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Affliction Warlock DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Jan 14, 2017 at 13:43 by Furty 86 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Affliction Warlocks. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

The other pages of our Affliction Warlock guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Myst. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Preciousyipz, one of the top parsers as Affliction Warlock. You can watch his videos on Youtube.

1. Best in Slot List

With the existence of Titanforged and Mythic+ dungeons, there is no such thing as a hard Best in Slot anymore. This is more of a guideline for the best pieces to keep an eye out for in your raid or dungeon (if applicable). Be smart, and if you find higher item level pieces with valuable stat combinations do not hesitate to upgrade to them.

Slot Item Source
Helm Nighthold Custodian's Hood Icon Nighthold Custodian's Hood Trilliax
Neck Beleron's Choker of Misery Icon Beleron's Choker of Misery Krosus
Shoulders Pauldrons of Azj'Aqir Icon Pauldrons of Azj'Aqir Tichondrius
Chest Finery of Azj'Aqir Icon Finery of Azj'Aqir Krosus
Cloak Cloak of Temporal Recalibration Icon Cloak of Temporal Recalibration Grand Magistrix Elisande
Wrists Bracers of Harnessed Flame Icon Bracers of Harnessed Flame Spellblade Aluriel
Gloves Clutch of Azj'Aqir Icon Clutch of Azj'Aqir Star Augur Etraeus
Belt Man'ari Skullbuckled Cinch Icon Man'ari Skullbuckled Cinch Krosus
Legs Leggings of Azj'Aqir Icon Leggings of Azj'Aqir Gul'dan
Boots Perpetually Muddy Sandals Icon Perpetually Muddy Sandals Trilliax
Ring #1 Ring of the Scoured Clan Icon Ring of the Scoured Clan Gul'dan
Ring #2 Spellblade's Gemmed Signet Icon Spellblade's Gemmed Signet Spellblade Aluriel
Trinket #1 Erratic Metronome Icon Erratic Metronome Chronomatic Anomaly
Trinket #2 Whispers in the Dark Icon Whispers in the Dark Gul'dan

The set bonus is extremely valuable for Affliction. The 2-set bonus increases the damage Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction deals by 10%, and the 4-set bonus gives Agony Icon Agony 15% more Soul Shard generation. Both of these bonuses are highly prized, and you should seek to obtain the set bonus as soon as possible. It is worth using lower item level tier pieces over potential non-set upgrades if it allows you to complete a set bonus.

As Relics affect the item level of your weapons, it is recommended you always take the highest item level options as it will increase your weapon damage.

2. Evaluating Upgrades Using Stat Weights

You can evaluate upgrades side by side using a simple napkin math formula:

DPS Value = Σ Stat weight × Amount of Stat

For example, using the stat weights from our Stats page, a pair of boots with 380 Mastery, 1150 Haste, and 976 Intellect, we can calculate a DPS value of:

380×1.04 + 1150×0.86 + 976×1 = 2360.2

This does not give an exact DPS value, but can be used to calculate the relative value versus another piece. For example, if we have a second pair of boots with 450 Haste, 970 Versatility, and 976 Intellect, we can compute the DPS value for that second item using the same formula, before comparing the results:

450×0.86 + 970×0.60 + 976×1 = 1945.0

We can clearly see that 2360.2 > 1945.0, and therefore, the first pair of boots are the stronger upgrade. This is the quickest, best, and most reliable way of determining whether or not you should use one upgrade or another, despite the fact that stats weights are very approximate and change with respect to fight type, fight length, and the values of your other stats (synergetic scaling).

3. Legendaries

Hood of Eternal Disdain Icon Hood of Eternal Disdain causes Agony Icon Agony to deal its full potential damage 10% faster. A great legendary for any situation.

Power Cord of Lethtendris Icon Power Cord of Lethtendris causes Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction to have a 25% chance to refund a Soul Shard if there is not already an Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction on the target. Solid legendary, particularly if you are playing with Contagion Icon Contagion and are spacing out your casts. Especially good when there are multiple targets of equal priority and you want to apply Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction to each of them.

Reap and Sow Icon Reap and Sow causes  Icon Reap Souls to last an additional 1.5 seconds per soul consumed. Very good legendary, as it allows you to get an entire Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction under the effects of  Icon Reap Souls, which was not possible before this legendary was added.

Streten's Sleepless Shackles Icon Streten's Sleepless Shackles causes each enemy afflicted with Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction to also grant 4% bonus damage. Not as useful as it sounds as Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction does not last very long and is generally best invested into a single target. Not bad if there are multiple targets of equal priority and you want to put Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction on each of them.

Sin'dorei Spite Icon Sin'dorei Spite can currently also be used by Affliction, and grants 30% increased damage for 25 seconds after using Summon Doomguard Icon Summon Doomguard or Summon Infernal Icon Summon Infernal. Exceptional for pushing damage checks, and can offer potent burst damage when paired with  Icon Reap Souls and Soul Harvest Icon Soul Harvest.

Sacrolash's Dark Strike Icon Sacrolash's Dark Strike causes Corruption Icon Corruption to slow enemies by 60%. No damage value.

4. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Demon Hunters, Paladins, Priests, and Demonology/Destruction Warlocks
Cloth Armor Mages, Priests, and Demonology/Destruction Warlocks
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Everyone
Trinkets Balance Druids, Mages, Shadow Priests, Elemental Shamans, and Demonology/Destruction Warlocks

5. ChangeLog

  • 14 Jan. 2017: Nighthold BiS added.
  • 12 Jan. 2017: Added new legendary items.
  • 21 Oct. 2016: Long overdue change to Hood of Eternal Disdain assessment in single-target.
  • 14 Oct. 2016: Updated BiS trinkets.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2016: Removed trinket rankings and added recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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