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Arcane Magearcane iconvsdestruction iconDestruction Warlock

Debating whether to play a Destruction Warlock or Arcane Mage? Knowing which currently performs better DPS in PvE might help make a decision.

This page analyzes multiple simulations for both Destruction Warlocks and Arcane Mages using profiles and settings intended to achieve their maximum DPS. Multiple sim environments are used to test how they perform in various conditions. Is one the AoE king? Does one scale better with gear upgrades? Is one more bursty, and more reliant on big cooldowns? Below analyzes the data to find the strengths of each.

Simulation results were created with SimulationCraft
Using game data from Patch 10.0 WoW Dragonflight Pre-patch

  • Arcane Magearcane icon
  • Least affected by movement (single-target)Arcane Mage’s single-target DPS was -71.69% less affected by increased movement compared to Destruction Warlocks.
  • DPS less dependant on big cooldownsArcane Mage’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 79.22% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Destruction Warlocks.
  • destruction iconDestruction Warlock
  • Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)Destruction Warlock achieved 82.77% more maximum boss DPS than Arcane Mage when there was no movement or lag.
  • Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)Destruction Warlock achieved 83.35% more maximum boss DPS than Arcane Mage when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.
  • Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)Destruction Warlock achieved 82.77% more AoE DPS than Arcane Mage when there was no movement or lag.
  • Best gear scalingDestruction Warlock scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 623.44% more from 282 ilvl to 308 compared to Arcane Mages.
  • Simplest GameplayDestruction Warlock has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.

While the above highlights the DPS advantages between Arcane Mage and Destruction Warlocks, the DPS potential should not be the only factor in your decision. Ultimately, you should also consider the playstyle that you enjoy most while crushing it in Mythics+ and Raids!


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