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WoW Classic Warlock Guide

Warlock Spec Roles

You have 3 Strong DPS Specs to choose from, with Demonology being a strong choice for Solo Leveling up in Classic WoW. This class can be used as an Off Tank for certain Bosses with the help of your Pet and the Demonology Spec. This does not mean you can tank the entire dungeon as a warlock, in case that wasn&#;t clear.

Best Warlock Class Spec

The two Best Warlock Class Specs are between Destruction and Affliction, Demonology has its use and in rare cases can be used as an off-tank spec, however, we mostly recommend it for levelling. Affliction use lots of DOT (Damage Over Time) Ability spells, spamming these in Raid, Dungeons and even Battlegrounds can easily get Warlock to the top of the DPS Charts. Destruction plays more similar the Fire mage, you can burst enemies for huge amounts of damage, this makes for a strong PVP Spec.

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Destruction Warlock Overview

Destruction Warlock is a very flexible specialization that can find ways to excel in a variety of environments. Destruction can deal a lot of burst to a single target, and also efficiently cleave and AoE several targets at once.

Destruction is almost always a viable candidate for progression fights, as it has the least ramp up time of any Warlock specialization. It can pressure priority targets easily, and also has strong cleave through Havoc IconHavoc. Like all Warlock specializations, Destruction brings Demonic Gateway IconDemonic Gateway, a powerful raid cooldown that can transport your entire group 40 yards instantly.

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Strengths and Weaknesses

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Patch Changes for Warlocks

We are maintaining a list of changes for Warlocks, so you can see what changes with every patch of Shadowlands. Be sure to also check out Destruction's specific changes this patch.

Patch Warlock Class ChangesPatch Destruction Changes

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Leveling a Destruction Warlock

We have a dedicated leveling guide to help you get your Destruction Warlock to max level, complete with many tips and suggestions.

Destruction Warlock Leveling Guide

While playing with the default UI for the leveling is entirely possible, transitioning to a max level rotation with a substantially different UI layout can feel overwhelming and ultimately disorient or frustrate the player. We recommend instead to implement Layout changes gradually in order to allow yourself to acclimate to a more effective and personal UI. The Addon page below offers some recommended options.

Destruction Warlock Addons and Macros

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Basics of Destruction Warlock Gameplay

Destruction Warlock is a fairly straightforward spec, leaning towards hard hitting direct damage spells strong and long lasting cooldowns, and a relative amount of pet management. At its core the gameplay is about generating and spending the Warlock iconic resource: Soul Shards.

The basics are simple: maintain Immolate IconImmolate on the target(s), spend your shards on Chaos Bolt IconChaos Bolts or Rain of Fire IconRain of Fire; cast Conflagrate IconConflagrate on cooldown and Incinerate IconIncinerate in the downtime.

If you are a newcomer to the spec, but would like to learn the basics start browsing the Spell Summary and head over the page linked below.

Destruction Warlock Quick Guide

For those more familiar with Warlocks we invite you to check out the Talents and Rotation pages to have access to more detailed and in depth information.

Destruction Warlock Talents and BuildsDestruction Warlock Rotation and Cooldowns

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How to Gear Up as Destruction Warlock

Due the increased number of variables and additional systems, picking gear has become a much less intuitive and immediate process. Nevertheless you can find guidelines in how to best equip your Destruction Warlock in our dedicated gearing page, including the current Best in Slot equipment for the current tier.

Destruction Warlock BiS and Gear

Equipping gear is not enough, as you also need to choose the right consumables and gear augments to maximise your character potential. The pages below can guide you through those choices, and help you better understand the implications each stat has on your Warlock.

Destruction Warlock Stat PriorityDestruction Warlock Enchants and Gems

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Destruction Warlock in Shadowlands

With Shadowlands release, players gain access to multiple new systems.

First and foremost is the Covenant system, the most influential in terms of power progression, granting access to Soulbinds and Conduit customisation, which have a very tangible impact in the overall output. Making the right decision is paramount, so head to the page below to learn more.

