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Affliction Warlock DPS Guide (Legion 7.2.5)

Last updated on Jun 17, 2017 at 19:40 by Furty 188 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Affliction Warlock DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.2.5. 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 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. 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 7.2.5 Changes

  • New legendary items have been added.
  • All damage done increased by 20%.
  • Contagion Icon Contagion damage bonus reduced to 15% (down from 18%).
  • Soul Effigy has been removed and replaced by a new talent called Death's Embrace Icon Death's Embrace. Death's Embrace causes many of the Warlock's spells to deal up to 50% increased damage to targets that are below 35% health.
  • Haunt Icon Haunt cooldown now 25 seconds (down from 30 seconds) and damage bonus reduced to 15% for 10 seconds (down from 30%).
  • Phantom Singularity Icon Phantom Singularity moved to level 60 talents, cooldown reduced to 40 seconds (down from 60 seconds), damage increased by 5%, healing reduced to 20% of damage done (down from 30%), and radius reduced to 15 yards (down from 25). Now taps all targets in range instantly.
  • Seed of Corruption Icon Seed of Corruption damage reduced by 20%.
  • Siphon Life Icon Siphon Life moved to level 100 talents, damage increased by 30%, and healing reduced to 60% of damage dealt (down from 100%).
  •  Icon Soul Flame damage reduced by 20%.
  •  Icon Wrath of Consumption damage per stack reduced to 1% (down from 2%).
  • Soul Harvest Icon Soul Harvest duration is now 12 seconds + 4 seconds per target afflicted by Agony Icon Agony, with a maximum of 36 seconds (changed from 15 seconds + 2 seconds per target, maximum 35 seconds).
  • Corruption Icon Corruption and Agony Icon Agony damage reduced by 5%.

3. Patch 7.2 Changes

  • New Artifact traits added.
  •  Icon Reap Souls can now be refreshed earlier without penalty, adding the current duration to the new one (max 60 seconds). Reap also has a 5-second cooldown. Souls are set to 0 at the start of an encounter but the chance to generate the first three  Icon Tormented Souls is greatly increased at the start of a raid encounter.

4. Strengths

  • Strong sustained single and multi-target damage
  • Versatile
  • Decent AoE damage
  • Deals with spread targets well
  • Good mobility due to a plethora of instant cast spells
  • Scales well with gear

5. Weaknesses

  • Weak burst
  • Weak damage on high priority targets
  • Weak target swapping

6. Viability in the Current Patch

Affliction is currently the best Warlock spec for Mythic+ dungeons. It is also reasonably strong in a raiding environment, though it does not have quite the versatility of Destruction. Overall, however, this specialization is fully viable in all levels and difficulties of raiding.

7. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 9 pages:

8. ChangeLog

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  • 17 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Added stat weights for Patch 7.2.5.
  • 16 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Updated example stat weight calculations to match new stat weights.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added Tier 20 set bonus section, Tomb of Sargeras best in slot list, legendary quick reference list, and trinket discussion section.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.2.5 changes and adjusted strengths/weaknesses.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Added further context for artifact relic item levels.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated to reflect talent changes. Removed all mentions of Soul Effigy. Opening sequence updated.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated rotation and talents.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added Soul of the Netherlord and The Master Harvester.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priority for Patch 7.2.5.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Updated talents for 7.2.5; removed Effigy mentions, added Death's embrace, and re-did talent builds based on the talent swaps.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 17 May 2017 (artifact page): Updated Relic priority.
  • 29 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Updates to legendary descriptions.
  • 29 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added path for new 7.2 traits.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added a summary of Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (talents page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 07 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Updated single target talent builds and talent descriptions for T7.
  • 07 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): Updated single target rotation and opener to be in line with new recommended talent build.
  • 07 Mar. 2017 (this page): Updated 7.1.5 changes with a new fix for Effigy.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Nighthold BiS added.
  • 13 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Expanded on the single target rotation.
  • 13 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Added trained soldier.
  • 13 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Updated Relic priority slightly.
  • 13 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated 2 and 3 target builds to instead use Absolute Corruption.
  • 12 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added new legendary items.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (spells page): Updated as Drain Life has now been replaced with Drain Soul in Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Updated potion section to be more concise.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Fully updated for Patch 7.1.5. Also added several separate talent options based on number of targets.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Fully updated for 7.1.5 - new rotation section, opening sequence, updates to various sections, and added a "Shard Sniping" section as Drain Soul is now baseline.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.1.5 changes and updated strengths/weaknesses and viability sections.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Removed stat weights for Patch 7.1.5 until more theorycrafting can be done.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Small update to easy mode talents for 7.1.5.
  • 12 Dec. 2016 (spells page): Now mentions Writhe in Agony in the Agony paragraph.
  • 12 Dec. 2016 (artifact page): Updated Artifact path and images.
  • 12 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode for Affliction Warlocks.
  • 12 Dec. 2016 (talents page): Updated Grimoires. Minor fixes to T1/T2 wording.
  • 12 Dec. 2016 (this page): Updated strengths/weaknesses and viability.
  • 12 Dec. 2016 (stats page): Updated stat weights and priority.
  • 12 Dec. 2016 (rotation page): Major update to Reap Souls usage and Opening Sequence.
  • 30 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated Mortal Coil description.
  • 30 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Added a "Potion Choice" section to illuminate the pros and cons of pots, following the addition of Potion of Prolonged Power.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated Action Priority List to more clearly illustrate how to effectively deal Area-of-Effect damage (while taking into account Patch 7.1 changes).
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated talents following the swap of Demon Skin and Demonic Circle in Patch 7.1.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (spells page): Updated the Unstable Affliction system as it functions differently for multiple applications in Patch 7.1.
  • 21 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Long overdue change to Hood of Eternal Disdain assessment in single-target.
  • 14 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated BiS trinkets.
  • 14 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated Shard calculation for Soul Effigy.
  • 05 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Simplified rotation by adding checkboxes to hide or reveal specific lines (cooldown, talents, AoE, etc.).
  • 04 Sep. 2016 (this page): Removed "Average AoE" from the list of weaknesses.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed trinket rankings and added recommendations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Fixed mention of Shadowfury instead of Howl of Terror in Level 45 talent explanations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (spells page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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