Mages

With World of Warcraft’s Patch 4.2 looming over us like a tsunami made of pure raid nerf (yes, I’m still a little bitter), it’s time for a great big massive, whopping round-up post. So if you want to know what’s going to happen to your Rogue, Warlock, DK, Mage, Paladin, or Druid, read on!

(AS you can see, we haven’t completed the full set yet. If you know of any guides to class changes, particularly for classes we’ve missed, that we haven’t featured, please do comment below!)

Here goes.

  • Rogues are getting a bunch of buffsbut how significant are they? Top Rosters answers.
  • It’s all change for Druids, with everything including a flaming cat. No, literally, it’s on fire. WoW Insider’s Chase Hasbrouck explains the Feral Druid changes, whilst Grey Matter’s all over the Boomkin alterations.
  • Warlocks aren’t getting as many changes as other classes, apparently, but what they are getting, Skim ‘Locks has coverage of.
  • DKs are seeing some fairly major changes that I know Johnnie’s bouncing up and down about – Daniel Whitcomb at WoW Insider has the analysis, which looks pretty complex.
  • Retridins are seeing some pretty significant buffs, particularly to AOE – about time – and Retpallie’s got the goods there. Meanwhile, tankadins are getting messed around all over the place – Mark Walsh at WoW Insider has a fairly detailed summary.
  • Finally, Mages are also getting a quick going-over, and also a chance to get into a big fight with the rest of their guildies over the caster legendary – Christian Belt’s Arcane Brilliance (at WoW Insider, again) has the goods.So there you go! Again, if you know of a guide to the 4.2 changes for Holydins, resto druids, Priests, Shammies, Warriors or Hunters, let me know below!
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Super-short, super-useful – What can Warlocks CC and what quests haven’t you done?

Good evening, afternoon, or morning as appropriate!

We’re starting off today with a couple of super-snippets – not huge great Tamarind-style epic blog posts, but tiny little hits of the Useful.

First up, Girls Don’t Play WoW has a guide to all forms of Warlock CC. Doesn’t sound that useful? “But I’m not a Warlock”? Think again, I’d say. It’s a quick blast of info that tells you a lot of capabilities you probably didn’t know your raid’s locks had.

Did you know that locks have 6, yes, 6, forms of more-than-2-sec CC? Did you know that with the right glyphs they’re nearly as good at CC as a Mage? I’m damn sure I didn’t.

Well, you do now. Awesome.

Second up, a quick recommendation for an addon that soothes away one of the biggest pains in Cataclysm: lost quests. You know that point where you just can’t find the next damn questgiver? They’re around somewhere, but you’re buggered if you know where?

Windsoar’s been there, and she’s got a recommendation. I’ve wanted an addon like that for years, and I’m very glad that API changes in WoW mean it’s now possible.

So there you go. Short, sweet, simple, and hopefully, handy as hell.

Whilst we’re on the subject – do you have any quick tips for Cata or otherwise you’d like to share with your fellow Melting Potters?

You can find Girls Don’t Play WoW at http://spellbound.nu/gdpw/, and Jaded Alt at http://www.jadedalt.com.

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Destruction Warlock Stats, Rotation And Glyphs In Patch 4.0+

This guide is now out of date – but don’t worry! Read our guide to destro lock talent specs, reforging and gemming, and priorities in Patch 4.2 to get the latest info!

Deathwing bringing Cataclysm to the world? Pah! You are a destruction warlock, and rains of fire are your speciality. But patch 4.0.1 has confused your destruction warlock noggin, you say? Well, we’ll get you sorted out so that you can get back to doing what you do best: setting things on fire and cackling while you do it.

Destruction warlock rotation:

Soul Fire > Immolate > Conflagrate > Bane of Doom > Shadowflame > Corruption > Chaos Bolt >  Soul Fire (if hasted from Soul Burn or your imp) > Incinerate

  • This is a priority list. If any of the spells or buffs from an earlier step fall off or refresh their cooldown, use that instead of a later step.
  • If you reach the end of the list cast incinerate, which is a spell you cast when there’s nothing else to do.

