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Affliction Warlock DPS Easy Mode

Last updated on Aug 28, 2017 at 22:00 by Furty 200 comments

Table of Contents

This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

1. The Basics

Affliction is a straightforward specialization that revolves around maintaining damage over time effects on your active targets. As such, being able to effectively track the time remaining on your "DoT" effects is of paramount important to achieve success. In this section we will be focusing on a setup that minimizes the amount of buttons and reactivity necessary without unduly compromising overall damage output.

2. Talent Choice

These choices are optimized for ease of use. Although some talents might offer marginally higher gains when played perfectly, these same talents often result in damage losses when utilized by many players. These talents aim to present the best setup that has very little punishment for unfamiliarity or mistakes.

3. Stat Choice

Currently, you will want to prioritize secondary stats as follows:

  1. Mastery;
  2. Critical Strike >= Haste;
  3. Intellect;
  4. Versatility.

4. Basic Rotation

  1. Keep Agony Icon Agony applied to up to 5 targets.
  2. Apply Corruption Icon Corruption to up to 5 targets.
  3. Cast Soul Harvest Icon Soul Harvest when available.
  4. Cast Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction when you have 4+ Soul Shards.
  5. Cast Drain Soul Icon Drain Soul as a filler.
  6. Cast Seed of Corruption Icon Seed of Corruption as a filler on 3+ stacked targets.
  7. Cast  Icon Reap Souls at 2-4 stacks. Save 3+ Soul Shards for your  Icon Reap Souls for maximum damage.
  8. Cast Life Tap Icon Life Tap to restore Mana.

About Our Author and Reviewer

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.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Deepshades, a top raider who plays in Method; you can his stream on Twitch and follow him on Twitter.

5. ChangeLog

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  • 28 Aug. 2017: Updated talents and rotation.
  • 13 Jun. 2017: Updated rotation and talents.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Small update to easy mode talents for 7.1.5.
  • 12 Dec. 2016: Added easy mode for Affliction Warlocks.
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