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Affliction Warlock DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Oct 21, 2016 at 06:41 by Furty 67 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

This guide has been written by Furty who raids in Serenity, one of the top World of Warcraft guilds. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

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 Celestially Aligned Hood Icon Celestially Aligned Hood Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption
Neck Cursed Beartooth Necklace Icon Cursed Beartooth Necklace Ursoc
Shoulders Ancient Dreamwoven Mantle Icon Ancient Dreamwoven Mantle Nythendra
Chest Dreamscale Inlaid Vestments Icon Dreamscale Inlaid Vestments Dragons of Nightmare
Cloak Gossamer-Spun Greatcloak Icon Gossamer-Spun Greatcloak Elerethe Renferal
Wrists Cinch of Cosmic Insignificance Icon Cinch of Cosmic Insignificance Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption
Gloves Handwraps of Delusional Power Icon Handwraps of Delusional Power Dragons of Nightmare
Belt Pliable Spider Silk Cinch Icon Pliable Spider Silk Cinch Elerethe Renferal
Legs Ragged Horrorweave Leggings Icon Ragged Horrorweave Leggings Elerethe Renferal
Boots Crimson Wool-Lined Slippers Icon Crimson Wool-Lined Slippers Ursoc
Ring #1 Mindrend Band Icon Mindrend Band Dragons of Nightmare
Ring #2 Twice-Warped Azsharan Signet Icon Twice-Warped Azsharan Signet Xavius
Trinket #1 Swarming Plaguehive Icon Swarming Plaguehive Nythendra
Trinket #2 Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal Withered J'im

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 20% faster. Overall the best legendary for Affliction by a noticeable margin on both single target and cleave.

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.

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.

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

  • 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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