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WoW Season of Discovery Warlock New Rune Engravings: Spells and Abilities

Classic WoW Season of Discovery is upon us, and Warlocks are in for some exciting changes and additions to their spellbook. In this guide, we will break down all the new spells and abilities that Warlock class will have access to. These changes promise to bring a fresh and exciting gameplay experience for Warlock enthusiasts. 



WoW Season of Discovery Warlock New Rune Engravings: Spells and Abilities


Chest Rune Engravings

Starting with the chest engravings, these enhancements provide Warlocks with additional powers and synergies. Here are the new chest engravings for Warlocks:

New Runes Description
Demonic Tactics This ability increases the melee and spell Critical Strike chance of both you and your pet by 10%. It's worth noting that this is reminiscent of the two-piece set bonus from the Trial of the Grand Crusader (ToGC) raid in Wrath of the Lich King. Replacing this bonus is a significant step forward in enhancing your Warlock's overall effectiveness.
Lake of Fire When you cast Rain of Fire, it will leave a damaging area on the ground for 15 seconds. This area increases all fire damage you deal, as well as your demon pet's damage, by a whopping 40%. This change significantly enhances your area damage capabilities, making you a formidable force in large-scale encounters.
Soul Siphon This ability boosts the effectiveness of your Drain Life and Drain Soul spells. For each of your Warlock shadow effects afflicting the target, it increases the amount drained by an additional 6%, up to a maximum of 18%. Imagine the potential of this in a drain-tanking build, especially when combined with other Warlock glyphs and runes.
 Master Channeler With Master Channeler, your Drain Life is transformed. It is no longer a channeled spell but instead lasts for 15 seconds with a 15-second cooldown. While this ability costs 100% more mana, it also heals you for 50% more with each damage tick. This essentially turns Drain Life into a damage-over-time (DOT) effect, which can significantly alter your playstyle.

Season of Discovery Warlock Chest New Rune Engravings


Leg Rune Engravings

Now, let's explore the leg engravings, which bring more diversity to your Warlock's arsenal:

New Runes Description
Everlasting Affliction Spells such as Drain Life, Drain Soul, Shadow Bolt, Shadow Cleave, Searing Pain, Incinerate, and Haunt will refresh the duration of Corruption on the target back to its maximum duration. This mechanic mirrors the playstyle of Affliction Warlocks in Wrath of the Lich King, where you maintained multiple damage-over-time effects on your target while casting Shadow Bolt.
Demonic Grace This ability surges your character with fell energy. It increases your and your pet's Dodge Chance by 30% and reduces the chance of being critically struck by 30% for 6 seconds. This utility can be valuable for tanking and surviving encounters, and it's worth noting that Warlocks are increasingly being considered as main tanks in specific situations.
Demonic Pact Borrowed from Wrath of the Lich King, this ability makes your pet's critical strikes apply the Demonic Pact effect to your party members for 45 seconds. It increases spell damage and healing by 10% of your spell damage or 13, whichever is higher. This does not work on subjugated demons.
Incinerate This ability burns the enemy for a substantial amount of fire damage and boosts all your fire damage by 25% for 15 seconds. A powerful destruction spell, Incinerate will make you a force to be reckoned with in dealing fiery damage.

Season of Discovery Warlock Leg New Rune engravings


Hand Rune Engravings

The hand engravings further enrich the Warlock's toolkit, providing intriguing abilities:

New Runes Description
Chaos Bolt This spell sends a bolt of chaotic fire at the enemy, dealing fire damage that cannot be resisted. Additionally, it causes all your fire spells to pierce through absorption effects. Chaos Bolt is a welcome addition to your spell arsenal.
Shadowbolt Bolt Volley With this ability, your Shadowbolt now strikes up to five targets within a 10-yard chain distance, albeit at a 20% reduced damage. This turns your Shadowbolt into a cleave, making it exceptionally potent in group situations.
Metamorphosis Perhaps one of the most exciting additions, Warlocks now have access to Metamorphosis. This transformation into a demon brings numerous benefits, including a substantial increase in armor, reduced critical hit chance, and altered functionality for some abilities. Searing Pain becomes instant cast, Shadow Bolt transforms into Shadow Cleave, Curse of Recklessness taunts your target, and you gain the ability to charge and stun your enemies. This is a game-changing addition, enhancing your Warlock's versatility and utility.
Haunt Unleash a ghostly soul on an enemy, dealing damage and increasing all Shadow damage over time you deal to the target by 20%. When Haunt ends or is dispelled, you are healed for the total damage it dealt to the target. Haunt provides both damage and healing, making it a valuable tool in various situations.

Season of Discovery Warlock Hand New Rune engravings


Related: Season of Discovery Warrior New Engravings Runes



Warlocks in Classic WoW Season of Discovery receive a myriad of exciting new spells and abilities that can alter their playstyle significantly. With options for enhanced damage, utility, and even tanking potential, Warlocks are sure to be a force to be reckoned with. Whether you prefer Affliction, Destruction, or Demonology, these new abilities will provide exciting and dynamic gameplay opportunities. 

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