Affliction Warlock

Patch 9.0.5

Wexi
Last Updated: 16th Apr, 2021

Introduction

Welcome to the Affliction Warlock DPS guide written by Wexi. I am one of Method’s new Warlocks, the first time I’ve played WoW was at the end of WotLK and started raiding and playing consistently since BfA. From playing in the top 200 world ranking guild to currently trialing for Method in a span of 2 years, now hopefully I can help other new players to master the class.

Affliction is very strong on multitarget bosses (2-3 targets) encounters and bosses with short burst windows. They also aren’t very punished by encounters with decently heavy movements and good at doing high priority damage.

What has changed

The biggest changes from BFA to Shadowlands for the spec; Affliction Warlocks damage shifted around a lot and has got a new shard dumper. Malefic Rapture is the new main damage. It's very strong for multiple targets and okay on single targets. Unstable Affliction is now capped to 1 and can be cast all the time. 

Shadow Embrace has been added as a standard passive. 

There have been a few talent changes in rows 1,5 & 6.

Row 1 Deathbolt has been removed and replaced by Inevitable Demise.

Row 5 Demonic Circle have been removed from from the talent tree and added as a base spell replaced by Howl of Terror

Row 6 Shadow Embrace have been added as a base passive and been replaced by Dark Caller