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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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Stat Priorities

Mastery > Critical Strike >= Haste > Intellect > Versatility

Intellect is still your primary stat, it provides you with Spell Power and increases the damage of your spells.

Mastery: Potent Afflictions is by far your best stat as an Affliction Warlock. It increases the damage of your DoTs such as Agony, Corruption and unstable affliction.

Criticial Strike increases your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilties. Critical Strike is pretty strong for Affliction Warlocks due to the effects of Perdition.

Haste decreases the cast speed of your spells and increases the number of ticks from your DoTs. Haste also scales with pets and quickens the ramp up damage from Agony.

Versatility is a flat-out damage done increase and damage taken reduction.

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Gear

Legendaries

Sin'dorei Spite can be used in all Warlock Specializations and grants 30% increased damage for 25 seconds after using Summon Doomguard or Summon Infernal. Good legendary for pushing damage checks and offering a strong burst.

Reap and Sow causes Reap Souls to last an addition 1.5 seconds per soul consumed. Still up there as one of the top 3 best affliction legendaries.

Hood of Eternal Disdain causes Agony to deal its full damage 10% faster. Still one of the best legendaries you can get your hands on.

Power Cord of Lethtendris causes unstable affliction to have a 25% chance to refund a Soul Shard if there is not an unstable affliction on the target. This legendary is really good on multi target bosses however is also pretty strong on single target.

Sacrolash's Dark Strike causes Corruption to deal 15% increased damage and also slows the enemies by 60%. Average legendary at best.

Streten's Sleepless Shackles causes each enemy afflicted by your unstable affliction to also grant an extra 4% damage bonus. Not that great as unstable affliction is a short DoT however can still be useful.

Best Single Target legendaries

Hood of Eternal Disdain + Reap and Sow

Best Cleave legendaries

Hood of Eternal Disdain + Power Cord of Lethtendris

General Gearing

Generally any item with high Mastery/Crit/Haste is king when it comes to gearing;

T19 bonuses are pretty strong for Affliction Warlocks too

T19 2 piece bonus is pretty strong as unstable affliction does so much damage as an Affliction Warlock.

T19 4 piece bonus is pretty strong is worth losing quite a lot of ilvl over (40ilvl+)

Trinkets

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Races

Races are a lot less beneficial than they use to be however the best DPS ones are:

Horde: Troll

Alliance: Gnome/Human

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Enchants

Neck: Enchant Neck - Trained Soldier

Cloak: Enchant Cloak - Binding of Intellect

Rings: Enchant Ring - Binding of Mastery

Gems

Socket Masterful Shadowruby in all.

Consumables

You should always use the following consumables to maximize your DPS:

Flask: Flask of the Whispered Pact

Potion: Potion of Prolonged Power

Food: Nightborne Delicacy Platter

Optional Consumables:

Rune: Defiled Augment Rune

Vantus Runes: List of Vantus Runes