Season of Discovery Affliction Warlock DPS Talents and Runes

Last updated on Feb 13, 2024 at 10:00 by Crix 1 comment

On this page, you will find out the best PvE talents for your Affliction Warlock in WoW Classic — Season of Discovery, as well as advised runes.


Affliction Warlock Talents


Talent Build

The level cap right now in Season of Discovery is level 40, meaning we still don't have all of our talent points, but atleast this gives us some more options. While it seems to make sense to go down the Affliction tree to get Shadow Mastery Icon Shadow Mastery, it actually ends up being more beneficial to split up your talents into all three trees. Start by going into Affliction and pick up Improved Corruption Icon Improved Corruption to get your instant cast Corruption Icon Corruption, then Suppression Icon Suppression to get some hit rating. While you don't need the full 6% that you're gaining from the talent, we'll need the point put somewhere to be able to get down to Nightfall Icon Nightfall for the chance at instant Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolts and there's not really another solid option to choose from. On the way down pick up Improved Drain Life Icon Improved Drain Life to make you gain more health when Drain Life Icon Drain Life, which you will be a lot since you'll be using the Master Channeler Icon Master Channeler rune. The two points in Improved Life Tap Icon Improved Life Tap will help you gain more mana whenever you Life Tap Icon Life Tap. After that you can put three points into Improved Imp Icon Improved Imp as this will make your Imp do 30% more damage, while also giving your party 30% more stamina from Blood Pact IconBlood Pact. Then put the rest into Destruction to get Improved Shadow Bolt Icon Improved Shadow Bolt to make you do more Shadow damage after your Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt crits. Then put five points into Bane Icon Bane to reduce the cast time of both your Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt and Immolate Icon Immolate. Then put your last point into Shadowburn Icon Shadowburn so you can use it as a finisher or when you need to move during the encounter. If you want to, you can choose to put your last point into Improved Firebolt Icon Improved Firebolt instead of Shadowburn Icon Shadowburn. They're both on par with each other.

  • Gloves — Haunt Icon Haunt
  • Pants — Everlasting Affliction Icon Everlasting Affliction
  • Chest — Master Channeler Icon Master Channeler
  • Belt — Shadow and Flame Icon Shadow and Flame
  • Boot — Demonic Knowledge Icon Demonic Knowledge

There are a handful of different options for which runes you can use as Affliction and none of them are terrible, however these are the best options for doing the most damage. Haunt Icon Haunt is mandatory as this will not only significantly increase the damage done by all of your other DoT's besides Immolate Icon Immolate, but will also heal you at the end.

Master Channeler Icon Master Channeler is another mandatory rune as this will make your Drain Life Icon Drain Life a DoT, rather than a channel. Drain Life Icon Drain Life does insanely high damage and will often be your top 2 damage abilities, making this rune a must.

Demonic Knowledge Icon Demonic Knowledge is another mandatory rune for Affliction as this simply increases your spell damage by 10% of your current demons total Stamina and Intellect. For example, if your pet has 50 Stamina and 50 Intellect, that equates to a total of 100, therefore you would gain 10 spell damage. This is also buffed by Blessing of Kings Icon Blessing of Kings. The other options in this rune slot are really weak and won't really ever be used. Shadow Flame IconShadow Flame is an AoE ability and Dance of the Wicked Icon Dance of the Wicked is a tanking rune.

The Leg rune is the first slot where you have a couple solid options. Everlasting Affliction Icon Everlasting Affliction is the best option as this will make it so whenever you cast Drain Life Icon Drain Life, Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt, Haunt Icon Haunt and Incinerate Icon Incinerate it will refresh the Corruption Icon Corruption on your target, making you not have to spend globals manually applying Corruption Icon Corruption. Demonic Pact Icon Demonic Pact is another good option for this slot as well and suggested to use only if you want to take more of a support role to buff the other casters and healers in your party. This makes it so whenever your demon crits, you will give 10% of your spell damage to your party. For example if you have 200 spell damage, when your demon crits it will give your party 20 spell damage.

All of the belt runes are good options to use, but Shadow and Flame Icon Shadow and Flame comes out ahead. This rune makes it so whenever you crit with your Shadow spells, you will get a 10% buff to your Shadow damage for 10 seconds. It also can buff your Fire if you crit with Fire, but you won't be using too many Fire spells. Invocation Icon Invocation is a unique rune that makes it so whenever you refresh Corruption Icon Corruption, Immolate Icon Immolate, Curse of Agony Icon Curse of Agony, and Siphon Life Icon Siphon Life when there is at most 6 seconds left on the DoT, it will istantly deal whatever damage was remaining from the DoT. For example, Immolate Icon Immolate is a 15 second DoT. Refreshing this at 9 seconds will give you the last two ticks that were remaining on the Immolate Icon Immolate. This allows you to get the full damage of teh 15 second DoT after 9 seconds. Grimoire of Synergy Icon Grimoire of Synergy gives both you and your demon a 5% chance to buff the other by 5% whenever they deal damage. This sounds nice, but once again loses out to Shadow and Flame Icon Shadow and Flame.

More Engravings are likely to come out as we reach higher level caps, so make sure to checkout our general Runes guide to get a better understanding of what all tools you have available to your Warlock.