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
Corruption buffed by ~15%.
Agony buffed by ~11%.
Dark Pact buffed by ~46%.
Shadow Embrace now lasts 16 seconds (was 12 seconds) and may be applied to more than one target at a time, was also moved from baseline to a talent row.
Malefic Rapture nerfed by ~18%.
Seed of Corruption buffed by ~25%.
Dark Caller talent is now baseline.
Sacrolash’s Dark Strike reworked. Now it increases corruption damage by 25% (was 15%) and each time it deals damage any of your Curses active on the target are extended by 2 sec.
Adaptive Armor Fragment is a new potency conduit. When you are healed by another player, increases your primary stat by 2% for 15 sec. Can occur once every 30 sec.
Focused Malignancy nerfed by ~54%.
Changes from BFA to Shadowlands
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.