Affliction Warlock

Patch 9.0

Written by Namix Last Updated: 23rd Nov, 2020

Some content in this guide is based on beta or early data

Updates will be made after raid progress is finished and more accurate information is available.

Playstyle & Rotation

General Rotation:

  1. Maintain Agony, Corruption, Siphon Life (If talented), Unstable Affliction, Haunt, Scouring Tithe.
  2. Phantom Singularity or Vile Taint on cooldown.
  3. Use all your shards on Malefic Rapture whenever you use Phantom Singularity or Vile Taint.
  4. Use Malefic Rapture if you are gonna over-cap on shards.
  5. Shadow Bolt or Drain Soul as fillers.

Opener:

  1. Precast Haunt
  2. Agony
  3. Corruption 
  4. Siphon Life
  5. Unstable Affliction
  6. Scouring Tithe
  7. Phantom Singularity or Vile Taint
  8. Dark Soul: Misery
  9. Summon Darkglare
  10. Malefic Rapture Until out of shards
  11. General Rotation

Multi Target:

  1. Maintain Agony on up to 7 targets.
  2. Use Seed of Corruption to apply Corruption on AoE.
  3. Malefic Rapture whenever you are close to capped shards. 

Playstyle

Playstyles for Affliction are the same for most bosses, good movement in most windows but have to stand still when you use your shards for big bursts. Cooldowns will be used on CD to get the most of them over a fight they are not as strong as other classes. 

Cooldown Management

Affliction cooldowns have been nerfed a lot so you will use them in your next shard spender window when they get off cooldown. 

Pandemic

All of Afflictions damage over time abilities are following the rules of pandemic. Pandemic is: If you refresh a damage over time effect with less than 30% of the original duration left, the remaining duration when you refresh is added onto your new cast.

For the individual damage over time abilities for affliction, pandemic means that for Single Target; 30% of the original duration is added to the base duration of that spell, therefore there is no damage loss refreshing when the duration is below 30%.

Pet Choice

Summon Imp: Best choice for single target and target swapping (gives a Dispel).

Summon Felhunter: Good single target damage slow at target swapping (gives an Interrupt).

Summon Voidwalker: Have an AoE aura that leches life will need to have 10+ targets.

Summon Succubus: Very bad in PvE, won't recommend. 

Movement

Affliction is one of the strongest classes on the move. You can always use running around to apply Agony, Corruption, Siphon Life as they are instant cast DoTs.

Most of the warlock movement will be pre-planned with Demonic Circle and Demonic Gateway

And if you need more than that Burning Rush.

Survivability

If you know you're gonna take a lot of damage in a short period of time, always use Unending Resolve or if you have it talented Dark Pact.

Healthstone and Mortal Coil is a good instant health regen, always use Mortal Coil first.

The new conduit Diabolic Bloodstone is also going to be helping you a lot staying alive getting leech every time someone in your party uses a healthstone.