Demonology wasn’t very…’demon-y’
In World of Warcraft: Legion, Blizzard took on an effort to revamp the Demonology Warlock specialization (spec), which was at the time, a good direction.
Before Legion, it didn’t feel very demon. While there was Metamorphosis, now a Demon Hunter ability, it seemed to have more emphasis on empowering yourself, with slightly stronger demons.
When Blizzard revealed the changes to Demonology in Legion, I was very excited to see the spec play like a ‘summoner’. Meaning you summon a bunch of things that hit things for you, which I love. Legion had some good changes, but unfortunately, still very much lacked. While the act of summoning demons was and still is a blast, the two aspects that ruin the spec flow is Demonic Empowerment and having no special demons to summon.
Demonic Empowerment is a bore
Demonic Empowerment is a spell with no cooldown and is one you cast almost after every summon, and there are a lot of ’em! You can imagine how tedious that can quickly become. Combine this with the fact that you only have imps, felhunters and a felguard, in an expansion revolving around demons. A missed opportunity and a little bit lazy I’d say.
Battle for Azeroth’s Demonology is Better
In Battle for Azeroth, Blizzard removed Demonic Empowerment, which is the one ability that needed a rework or removal. This is good! Now you have more time to cast Hand of Gul’Dan, Shadow Bolt, Demonbolt and other spells that are much more interesting. While it’s still spammy, the rotation can be mixed up with instant Demonbolt and Call Dreadstalker procs, Soul Strike for increased Soul Shard generation and more.
There are also more terrifying demons to summon, but on longer cooldowns, through Summon Demonic Tyrant, Summon Vilefiend, Inner Demons and Nether Portal. The core rotation is about spawning an army of imps and dreadstalkers still, but with these extra spells in the toolkit, it adds to the specs fantasy.
You can watch some raw footage of me trying out Demonology on the beta below:
As someone who has always played as a Destruction Warlock, this is the first time I’ve been torn between Demonology and Destruction since The Wrath of the Lich King. The visual updates also make the class far more enticing to play.
What do you think of Battle for Azeroth’s Demonology Warlock changes?