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Demonology Warlockdemonology iconvsfire iconFire Mage

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

This page analyzes multiple simulations for both Fire Mages and Demonology Warlocks 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

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  • Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)Demonology Warlock achieved 32.67% more maximum boss DPS than Fire Mage when there was no movement or lag.
  • Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)Demonology Warlock achieved 25.66% more maximum boss DPS than Fire Mage when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.
  • Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)Demonology Warlock achieved 64.21% more AoE DPS than Fire Mage when there was no movement or lag.
  • Best gear scalingDemonology Warlock scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 54.95% more from 282 ilvl to 308 compared to Fire Mages.
  • Simplest GameplayDemonology Warlock has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.
  • DPS less dependant on big cooldownsDemonology Warlock’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 26.55% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Fire Mages.
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  • Least affected by movement (single-target)Fire Mage’s single-target DPS was -213.3% less affected by increased movement compared to Demonology Warlocks.

While the above highlights the DPS advantages between Demonology Warlock and Fire Mages, 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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