wotlk pve destruction warlock pre bis bis gear
Item
Source
Engineering
Culling of Stratholme – Heroic
Sunwell
The Oculus – Heroic

Visage Liquification Goggles are technically the best available pre bis hel, however seeing as how quickly you will replace them it doesn’t seem worth the cost.

There are also plenty of helms that dropped in The Sunwell (including converted healer ones) that are still worthwhile options, namely Cowl of Light’s Purity, Helm of Arcane Purity, and Dark Conjuror’s Collar.

For those looking for cheaper options / dungeon drops there is both Forgotten Shadow Hood and Crown of Unbridled Magic.

Item
Source
Naxxramas Trash – BoE
Jewelcrafting – BoE
Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom – Heroic

Chain of Latent Energie is a BoE drop inside 10-man Naxxramas, on par with Encircling Burnished Gold Chains.

Titanium Spellshock Necklace is the strongest necklace if we do not require any additional hit rating. It should be noted however that Titanium Spellshock Necklace doesn’t come cheap.

Item
Source
Sunwell
Utgarde Keep
Sunwell
Sunwell
Halls of Stone

Shoulderpads of Knowledge from Sunwell are the best available shoulders closely followed by Runecasters Mantle and Amice of the Convoker.

Item
Source
Tailoring – BoE
Drak’Tharon Keep – BoE
Sunwell

Deathchill Cloak is another bind-on-equipped crafted piece. It is significantly stronger than most other available cloaks. Reanimator’s Cloak is not too far off in value and might potentially be cheaper.

Item
Source
Tailoring – BoE
Sunwell
Tailoring – BoP

Heroes Plagueheart Robe costs us a lot of emblems but moves us already a step closer to our two and four-piece tier bonus.

Item
Source
The Oculus – Heroic
Violet Hold – Heroic
The Oculus

Cuffs of Winged Levitation and Azure Cloth Bindings are two really good and close wrists options.

Black Duskweave is slightly worse on its own than any of the above-listed braces, but combined with Black Duskweave for the two-piece bonus of +18 spell power is another solid option.

Item
Source
Tailoring – BoE
Sunwell
Tailoring – BoE
Drak’Tharon Keep – Heroic

Plagueheart Gloves should be considered a must have, in combination with Heroes Plagueheart Robe for the two-piece bonus and eventual four-piece bonus.

Item
Source
Utgarde Pinnacle – Heroic
Halls of Lightning – Heroic
Azjol-Nerub – Heroic

Plush Sash of Guzbah and Girdle of Bane is for all intents and purposes nearly equal in value, assuming you can fully make use of the hit rating. All other belts are significantly further behind in value, especially if you need a belt without hit rating.

Item
Source
Sunwell
Sunwell
Sunwell
Halls of Lightning – Heroic
Utgarde Keep – Heroic

All three of the Burning Crusade pants listed above are really close to each other in value. The first Wrath of the Lich King pants that comes close in value is Woven Bracae Leggings.

Black Duskweave is also worth mentioning, this can be combined with Black Duskweave bracers for the two-piece bonus.

Item
Source
The Eye of Eternity – BoE
Naxxramas – BoE
Wyrmrest – Exalted
Sunwell

There is a wide margin between boots gotten from 25 man raid bind on equipped drops and other available boots, but they will come at a significant cost and not be available all the time / early on. The next best option which will be a lot easier to obtain is Sandals of Crimson Fury.

Item
Source
Jewelcrafting – BoE
Jewelcrafting – BoE
8500 Gold
8500 Gold
Drak’Tharon Keep – Heroic

There are a lot of options when it comes to our rings. Most of them can be bought, but one might already be more expansive than the other, looking at you Signet of the Kirin Tor. Ring of Northern Tears, Lost Ring of the Necromancer, and Titanium Spellshock Ring can also be bought for gold.

Band of Guile and Annhylde’s Ring are for all intents and purposes the same ring that drops from another Heroic.

Item
Source
Violet Hold – Heroic
Brewfest
Halls of Stone – Heroic
World Drop – BoE

The Egg of Mortal Essence is not listed above, at the moment of this writing, it seems we can only proc this with Health Funnel, limiting its use as we do not want to be wasting cast time using this in combat.

Sundial of the Exiled and Mithril Pocketwatch are the same trinket for all intents and purposes, one easier to get than the other.

Item
Source
Blacksmithing – BoE
Drak’Tharon Keep – Heroic
Kirin Tor – Revered
Utgarde Pinnacle – Heroic
Utgarde Pinnacle

If Titansteel Spellblade is out from release one-hand plus offhand will be the play. If it is not Cursed Lich Blade or any of the other listed one hands will work as well but Staff of Draconic Combat will be a closer option.

Item
Source
Inscription – BoE
Inscription – BoE
The Nexus – Heroic

Ward of the Violet Citadel really is the best option and at only a cost of 25 Emblem not too hard to get your hands on. That being said any of the others listed will last you until you get it.

Item
Source
The Oculus – Heroic
Utgarde Pinnacle – Heroic
Ahn’kahet: The old Kingdom – Heroic
Sunwell
Stratholme

Staff of Draconic Combat drops from the last boss in The Oculus Heroic. If Titansteel Spellblade is out from release, that combined with Ward of the Violet Citadel will be a tad bit better.

Item
Source
Sunwell
Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom – Heroic
Azjol-Nerub – Heroic
Sunwell
Utgarde Keep – Heroic

Wand of Cleansing Light used to be a healer wand, due to the stat changes it makes it the best available wand in both pre patch and in Wrath of the Lich King before we enter any raids.