Destruction talent spec:

Standard talent build for level 80 Destruction warlock

**Stats, reforging and gems as a Destruction warlock:

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Stats order: Hit (until hit capped at 44817%) > Intellect > Haste (up to 1200 haste) > Mastery > Critical Strike Rating

  • Reforge spirit, crit, extra hit and some(!) haste into Mastery.
  • Gem hit until capped, then haste. Intellect is also good.

Glyphs:

Primes: Glyph of ImmolateGlyph of ConflagrateGlyph of Imp

Major: Glyph of Life TapGlyph of Soul Link

Minor: your choice.

Links:

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WoW Demonology Warlock Stats, Rotation And Glyphs {Patch 4.1}

This guide is now out of date! Visit our 4.2 guide to demonology glyphs, talent spec, reforging and gemming, and rotation to get the latest info!

There are demons to slay! And other things, if you’re a demonology lock. But wait, patch 4.1 hit recently – what to do, where to start with 4.1 demonology? If you’ve got a metaphorical question mark over your head then look no further than this thread. We’ll get you up and running, and doing your demonology lock thing.

Demonology warlock rotation:

Metamorphosis > Demon Soul (if you’re using felguard) > Immolate > Hand of Gul’dan > Bane of Doom > Immolation Aura > Corruption > Shadowflame > Incinerate (if Molten Core procs) > Soul Fire (if Decimation is active) > Shadow Bolt

Aoe situations: Hand of Guldan > Hellfire > Felguard Felstorm > Inferno > Shadowflame > Immolation Aura

Which warlock demon should I use?:

  • Single target/boss fight: Felhunter
  • Trash: Felguard

Demology talent spec:

Standard talent build for level 85 Demonology warlock

**Stats, reforging and gems as a Demonology warlock:

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Stats order: Intellect > Hit (until hit capped at 174217%) >  Mastery  > Haste > Critical Strike Rating

  • Reforge mastery/crit into Hit until hit capped, after that reforge into mastery, if not possible reforge into haste.
  • Gem hit until capped, then a mixture of haste and intellect (pure intellect if red socket).

Glyphs:

Primes: Glyph of ImmolateGlyph of MetamorphosisGlyph of Incinerate

Major: Glyph of Shadow BoltGlyph of Life Tap

Minor: your choice.

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WoW Affliction Warlock Stats, Rotation And Glyphs {Patch 4.1}

This guide is now out of date – so get the latest info on Affliction Warlock talent specs, glyphs, reforging and gems, and rotations in Patch 4.2 instead!

Want to get busy afflicting pain and agony on the monsters of the world before Cataclysm, but don’t know how to start being an affliction warlock after patch 4.1? Don’t worry. We’ve got the basics of affliction covered here so you can be off petting fluffy bunnies smiting your opponents in no time.

Affliction warlock rotation:

Single target: Haunt > Demon Soul > Bane of Doom > Corruption > Unstable Affliction > Drain Soul (if target is below 25% health) > Shadowflame > Shadow Bolt/Drain Life

  • Always use Haunt and Demon Soul whenever they’ve cooled down.
  • Keep Bane of Doom, Corruption and Unstable Affliction up on the target at all times.

Two targets: Get your DoTs on a target them use (glyphed) soul swap to transfer them to the other.

Three or more targets: Use Soulburn: Seed of Corruption.

Affliction talent spec:

Which warlock demon should I use?:

  • Fel Hunter.

**Stats, reforging and gems as an Affliction warlock:

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Stats order: Intellect > Hit (until hit capped at 1742 /17%) > Haste > Critical Strike Rating > Mastery

  • Reforge Mastery and Critical Strike Rating into Hit until hit capped, then everything into Haste. If you can’t reforge to Haste reforge to Critical Strike Rating.
  • Gem for intellect and hit until hit capped, then for intellect. Use split intellect/haste in yellow sockets in the socket bonus is worth it – i.e. +20 stat.

Glyphs:

Primes: Glyph of Unstable AfflictionGlyph of CorruptionGlyph of Haunt

Major: Glyph of Soul Swap Glyph of Shadow BoltGlyph of Life Tap

Minor: Glyph of Drain Soul

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