Affliction Warlock PvP Guide in Battle for Azeroth (BfA 8.3)

Last updated on Jan 16, 2020 at 18:54 by Mysticall 4 comments
General Information

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play in a PvP environment. The guide will cover everything from talent choices, PvP talents, gameplay and rotation, and useful racial bonuses. It is most applicable to Arena content, but most talents and racial bonuses will work in Rated Battlegrounds and skirmishes.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Warlock PvP guide.


Affliction Warlocks in the Current Meta

Affliction Warlocks are in a difficult spot versus melee teams in terms of 3v3 Arena. However, when they fighting against teams with casters on it, they have the potential to do incredible amounts of spread damage. If left unchecked for even a few seconds, they can easily apply their DoTs and begin melting entire teams. Even if an Affliction Warlock is being focused by enemies, most of their damage is instant and will slowly pressure down teams.


Strengths of Affliction Warlocks

  • Great spread damage
  • Strong crowd control
  • Multiple interrupts

Weaknesses of Affliction Warlocks

  • Lack of mobility
  • Struggle to stay alive against melee teams
  • Very few defensive cooldowns

Content of the Guide

This guide ended up being very long, so we decided to split it in different pages.



  • 16 Jan. 2020: This page was checked for patch 8.3 and no updates were necessary.
  • 15 Jan. 2020: Reorganized the guide in 7 different pages.
  • 23 Sep. 2019: Several changes made to the guide.
    • Updated Introduction.
    • Updated Burst and Sustained Damage rotations.
    • Updated Defensives.
  • 24 Aug. 2019: Updated Horde races.
  • 16 Aug. 2019: updated Alliance races.
  • 03 Aug. 2019: Updated Guide for Patch 8.2.
    • Updated Stat Priority.
    • Added Azerite Essence section.
    • Added Major and Minor Essences sections.
    • Updated Gear section.
    • Updated Talent Table.
    • Updated Tier 2 regular talent.
    • Updated PvP talents section.
    • Updated Burst and Sustained damage rotations.
  • 28 Apr. 2019: Several changes made to the guide.
    • Updated Gear section.
    • Updated Talent Table.
    • Updated Tier 3 regular talent.
  • 14 Mar. 2019: No major changes needed for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 31 Jan. 2019: Updated Gear Recommendations.
  • 13 Dec. 2018: Updated Azerite traits section.
  • 12 Dec. 2018: Minor changes needed for Patch 8.1.
    • Updated Azerite traits section.
    • Updated PvP talents section.
    • Updated Burst damage section.
    • Updated Sustained damage section.
  • 23 Nov. 2018: Added Gear Recommendations section.
  • 08 Oct. 2018: Added stat priority section, Azerite traits section, talent table, and updated Burst Damage section.
  • 02 Oct. 2018: Removed PvP Gear and War Mode sections.
  • 01 Sep. 2018: Updated Defensive section.
  • 25 Aug. 2018: Updated guide for Patch 8.0.1.
    • Updated Introduction and spec overview.
    • Added Stat priority.
    • Updated all regular talents sections.
    • Added PvP (War Mode) talents and gear sections for the new BfA system.
    • Updated Racial Bonuses section.
    • Updated Burst Damage and Sustained Damage sections.
    • Updated Macros section.
    • Removed Gear section.
    • Updated Artifact Traits and Relics sections.
  • 02 Jun. 2018: Added an Arena Compositions section.
  • 19 Apr. 2018: Made several updates to the guide and its structure.
    • Added sections for Macros, Strengths, and Weaknesses.
    • Moved Gear, Artifact Traits, and Relics sections to the end, since they are not that important.
  • 21 Jan. 2018: No major changes needed for Patch 7.3.5.
  • 08 Dec. 2017: No major changes needed for Patch 7.3.2. Updated "About the Author".
  • 30 Aug. 2017: Removed artifact trait description.
  • 30 Jun. 2017: Made several updates to the guide.
    • Updated description for Tier 1 and Tier 2 regular talents.
    • Updated talent choice for Tier 4 and 7 regular talents, and tier 5 and 6 honor talents.
    • Updated Opener, Burst, and Sustained damage rotations.
  • 05 Jun. 2017: Guide created.
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