WoW 10.0 Affliction Warlock Guide

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Tier Sets

2-Piece: Cruel Inspiration

(2) Set Bonus: When Agony grants you a Soul Shard, you have a chance to gain Cruel Inspiration, increasing your haste by 12% for 6 seconds.


Raiding: B

Mythic +: B



4-Piece: Cruel Epiphany

(4) Set Bonus: Cruel Inspiration also grants 2 charges of Cruel Epiphany, up to 5 charges. Each charge of Cruel Epiphany increases the damage of your next Malefic Rapture or Seed of Corruption by 40%.

Raiding: B+

Mythic +: B+



Talent Builds

Trinkets

Affliction typically prefers two equip based trinkets due to how poor the on-use options are for casters in Season 1. Your best combinations will typically consist of Furious Ragefeather/Eye of Skovald/Whispering Incarnate Icon. Irideus Fragment is played at times, usually based on fight duration. 

Horn of valor
Eye
Whispoering
infernal
Feather

Horn of Valor


Strong On-Use based trinket with a 2 minute cooldown. Pairs nicely with other two minute cooldowns.

Eye of Skovald


Equip based trinket with baseline Critical Strike and a strong damage effect in both Single Target and AOE.

Whispering Incarnate Icon


A "very rare" equip based trinket that bring Intellect and Critical Strike. Gains additional value when paired with allies wearing the same trinket. 


Infernal Writ


Equip based trinket that brings baseline Intellect and a stacking Critical Strike buff.


Furious Ragefeather


Equip based trinket that brings baseline Intellect and a strong damage based effect. Your best equip based option outside of Mythic Incarnate Icon.


Stat Weights

Intellect>Haste>Mastery>Critical Strike>Versatility


It is VERY important to note that this is a rough outline of desired secondary stats. Your stat weights will be different than others due to varying gear sets and other external factors. The best way to tell what your own stat weights are is a raidbots.com Top Gear sim with Gems and Enchants taken into account. If you don't want to do that then you can just follow this.

Gear, Consumables & Enchants

Consumables

Banquet
Elem chaos
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Howling Rune

Personal - Timely Demise

Raid - Grand Banquet of the Kalu'ak


While Feasts are better in every sense they are also very expensive to craft and typically not used outside of raiding. 

PhialPhial of Elemental Chaos


This is your best, all around option outside of niche settings.

Potion - Elemental Potion of Ultimate Power


This is your best option however each potion costs 1 Primal Chaos. 

Weapon - Howling Rune


Howling Runes grant you Haste when consumed, similar to Weapons Oils from Shadowlands.

Enchants and Gems

Enchant
Keen Ysemerald
Fierce Illimited Diamiond

Quick Ysemerald - Pure Haste

Keen Ysemerald - Major Haste/Minor Mastery

Fierce Illimited Diamond - Primary Stat and Haste (1)

Rotation

The openers and rotations listed below are what you want to follow in a normal opener and setting. At times these may change due to fight mechanics or needing to hold CDs. 

Dread Touch Single Target

1. Precast Haunt

2. Precast Unstable Affliction

3. Agony

4. Corruption

5. Siphon Life

6. Drain Soul to 3 stacks of Shadow Embrace

7. Phantom Singularity

8. Soul Rot (if talented) (Trinkets, Potions and Racials)

9. Summon Darkglare

10. Malefic Rapture x4 (3 Malefic Affliction stacks & Dread Touch trigger)

You will want to cast Malefic Rapture to maintain the Dread Touch effect as often as possible while also pooling shards for Malefic Rapture dump windows, if possible. 

AOE/Mythic +

1. Seed of Corruption

2. Vile Taint

3. Unstable Affliction

4. Haunt (if talented) 

5. Soul Rot (if talented) (Trinkets, Potions and Racials)

6. Summon Darkglare

7. Spam Seed of Corruption 

It is very important for Soul Rot to be the last spell you cast before Darkglare and then Seed spam due to the Haste and Crit bonus that Dark Harvest brings with it. 

Filler Rotation

Afflictions rotation is relatively simple outside of your Malefic Rapture windows. You will want to maintain your DOT effects and Haunt/Shadow's Embrace while refreshing in their Pandemic window. Pandemic is essentially the fact that you want to refresh your DOT's when they reach 30% or less of their remaining duration. This will add that remaining duration onto the new DOT application without and damage being "lost".


While it is not a massive DPS loss to refresh before your Pandemic window, it is still something to min/max. Refreshing DOT on the move however is a DPS gain (over casting nothing) and is one of the main perks of Affliction, it's incredibly mobile.


DOT Pandemic Rage


Agony - 4.5 Seconds

Corruption - 4.2 Seconds

Siphon Life - 4.5 Seconds

Unstable Affliction - 6.3 Seconds


Outside of DOT maintenance you will have your Malefic Rapture windows every minute and the task of maintaining Dread Touch. You will want to pool 5 Soul Shards and hold your Phantom Singularity/Soul Rot then cast all of your Malefic Raptures while they are both active. Malefic Raptures damage is based off Mastery and the number of active DOTs. 


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