Destruction Warlock Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits

Another means to acquire additional power is given by the Legendary system, tied to a new crafting experience with limited resources, making it very important to identify the most effective choice in terms of upgrade. Follow the link for a detailed explanation of Legendaries and what to craft for what type of content.

Destruction Warlock Best Legendaries

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End-Game as a Destruction Warlock

Being geared and well-equipped is only half of the journey, as the end game activities require each a different approach to the spec. In order to find out more information regarding how to better tackle these challenges check out the pages below.

Destruction Warlock Castle Nathria Raid GuideDestruction Warlock Torghast GuideDestruction Warlock Mythic+ GuideDestruction Warlock PvP Guide

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Improving as a Destruction Warlock

Understanding your errors and refining your performance is a constant exercise, which can be frustrating or confounding at times. Below are listed some pages that offer tools and can point and help correcting those mistakes.

Destruction Warlock "How to Improve" GuideDestruction Warlock FAQDestruction Warlock Simulations

Destruction Warlock Viability in the Current Patch

Destruction is a perfectly viable candidate for all content types. A very solid baseline toolkit makes the spec able to perform in any situation with a combination of very powerful cooldowns, one of, if not the strongest, 2-target cleave, and the ability to burst on-demand, even outside cooldowns.

While the performance on paper, or in an exclusive single-target scenario, may not be over the top, the ability to gain additional resources through Havoc and Immolate to funnel damage on a priority target makes the spec a strong candidate for any progress in raid.

In dungeons, Destruction has the ability to talent for one of the strongest AoE output, while also offering its signature cleave potential and very valuable damage mitigation.

In Sanctum of Domination, Destruction is the prime choice whenever there are cleave opportunities to add to the very strong baseline burst and good single-target.

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Top 10 Strongest Warlocks in World of Warcraft

“Behold those who have power, and who are not afraid to wield it. Behold the warlocks!”

— Gul'dan[1]

The warlock is a damage-dealing spell-caster class, known for their wide range of debuffs and damage over time effects. Warlocks are also recognisable by their demonicminions, used to deal damage to foes, as well as to provide both offensive and defensive utility.

Warlocks are magical practitioners that seek to understand darker magics, among other fel-based and destructive spells. While many warlocks willingly follow the Burning Legion, there are those who work against it, using their magic to fight against evil. Warlocks have proven themselves to be powerful allies - as well as powerful foes.[2]

Warlocks have a number of crowd control options, and a wide range of utility spells, which can be used to benefit the entire group. Warlocks also have an interesting relationship with health, capable of converting their health into mana, sacrificing their minions to save themselves, and even trading their own blood in exchange for powerful effects, and possess numerous dark methods for restoring their health, including draining the life from their enemies, and bringing themselves or their allies back from the dead through Soulstones. Warlocks are mana users, but can also harvest the souls of their enemies to summon their demonic companions and cast devastating spells.

Warlocks are renowned for their damage over time (DoT) spells and sinister Shadow magic, as well for summoning demonic minions and their ability to wreak havoc with destructive Fire spells. Warlocks can specialize in any of these areas: Affliction warlocks are the masters of damage over time, draining their targets' health with an array of powerful debuffs; Demonology warlocks summon and empower more powerful versions of various demons to do their bidding; while Destruction warlocks call down a rain of fire upon their enemies, specializing in potent burst damage and fire spells.

Being a warlock demands certain things: being able to engage multiple targets simultaneously while keeping tabs on your minion, to make split-second strategic decisions on cast rotations depending on the situation, and careful resource and cooldown management. Being a warlock also offers many rewards: they are PvP powerhouses due to their powerful burst and sustained damage abilities, and in PvE their damage output is solid in both single and multiple target situations.

