Affliction Warlock

Patch 8.0

Written by Deepshades Last Updated: 1st Oct, 2018

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Tier 15:

Nightfall: RPPM chance that Corruption makes the next Shadow Bolt instant and deal 25% increased damage.
Drain Soul: Replaces Shadow Bolt. Deals 100% increased damage below 20% and gives one Soul Shard if the target dies.
Deathbolt: An instant ability that deals damage equal to 30% of your dots remaining time.

Raiding: Deathbolt will always be the best choice.

Mythic+: Deathbolt. Drain Soul can be useful in Explosive weeks if you don't have anyone else focusing them.

Tier 30:

Writhe in Agony: Increases the Agony stack cap by an additional five.
Absolute Corruption: Makes Corruption permanent (24seconds vs PvP targets) and increases its damage by 15%.
Siphon Life: Additional DoT to maintain.

Raiding: Siphon Life is the best for 1-2 target fights. Everything with more targets usually favors Absolute Corruption. If you have several Sudden Onset traits however, it may be better to run Writhe in Agony. Three Sudden Onset traits makes it the strongest even Single Target.

Mythic+: Absolute Corruption is your best choice usually unless you run with several Sudden Onset traits. That makes Writhe in Agony better.

Tier 45:

Demon Skin: Makes Soul Leech regenerate passively and increases the cap by 15%.
Burning Rush: Increases movement speed by 50% but makes you lose 4% of your hp every second it's active. You can't be slowed while having it on.
Dark Pact: Sacrifices 20% of your health and gives you a 250% shield of the sacrificed healthpoints.

Raiding: Demon Skin is the safest choice. Dark Pact has it's uses if you need to survive a big hit.

Mythic+: Pretty much the same as raiding but Burning Rush gains value since movement is in dungeons a bit more important.

Tier 60:

Sow the Seeds: Embeds one additional target per seed cast.
Phantom Singularity: A strong dot with a 45seconds cooldown.
Vile Taint: A AoE dot with a 20seconds cooldown.

Raiding: Always Phantom Singularity.

Mythic+: Usually Phantom Singularity. You can use Vile Taint if your group is having problems with AoE output.

Tier 75:

Darkfury: Reduces the cooldown of your stun by 15 seconds.
Mortal Coil: Fears the target for 3 seconds and heals you for 20% of your maximum hp.
Demonic Circle: You can place a circle on the ground for up to 15 minutes to teleport at a later point to that location.

Raiding: Demonic Circle will be usually your best choice. Mortal Coil can be useful if there is heavy damage incoming.

Mythic+: Both Darkfury and Mortal Coil are really good. Demonic Circle isn't that useful in dungeons.

Tier 90:

Shadow Embrace: Shadow Bolt stacks a debuff on the target that increases your damage per stack by 3% for 10 seconds. Caps at 3 stacks.
Haunt: A 15 seconds cooldown with decent damage that increases your damage against that target for 15 seconds by 10%. If the target dies the cooldown is reset.
Grimoire of Sacrifice: Sacrifices your pet for a RPPM chance to make your spells deal additional damage. You gain the ability of your sacrificed pet.

Raiding: Haunt.

Mythic+ Haunt.

Tier 100:

Soul Conduit: Every Soul Shard has a 15% chance to be refunded.
Creeping Death: Reduces the duration of all your dots. This makes the pandemic window also smaller for redotting.
Dark Soul: Misery: A 2minute cooldown that increases your haste by 30% for 20 seconds.

Raiding: Most of the time Dark Soul: MiseryCreeping Death has it’s uses with short living enemies.

Mythic+: Usually Creeping Death will be your to-go choice. However especially in tyrannical keys, Dark Soul: Misery could become a better option to make bosses easier.

Boss specific recommendations and strategy:

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