WoW 10.0 Affliction Warlock Guide
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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.
Mythic +: B
4-Piece: Cruel Epiphany
Mythic +: B+
Equip based trinket with baseline Critical Strike and a strong damage effect in both Single Target and AOE.
A "very rare" equip based trinket that bring Intellect and Critical Strike. Gains additional value when paired with allies wearing the same trinket.
Equip based trinket that brings baseline Intellect and a stacking Critical Strike buff.
Equip based trinket that brings baseline Intellect and a strong damage based effect. Your best equip based option outside of Mythic Incarnate Icon.
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
Phial- Phial 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
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
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.
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.
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.