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Affliction Warlock DPS Guide (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Oct 30, 2016 at 20:57 by Furty 67 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Affliction Warlock DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing an Affliction Warlock in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

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. Class Overview

Affliction Warlocks excel at sustaining high single-target and multiple-target damage. Most of your damage comes from the application of harmful damage over time effects (DoTs). This allows them to effectively cleave on targets that are spread around an area, something many specializations struggle with or are flat out unable to do. Just like the other Warlock specializations, Affliction Warlocks bring the Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway ability to the raid, which can be an invaluable mobility cooldown.

2. What Has Changed?

  • Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction is now your main Soul Shard dump.
  • Haunt Icon Haunt has been entirely reworked and is now a talent.
  • Drain Soul Icon Drain Soul is now a talent, and Drain Life Icon Drain Life is the main channelled filler.
  • Dark Soul has been removed.
  • Some of the warlock defensive power has been stripped away.
  • Many glyphs are no longer present within the game.
  • Many changes to the talent tree, including a variety of new abilities and passives.

3. Strengths

  • Strong AoE damage
  • Strong sustained multi-target cleave
  • Deals with spread targets well
  • Flexible talent options
  • Good mobility due to a plethora of instant cast spells

4. Weaknesses

  • Lengthy ramp up time on damage
  • Weak single target damage
  • Kit forces you to choose between single target and AoE, but cannot do both effectively with one talent setup
  • Weak damage on high priority targets
  • Weak target swapping

5. Viability in the Current Patch

Affliction is currently the best Warlock spec for Mythic+ dungeons, and the worst for raiding.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 8 pages:

7. ChangeLog

  • 30 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Added a "Potion Choice" section to illuminate the pros and cons of pots, following the addition of Potion of Prolonged Power.
  • 30 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated Mortal Coil description.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (spells page): Updated the Unstable Affliction system as it functions differently for multiple applications in Patch 7.1.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated Action Priority List to more clearly illustrate how to effectively deal Area-of-Effect damage (while taking into account Patch 7.1 changes).
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated talents following the swap of Demon Skin and Demonic Circle in Patch 7.1.
  • 21 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Long overdue change to Hood of Eternal Disdain assessment in single-target.
  • 14 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated BiS trinkets.
  • 14 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated Shard calculation for Soul Effigy.
  • 05 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Simplified rotation by adding checkboxes to hide or reveal specific lines (cooldown, talents, AoE, etc.).
  • 04 Sep. 2016 (this page): Removed "Average AoE" from the list of weaknesses.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed trinket rankings and added recommendations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Fixed mention of Shadowfury instead of Howl of Terror in Level 45 talent explanations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (spells page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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