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Affliction Warlock Quick Start Guide
This is the Affliction Warlock quick start guide. This guide is written for people who are looking to quickly get their hands dirty with all things dots and drains, with minimal reading and research. You can find a more indepth guide
Here on wowhead
, for a more advanced look on all things Affliction Warlock. Other information can also be found on the
Rotation & Abilities
Macros & Addons
Here are some simple builds for Affliction Warlocks in 7.3 These are basic talent builds that are all purpose for beginners. A further discussion on them can be found on the
Affliction Warlock Talent Guide
This build is focused primarily on raiding.
Mythic + / Questing
This build is focused on Mythic + and Open World Content.
Mastery = Haste
More in-depth information about stats can be found
Fresh 110s in Legion can gear up pretty quickly (~910 ilvl) between World Quests, Relinquished Tokens from
, Heroic Dungeons, and PvP. Give our
Legion Gearing Before Raids
guide a read to learn which avenue of acquiring gear sounds the most interesting for you. Any gear can proc Warforged or Titanforged ilvl gains, so gear from any source can be a huge upgrade for new players.
Legendaries for Affliction Warlocks are probably the most balanced of any class / spec. The difference in power between the top and bottom is only about a 2% difference. You can find more of this information on the
Affliction Warlock Gearing Guide
Thanks to the
catch-up mechanisms added in 7.3, you'll be able to empower your artifact exceptionally quickly even if this is your first 110, acquiring the first three golden traits with little effort.
As all level 110 players are above
40 in Patch 7.3, there are truly massive gains, allowing players to acquire numerous traits with one AP token. Artifact paths are less important in 7.3 as you'll be able to grab every possible trait, but we have included recommended paths in case you are struggling to earn Artifact Power.
The recommended initial artifact path is this:
After reaching 35 traits follow the following path:
Here is the basic rotation that can be used in both the specs listed. Be sure to use
on cooldown if you are specked into it, and you have your
as your active pet since you should always be specced into
Grimoire of Supremacy
. More information can be found on the
Affliction Warlock rotation guide
If you are below 30% mana at the start (before any dot refreshes)
on all available targets.
on boss and longer lived targets. Use
Seed of Corruption
if it will save GCDs.
if specced into it onto longer lived targets.
After dots have been refreshed, cast
Immediately begin casting
have fallen off, or until just before your
has fallen off.
Repeat steps 1-6
On 4+ targets, use
Seed of Corruption
instead of steps 5 and 6.
to hit targets that are about to die for the extra shards if you’re low.
is a new system of artifact progression added in Patch 7.3.
Once a player has unlocked the Netherlight Crucible on one character, any character that unlocks the
can access the Crucible and put points into the Tier 1 Trait:
. Do this to earn +15 ilvls onto your artifact.
Players with 60-75 purchased traits can unlock additional Crucible relic traits. Because your choice in Tier 2 affects which traits you can reach in Tier 3, you need to balance both the Tier 2 and Tier 3 bonuses when you make your Tier 2 choice.
For Tier 2 choices, prefer paths with
Torment the Weak
For Tier 3, prefer paths with
Overall, the Netherlight Crucible is a really complicated system. In order to get in-depth information on it, please check out our
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