To ensure easy navigation, we have divided this guide into several sections, covering everything from talents to gear and macros. These sections will provide you with valuable insights into playing Devastation Evoker in PvP in Dragonflight. Discover its strengths and weaknesses and learn how to prepare your character to dominate the arena. In this section, we will focus on the most significant change that came with Dragonflight – talents. We will delve into the class and spec trees, as well as outline the best PvP talents for Devastation Evoker in Dragonflight.
Table of Contents
- Talents Overview
- Class Talents
- Spec Talents
- PvP Talents
Devastation Evoker Talents Overview
With the talent system revamp in Dragonflight, we have core talents that shape the spec, as well as optional talents. Some optional talents are situational and depend on the comp you are playing or your personal preference. Our core build is versatile and flexible, suitable for a wide range of situations.
Evoker Class Talents
At the top of the talent tree, you must choose between a shorter cooldown on Wing Buffet and Tail Swipe. Both are useful in PvP, but we recommend Wing Buffet. Its knockback effect is particularly valuable in the arena, especially on maps with a Z-axis. While reduced CDR on racial abilities is tempting, we advise favoring our next talent.
Our core talent pick is Time Spiral. It provides much-needed mobility and additional support for our team. Always play with Scarlet Adaptation, as it rewards you for off-healing and is essential for maximizing your burst potential. Another must-have talent is Tip the Scales, which significantly boosts your offensive capabilities and makes your burst damage more unpredictable. For maximum utility in the arena, always choose both Rescue and Twin Guardian. The synergistic combination of these talents is so valuable that we have dedicated an entire guide to exploring their interaction.
At the top of the tree, you can choose between Innate Magic and Enkindled. Innate Magic offers faster Essence regeneration, while Enkindled enhances Living Flame damage. Innate Magic is ideal for sustained damage, while Enkindled excels at burst damage. Tailwind and Walloping Blow are your other choices. Although Tailwind may seem appealing for extra movement speed during Hover, double-jumping alone already increases movement speed passively, making the extra knockback length and daze of Walloping Blow more consistent overall. Recall is worth considering, especially when playing with Onyx Legacy in the Devastation tree. Lastly, you may allocate some points to the right side of the tree to acquire Ancient Flame. This talent allows you to hardcast Living Flame for damage, which would otherwise have a 2.5-second cast time. However, keep in mind that picking Ancient Flame will require sacrificing points from other critical areas of the tree, making it a questionable choice.
Devastation Spec Talents
Several core talents in the spec tree aim to make your oneshot more lethal. Engulfing Blaze is a prime example. It significantly increases the damage of Living Flame at the cost of increased cast speed. However, with your core build, you won’t be hardcasting Living Flame often; instead, you’ll rely on instant procs. This is thanks to Burnout, a talent further down the tree, which occasionally triggers instant Living Flames with your Red Sequence of spells. Burnout has interesting properties, which we thoroughly explain in our Master in Minutes guide.
Another crucial passive talent is Spellweaver’s Dominance, which boosts your critical damage, essential for achieving bigger oneshots. Lay Waste, located at the top of the tree, enhances Deep Breath damage and pairs well with Onyx Legacy, reducing its cooldown and providing you with more mobility and consistent setups. Additionally, we recommend picking Eternity’s Span from the middle of the tree for increased cleave damage. Interrupting abilities play a vital role in the arena, so having a reduced cooldown on interrupt with Imposing Presence is a core necessity. Lastly, Hoarded Power helps maintain consistent damage output throughout the game by allowing you to channel more Disintegrate. Onyx Legacy is a fantastic choice against melee opponents, providing added mobility and setup potential, especially when combined with Recall in the class tree.
Devastation Evoker PvP Talents
As Devastation Evoker, your core PvP talent is Scouring Flame. It adds a dispel mechanic to your Fire Breath, creating additional pressure, particularly against specs that heavily rely on buffs, such as Resto Druids or Mages. After selecting Scouring Flame, you have several options.
Obsidian Mettle is a relatively neutral choice. It grants you Aura Mastery with your Obsidian Scales, of which you have two charges thanks to Obsidian Bulwark. Nullifying Shroud is another neutral option. It provides immunity to three consecutive crowd control effects, similar to Holy Ward, but with a higher risk of being dispelled or Spellstolen. Hence, it may be wise to drop it against Arcane Mages. Time Stop is another neutral selection, allowing you to instantly cast Cyclone on friendly targets, including yourself. It can be used to halt incoming damage waves on your teammates or even on your healer to avoid crowd control. Time Stop strikes a balanced risk-to-reward ratio, making it a valuable cooldown.
For situational talents, Unburdened Flight is an excellent choice against melee cleaves, particularly when you anticipate being targeted for elimination. It offers enhanced mobility with Hover. Divide and Conquer is another strong option against melee opponents, introducing an Ice Wall-like mechanic to your Deep Breath. Its effectiveness is further amplified when paired with Onyx Legacy, effectively doubling its value. Finally, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can experiment with Chrono Loop. This talent enables you to keep enemy players at low HP and counteract enemy healing. But be aware that it comes with inherent risks, so results may vary.
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