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Affliction Warlock

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Patch 7.2

Approved by Bangerz Last Updated: 7th Apr, 2017
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Playstyle & Rotation

Affliction Warlock's rotation isn't too complex and is mainly about maintaining your DoT spells and buffing them at the correct times. Most of playstyle explained here will be partnered with the specific talents that we would advise you use! As an Affliction Warlock we have a few different types of rotations depending on the boss encounter.

Opening Sequence

  1. Use Potion of Prolonged Power
  2. Apply Agony
  3. Apply Corruption
  4. Apply Siphon Life
  5. Cast unstable affliction
  6. Cast unstable affliction
  7. Cast Reap Souls
  8. Cast Drain Life

Single Target Rotation

  1. Maintain your DoT effects, Agony, Corruption and Siphon Life on the boss. NEVER let Agony drop from 10/20 stacks.
  2. Apply unstable affliction to the boss. You should try and maintain 2x unstable affliction buffs to the boss when you can, especially when above 3+ Soul Shards. You NEVER want to Reap Souls if casting unstable affliction once.
  3. Cast Reap Souls if you have 2 or more unstable afflictions up.
  4. Drain Soul until Unstable unstable affliction expires.
  5. Life Tap if under 40% mana or you need to move and your DoTs have high uptime.
  6. Repeat.

2 Target Priority Rotation

  1. Maintain your DoT effects, Agony, Corruption and Siphon Life on both targets. NEVER let Agony drop from 10/20 stacks.
  2. If using Soul Effigy and Writhe in Agony maintain Agony, Corruption and Siphon Life on your Soul Effigy.
  3. Maintain unstable affliction on both targets as much as you can with your soul shards, never use it on Soul Effigy.
  4. Cast Reap Souls at 2+ stacks.
  5. Use Drain Soul as your filler.

Mythic+

  1. Try maintaining Agony up to 5 targets (if the target stays alive long enough)
  2. Cast Reap Souls at 2+ stacks
  3. Casting Seed of Corruption on 4+ Targets
  4. Follow general rotation for most of the mythic+ Dungeons.