Class overview

Warlocks are the most volatile and insatiable of spellcasters. Though they often pledge themselves to the service of noble causes and are not innately evil, their desire to understand darker magics and exercise unwavering command over demonic forces breeds mistrust among even their closest allies. Warlocks peer into the Void without hesitation, leveraging the chaos they glimpse within to devastating ends in battle—their greatest abilities are fueled by the souls they’ve harvested from their victims. They exploit powerful Shadow magic to manipulate and degrade the minds and bodies of their enemies. They employ Fire magic, dropping hellish rain from the sky, to immolate the opposition. They summon and command indomitable demons from the Twisting Nether to do their bidding, or even to be sacrificed as the Warlock sees fit, empowering and protecting the dark caster from harm.[3]

Game guide

In the face of demonic power, most heroes see death. Warlocks see only opportunity. Dominance is their aim, and they have found a path to it in the dark arts. These voracious spellcasters summon demonic minions to fight beside them. At first, they command only the service of imps, but as a warlock’s knowledge grows, seductive succubi, loyal voidwalkers, and horrific felhunters join the dark sorcerer’s ranks to wreak havoc on anyone who stands in their master’s way. Warlocks can ignite distant enemies in searing flame, send them fleeing in terror and pain, or afflict them with corrupting diseases and curses that steal the victim’s vitality.

These practitioners of the profane are feared across Azeroth, and many who have felt their wrath now prefer to fight alongside a warlock than against one.

Warlocks burn and destroy weakened foes with a combination of crippling illnesses and dark magic. While their demon pets protect and enhance them, warlocks strike at their enemies from a distance. As physically weak spellcasters bereft of heavy armor, cunning warlocks allow their minions to take the brunt of enemy attacks in order to save their own skin.[4]

Creation screen description

Warlocks are the bane of all life. Empowered by demonic blood, they can inflict great torment upon their foes. To replenish the dreadful energy their spells expend, warlocks drain vitality from their victims. The warlock can also summon and control terrifying demonic entities. Still, warlocks are feared above all else for their singular wickedness and cruelty.[5]

Warlocks cast Fire or Shadow magic to damage, drain, or curse their enemy. They summon demons as servants.

Classic guide

Utilizing forbidden sorcery to wreak havoc on their enemies, Warlocks commune with dark powers that enable them to summon demons, curse foes, and channel destructive magics.[6]

Background

Born of the Eredar race, warlocks are absolutely corrupt and unimaginably powerful. Their chaos magics have burnt out whole worlds and annihilated countless species over the aeons. Kil'jaeden taught the orcs the secrets of warlock magics, but the orcs could never master the powers of entropy and destruction as well the wicked Eredar. Under Archimonde's command, the warlocks serve as the Legion's tacticians and strategists – Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Manual - Warlock

Before the Dark Portal

The first known eredar who Sargeras whispered to and instructed in the art of summoning demons and using Fel was Thal'kiel and his Wakeners. Archimonde was at this time an apprentice under him, but ultimately betrayed him to the Second Duumvirate (Kil'jaeden and Velen), guaranteeing his rise to power and would eventually be the first to accept Sargeras among the eredar.[7]

After, other warlocks were created by Kil'jaeden, who instructed the orc shamans of Draenor in the use of fel and demonic magics. While the elder shaman Ner'zhul ultimately resisted the eredar lord's promises of untold power, Kil'jaeden soon found another to take his place: Ner'zhul's ambitious apprentice Gul'dan. The young orc became an avid student of demonic magic and developed into the most powerful mortal warlock in history. He taught other young orcs the arcane arts and strove to eradicate the orcs' shamanistic traditions. Gul'dan showed this new brand of magic to his brethren, a terrible new power that reeked of doom. Kil'jaeden, seeking to tighten his hold over the orcs, helped Gul'dan found the Shadow Council, a secretive sect that manipulated the clans and spread the use of warlock magics throughout Draenor. As more and more orcs began to wield warlock magics, the gentle fields and streams of Draenor began to blacken and fade. Over time, the vast prairies the orcs had called home for generations withered away, leaving only red barren soil. The demon energies were slowly killing the world.[8]