Item
Source
Eye of Eternity
Obsidian Sanctum
Naxxramas
Naxxramas
Naxxramas

There are a plethora of helms thats are technically better than Valorous Plagueheart Circle, especially Hood of Rationality. However the benefit from both the two-piec and four-piece bonus make (and more than a little) up for this difference. This in turn makes Valorous Plagueheart Circle the best in slot helm, even if it doesn’t have the highest stat points.

Item
Source
Eye of Eternity
Eye of Eternity
Eye of Eternity
Naxxramas
Naxxramas

It is noticable that both of the best necks are rewareded for the quest chain in Eye of Eternity, the 25 man and 10 man version respectively. Both also have a blue socket bonus providing 5 spell power, making it an excelent choice to meet our CSD requirements.

Item
Source
Eye of Eternity
Naxxramas
Naxxramas
Naxxramas
Naxxramas

We want to use Valorous Plagueheart Shoulderpads in order to activate our two and four-piece set bonus. That being said looking purely at the stats the items provide Mantle of the Fatigued Sage, Mantle of the Locusts and Mantle of the Corrupted are roughly equal in value, with Mantle of Dissemination being a tiny bit better.

Item
Source
Naxxramas
Obsidian Sanctum
Tailoring – BoE
Naxxramas

Cape of the Unworthy Wizard is a tiny bit better compared to Pennant Cloak for Destruction Warlocks, lucky for us it should also be somewhat easier to obtain as most casters prioritise Pennant Cloak.

Item
Source
Eye of Eternity
Naxxramas
Naxxramas
Naxxramas
Naxxramas

Just as when we went over previous sections we want to utilize the tier 7 piece for our set bonusses, namely Valorous Plagueheart Robe. However unlike previous item slots the difference between the tier piece and the best piece (purely statwise) is small.

Item
Source
Obsidian Sanctum
Naxxramas
Naxxramas
Naxxramas

As for all casters is the case Unsullied Cuffs is our best in slot. The alternatives listed are close too and shouldn’t be ignored, especially if you require the hit rating.

Item
Source
Naxxramas
Naxxramas
Obisidian Sanctum
Naxxramas
Naxxramas

Another slot where we want to get our hands on a tier 7 piece, Valorous Plagueheart Gloves. Also here the alternatives are only slightly better compared to tier 7.

Item
Source
Eye of Eternity
Naxxramas
Naxxramas
Utgarde Pinnacle – Heroic

Leash of Heedless Magic whilst best in slot, is another caster favorite so it might be hard to lay claim to it. Cincture of Polarity is a relative close alternative if you can utilize the amount of hit on it.

Item
Source
Eye of Eternity
Naxxramas
Naxxramas
Naxxramas
Naxxramas

The o so popular Leggings of the Wanton Spellcaster is also best in slot for us, just as for most casters. Alternatively you could swap your pants for Valorous Plagueheart Leggings instead and use Hood of Rationality as your helm instead. This setups is slightly behind but offers up less loot compitition.

Item
Source
Eye of Eternity – BoE
Naxxramas
Naxxramas
Naxxramas

Arcanic Tramplers are the boots of choice for our best in slot setup, however Xintor’s Expeditionary Boots are equally as good if we can utilize the hit rating to its fullest extend.

Item
Source
Naxxramas
Naxxramas
Naxxramas
Jewelcrafting – BoE

Thanks to the fact that crit rating is really valuable for Destruction Warlocks becomes our second BIS ring, which should have less loot compitition compared to most other casters. Our best ring in turn is Signet of Manifested Pain.

Item
Source
Naxxramas
Obsidian Sanctum
Brewfest
Violet Hold

Most casters will be after Illustration of the Dragon Soul & Dying Curse, they are hands down some of the best available trinkets this phase.

Item
Source
Naxxramas
Naxxramas
Naxxramas
Naxxramas
Jewelcrafting – BoE

When it comes to weapon combinations main hand + off hand most often beats out staff alternatives, this phase isn’t any different. The Turning Tide in itself is ahead a lot compared to the other weapon alternatives.

Item
Source
Naxxramas
Naxxramas
Naxxramas
Naxxramas

When it comes to offhands we have some more choices of items all relatively close in value to eachother. Namely Surplus Limb if you need hit rating or Accursed Spine and Matriarch’s Spawn if you don’t. It should also be stated that Ward of the Violet Citadel really isn’t all that far behind and relative easy to get in comparison.

Item
Source
Eye of Eternity
Naxxramas
Obsidian Sanctum
Naxxramas
Naxxramas

As stated before staffs are slightly less DPS overall compared to onehand and mainhaind combinations, that being said Greatstaff of the Nexus is our best available option.

Item
Source
Naxxramas
Naxxramas
Naxxramas
Sunwell
Utgarde Keep – Heroic

Wands just as our offhands, offer us a lot of options depending on our needs. Plague Igniter offers us the most pure DPS ignoring hit rating, whilst Gemmed Wand of the Nerubians does give us that valuable hit. Alternatively you can also make use of Wand of the Archlich if you require no hit rating.

 

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Zephan

I am a Classic Warlock enthusiast and in general like theorycrafting. I am the owner and admin of the best community in the whole wide world, being the Classic Warlock Discord. This is the home of some of the best Warlocks in this game and the basis for theorycrafting and figuring out the optimal plays for us warlocks. My aim is to make sure this up-to-date information is out there everywhere to be found and to give back to the community.
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