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Affliction Warlock DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.2.5)

Last updated on Jun 14, 2017 at 12:08 by Furty 189 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

This page is a gear reference for Affliction Warlocks. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

The other pages of our Affliction Warlock guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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 Preciousyipz, one of the top parsers as Affliction Warlock. You can watch his videos on Youtube.

1. Tier 20 Set Bonuses

The Tier 20 set bonuses focus primarily on augmenting your Soul Shard generation and expenditure. Both the 2-set bonus and the 4-set bonus are valuable and worth putting effort into obtaining. The 4-set bonus, in particular, is very potent in Tomb of Sargeras, especially given the amount of multi-dotting that we will be doing.

  • 2-piece bonus: Corruption Icon Corruption has a chance to generate a Soul Shard whenever it deals damage.
  • 4-piece bonus: Spending a Soul Shard has a 25% chance to grant you 15% Haste for 8 seconds.

Both the 2-piece bonus and the 4-piece bonus are very encouraging of multi-dotting, and they have strong synergy with each other. While the 2-piece bonus will provide more Soul Shard generation, the 4-piece bonus will reward you for spending more Soul Shards, resulting in very positive feedback on encounters where you are able to maintain several sets of DoT effects at all times.

These bonuses are so potent it is often worth investing in lower item level pieces over non-set items with higher item levels. The rough benchmark for whether or not a full 4-set is an upgrade over higher item level non-set pieces is one full tier of difficulty (e.g. it is worth using a Heroic 4-piece bonus over Mythic off-pieces).

2. Trinket Discussion

Tarnished Sentinel Medallion Icon Tarnished Sentinel Medallion is currently the best available trinket for our specialization. The passive Mastery provides an enormous boon for our damage and the on-use effect can be very strong, as it benefits from some of cooldowns (for example  Icon Reap Souls). Our high output of ticking damage also further empowers this trinket, making it the standard choice for any single target scenario. While the trinket does lose some value on multi-target due to the nature of the on-use effect, the passive mastery still makes it worthwhile providing there is a high priority target to use the active portion on.

Whispers in the Dark Icon Whispers in the Dark is arguably the second best choice at equal item level. Affliction players will ideally obtain a high item level version of this trinket to carry over into Tomb of Sargeras. Providing you have a Mythic version, it is very unlikely you will replace this trinket due to its extremely potent proc, which is equally useful in both single and multi-target scenarios.

Tome of Unraveling Sanity Icon Tome of Unraveling Sanity is the next best option if you are unable or unlikely to receive a high item level Whispers in the Dark Icon Whispers in the Dark. It is important to time the on-use proc to line up with your Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction dump/ Icon Reap Souls combo; you do not want to spend the Critical Strike buff refreshing DoTs or moving. This can also be a very potent choice for pushing important damage checks as the on-use is predictable and allows for huge dumps of damage without relying on RNG.

Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal remains an extremely strong choice, but only if you can obtain a very high item level titanforged version. Since most players will not be lucky enough to achieve this, it will be a rarity amongst Affliction warlocks this tier, though it does bear mentioning. Arcanocrystal is better than any other trinket in the game at equal item level due to the sheer amount of stats it provides, all of which are delicious for multi-dotting.

Erratic Metronome Icon Erratic Metronome is a stable trinket with a strong passive and proc. While not quite as strong as the aforementioned options, it beats out any of the other Tomb of Sargeras trinkets providing you have a decent item level version of it. Equally strong on single and multi-target.

Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish can be occasionally used for cheesing/padding damage on fights like Skorpyron where AoE is prevalent. It is a poor choice over the other legendary items, however, and shouldn't be considered as a standard trinket choice.

Quick reference for trinkets, assuming close or equal item levels:/p>

  1. Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal*
  2. Whispers in the Dark Icon Whispers in the Dark
  3. Tarnished Sentinel Medallion Icon Tarnished Sentinel Medallion
  4. Titanforged World Quest Trinket (Mastery>Haste)
  5. Erratic Metronome Icon Erratic Metronome
  6. Tome of Unraveling Sanity Icon Tome of Unraveling Sanity
  7. Titanforged World Quest Trinket (Crit>Vers)
  8. Dreadstone of Endless Shadows Icon Dreadstone of Endless Shadows
  9. Terror From Below Icon Terror From Below
  10. Charm of the Rising Tide Icon Charm of the Rising Tide

3. Best in Slot List

With the existence of Titanforged and Mythic+ dungeons, there is no such thing as a hard Best in Slot anymore. This is more of a guideline for the best pieces to keep an eye out for in your raid or dungeon (if applicable). Be smart, and if you find higher item level pieces with valuable stat combinations do not hesitate to upgrade to them.

Slot Item Source
Helm Diabolic Helm Icon Diabolic Helm Demonic Inquisition
Neck Locket of Splintered Souls Icon Locket of Splintered Souls The Desolate Host
Shoulders Diabolic Mantle Icon Diabolic Mantle Fallen Avatar
Chest Robe of Aqueous Command Icon Robe of Aqueous Command Harjatan
Cloak Diabolic Shroud Icon Diabolic Shroud The Desolate Host
Wrists Ravenous Devotee's Bracelets Icon Ravenous Devotee's Bracelets Harjatan
Gloves Diabolic Gloves Icon Diabolic Gloves Harjatan
Belt Strife-Riddled Cinch Icon Strife-Riddled Cinch Maiden of Vigilance
Legs Diabolic Leggings Icon Diabolic Leggings Mistress Sassz'ine
Boots Emberscatter Treads Icon Emberscatter Treads Goroth
Ring #1 Scaled Band of Servitude Icon Scaled Band of Servitude Harjatan
Ring #2 Seal of the Second Duumvirate Icon Seal of the Second Duumvirate Kil'jaeden
Trinket #1 Whispers in the Dark Icon Whispers in the Dark Gul'dan
Trinket #2 Tarnished Sentinel Medallion Icon Tarnished Sentinel Medallion Sisters of the Moon

As Relics affect the item level of your weapons, it is recommended you always take the highest item level options as it will increase your weapon damage.

