Affliction Warlock PvP Guide for WotLK Classic

Last updated on Jan 10, 2024 at 15:43 by Chanimal 1 comment

Welcome to our PvP Affliction Warlock guide for Wrath of the Lich King. Here you will learn all you need to know to properly play Affliction Warlock in PvP scenarios.



Affliction Warlock is one of the most difficult but rewarding and strong PvP specs in the game. Dealing extremely high spread pressure while maintaining control on the enemy and being incredibly durable, an Affliction Warlock is one of the most feared specs in PvP.


Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +High spread pressure against multiple enemies.
  • +Great disruption and crowd control.
  • +Ability to protect important debuffs and CC from being dispelled.
X Weaknesses
  • -Heavily dependent on having a pet alive for durability.
  • -Prone to being interrupted due to one school for casting.
  • -Pressure based and needs time to ramp up.

Talent Build For PvP Affliction Warlock in Wrath of the Lich King

This is the standard talent build for an Affliction Warlock in PvP. Most of the talents should not be adjusted, however there are situations where it could be optimised. The 2 points in Improved Shadow Bolt IconImproved Shadow Bolt can be moved to Improved Curse of Agony IconImproved Curse of Agony if playing with a melee such as a Warrior. Additionally, these 2 points can be put into Improved Life Tap IconImproved Life Tap as high levels of Haste result in going out of mana very quickly.


Glyphs For PvP Affliction Warlock in Wrath of the Lich King


Major Glyphs

  1. Glyph of Quick Decay Icon Glyph of Quick Decay — Causes your Corruption IconCorruption to scale with your Haste levels, reducing the amount of time it takes to tick compared to the normal 3 seconds per tick. This Glyph is a massive DPS increase.
  2. Glyph of Corruption Icon Glyph of Corruption — Causes your Corruption IconCorruption an extra 4% to proc an instant Shadow Bolt IconShadow Bolt, increasing your damage dealt and providing a small window of burst.
  3. Glyph of Shadowflame Icon Glyph of Shadowflame — Snares targets hit by your Shadowflame IconShadowflame, allowing you to kite or peel for your teammates.

Minor Glyphs

  1. Glyph of Curse of Exhaustion Icon Glyph of Curse of Exhaustion — Increases the range of your Curse of Exhaustion IconCurse of Exhaustion spell, allowing it to be used from 41 yards away.
  2. Glyph of Drain Soul Icon Glyph of Drain Soul — Allows you to gain extra Soul Shards when casting Drain Soul IconDrain Soul.
There is no 3rd glyph slot that has any combat benefit in a PvP setting.

Stats for PvP Affliction Warlock in Wrath of the Lich King

As an Affliction Warlock it is important to prioritise the correct stats in order to perform in Wrath of the Lich King PvP. Below, we go over relevant stats that you should aim for.



Resilience is the single most important stat for an Affliction Warlock in PvP. This stat grants a flat damage reduction, reduced chance to be crit as well as reducing the damage taken from any crits that land. Affliction Warlocks want to stack as much of this stat as possible to the soft cap of 1414.


Hit Rating

In order for your spells (and your pet's spells) to land without missing, you need to reach Hit Rating thresholds. Against level 80 players, this cap is 4%. However, there are certain specs such as Retribution Paladins and Subtlety Rogues who require an extra 4%. Additionally, certain races such as Draeneis, Blood Elves and Undead require an extra 2%. As such, the realistic Hit Rating % to aim for is 6%. Suppression IconSuppression adds 3% Hit Rating, so from gear you will only need to reach 3%.


Spell Penetration

Similar to Hit Rating, Spell Pentration is another stat that is required so that your spells don't resist. Spell Penetration counteracts Magic Resistance such as Shadow Resistance. For an Affliction Warlock, you should aim for as close to 130 Spell Pentration as possible.



Haste is the best stat after Resilience, Hit Rating and Spell Pentration. While Haste is not the best stat for increasing raw DPS output, it allows you to dish out damage and maintain all your DoT effects and curses. Additionally, it reduces your Global Cooldown time and reduces your cast time. Importantly, it increases the damage dealt by your Corruption IconCorruption due to the Glyph of Quick Decay Icon Glyph of Quick Decay.


Spell Power

Spell Power increases the damage dealt by all of your abilities. This stat is the best stat to aim for if you want to increase your DPS output.


Best Professions for a PvP Affliction Warlock in Wrath of the Lich King

If you are looking to optimise your Affliction Warlock in Wrath of the Lich King PvP, these are the recommended professions:

  1. Jewelcrafting — Gives you three Jewelcrafting specific gems, Mystic Dragon's Eye Icon Mystic Dragon's Eye, totalling an extra 42 Resilience.
  2. EngineeringHand-Mounted Pyro Rocket Icon Hand-Mounted Pyro Rocket gives you an off-global instant Rocket that deals a moderate amount of damage, allowing for extra burst or sniping a Tremor Totem IconTremor Totem.
  3. BlacksmithingSocket Bracer IconSocket Bracer and Socket Gloves IconSocket Gloves gives you 2 extra sockets in your gear, totalling an extra 40 Resilience.

Affliction Warlock PvP Rotation and Playstyle

Affliction Warlocks do not have a set rotation, but raher a priority system. The playstyle should emphasise maintaining DoTs on as many targets as possible while disruption and control are the primary goal. An Affliction Warlock should try to always keep someone in a Fear IconFear while covered by Unstable Affliction IconUnstable Affliction to protect it from dispels.


Gearing a PvP Affliction Warlock in Wrath of the Lich King

The list linked below includes the best possible gear setup for a Affliction Warlock in PvP.


Affliction Warlock Arena Teams and Compositions in Wrath of the Lich King

When it comes to evaluating Affliction Warlock's place within the Arena, we have created a number of guides devoted to listing a variety of popular team compositions which you can find below.



  • 10 Jan. 2024: Updated for Phase 5.
  • 27 Oct. 2023: Updated for Phase 4.
  • 28 Sep. 2023: Guide updated for Phase 4.
  • 14 Jun. 2023: Added for Phase 3.
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