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Affliction Warlock DPS Spell Summary (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Aug 29, 2016 at 14:40 by Furty 52 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

On this page, we list the spells that you will often use as an Affliction Warlock.

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. Spell Summary

If you are new to Affliction, it is recommended you read this before proceeding! In this section we will discuss what abilities you have, what they are used for within the specialization, and how they interact with important cooldowns. If you have played this spec before or have already achieved a level of comfort playing this spec in a practical environment, it is recommended you skip this section and move on to the rest of the guide.

2. Main Resources

Soul Shards are the main resource of Affliction Warlocks. Soul Shards are generated by your main damage over time spell, and they can be spent on a powerful damage over time nuke and the summoning of powerful demons. You can have a maximum of 5 Soul Shards.

Mana is another primary resource of Affliction. Most of your spells cost Mana, which can be periodically restored through Life Tap Icon Life Tap. Mana is not very essential to your rotation, so long as you have enough to continue to cast spells.

3. Basic Abilities

These abilities are available no matter what talents you chose, and form the bread and butter of this specialization.

3.1. Damage Over Time Spells (DoTs)

Agony Icon Agony is your main DoT spell, and it is the most powerful and important. This spell takes a long time to ramp up, as it gains a stack every time it ticks, up to a maximum of 10. Every time Agony gains a stack it deals increased levels of damage. Agony ticks also have a chance to generate a Soul Shard. Reapplying Agony refreshes the duration and allows you to keep your stacks at maximum without re-stacking them. You should keep this applied to your target at all times.

Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction is a DoT nuke that consumes a Soul Shard. It does high damage and has a short duration, but if the target dies while it is active the Soul Shard cost is refunded. You can overlap several instances of Unstable Affliction without penalty, as the damage is cumulative. That means if you have 5 Soul Shards you can cast this DoT 5 times in a row without losing any damage. This DoT can be used strategically for this reason, as casting it several times in a row will ramp up the burst significantly. How you choose to spend your Soul Shards on this spell depends on the situation and your talent choices.

Corruption Icon Corruption is a medium strength DoT. You should keep this applied to your target at all times.

3.2. Direct Damage Spells

Drain Life Icon Drain Life is your main filler. It is a channelled spell that deals damage every time it ticks, and also heals you for 260% of the damage dealt. This ability generates decent self healing and deals solid damage.

Seed of Corruption Icon Seed of Corruption is an AoE ability that embeds a seed in your target, which explodes after 18 seconds and spreads Corruption Icon Corruption to all targets damaged. The seed is detonated early if the target takes enough damage from you. This ability is used for damage on large AoE packs, as it deals moderate damage and spreads your Corruption to every target without having to waste global cooldowns applying it.

Life Tap Icon Life Tap restores 30% of your maximum Mana in exchange for 10% of your maximum health.

3.3. Demonic Summons

Summon Felhunter Icon Summon Felhunter is your default choice for a permanent pet, as its Shadow Bite Icon Shadow Bite deals increased damage based on the number of DoTs active on its target. If you are talented into Grimoire of Service Icon Grimoire of Service, you should also use Grimoire: Felhunter Icon Grimoire: Felhunter as your grimoire cooldown.

Summon Doomguard Icon Summon Doomguard is your main DPS cooldown. It deals strong damage and has a 3-minute cooldown. If you are talented into Grimoire of Supremacy Icon Grimoire of Supremacy, you should use the Doomguard as your permanent pet for all situations.

4. ChangeLog

  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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