Affliction Warlock PvP Guide (Shadowlands 9.2)

Last updated on Mar 02, 2022 at 18:36 by Chanimal 6 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 continue to struggle in Arena in 9.2. Affliction Warlocks struggle against melee, however they perform well into casters and have the potential to do incredible amounts of spread damage. If left alone for a few seconds, they can easily apply their DoTs to multiple targets and begin melting entire teams simultaneously. If an Affliction Warlock is being focused by enemies, they take a lot of damage but have great mobility in order to get away and continue dealing out spread pressure.


Changes in Patch 9.2

This patch did not bring any significant changes to Affliction Warlocks. However, there have been nerfs to defensives and self-healing from other classes which indirectly benefit Affliction Warlocks. This puts Affliction in a better place than 9.1.5, however the new tier set bonuses are underwhelming for PvP and will likely see Affliction fall behind other specs in strength.


Strengths of Affliction Warlocks

  • Great spread damage
  • Strong mobility
  • Good against teams with low self healing or no hybrids

Weaknesses of Affliction Warlocks

  • Struggle to stay alive against melee teams
  • Lack of reliable crowd control
  • Weak single target damage and burst
  • Very few defensive cooldowns

Content of the Guide

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



  • 02 Mar. 2022: Updated for Shadowlands 9.2.
  • 17 Nov. 2021: Page reviewed for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 06 Jul. 2021: Updated for Shadowlands 9.1.
  • 30 Mar. 2021: Updated for Shadowlands 9.0.5.
  • 27 Dec. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands Season 1
  • 29 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands release.
  • 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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