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Affliction Warlock DPS Guide (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Jan 14, 2017 at 13:43 by Furty 106 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Affliction Warlock DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.5. 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 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. 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. Patch 7.1.5 Changes

4. Strengths

  • Strong sustained single and multi-target damage
  • Decent AoE damage
  • Deals with spread targets well
  • Good mobility due to a plethora of instant cast spells
  • Scales well with gear

5. Weaknesses

  • Weak burst
  • 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

6. Viability in the Current Patch

Affliction is currently the best Warlock spec for Mythic+ dungeons. It is also reasonably strong in a raiding environment, though it does not have quite the versatility of Destruction. Overall, however, this specialization is fully viable in all levels and difficulties of raiding.

7. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 9 pages:

8. ChangeLog

  • 14 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Nighthold BiS added.
  • 13 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated 2 and 3 target builds to instead use Absolute Corruption.
  • 13 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Expanded on the single target rotation.
  • 13 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Added trained soldier.
  • 13 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Updated relic priority slightly.
  • 12 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added new legendary items.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.1.5 changes and updated strengths/weaknesses and viability sections.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (spells page): Updated as Drain Life has now been replaced with Drain Soul in Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Fully updated for Patch 7.1.5. Also added several separate talent options based on number of targets.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Small update to easy mode talents for 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Updated potion section to be more concise.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Removed stat weights for Patch 7.1.5 until more theorycrafting can be done.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Fully updated for 7.1.5 - new rotation section, opening sequence, updates to various sections, and added a "Shard Sniping" section as Drain Soul is now baseline.
  • 12 Dec. 2016 (spells page): Now mentions Writhe in Agony in the Agony paragraph.
  • 12 Dec. 2016 (stats page): Updated stat weights and priority.
  • 12 Dec. 2016 (this page): Updated strengths/weaknesses and viability.
  • 12 Dec. 2016 (talents page): Updated Grimoires. Minor fixes to T1/T2 wording.
  • 12 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode for Affliction Warlocks.
  • 12 Dec. 2016 (artifact page): Updated Artifact path and images.
  • 12 Dec. 2016 (rotation page): Major update to Reap Souls usage and Opening Sequence.
  • 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 (talents page): Updated talents following the swap of Demon Skin and Demonic Circle in Patch 7.1.
  • 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).
  • 21 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Long overdue change to Hood of Eternal Disdain assessment in single-target.
  • 14 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated Shard calculation for Soul Effigy.
  • 14 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated BiS trinkets.
  • 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 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells 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 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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