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Affliction Warlock DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.3.2)

Last updated on Nov 28, 2017 at 07:37 by Furty 210 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 Deepshades, a top raider who plays in Method; you can his stream on Twitch and follow him on Twitter.

1. Tier 21 Set Bonuses

The Tier 21 set bonuses focus on augmenting our primary DoT effects, Agony Icon Agony and Corruption Icon Corruption, to provide further utility and damage.

While the bonuses this tier do not provide an increase of an incredible magnitude, they do grant a solid and steady damage increase and are well worth seeking out and obtaining. The bonuses gain strength on encounters where multi-dotting is a priortiy, for example, the Coven of Shivarra encounter.

2. Legendary Recommendations for Antorus Gear

  1. Single Target/Maximum Damage: Power Cord of Lethtendris Icon Power Cord of Lethtendris + Soul of the Netherlord Icon Soul of the Netherlord
  2. Single Target/Sustained Effectiveness: Power Cord of Lethtendris Icon Power Cord of Lethtendris + Hood of Eternal Disdain Icon Hood of Eternal Disdain
  3. Sustained Cleave/Multidotting: Sacrolash's Dark Strike Icon Sacrolash's Dark Strike + Soul of the Netherlord Icon Soul of the Netherlord

3. 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).

4. Trinket List

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

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

5. 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 Grim Inquisitor's Death Mask Icon Grim Inquisitor's Death Mask Aggramar
Neck Chain of the Unmaker Icon Chain of the Unmaker Argus the Unmaker
Shoulders Grim Inquisitor's Shoulderguards Icon Grim Inquisitor's Shoulderguards The Coven of Shivarra
Chest Gambeson of Sargeras' Corruption Icon Gambeson of Sargeras' Corruption Argus the Unmaker
Cloak Grim Inquisitor's Cloak Icon Grim Inquisitor's Cloak Antoran High Command
Wrists Blood-Drenched Bindings Icon Blood-Drenched Bindings Varimathras
Gloves Handwraps of Inevitable Doom Icon Handwraps of Inevitable Doom Argus the Unmaker
Belt Cord of Surging Hysteria Icon Cord of Surging Hysteria Varimathras
Legs Grim Inquisitor's Leggings Icon Grim Inquisitor's Leggings Imonar the Soulhunter
Boots Sandals of the Reborn Colossus Icon Sandals of the Reborn Colossus Aggramar
Ring #1 Loop of the Life-Binder Icon Loop of the Life-Binder Eonar
Ring #2 Zealous Tormentor's Ring Icon Zealous Tormentor's Ring The Coven of Shivarra
Trinket #1 Aman'Thul's Vision Icon Aman'Thul's Vision Argus the Unmaker
Trinket #2 Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal Withered J'im/Relinquished Trinket Icon Relinquished Trinket

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.

6. 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).

7. 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.

Soul of the Netherlord Icon Soul of the Netherlord grants you Death's Embrace Icon Death's Embrace passively. Extremely strong legendary for overall damage. It is a fantastic legendary for fights with difficult execute phases, however, consider using a different legendary for progression fights where execute is not the concern as it contributes nothing to the rest of the fight.

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, and Best-in-Slot for encounters where there are several targets active for long periods and you are talented into Absolute Corruption Icon Absolute Corruption (the Desolate Host and Demonic Inquisition, for example).

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.

7.1. 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. Hood of Eternal Disdain Icon Hood of Eternal Disdain
  2. Soul of the Netherlord Icon Soul of the Netherlord
  3. The Master Harvester Icon The Master Harvester
  4. Power Cord of Lethtendris Icon Power Cord of Lethtendris
  5. Reap and Sow Icon Reap and Sow
  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

8. 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

9. ChangeLog

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  • 28 Nov. 2017: Updated best in slot for Antorus, added Tier 21 section, and updated legendaries.
  • 13 Oct. 2017: Updated paragraph on Tarnished Sentinel Medallion.
  • 28 Aug. 2017: Updated legendaries.
  • 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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