Affliction Warlock: First Impression of the New Affliction Talent Trees in Dragonflight
28/8/2022 em 08:00
With the reveal of the Dragonflight Warlock talent trees, our Affliction Warlock writer Xyronic provides initial reactions and thoughts on this revamped system. We break down the Affliction Warlock talent trees, discussing the new talents and providing some sample builds. Join us as we predict how this class could play in Dragonflight!
To learn about the best PvE talent builds in Dragonflight for this class, and export these builds into the game, please check out our Affliction, Demonology, and Destruction Warlock class guides:
Affliction Warlock Talent BuildsDemonology Warlock Talent BuildsDestruction Warlock Talent Builds
Warlock Dragonflight Class Tree
Warlock Dragonflight Talents - What's New?
In Dragonflight, the talent system has received a complete overhaul. Instead of getting a new talent option every 10-15 levels, you'll receive two new talent trees with a point to put in every level. The Class tree contains baseline spells and buffs to the class, and the spec tree doubles down on your spec's particular strengths and spec identity. Both trees cover all of your passives, active abilities, and include both offensive and defensive options.
For Warlock, the class tree focuses on the general identity of warlock throughout the years - multiple buffs to pets and general tankiness through passive effects are found throughout the tree, such as
is back as a warlock baseline talent, and not exclusive to Demonology anymore. In addition to the passives, the usual suspects are back as active defensives -
returns as a defensive cooldown, along with some slight quality of life upgrades to make it better to use.
Returning from a forgotten era,
has risen from the grave to make an appearance as one of the capstone traits at the bottom of the tree. Unfortunately, it only seems to currently have defensive uses, and only one of them ever seems to be useful -- Healthstone. Another controversial addition to the warlock tree is
- adding your interrupt to the player makes it so that your interrupt cannot no longer be cast while removing another spell, removing one of the perks of playing Warlock.
On a positive note, the popular weapon talent from Legion,
is back. Unkillable warlocks around the world will be telling their raid to healthstone for them forever now!
Warlock Dragonflight Talent Tree - First Impressions
At a first glance, the tree looks great. Lots of great defensive options, most of the baseline kit for Warlock appears to have been upgraded. However, looking into the tree a little bit, it seems as though any dps increase options have essentially been completely left out. Obviously if the class is still balanced around this and is on par with other classes this is fine, it just seems a bit weird that there really aren't any DPS focused talents on the tree aside from
Conduíte da Alma
Grimório de Sinergia
. So pretty much your choices going through the baseline warlock tree are going to be taking the spells mandatory to the situation you're in, along with just about every defensive trait you have points to pick up.
View in Dragonflight Talent Calculator
Affliction Warlock Spec Tree
Affliction Warlock Dragonflight Talents - What's New?
Let's get this out of the way early.
is back. Explosions on death baby. Awesome for Mythic+, but obviously not that great on single target.
appears to be a reworked version of Soulburn: Haunt from the Warlords of Draenor days - another buff to keep active while you're juggling your DoT effects. Other than that, nothing too new or exciting returning from pre-Shadowlands expansions - just mostly reworks of current live talents.
has been buffed a ton - It no longer reduces the duration of your DoTs, making the talent a pure upside choice, a win for everyone. Malefic Wrath has been reworked into
, making a little more sense thematically for affliction - buffing your DoTs should work a lot better than buffing your fillers.
The choice nodes are familiar choices for affliction players throughout Shadowlands - early on in the tree you encounter two choices you've had to make for a long time between
, and a similarly familiar choice between
Sifão de Vida
. You have two choices at your capstone traits - an AoE versus single target option in
, and a choice between talents that augment your
Talho do Oblívio
Signo de Evocação Superior do Walfrido
. Most options look pretty cut and dry for very specific situations.
Affliction Warlock Dragonflight Talent - First Impressions
The Affliction talent tree doesn't appear to have any major issues - generally speaking, the left side of the tree is more single-target focused, while the right side of the tree leans into more AoE-centric abilities and buffs. There is a tiny bit of overlap in the middle, but the tree is connected enough that it doesn't really feel bad to reach anything you need. I think my only real concern with the tree is that currently there really only seem to be talents that heavily lean into one identity of either single target or AoE - no general damage traits. This means that Affliction is likely going to lack flexibility in its talent builds - at its best, it'll probably only be good at one or the other, but never both at the same time.
View in Dragonflight Talent Calculator
Affliction Warlock Dragonflight Talent Tree for Raiding - How Strong Will it Be?
It's extremely hard to try to figure out where Affliction will be in Dragonflight - all of the tools for the kit seem to be there, but inevitably for dps specs it's always going to come back to where the class balancing falls. I'd like to see some of my concerns with the Affliction tree addressed - more general buffs in addition to the more identity focused buffs for single target and AoE would be nice to alleviate some of the struggles in choice there are in the spec tree. It would be extremely unfortunate if the baseline Warlock talent tree sets up Warlocks to be immortal classes in raid that do no damage. However, balancing aside, the setup of the trees does look like it would facilitate an enjoyable playstyle - the best of the past few expansions for Affliction.
Interested in playing Affliction Warlock now? Check our out live guide for this spec!
Affliction Warlock Guide
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