Warlock DPS: Demonology

12 Jul

Once again, this post comes courtesy of Notlupus, the many-talented warlock from my guild.  He’s one of our newest members and everyone at AMRanged is more than proud to have him here.  The melee team, communicating in AMMelee, still think he’s smelly.


This tree focuses on minion damage, procs, a raid wide spell power buff, and a very neat cooldown.

Stat weighting is as follows.

  • SP=2.0455
  • Haste=1.5840
  • Crit=1.3815
  • Spi=1.3329
  • Int=0.6034
  • Sta=0.2864

Note that this is the only tree where stam comes into play, as it increases your demon’s stamina, which in turn increases your spellpower. This comes from the Demonic Knowledge talent. Never focus on stacking it however.

Also keep in mind that the primary reason for going demo is the Demonic Pact raid buff, 10% of your spellpower to the raid when your demon crits, which is why spirit scales almost as high as crit.


As long as you’re hit capped, the standard spec is 0/56/15.

His head is small, but he bashes stuff with it

Cookie-cutter demo spec

Because mana feed is not taken, be sure to turn off cleave on your Felguard to avoid mana issues. He doesn’t need it anyway.


Glyph of Quick Decay
Your haste now reduces the time between periodic damage ticks of your Corruption spell.

More ticks = more Molten Core procs.

Glyph of Lifetap
When you use Life Tap or Dark Pact, you gain 20% of your Spirit as spell power for 40 sec.

Again, the Demonic Pact buff. More spell power is always good for you and the raid.

Glyph of Felguard
Increases the Felguard’s total attack power by 20%.

The Felguard is a big chunk of your dps.


The same as affliction, this is more of a priority list.

Curse of Doom (or Elements depending) > Corruption > Immolate > Shadowbolt (unless molten core has procced above 35%)

Whenever Molten Core procs, be sure to fire off 3x Incinerate instead (and only use Incin with a MC proc, never otherwise), UNLESS you have reached the execute phase of 35% and below. At that point, drop Immolate from your list and besure to keep corruption up for the MC procs. Then just spam Soulfire all day.

Curse of Doom, while top on the priority list, is best used when you can line up your procs, i.e Meta, trinket, 4 piece T10 bonus, Demonic Pact, etc. If everything lines up, it’s not uncommon to see it hit for 40k+.

Only use Curse of Agony in place of Doom if you know the fight has less than a minute remaining. It’s a dps loss otherwise. It takes 3-4 casts of Agony to reach the same damage as Doom, and Doom only uses 1 GCD.

Remember to use Meta whenever it comes off CD, along with Immolation Aura. Same with Demonic Empowerment, especially since it is off the GCD.


5 Responses to “Warlock DPS: Demonology”

  1. Notlupus July 12, 2010 at 10:29 am #

    Smelly? Pfffft. They’re just jealous of me dicking them on trash aoe.

  2. chui July 12, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    I love the member, not that kind of member, spotlight with class/ spec focus for the mighty AM’ers. Keep up the great work! Very informative & entertaining.

    • calsong July 12, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

      I plan to include more on the fine work of our AM veterans. My greatest strength as any kind of a leader in this guild is my team. Lupus is just one among many shining examples of player initiative.


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