First War

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During the First War, the warlocks were the most powerful of the orcish sects. These dark brethren went where no others dared in search of ultimate power. Their towers held the keys to unleashing the very essence of evil upon those they saw as a threat to their devious plans. Spells that channeled fire, brimstone, and shadow through their bodies, or could summon forth great creatures - even daemons - were theirs to use.[9]

There are references to a Warlock clan, though they may be euphemisms for more formally named clans, such as the Shadowmoon clan and Stormreaver clan, who included warlocks in their ranks. They may refer to the warlock class as a group, separate from their clan membership.

Second War

The warlocks of the Horde were slaughtered by Orgrim Doomhammer. Gul'dan later transferred some of their spirits into the first death knights,[10] while the magical energies of other long dead warlocks were infused into the bodies of the ogre magi.[11][12]

Third War

Main article: Orc Warlock (Warcraft III)

During the Third War, orc warlocks still served the goals of the Old Horde, especially among the ranks of the Blackrock Warlocks.

World of Warcraft

Sometime after the Third War, the Alliance and the Horde began pressing warlocks into their service.[13][14] Although many societies consider such dark arts disreputable, their efficacy in combat is undeniable. Most warlocks practice their arts in secret within hidden enclaves so that they can escape the prejudice of the public.

In Stormwind City, when Lord Wishock was made aware of the warlock coven under the Slaughtered Lamb, he lobbied for a full investigation and closure of the tavern.[15]Zardeth of the Black Claw, however, implied that the noble was actually trying to shut the establishment down in order to avoid paying his tab there. In the end, the warlocks had Lord Wishock assassinated.[16]

In Orgrimmar, warlocks operated discreetly in the Cleft of Shadow. Neeru Fireblade was a warlock who claimed not to wish to destroy the Horde from within or gain control over it, but he was secretly an agent of the Shadow Council. Thrall knew about this and tolerated his presence in order to fool him and better watch over him.[17]

In Silvermoon City, demons were more accepted than elsewhere, as the succubus Nimrida was walking with her master Keyanomir in the Murder Row of the city.

During the war against the Lich King, warlocks were still considered as pariahs, operating in the shadows of polite society but were now starting to be respected on the battlefronts.[18]

Mists of Pandaria

After the war against Deathwing, six of the greatest warlocks gathered together to make a pact stipulating they share the knowledge they gathered and innovated from the defeat of their powerful enemies.[19] Thus the Council of the Black Harvest was created to teach all warlocks advanced forms of magic stolen from the adventurers' defeated foes, learning from the likes of the Twilight's Hammer, the Firelands, the demons of Outland, and the secrets of Illidan's transformation.[20][21]

When he created the True Horde, Garrosh Hellscream sent his Kor'kron guard led by Ureda of the Black Flame to have most of Orgrimmar's warlocks executed for being demon worshipers.

Warlords of Draenor

Warlocks were originally forbidden in the ranks of the Iron Horde, but Gul'dan trained a whole generation of warlocks to marshal against the forces of Azeroth,[22] first as members of the Shadow Council and then as Iron servants of the Legion. The Shadowmoon clan are also referred to as warlocks, using the void to bind souls and control the undead.[23]

Legion

LegionThis section concerns content related to Legion.

The warlocks of Azeroth united against the Burning Legion via the Council of the Black Harvest, obtaining the

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Affliction Warlock Overview

Affliction Warlocks excel at sustaining high single-target and multiple-target damage. Most of your damage comes from the application of harmful damage over time effects (DoTs). This allows them to effectively cleave on targets that are spread around an area, something many specializations struggle with or are flat out unable to do. Just like the other Warlock specializations, Affliction Warlocks bring the Demonic Gateway IconDemonic Gateway ability to the raid, which can be an invaluable mobility cooldown.

