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Affliction Warlock Overview
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Macros & Addons
The Affliction Warlock excels at doing single-target damage and is also one of the best multi-target specialization in the current game, as well as being capable of being a top end single target spec on fights with frequent adds.
Changes for 7.1.5
Drain Life Replaced by Drain Soul. The shard Regen effect is now back to being baked in.
Secrets of the Necrolite removed. Damage buff is now baked into Drain Soul.
Seed of Corruption baseline costs 1 shard.
Now increases your damage done by dots by 30% for the duration of the debuff. Haunt also now has a 30 second Cooldown.
Drain Soul replaced with Malefic Grasp: Increases the damage dealt by your dots by
Mana Tap replaced by Empowered Life Tap: Life Tap increases your damage dealt by 10% for 15 seconds.
Soul Harvest increases damage dealt for 15 seconds base instead of 10 seconds.
Seed of Corruption damage buffed from 138% to 210%
Sow the Seeds now hits 3 total targets, down from 5.
NOTE: TOTAL SEED DAMAGE IS REDUCED FROM 690% TO 645% GOING FROM 7.1.0 TO 7.1.5
UA Dispelled damage doubled.
Contagion buffed from 12% to 18%
All non-supremacy demons have had their damage dealt increased by 20%. Service demons also have this 20% damage increase.
Note: Undocumented on Wowhead's list
Infernal aoe damage is up by 44%. This also applies to supremacy infernal.
Note: Undocumented on Wowhead's list
Changes for 7.1.0
Soul Effigy is no longer effected by AOE. RIP memes.
Demon Skin and Demonic Circle have swapped places.
Haunt damage improved.
Phantom Singularity damage improved.
Drain Soul damage improved.
Unstable Affliction no longer ignites. It now has separate dots for each instance. See updated UA mechanics for more details!
UA no longer snapshots
Agony damage improved.
Corruption damage improved.
Drain damage improved.
Unstable Affliction damage improved.
Changes from WoD to Legion
Legion brought many changes into the game, as well for Affliction Warlocks. Here I list the most noticable things:
5 instead of 4 Shards.
We get a new ability called:
became a talent and
costs now 1 Shard.
is the new filler spell.
Dark Soul got removed and instead Doomguard's cooldown got decreased to 3 minutes.
Grimoire of Supremacy
allows you now to use a permanent Doomguard instead of improved pets.
What makes Affliction Warlocks special
Affliction warlocks are the king of dots in WoW, with up to 5 damage over time effects possible, as well as being extremely effective at applying damage to 5+ targets at once, as well as being able to completely change their playstyle on spec to being a single target monster. They are also extremely mobile due to much of this damage being instant cast dots.
Races that can play Warlocks:
s can use daggers, one-handed swords, staves, and wands.
Iconic Affliction Warlock abilities:
Seed of Corruption
Mastery: Potent Afflictions
: Increases damage done by
Not sure what race to play? Below is a breakdown of each race for this spec among players with updated
. Data is updated once per week.
I will list the best races below. From best to worst:
Warlocks have a few class quests they can complete in order to obtain Warlock-only mounts (
)and a special quest to change the color of their spells from orange fire to green fire. Started by looting
Sealed Tome of the Lost Legion
, this quest takes place in the Black Temple.
They can equip the legendary weapons
Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest
Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker
Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian
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