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Affliction Warlock DPS Guide in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated Yesterday at 01:50 by Furty 46 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Affliction Warlock DPS guide for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing an Affliction Warlock in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

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. Class Overview

Affliction Warlocks excel at sustaining high single-target and multiple-target damage. Most of your damage comes from the application of harmful damage over time effects (DoTs). This allows them to effectively cleave on targets that are spread around an area, something many specializations struggle with or are flat out unable to do. Just like the other Warlock specializations, Affliction Warlocks bring the Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway ability to the raid, which can be an invaluable mobility cooldown.

2. Patch 8.0.1 Changes for Affliction Warlock

  • Many talents were removed, or saw major changes in 8.0 - see the talents page for additional information.
  • Summon Doomguard was removed.
  • The Mana costs of a variety of spells were altered due to the removal of Life Tap and Mana based gameplay. Most core gameplay abilities now cost significantly less base Mana, so you will never run dry performing the normal rotation. Utility abilities and crowd control now cost more Mana than before, however, so you will need to be careful in PvP.
  • The former Level 75 Talents (Demon Skin Icon Demon Skin, Burning Rush Icon Burning Rush, and Dark Pact Icon Dark Pact) have been moved to the Level 45 Tier. Dark Pact and Demon Skin have both been slightly nerfed.
  • Soul Conduit Icon Soul Conduit has been reduced to a 15% chance per Soul Shard spent.
  • Summon Darkglare Icon Summon Darkglare is now our main DPS cooldown.
  • Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction now also increases the damage targets take by 10% for its duration, as Contagion used to.
  • Dark Soul: Misery Icon Dark Soul: Misery is back!
  • Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt replaces Drain Soul Icon Drain Soul as the main filler (Drain Soul is now a Level 15 Talent).

3. Affliction Warlock Strengths

  • High single target damage
  • High multitarget cleave
  • Spread cleave

4. Affliction Warlock Weaknesses

  • Significant ramp up
  • Burst damage requires a setup period
  • Moderate variance from pull to pull

5. Affliction Warlock's Viability in the Current Patch

Affliction Warlock is the best specialization to level with, as it is mobile and provides good damage to spread out targets. It is very mobile while leveling, as DoTs can be cast while moving.

In dungeons and raids, Affliction provides high single target damage. This specialization can also deal powerful sustained cleave, and sets itself apart from true cleave classes in situations where the targets are spread apart. Affliction Warlocks will likely be a strong Ranged DPS upon the release of Uldir.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 14 pages:

7. ChangeLog

  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (spells page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Page created for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page created for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (common mistakes page): Page added for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 07 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added.
  • 26 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Updated the legendary ranking.
  • 23 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Added a Deathbolt usage section to help alleviate confusion. Updated single target priority (re-added Haunt).
  • 23 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Updated Tier 3 talents.
  • 21 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Made Haunt the default talent again, swapped Vile Taint and Phantom Singularity priority, and added PvP (War Mode) Talents and explanations.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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