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Strengths and Weaknesses

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Patch Changes for Warlocks

We are maintaining a list of changes for Warlocks, so you can see what changes with every patch of Shadowlands. Be sure to also check out Affliction's specific changes this patch.

Patch Warlock Class ChangesPatch Affliction Changes

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Leveling a Affliction Warlock

We have a dedicated leveling guide to help you get your Affliction Warlock to max level, complete with many tips and suggestions.

Affliction Warlock Leveling Guide

While playing with the default UI for the leveling is entirely possible, transitioning to a max level rotation with a substantially different UI layout can feel overwhelming and ultimately disorient or frustrate the player. We recommend instead to implement Layout changes gradually in order to allow yourself to acclimate to a more effective and personal UI. The Addon page below offers some recommended options.

Affliction Warlock Addons and Macros

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Basics of Affliction Warlock Gameplay

Affliction Warlock is a spec centered around Damage over Time effects, cooldown periods that require a setup to get the most out of them, and a relative amount of pet management. At its core the gameplay is about generating and spending the Warlock iconic resource: Soul Shards.

The fundamentals are simple: maintain Corruption IconCorruption and Agony IconAgony on the target(s), spend your Soul Shards on Malefic Rapture IconMalefic Raptures or Seed of Corruption IconSeed of Corruption and cast Shadow Bolt IconShadow Bolt in the downtime.

If you are a newcomer to the spec, but would like to learn the basics start browsing the Spell Summary and head over the page linked below

Affliction Warlock Quick Guide

For those more familiar with Warlocks we invite you to check out the Talents and Rotation pages to have access to more detailed and in depth information.

Affliction Warlock Talents and BuildsAffliction Warlock Rotation and Cooldowns

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How to Gear Up as Affliction Warlock

Due the increased number of variables and additional systems, picking gear has become a much less intuitive and immediate process. Nevertheless you can find guidelines in how to best equip your Affliction Warlock in our dedicated gearing page, including the current Best in Slot equipment for the current tier.

Affliction Warlock BiS and Gear

Equipping gear is not enough, as you also need to choose the right consumables and gear augments to maximise your character potential. Below is listed a page that can guide you through those choices as well as a page to better understand the implications each stats has on your Warlock.

Affliction Warlock Stat PriorityAffliction Warlock Enchants and Gems

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Affliction Warlock in Shadowlands

With Shadowlands release, players gain access to multiple new systems.

First and foremost is the Covenant system, the most influential in terms of power progression, granting access to Soulbinds and Conduit customisation, which have a very tangible impact in the overall output. Making the right decision is paramount, so head to the page below to learn more.

Affliction Warlock Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits

Another means to acquiring additional power is given by the Legendary system, tied to a new crafting experience with limited resources, making it very important to identify the most effective choice in terms of upgrade. Follow the link for a detailed explanation of Legendaries and what to craft for what type of content.

Affliction Warlock Best Legendaries

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End-Game as a Affliction Warlock

Being geared and well equipped is only half of the journey, as the end game activities require each a different approach to the spec. In order to find out more information regarding how to better tackle these challenges check the pages below.

Affliction Warlock Castle Nathria Raid GuideAffliction Warlock Torghast GuideAffliction Warlock Mythic+ GuideAffliction Warlock PvP Guide

9.

Improving as a Affliction Warlock

Understanding your errors and refining your performance is a constant exercise, which can be frustrating or confounding at times. Below are listed some pages that offer tools and can point and help correcting those mistakes.

Affliction Warlock "How to Improve" GuideAffliction Warlock FAQAffliction Warlock Simulations

Affliction Warlock Viability in the Current Patch

Affliction is a well-rounded specialization, with more upsides than downsides. It offers good single-target damage, extremely strong burst, unrivalled multi-target distant cleave, with a mobility matched only by Beast Mastery Hunters.

