Affliction Warlock Pre-Patch Guide for WotLK Classic

Last updated on Aug 30, 2022 at 13:15 by Crix and Valks 1 comment

The Pre-Patch period of Wrath of the Lich King Classic is a time to allow players to level or gear up characters while experiencing some of the class changes of the coming expansion before its official launch. Here you will find recommended talents, gear, and some rotation tips for a Affliction Warlock when you can only reach a maximum level of 70.



Warlocks receive a number of changes with the Wrath of the Lich King pre-patch and, for the most part, they have a very positive impact on the rotations of each specialisation.

Affliction in particular sees a more engaging playstyle emerge, with much higher DPS than they saw in TBC, mainly due to their independence as a "real" damage dealer now, rather than an off-DPS.


Talent Build

The talent tree listed above uses the points available at Level 70 to get as many of the desired talents as possible, but it still falls short. There are a few talents that, while strong, cannot be picked up at Level 70.

Depending on your gear level and the fights you are going to be doing during the pre-patch, there are also a number of changes you can make.

If you are already well geared, you likely are already hit capped and do not need the additional hit rating from Suppression IconSuppression in the Affliction tree. If you have boosted a character or your gear is not as far progressed, it can still be a very useful talent.

There is also the matter of spending more points in the Destruction tree, rather than taking 3 points in Death's Embrace IconDeath's Embrace. If you are spending more time in execute phases, the values of Death's Embrace increases, as it boosts your damage when the enemy has less than 35% HP, but if the fights are being cleared quickly (or if your raid is extremely execute-heavy already, such as by stacking Warriors), putting those points into Bane IconBane may be more beneficial.



At Level 70, you will only have access to 2 of your 3 major glyph slots. The minor Glyphs for Warlock are massively unimpactful at this point, hence why we have not chosen to recommend a full set of them. Simply choose as you wish.



The rotation as an Affliction Warlock is fairly simple, but it is important to ensure that you get a proper opener, to have a powerful Corruption IconCorruption set up on the boss ASAP.


Opener for Affliction Warlock

The opener for Affliction is as follows:

  1. Pre-cast Shadow Bolt IconShadow Bolt
  2. Haunt IconHaunt
  3. Unstable Affliction IconUnstable Affliction
  4. Corruption IconCorruption
  5. Curse of Agony IconCurse of Agony

Once you have the opener set, your rotation becomes fairly simple.


Rotation Following Opener

Your rotation post-opener is essentially just ensuring that your different debuffs and curses do not fall off the target, maintaining them and juggling the priority of which to refresh.

If all of your debuffs are up and do not need refreshing, you can simply cast one of two filler spells: Shadow Bolt IconShadow Bolt above 25% HP and Drain Soul IconDrain Soul when the target falls below 25% HP.


Gearing in the Wrath of the Lich King Classic Pre-Patch

The majority of the recommendations for gear in the pre-patch stay the same for Affliction, which you can read on our TBC Warlock gear guide, which is linked below.


Tier Set Bonus

For your tier set bonus, you should still aim to have your 4-set T6 bonus and can easily do so by taking the belt, bracers, and boots for 3 of the pieces, given that they are already very strong for Affliction.

For the final piece, you should use either the shoulders or helm, depending on the other piece of gear you have for the second slot.



For your enchants, you should use the following:

Slot Enchantment
Head Glyph of Power Icon Glyph of Power
Shoulders Power of the Scourge Icon Power of the Scourge, Greater Inscription of Discipline Icon Greater Inscription of Discipline, Greater Inscription of the Orb Icon Greater Inscription of the Orb, depending on whether you have PotS left over from Naxxramas, as well as your choice of Aldor or Scryers.
Back Enchant Cloak - Subtlety IconEnchant Cloak - Subtlety
Chest Enchant Chest - Exceptional Stats Icon Enchant Chest - Exceptional Stats
Bracers Enchant Bracer - Spellpower IconEnchant Bracer - Spellpower
Gloves Enchant Gloves - Major Spellpower Icon Enchant Gloves - Major Spellpower or Enchant Gloves - Spell Strike Icon Enchant Gloves - Spell Strike, depending on if you need additional hit.
Legs Runic Spellthread Icon Runic Spellthread or Mystic Spellthread Icon Mystic Spellthread, depending on Gold.
Weapon Enchant Weapon - Soulfrost Icon Enchant Weapon - Soulfrost (or the easier-to-obtain Enchant Weapon - Major Spellpower Icon Enchant Weapon - Major Spellpower)


Warlocks have a large number of consumables that are used in different situations and you can read all about the choices on our TBC Enchants page for Warlock below:



  • 30 Aug. 2022: Guide added.
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