Affliction Warlock DPS Macros and Addons — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1
On this page, you will find a number of useful macros and addons to make your life easier when playing your Affliction Warlock in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.
1. Addons for Affliction Warlock
1.1. Generic Addons for Warlocks
ElvUI is a complete replacement for the default User Interface. Not only is this a popular AddOn among top players, but we here at Icy Veins use it for all our characters. ElvUI eliminates most of the inefficiencies of the Blizzard interface, which are many and varied. It is extremely user-friendly, and takes very little time to set up and master. It also comes already furnished with almost everything you need; unit frames, raid frames, minimap, buffs and debuffs, and much more. You can easily unlock and drag all the components around so your UI will look exactly the way you want it to. ElvUI is clean, easy to use, and a great starting point for your UI.
1.3. Weak Auras
Weak Auras is the most important AddOn for players seeking to master their class and take their gameplay to new heights. If you aspire to do any Mythic raiding, this is the most powerful tool in your kit. Weak Auras allows you to display helpful visuals cues anywhere on your screen, which enable you to play better. Most players use it to track their trinket procs, highlight on screen displays of their most important cooldowns, or track the timers of boss mechanics. It is highly customisable and makes keeping track of your procs and cooldowns effortless. The drawback of Weak Auras is that is has a bit of a learning curve and isn't the most user-friendly. Weak Auras allows you to import other players data directly into their UI, however, and most players choose to simply import other people's Weak Auras rather than make their own. Weak Auras can be used to create just about anything you can imagine, as it is a LUA scripting tool (essentially an AddOn that creates other AddOns, in-game). This is by far the most essential AddOn for players looking to step into Mythic raiding.
1.4. Boss Mods
Boss Mods are helpful pre-made timers that allow you to keep track of the noteworthy mechanics in any given encounter. Usually, they come equipped with helpful prompts, visuals, and sounds to ensure you don't miss anything important.
1.4.1. BigWigs Bossmods
BigWigs is the best boss mod available currently. It is extremely customizable, allowing you to change what is displayed on an individual boss level and how boldly you want each alert customized. BigWigs is typically the most accurate and periodically updated of the available Boss Mods. It doesn't require any setup at all, though there are a dizzying array of options and customizations should you wish to personalize your setup.
1.4.2. Deadly Boss Mods
Deadly Boss Mods is an alternative to BigWigs, though it usually isn't as accurate early in the patch. Most of the alerts are loud and flashy by default, making this a potentially good choice for players who have very little experience in a raid environment.
1.5. Name Plates
Nameplates are essential for allowing you to easily keep track of basic debuffs and quickly select new targets in combat. While ElvUI nameplates do come standard with the AddOn, they are a little limited and occasionally buggy. Listed below are some good alternatives.
1.5.1. KUI Nameplates
KUI Nameplates offer the highest degree of customization and accuracy. For example, you can easily configure the nameplates to enlarge and change color when a target reaches a certain percentage of health, which can be very helpful for classes with executes. They always correctly display your debuffs, and their click box is very accurate. Some setup is required, although it is very simple and straightforward.
TidyPlates aren't quite as customizable or accurate as KUI, but they are an improvement over the default UI or the ElvUI nameplates. They are also great out of the box, requiring little to no setup at all, which is a plus for some players.
Plater is more of an advanced and highly customizable nameplate compared to KUI with native support for WeakAuras. Its default profile requires quite some editing. Recommended for players who are not afraid of spending some time to tweak it, with a greater return.
1.6. Damage Meters
Damage meters display a variety of helpful data about what is taking place in combat, from your current DPS (or HPS) to the number of interrupts each player successfully used.
Skada is a lightweight damage meter that is exceptionally accurate. It doesn't take up much memory, which could cause you to lag, and displays a wide range of helpful data. This is the recommended damage meter if you log your raid data to WarcraftLogs.
Details! is a more heavyweight damage meter, taking up quite a bit of memory. It offers extensive in-game analysis tools compared to Skada, however, allowing you to break down your data in depth without leaving the game. This is the recommended damage meter if you don't log your raid data.
1.7. Extra AddOns
These AddOns are just small trimmings that might make your life a little easier.
1.7.1. Mik's Scrolling Battle Text
If you're not satisfied with the default combat text, this AddOn is an alternative that allows you to heavily customize your scrolling combat text. Quite a bit of setup is required.
1.7.2. xCT+ Combat Text
Another combat text AddOn with a minimalistic look.
DeathNote displays the last several deaths for each of your party or raid members. For 30 seconds prior to their death, a complete timestamp of their combat log is displayed, showing their current health, what heals they received, what buffs and debuffs they had, whether they used their personal cooldowns, etc. This Addon is helpful for breaking down your own death as well as finding out whether that guy really did use his Healthstone.
1.7.4. Doom CooldownPulse
Whenever one of your abilities comes off cooldown, this Addon flashes a large transparent version of the ability in the center of your screen, alerting you that it is off cooldown. You can easily configure what is displayed, or use it by default.
1.7.5. Angry Assignments
This Addon allows you to set up text assignments that are displayed to everyone else in the raid group that has the Addon. Extremely beneficial for raiding guilds, particularly when assigning jobs like interrupt orders, or what players are soaking in what quadrants of the room, etc.
1.7.6. Exorsus Raid Tools
A collection of useful tools bundled in a single AddOn, offering statistics and various modules like raid cooldowns, fight logs, Battle Res status, Notes, Raid Check and Inspect, Invite Tools and Boss mods among others. If you raid, it is an extremely useful Addon to have.
2. Macros for Affliction Warlock
Below are examples of useful macros; you can adapt them for whatever spell you deem fit
2.1. Pet Macros
These macros allow you to manage your demon, as playing with your pet on passive is the optimal way to play.
This orders your demon to attack your target.
This orders your demon to follow you.
This orders your demon to move to a location specified by you. This macro is especially useful for Demonology, as the Felguard tends to stand at maximum melee range of its targets. To maximize the Felstorm ability, however, you want to move your Felguard right into the center of large AoE packs so it hits as many targets as possible. This macro can be useful for all 3 Warlock specializations, however.
2.1.1. Dot Mouseover
- #showtooltip Corruption
- /use [@mouseover,exists,harm]  Corruption
Casts Corruption on current mouseover target if hostile and alive, else cast it on your current target.
2.1.2. Banish Focus
- #showtooltip Banish
- /use [mod:shift,@focus]  Banish
Cast Banish on focus target by holding also shift, else cast it on your current target.
2.1.3. Soulstone Mouseover
- #showtooltip Soulstone
- /cast [@mouseover,exists]  Soulstone
This macro allows you to cast Soulstone on a raid or party member by simply hovering the mouse over their unit or raid frame. If you are not hovering over any friendly unit's unit frame, it will cast Soulstone on your current target.
2.1.4. Demonic Circle
- /cast Demonic Circle
This macro will cancel your current spell cast and make you use your Demonic Circle. This saves you the trouble (and the time!) of interrupting your spell cast manually.
2.1.5. Tier 5 talents
- /use [talent:5/3, mod:shift] Demonic Circle; [talent:5/3] Demonic Circle: Teleport; [talent:5/2] Mortal Coil;
Depending on the talent selected it will place Demonic Circle by holding Shift+whatever keybind you assign, else use either Teleport or Mortal Coil if you talented into it.
2.2. Macros for Tier 4 Talents
- /use [talent:4/2] Phantom Singularity: [talent:4/3,@cursor] Vile Taint
- 19 Dec. 2018: Updated page with additional macros.
- 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
- 30 Oct. 2018: Expanded the list of Addons.
- 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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