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Affliction Warlock DPS Guide (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Jun 11, 2018 at 05:35 by Furty 222 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Affliction Warlock DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. 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 Deepshades, a top raider who plays in Method; you can watch his stream on Twitch and follow him on Twitter.

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 7.3 Changes for Affliction Warlock

  • Healthstones now heal for 25% of the user's health at all levels.

3. Patch 7.2.5 Changes for Affliction Warlock

  • 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%.

4. Affliction Warlock Strengths

  • Extremely strong sustained cleave damage
  • Powerful execute phase on certain encounters
  • Handles spread targets well
  • Strong single target damage if there are opportunities to generate bonus resources

5. Affliction Warlock Weaknesses

  • Damage requires noticeable ramp up
  • Low sustained single target damage
  • Weak target swapping

6. Affliction Warlock Viability in the Current Patch

Affliction is the strongest overall Warlock specialization for both raiding and Mythic+. In Antorus, the Burning Throne, it tends to excel on fights with multiple targets, or fights with adds that allow for extra Soul Shard return. The specialization can be highly random and chaotic from pull to pull, particularly on single target encounters, where Affliction is at its weakest.

7. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 13 pages:

8. ChangeLog

  • 11 Jun. 2018 (Battle for Azeroth page): Added talents image.
  • 05 Jun. 2018 (Battle for Azeroth page): Page added.
  • 03 May 2018 (rotation page): Fixed a conflicting mention of Unstable Affliction usage in the UA specific section.
  • 03 May 2018 (talents page): Updated talent tooltips.
  • 16 Feb. 2018 (mythic+ page): Instance Advice added.
  • 15 Feb. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 04 Feb. 2018 (bosses page): Page added.
  • 28 Nov. 2017 (gear page): Updated best in slot for Antorus, added Tier 21 section, and updated legendaries.
  • 13 Oct. 2017 (gear page): Updated paragraph on Tarnished Sentinel Medallion.
  • 04 Oct. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Updated position of Dark Sorrows based on recent buffs.
  • 13 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Update to the Tier 2 upgrades based on updated information from SimCraft.
  • 11 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Added Netherlight Crucible page for Affliction Warlock.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Adjusted recommended gems, redesigned "Consumables" section, and added a note about Healthstones in Patch 7.3.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): Trimmed down some mentions of Siphon Life.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.3 changes.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated talents and rotation.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Updated talent discussions.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (gear page): Updated legendaries.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): Added additional context to Phantom Singularity usage.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lightforged Augment Rune and new 7.3 epic gems.
  • 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 (gear page): Added Soul of the Netherlord and The Master Harvester.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priority for Patch 7.2.5.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated to reflect talent changes. Removed all mentions of Soul Effigy. Opening sequence updated.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Added further context for artifact relic item levels.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated rotation and talents.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.2.5 changes and adjusted strengths/weaknesses.
  • 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.
  • 17 May 2017 (artifact page): Updated Relic priority.
  • 29 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 29 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Updates to legendary descriptions.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added a summary of Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (talents page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added path for new 7.2 traits.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (stats 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.
  • 18 Jan. 2017 (this page): Updated viability.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Nighthold BiS added.
  • 13 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Expanded on the single target rotation.
  • 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.
  • 13 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Added trained soldier.
  • 12 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added new legendary items.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Updated potion section to be more concise.
  • 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 (artifact page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 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 (spells page): Updated as Drain Life has now been replaced with Drain Soul in Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Small update to easy mode talents for 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Removed stat weights for Patch 7.1.5 until more theorycrafting can be done.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.1.5 changes and updated strengths/weaknesses and viability sections.
  • 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 (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 (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 (rotation page): Updated Shard calculation for Soul Effigy.
  • 14 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated BiS trinkets.
  • 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 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear 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 (spells 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 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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