4. Evaluating Upgrades Using Stat Weights

You can evaluate upgrades side by side using a simple napkin math formula:

DPS Value = Σ Stat weight × Amount of Stat

For example, using the stat weights from our Stats page, a pair of boots with 380 Mastery, 1150 Haste, and 976 Intellect, we can calculate a DPS value of:

380×1.55 + 1150×1.49 + 976×1 = 3278.5

This does not give an exact DPS value, but can be used to calculate the relative value versus another piece. For example, if we have a second pair of boots with 450 Haste, 970 Versatility, and 976 Intellect, we can compute the DPS value for that second item using the same formula, before comparing the results:

450×1.49 + 970×0.1.06 + 976×1 = 2674.7

We can clearly see that 3278.5 > 2674.7, and therefore, the first pair of boots are the stronger upgrade. This is the quickest, best, and most reliable way of determining whether or not you should use one upgrade or another, despite the fact that stats weights are very approximate and change with respect to fight type, fight length, and the values of your other stats (synergetic scaling).

5. Legendaries

Hood of Eternal Disdain Icon Hood of Eternal Disdain causes Agony Icon Agony to deal its full potential damage 10% faster. A great legendary for any situation.

The Master Harvester Icon The Master Harvester grants a 9% chance to activate Soul Harvest Icon Soul Harvest for 8 seconds per Soul Shard spent. Very strong but can be RNG reliant.

Power Cord of Lethtendris Icon Power Cord of Lethtendris causes Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction to have a 25% chance to refund a Soul Shard if there is not already an Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction on the target. Solid legendary, particularly if you are playing with Contagion Icon Contagion and are spacing out your casts. Especially good when there are multiple targets of equal priority and you want to apply Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction to each of them.

Sacrolash's Dark Strike Icon Sacrolash's Dark Strike causes Corruption Icon Corruption to deal 15% increased damage and also slow enemies by 60%. Decent legendary for any situation.

Reap and Sow Icon Reap and Sow causes  Icon Reap Souls to last an additional 1.5 seconds per soul consumed. Not quite as good post 7.2, as  Icon Reap Souls, will have a relatively high uptime regardless.

Streten's Sleepless Shackles Icon Streten's Sleepless Shackles causes each enemy afflicted with Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction to also grant 4% bonus damage. Not as useful as it sounds as Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction does not last very long and is generally best invested into a single target. Not bad if there are multiple targets of equal priority and you want to put Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction on each of them.

Sin'dorei Spite Icon Sin'dorei Spite can currently also be used by Affliction, and grants 30% increased damage for 25 seconds after using Summon Doomguard Icon Summon Doomguard or Summon Infernal Icon Summon Infernal. Exceptional for pushing damage checks, and can offer potent burst damage when paired with  Icon Reap Souls and Soul Harvest Icon Soul Harvest.

Soul of the Netherlord Icon Soul of the Netherlord grants you Death's Embrace Icon Death's Embrace passively. Very strong legendary on certain encounters. Loses value on shorter fights, however, and not a great choice for Mythic+.

5.1. Legendary Quick Reference

This is a rough list, calculated for a single target. The value of the legendary items shifts often from fight to fight and certain passives (for example, Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus) can be extraordinarily useful on some fights while ineffectual on others.

  1. The Master Harvester Icon The Master Harvester
  2. Hood of Eternal Disdain Icon Hood of Eternal Disdain
  3. Power Cord of Lethtendris Icon Power Cord of Lethtendris
  4. Reap and Sow Icon Reap and Sow
  5. Soul of the Netherlord Icon Soul of the Netherlord
  6. Streten's Sleepless Shackles Icon Streten's Sleepless Shackles
  7. Sacrolash's Dark Strike Icon Sacrolash's Dark Strike
  8. Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus
  9. Norgannon's Foresight Icon Norgannon's Foresight
  10. Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret
  11. Pillars of the Dark Portal Icon Pillars of the Dark Portal
  12. Celumbra, the Night's Dichotomy Icon Celumbra, the Night's Dichotomy
  13. Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish

6. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Demon Hunters, Paladins, Priests, and Demonology/Destruction Warlocks
Cloth Armor Mages, Priests, and Demonology/Destruction Warlocks
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Everyone
Trinkets Balance Druids, Mages, Shadow Priests, Elemental Shamans, and Demonology/Destruction Warlocks

7. ChangeLog

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  • 16 Jun. 2017: Updated example stat weight calculations to match new stat weights.
  • 14 Jun. 2017: Added Tier 20 set bonus section, Tomb of Sargeras best in slot list, legendary quick reference list, and trinket discussion section.
  • 13 Jun. 2017: Added Soul of the Netherlord and The Master Harvester.
  • 29 Mar. 2017: Updates to legendary descriptions.
  • 14 Jan. 2017: Nighthold BiS added.
  • 12 Jan. 2017: Added new legendary items.
  • 21 Oct. 2016: Long overdue change to Hood of Eternal Disdain assessment in single-target.
  • 14 Oct. 2016: Updated BiS trinkets.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2016: Removed trinket rankings and added recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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