Best in Slot Guide for BfA

Destruction Warlock PvP Guide

Game Patch
BfA 8.3.7
Last Updated
August 5, 2020

Welcome to our World of Warcraft Destruction Warlock PvP Guide (Arena and Battlegrounds) for Battle of Azeroth Patch 8.3. We covered best Talents, Stats, Gear (BiS), Gems, Azerite Powers & Azerite Essences, Races, Consumables, Rotation. This guide is constantly updated to show latest data for 2v2, 3v3 and RBG.

You can use this guide as a solid starting point for building your character, and later adjust things to your liking.

Ladder

Talents

15
Flashover
Eradication
Soul Fire
30
Reverse Entropy
Internal Combustion
Shadowburn
45
Demon Skin
Burning Rush
Dark Pact
60
Inferno
Fire and Brimstone
Cataclysm
75
Darkfury
Mortal Coil
Demonic Circle
90
Roaring Blaze
Grimoire of Supremacy
Grimoire of Sacrifice
100
Soul Conduit
Channel Demonfire
Dark Soul: Instability

PvP Talents

Talents

15
Flashover
Eradication
Soul Fire
30
Reverse Entropy
Internal Combustion
Shadowburn
45
Demon Skin
Burning Rush
Dark Pact
60
Inferno
Fire and Brimstone
Cataclysm
75
Darkfury
Mortal Coil
Demonic Circle
90
Roaring Blaze
Grimoire of Supremacy
Grimoire of Sacrifice
100
Soul Conduit
Channel Demonfire
Dark Soul: Instability

PvP Talents

Talents

15
Flashover
Eradication
Soul Fire
30
Reverse Entropy
Internal Combustion
Shadowburn
45
Demon Skin
Burning Rush
Dark Pact
60
Inferno
Fire and Brimstone
Cataclysm
75
Darkfury
Mortal Coil
Demonic Circle
90
Roaring Blaze
Grimoire of Supremacy
Grimoire of Sacrifice
100
Soul Conduit
Channel Demonfire
Dark Soul: Instability

PvP Talents

Stats

Versatility
Haste
Mastery
Critical Strike

Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

Back
Feet
Head
Legs
Neck
Ring
Chest
Hands
Waist
Wrist
Trinket
Main Hand
Shoulders

Stats

Haste
Versatility
Mastery
Critical Strike

Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

Back
Feet
Head
Legs
Neck
Ring
Chest
Hands
Waist
Wrist
Trinket
Main Hand
Shoulders

Stats

Haste
Mastery
Critical Strike
Versatility

Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

Back
Feet
Head
Legs
Neck
Ring
Chest
Hands
Waist
Wrist
Trinket
Main Hand
Shoulders

Races

Orc
Human
Dwarf

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Races

Orc
Human
Dwarf

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Races

Orc
Human
Undead

Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

Rotation

Use Potion
Use Potion: Use potion with Summon Infernal or if the fight will end soon
Use Racial Active Buff: Use Racial Buffs with Summon Infernal or if the fight will end soon
Use Trinkets: Use buff trinkets with Dark Soul: Instability if possible
When there is more than one target, put Havoc on a secondary target. Don't target the enemy with Havoc unless it is the only enemy remaining.
Use with Dark Soul: Instability if possible. If you think the fight will end in the next 45 seconds or so make sure to use the Infernal even if Dark Soul is not ready. Use in 2+ target AoE regardless.
Save Dark Soul: Instability for multi-target situations if possible
Cataclysm is a DPS gain even against a single target. If there will be AoE soon, save it if it won't cool down again in time.
Refresh Immolate when it is in the 30% refresh window (about 5.5 seconds). DoT as many targets as possible in AoE.
Use Conflagrate to gain Backdraft just before using Chaos Bolt. As often as possible you want Chaos Bolt to be cast with Backdraft.
If there are 3+ targets, save Soul Shards for Rain of Fire. If you have a Havoc up, then go ahead and cast Chaos Bolt.

Rotation

Use Potion
Use Potion: Use potion with Summon Infernal or if the fight will end soon
Use Racial Active Buff: Use Racial Buffs with Summon Infernal or if the fight will end soon
Use Trinkets: Use buff trinkets with Dark Soul: Instability if possible
When there is more than one target, put Havoc on a secondary target. Don't target the enemy with Havoc unless it is the only enemy remaining.
Use with Dark Soul: Instability if possible. If you think the fight will end in the next 45 seconds or so make sure to use the Infernal even if Dark Soul is not ready. Use in 2+ target AoE regardless.
Save Dark Soul: Instability for multi-target situations if possible
Cataclysm is a DPS gain even against a single target. If there will be AoE soon, save it if it won't cool down again in time.
Refresh Immolate when it is in the 30% refresh window (about 5.5 seconds). DoT as many targets as possible in AoE.
Use Conflagrate to gain Backdraft just before using Chaos Bolt. As often as possible you want Chaos Bolt to be cast with Backdraft.
If there are 3+ targets, save Soul Shards for Rain of Fire. If you have a Havoc up, then go ahead and cast Chaos Bolt.

Rotation

Use Potion
Use Potion: Use potion with Summon Infernal or if the fight will end soon
Use Racial Active Buff: Use Racial Buffs with Summon Infernal or if the fight will end soon
Use Trinkets: Use buff trinkets with Dark Soul: Instability if possible
When there is more than one target, put Havoc on a secondary target. Don't target the enemy with Havoc unless it is the only enemy remaining.
Use with Dark Soul: Instability if possible. If you think the fight will end in the next 45 seconds or so make sure to use the Infernal even if Dark Soul is not ready. Use in 2+ target AoE regardless.
Save Dark Soul: Instability for multi-target situations if possible
Cataclysm is a DPS gain even against a single target. If there will be AoE soon, save it if it won't cool down again in time.
Refresh Immolate when it is in the 30% refresh window (about 5.5 seconds). DoT as many targets as possible in AoE.
Use Conflagrate to gain Backdraft just before using Chaos Bolt. As often as possible you want Chaos Bolt to be cast with Backdraft.
If there are 3+ targets, save Soul Shards for Rain of Fire. If you have a Havoc up, then go ahead and cast Chaos Bolt.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is this Guide useful?
The goal of our guides is to show you the overall "optimal" options for building your character. If you do not wish to dig through walls of text then you may like our visual "cut to the chase" approach.
Where do you get this data from?
We use algorithms to parse big data chunks from Top 1% players from Arena and RBG leaderboards using the official Blizzard API. We believe that statistics is a very reliable method for determining solid choices for end-game optimization.