Affliction Warlock PvP Guide in Battle for Azeroth (Shadowlands 9.0.2)

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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.



  • 29 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands release.
  • 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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