The only downside Affliction suffers from in this expansion comes from its lack of burst AoE. While its sustained AoE can be actually strong, it requires specific talent choices and a certain setup time, meaning it is not effective when targets die too quickly.

Affliction is a highly sought after spec in raids. A combination of good single-target, with the possibility to increase it even further if additional targets are present, high self-sustain, high mobility, high burst, and one of the best multi-target outputs often make Affliction one of the spec you may want to stack during progress.

Affliction Warlock is the best specialization to level with, as it is mobile and provides good damage to spread out targets. It is very mobile while leveling, as DoTs can be cast while moving.

Affliction in Sanctum of Domination seems to take a bit of a backseat for the time being during early progression, mostly due to how fights are designed and recent buffs to Destruction shifting the preference of the masses toward the latter. Numerically speaking, especially with Shards of Domination taken into account, Affliction is actually a competitive option compared to the other two warlock specs.

Changelog

  • 08 Sep. (gear page): Updated trinket section following Forbidden Necromantic Tome change.
  • 08 Sep. (mythic+ page): Updated Anima Power recommendations.
  • 26 Aug. (gear page): Removed Castle Nathria BiS list, as it is not relevant anymore.
  • 24 Aug. (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated Mythic+ Soulbind recommendation.
  • 30 Jul. (mythic+ page): Updated talent row 45 recommendations.
  • 21 Jul. (this page): Updated state of the spec for Sanctum of Domination.
  • 13 Jul. (Sanctum of Domination page): Removed PTR disclaimer.
  • 13 Jul. (Patch Analysis): Removed PTR disclaimer.
  • 11 Jul. (mythic+ page): Added Anima Power recommendations for the Tormented seasonal affix.
  • 08 Jul. (Covenants and Soulbinds): Added detailed Soulbinds for other Covenants.
  • 08 Jul. (rotation page): Updated selectors for Shadow Embrace.
  • 07 Jul. (Sanctum of Domination page): Page created.
  • 30 Jun. (gear page): Added Sanctum of Domination bis list, updated trinket section and shard recommendations.
  • 28 Jun. (Legendaries): Updated for Patch
  • 28 Jun. (Torghast): Reviewed and approved for Patch
  • 28 Jun. (easy mode page): Reviewed and approved for Patch
  • 28 Jun. (FAQ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch
  • 28 Jun. (how to improve page): Reviewed and approved for Patch
  • 28 Jun. (simulations page): Reviewed and approved for Patch
  • 28 Jun. (gear page): Updated for Patch
  • 28 Jun. (spells page): Reviewed and approved for Patch
  • 28 Jun. (this page): Updated for Patch
  • 28 Jun. (addons page): Reviewed and approved for Patch
  • 28 Jun. (enchants page): Reviewed and approved for Patch
  • 28 Jun. (talents page): Updated for Patch
  • 28 Jun. (stats page): Reviewed and approved for Patch
  • 28 Jun. (rotation page): Reviewed and approved for Patch
  • 28 Jun. (mythic+ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch
  • 28 Jun. (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated for Patch
  • 27 Jun. (Patch Analysis): baseline changes, legendary and covenant recommendations updated.
  • 05 May (Patch Analysis): Page created.
  • 09 Mar. (talents page): Reviewed for Patch
  • 09 Mar. (stats page): Reviewed for Patch
  • 09 Mar. (gear page): Added Valor Upgrade section for Patch
  • 09 Mar. (rotation page): Reviewed for Patch
  • 09 Mar. (Torghast): Reviewed for Patch
  • 09 Mar. (enchants page): Reviewed for Patch
  • 09 Mar. (Legendaries): Added Malefic Wrath legendary as single-target option after buff and expanded WoC case use.
  • 09 Mar. (mythic+ page): Reviewed for Patch
  • 09 Mar. (this page): Reviewed for Patch
  • 09 Mar. (Covenants and Soulbinds): Reviewed for Patch
  • 09 Mar. (spells page): Reviewed for Patch
  • 09 Mar. (easy mode page): Reviewed for Patch
  • 09 Feb. (enchants page): Swapped potion recommendation due to better usability and more consistency.
  • 01 Feb. (gear page): Updated trinket section.
