The highly anticipated Defiler guide is finally here, enjoy

Defiler is a ranged single target dps soul focused on dealing damage over time. Defiler is currently cleric’s highest parsing spec with druid/shaman coming in as a close second.

This guide will be focused on the top single target dps defiler spec.

Build
41 Defiler / 28 Inquisitor / 7 Shaman (highest single target dps, if you need to spec for 5% tenebrious distortion, then respec)

Buffs
Armor of Devotion
Vengeance of the Winter Storm

Utility
Jealous Intervention – Removes two buffs. 10 sec cd.
Purge

Macro
41 Defiler
#show bolt of judgment
suppressmacrofailures
cast sanction heretic
cast Pain Transmission
cast Marrow Harvest
cast Bolt of Judgment

Bar & Gadgets/Kalerts

I use Gadgets:Buffs but here’s some kalerts:

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RED = RAGE, YELLOW = GREED
DoTs to track:
Miserly Affliction – Deals x death damage over 18 sec. Counts as a greed affect. Has a 60% to grant a stack of greed on each tick. Consumes 10% health.
Greed’s Corruption – Deals x death damage over 18 sec. Counts as a greed affect. Has a 60% to grant a stack of greed on each tick. Consumes 7% health.
Rage Extraction – Deals x death damage over 24 sec. Restores x health to the cleric at the same time. Counts as a rage affect. Has a 40% to grant a stack of rage on each tick.
Furious Infestation – Deals x death damage over 24 sec. Restores x health to the cleric at the same time. Counts as a rage affect. Has a 40% to grant a stack of rage on each tick.
Siphon Vitality – Deals x death damage over 30 sec. Restores x health to the cleric at the same time. Counts as a rage affect. Has a 40% to grant a stack of rage on each tick.

Buffs to Track
Mental Resilience – Increases damage done by 6% for 30 sec.
Furious Might – Increases damage done by 15% for 15 sec. Gives a stack of rage.
Greed {stacks}
Rage {stacks}

Important Abilities That Haven’t Been Mentioned
Aggressive Avarice – Deals x to x death damage. Deals 2.5% extra damage and has a 0.5 sec less cast time for each stack of greed you have. This damage bonus is doubled for each additional stack you gain past the first. Removes all stacks of greed.
Explosive Rage – Deals x to x death damage. Deals 20% extra damage and has a 0.5 sec less cast time for each stack of rage you have. This damage bonus is increased to 250% at 5 stacks of rage. Removes all stacks of rage.
Bond of Pain – Deals x to x death damage each time the cleric is damaged. Lasts 30 sec. Applies all rage dots to the target. 1 min cd.
Greed’s Call – Grants a stack of greed. Consumes 15% health. (with the lvl 64 mastery sinister resolve is grants 5 stacks)
Pain Transmission – Deals x to x death damage divided evenly among 5 targets within 7m of the original target . Counts as a rage effect. Grants a stack of rage.
Sanction Heretic – Deals x to x life damage. Applies Sanction, which deals an additional x life damage over 15 sec. Applies Vex with the lvl 63 Faiths Freedom mastery. Which deals x to x death damage over 15 sec.
Marrow Harvest – Deals x to x death damage after 6 sec.
Soul Stream – Channels x ethereal damage to the enemy over 3 sec. Can move while channeling.
Soul Drain – Applies soul drain to up to 3 enemies near the targeted enemy. For each enemy hit, deals x to x death damage up to 4 enemies.

  • Nice cheeky aoe ability that helps 41 defiler in cleave situations. Its about all you got.

Link of Misery – Intercepts 70% of the damage taken from the ally for the next 10 sec. The defiler takes 90% of the intercepted damage. 2 min cd.

  • You take 59% of the damage in 61 defiler
  • This ability is useful in raids still. Don’t kill yourself though, warn the healers.

Other Non-Factor Abilities
Corrupted Field

  • Terrible aoe

Spiritual Deficiency

  • Other classes apply this in raids.

Righteous Deliberation

  • Used once in the beginning to proc MR, Otherwise just a mana regen.

Husk of Indifference

  • Greed spells apply this

Somatic Desecration

  • Replaced by BoJ

How to Play Defiler
Defiler does its dps by building stacks of rage & greed with DoT effects & consuming them with the appropriate stack consumer. Defiler does not have a strict rotation as the spec is based solely on RNG. Hence i will give you a priority list and somewhat of an opener, then a video/dummy parse showing the spec in action.

Opener
Prepull: Husk of Indifference > Righteous Deliberation

Marrow Harvest(Pull) Miserly Affliction > Greed’s Corruption > (Furious Might)(Any Weapon Procs)Bond of Pain > Sanction Heretic > Pain Transmission > Explosive Rage/Aggressive Avarice/Marrow Harvest > Greed’s Call/Explosive Rage/Aggressive Avarice > Greed’s Call/Explosive Rage/Aggressive Avarice > Explosive Rage/Aggressive Avarice > Explosive Rage/Aggressive Avarice/Marrow Harvest > Miserly Affliction > Greed’s Corruption > Soul Stream(Furious Might Ends)

This may be confusing at first. The slashes represent which ability should be used. And what you can substitute in its place depending on stacks. Your opener will be the same every time for the first 5-6 gcds. The next 4 are interchangeable with each-other as shown. and the next 4 are set in stone like the first 5-6.

Priority
1. Use Explosive Rage/Aggressive Avarice @ 5 stacks of Rage/Greed.
2. Keep up the Mental Resilience buff using channeled abilities (pre-pull use Righteous Deliberation)

  • Use Harsh Discipline @ about 1 sec left on the Mental Resilience buff. Then Soul Stream at about the same time as the opener (about 1-2 sec left on Furious Might)
  • Clipping harsh discipline at 2 ticks is ideal. However you only clip harsh discipline if you need to do 1 or 3 (which is usually). As you see in the video i channeled one of the harsh disciplines for 3 sec instead of 2 sec because i had nothing to use on the 2nd tick.

3. Keep all DoT effects up.

  • Refreshing DoTs @ 1-2 seconds left is a dps gain over BoJ in the filler macro.

4. Use the macro given for filler when you aren’t doing 1, 2 or 3.

Video & Parse, 5:00



61 Defiler Tidbits

61 Defiler / 8 Inquisitor / 7 Shaman (better cleave & utility than 41, useful for pvp or cleave fights up to 3 targets)

61 Defiler
#show somatic desecration
suppressmacrofailures
cast sanction heretic
cast Pain Transmission
cast Marrow Harvest
cast Somatic Desecration

Spoiler!
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Call of Rage – Deals x death damage over 18sec. Restores x health to the cleric at the same time. Counts as a rage affect. Has a 40% to grant a stack of rage on each tick.

  • Weave this dot into your spec, another one to track.

Unholy Nexus – Spreads all Defiler DoTs and marrow harvest to 2 other enemies. 25 sec cd.

  • Great for cleave fights and close target swaps.

Unstable Transformation – Increases damage dealt by 20%. Reduces damage taken by 50. Increases healing and absorption received by 50%. When hit, restores x to x health. Lasts 10 seconds.

  • Really great cd for pvp, lifesaver. Use UT with furious might in pve if you’re playing 61 defiler.

Don’t have to worry about Mental Resilience.