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Affliction Warlock DPS Azerite Traits/Powers and Armor in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 13, 2018 at 01:50 by Furty 52 comments

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General Information

Pick up the Azerite gear with the best traits for your Affliction Warlock and learn about the Heart of Azeroth. This page is updated for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth 8.0.1.

For more information about the Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth, please read our Hearth of Azeroth guide.

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 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 Future. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

1. Disclaimer

This is an early draft of the final page. It reflects the current state of theorycrafting on Azerite traits and is currently missing gear information.

2. Azerite Traits for Affliction Warlock

Azerite Traits are special effects present on Helm, Shoulder, and Chest slots in Battle For Azeroth. Each Azerite item has either 2 or 3 tiers of Azerite Traits to choose from (items below item level 340 only have 2 tiers, while items above that have 3). In addition to this, every Azerite item also has a +5 item level bonus (Azerite Empowered Icon Azerite Empowered). Each tier, as well as this item level bonus, become unlocked as you gain certain amounts of Azerite Power.

The first tier of Azerite Traits is split between a class-specific choice and a generic choice. Generic choices can be zone-related or content-related (such as PvP traits which are only found on PvP gear but work in PvE content).

The second tier has a multitude of options varying from interesting stat procs to static stat gains. This is the tier that is missing on items lower than item level 340.

The third tier can either be a defensive or healing option.

Azerite gear has fixed traits and stats. Each piece has predetermined Azerite Traits, item level, and can not roll either tertiary stats or sockets. While tuning is always in flux, we will try to list the currently best traits for raiding first. Keep in mind many of these are very raid / dungeon / world / PvP-oriented and do not work well in other types of content.

Here is a list of the Affliction-specific Azerite traits:

3. Azerite Traits Rotation Changes and Details for Affliction Warlock

Some of your Azerite Traits in Battle For Azeroth can have a small effect on your rotation. They generally do not change the fundamentals, but they allow you to use their effects to squeeze just a little bit more damage out than your competition.

  • Cascading Calamity Icon Cascading Calamity should be maintained whenever possible, as it lasts 15 seconds. Aim to budget your Soul Shards such that you will always have an Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction close to expiry as your Cascading Calamity buff is fading. This allows you to squeeze another Unstable Affliction off and maximize both Soul Shard efficiency and buff uptime.
  • Inevitable Demise Icon Inevitable Demise can be allowed to stack to its maximum (100 stacks) before using Drain Life Icon Drain Life. During progression fights, however, you should not be afraid to use Drain Life when necessary as a defensive tool regardless of your number of stacks.

4. Relative Strength of Azerite Traits for Affliction Warlock

Azerite Trait priority can change based on a variety of factors, and your Azerite Traits can also influence many other priorities for your character, such as Stat Priority. For this reason, we always recommend simming your own trait priority or Azerite upgrades using RaidBots to get the most accurate answer possible.

5. Azerite Trait Rankings for Affliction Warlock

5.1. Single Target

5.1.1. Outer Ring

Affliction Single-Target Outer Ring

5.1.2. Middle Ring

Affliction Single-Target Middle Ring

5.2. 3 Targets

5.2.1. Outer Ring

Affliction Three-Target Outer Ring

5.2.2. Middle Ring

Affliction Three-Target Outer Ring

6. Find Azerite Armor By Trait/Power

In the table below, you can see all of the Azerite gear available to your Affliction Warlock. By using the + button located next to each item, you can expand the list of Azerite powers that this item possesses (to collapse the list, simply click the - button).

If you want to filter items according to the powers that they offer, you can use the filters below.

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Head Items Shoulders Items Chest Items

7. ChangeLog

  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 07 Aug. 2018: Page added.
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