  • 01 Feb. (rotation page): Updated opener, added selectors for covenants, and expanded few sections.
  • 01 Feb. (Legendaries): Updated Synergy as the recommended mythic+ legendary craft, updated reasoning and use cases for some legendary choices.
  • 01 Feb. (stats page): Updated Mastery stat explanation.
  • 31 Jan. (mythic+ page): Added openers for multi-target situations and few key differences from the default.
  • 31 Jan. (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated Soulbind paths and reworded few paragraphs.
  • 17 Jan. (easy mode page): Clarified shard usage on AoE.
  • 17 Jan. (talents page): Reworded talent row 2 and 4 for better clarity.
  • 31 Dec. (mythic+ page): Updated Tier 4 talents description.
  • 28 Dec. (gear page): Added Sun King Salvation as another source of drop for the Abominable Anima Spherule weapon token.
  • 28 Dec. (Legendaries): Updated dungeon Legendary recommendation.
  • 28 Dec. (rotation page): Added Shadow Embrace lines.
  • 08 Dec. (enchants page): Added Armor Kits.
  • 07 Dec. (Castle Nathria page): Boss guides added.
  • 07 Dec. (mythic+ page): Page updated for Shadowlands season 1.
  • 05 Dec. (enchants page): Swapped weapon enchant back to Celestial Guidance for better usability.
  • 04 Dec. (gear page): Updated Castle Nathria BiS list, added dungeons BiS list, and updated trinket recommendations.
  • 03 Dec. (Covenants and Soulbinds): Minor clean-up, swapped from Poisons to Burrs, since it keeps escaping the nerfs.
  • 03 Dec. (talents page): Updated talent choices, explanations and builds after further testing and simulations.
  • 03 Dec. (Legendaries): Added crafting strategy section.
  • 03 Dec. (stats page): Stats ranking updated following simulation profile optimisations.
  • 01 Dec. (Castle Nathria page): Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
  • 25 Nov. (enchants page): Updated the food section to the correct secondary.
  • 24 Nov. (gear page): Added disclaimer about Bloodmallet sims.
  • 24 Nov. (easy mode page): Updated secondary stat priority in relationship with Intellect.
  • 24 Nov. (Torghast): Page added.
  • 23 Nov. (FAQ page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. (how to improve page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. (gear page): Page updated for Shadowlands release, added Legendary and Conduits sections, and Castle Nathria BiS list
  • 23 Nov. (addons page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. (enchants page): Page updated for Shadowlands release: new gems, enchants and consumables added.
  • 23 Nov. (stats page): Page updated for Shadowlands release, removed Corruptions and updated stat priority.
  • 23 Nov. (talents page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. (spells page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. (easy mode page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. (this page): Page updated for Shadowlands release, added new systems section and moved spec viability from FAQ.
  • 23 Nov. (rotation page): Updated page for Shadowlands release, removed Essences, Azerite and updated consumables.
  • 22 Nov. (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page added.
  • 21 Nov. (Legendaries): Page added.
  • 04 Nov. (rotation page): Removed some outdated info regarding pandemic.
  • 12 Oct. (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 14 Jul. (The Eternal Palace page): Updated Boss Tips and Talent/Essences selection.
  • 09 Jul. (The Eternal Palace page): Guide added.
  • 25 Jun. (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Apr. (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 14 Apr. (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated after recent raid nerfs.
  • 11 Feb. (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated with better talent choices, and more tips.
  • 21 Jan. (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page added.
  • 10 Dec. (Uldir page): Updated for Patch. Reviewed all talent suggestions.
  • 30 Oct. (Uldir page): Updated Uldir boss suggestions.
  • 07 Sep. (Uldir page): Updated for Uldir.

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