I see a lot of posts saying how low Destruction damage is right now… and it is!
But the biggest part of the problem is that people seem to do what the guides and websites tell them to do, rather than playing with different talents and stats to find out what works.
I see people complaining about Chaos Bolt being weak. With some saying it should not be a spell to spam, but something with bang. Well what do people expect when they stack Haste and believe Haste is the most important secondary stat?
I have been playing the Warlock as Destruction spec for the past 14 years and I have to tell you all, if you are stacking Haste, you are doing it wrong.
Firstly you should have at least 40% Mastery. Anything less and you will be very weak.
Next you should forget about stacking Haste and stack Critical Strike!
Chaos Bolt is based on Critical Strike and having as much Critical Strike as you can is important. If you get some Haste on an item ok, but don’t look to stack Haste.
You need to have around/over 20% Haste to shorten the base cast time of Chaos Bolt to 2.5 seconds. Which makes it a complete waste of stats. Leave Haste to combat buffs, choose the items/gems/enchants which give you the most Critical Strike, and do not go under 40% Mastery.
Yes, Destruction’s base damage needs to be buffed. I completely agree with that. But when people are going by the wrong stat priority for the spec, and not using certain talents just because some guide told them so… what can people expect but for Destruction to be doing worse damage than the tank?
What guide online tells you to use the Backlash talent? None! That’s 3% extra stat points (to Critical Strike), that nobody is taking, because the guides say not to.
My current stats are like this… (at the time of this post with 384 item level)
28% Critical Strike (with the extra 3% from Backlash)
4% Leech (from wrist & cloak enchants)
4% Speed (from boots enchant)
This is my talent string for you to import…
Immolate > Conflagrate > Chaos Bolt > Cataclysm > Infernal > Conflagrate > Chaos Bolt > Conflagrate > Chaos Bolt > refresh Immolate when needed, either with the Immolate spell or with Cataclysm and cast Conflagrate before Chaos Bolt whenever it is off cooldown.
Want some AOE?
Rain of Fire > Cataclysm > Infernal > Spam Rain of Fire and Conflagrate with Incinerate…
Procs will give you so many Soul Shards (Cough-Cough “Burning Embers”, Cough) you will bring down so many Infernals in a Rain of Chaos!
Want to do more damage?
You get the hint from the name of the Specialisation “Destruction”…
What is more Destructive? Big Crits or a steady flow of pew pew?
Stop stacking Haste and start stacking Critical Strike!