Welcome to the Affliction Warlock DPS guide written by Wexi, one of Method’s main raiders.
In Dragonflight, Affliction’s strengths will lie in sustained spread cleave and AoE, high mobility on 1-3Targets, and high self-heal survivability.
What has changed
Soulkeeper has been redesigned – Summons a Soulkeeper that consumes all Tormented Souls you’ve collected, blasting nearby enemies for Chaos damage per soul consumed over 8 seconds.
Inquisitor’s Gaze is now passive and has been redesigned – Your spells and abilities have a chance to summon an Inquisitor’s Eye that deals Chaos damage over time.
New Talent: Focused Malignancy – Malefic Rapture deals 15/30% increased damage to targets suffering from Unstable Affliction.
Soul Swap has been redesigned – Copies your damage over time effects from the target, preserving their duration. Your next use of Soul Swap within 10 seconds will exhale a copy of the effects onto a new target.
Soul Tap has been removed.
Pandemic Invocation has been moved to row 6 and is now a 1 rank talent.
Harvester of Souls damage increased by 25%.
All the changes are really good except for Soul Swap rework. It was pretty bad before, and now it got even worse because it basically does the same thing, but you need to spend 2 globals now for it instead of 1. In some rare cases, it can be handy, though. Other than that, our ST damage became actually viable now and one of the best, mostly due to new talent Focused Malignancy. Gameplay wise nothing changed.
With all the changes affliction is currently in a pretty good spot both for raid and m+. Our single target is one of the best but we can also spec and do one of the best spread cleave damage and aoe if needed.