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#4078120 Affliction Warlock Guide (5.4.7)

Posted glonglon on 13 March 2014 - 12:27 PM

Affliction Warlock Guide (5.4.7)

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This guide is written mainly for players new to playing affliction in arenas / PvP.

Strengths :

-   Good spread pressure and even better spread pressure with dark soul.
-   Good single target pressure with dark soul & haunt.
-   Good cleaving in BG/RBG with Seed of Corruption.

Weaknesses :

-   Due to your low mobility (you’re limited to teleport/gate), your spammable CC and the fact that you only have one panic button (dark regeneration) your opponents will train you all day.

-   This is the warlock’s spec with the lowest surviviability, you don’t have embers to heal yourself like destro does, you  don’t have good damage mitigation like demo does. To survive you can only rely on your good positioning.

PvP Talents

Level 15 : Dark Regeneration

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You want to pick dark regeneration. This talent will be your « panic button » when you’re unable to teleport/gate to avoid incoming burst damage.

Level 30 : Shadowfury or Mortal Coil

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if your team doesn’t have any reliable stuns you’ll pick Shadowfury. Shadowfury is a great starter for your CC chains, for example you can shadowfury the enemy healer so he won’t be able to go out of your line of sight then you can full fear him.

If your team already has reliable stuns you’ll pick Mortal coil because it doesn’t share DR with stuns.

Level 45 : Soul Link

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You want to pick Soul link when playing with Grimoire of Supremacy because it scales pretty well with the glyph of eternal resolve & resilience.

When playing with Grimoire of Sacrifice you don't have any pet so you'll pick Dark Bargain because Soul Link is not interesting without pet. You'll use Dark Bargain to counter major bursts cooldown from your opponents when you're unable to teleport/gate.

Sacrificial pact is useless due to the fact that it doesn't ignore battle fatigue.

Level 60 : Blood Horror or Unbound Will

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In arenas, you’ll use blood horror against meleecleaves and Unbound Will against castercleaves.

Notice that Blood Horror can be grounded or spell reflected so you’ll need a cancelaura macro for blood horror. (see macro section)

If you successfully horrify a melee with blood horror then you can fear him without any risks of being interrupted. This will allow your healer to breathe.

Be careful when using Unbound Will, It’ll trigger spells that have a dispell protection such as Unstable Affliction.

Level 75 : Grimoire of Supremacy

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You want to pick grimoire of Supremacy against teams that doesn't train your pet, It’ll turn your felhunter into an observer. Basically it’s the same pet but with a bigger HP pool so he is less susceptible to die through soul link damage. The Observer also does decent damage and can dispell one magical effect with clone magic. Don't let your clone magic on autocast, you want to dispell key magic abilities like fear ward.

You want to use Grimoire of Sacrifice against teams that like to train your pet or teams with a lot of spread pressure like LSD. You'll sacrifice the felhunter to get the spell lock. Against hunter's teams you can also sacrifice the Imp to be able to dispell freezing traps on your healer with singe magic.

Level 90 : Archimonde's Darkness

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For arenas you'll pick Archimonde's Darkness, you’ll be able to burst more often with this talent. Always try to sync dark soul with your surge of dominance proc otherwise your burst will be significantly  weaker. I recommend you to use an addon like Weakauras or ExtraCD to track your Insignia of dominance Internal Cooldown.

For BG/RBG you'll pick Mannoroth's fury to be able to cleave with seed of corruption.

Glyphs :

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-   Eternal Resolve (Mandatory) : 10% damage reduction will make you more tanky.
-   Unstable Affliction (Mandatory) : Faster UA will greatly improve your quality of life.
-   Siphon Life (Recommended) : You have a bit of choice for your third glyph slot, I like Siphon Life because the healing over time is nice and steady but you can replace this glyph by glyph of Healthstone, Demonic circle is also nice if you feel you are getting trained a lot. Coex glyph, helps in lots of situations especially peeling or stopping someone from LOSing your ccs.

Stats Priorities / Gearing / Enchants / Gemming / Reforge / professions / Best races

Stats priorities :

Your stats priorities goes as follow :

6% hit > Intellect > Haste =  Mastery > Crit

Haste vs Mastery debate :

Affliction benefits from both Haste and Mastery.

Haste gives you : extra ticks to your dots, extra soul shards, faster GCD and faster casts time so you’re less susceptible of being interrupted. With a haste gemming & reforge your playstyle will be a bit more dynamic.

Mastery gives you : more DoTs damage. 193.5 mastery = +1% damage to your Agony, Unstable Affliction and Corruption which is very good. With a mastery gemming & reforge your DoTs will be a bit stronger.

Most of the high rated warlocks tends to prefer the full haste gemming & reforge playstyle but my advice for you is to try full haste & full mastery and see which playstyle suits you best. Remember that whatever your choice will be it’ll not make or break your dps.

Gear :

You’ll pick all the Prideful Gladiator’s five set and the following offpieces with Haste & mastery :

Neck – Prideful Gladiator’s Pendant of Alacrity
Back – Prideful Gladiator's Drape of Prowess
Wrists – Prideful Gladiator’s Cuffs of Prowess
Waist – Prideful Gladiator’s Cord of Accuracy  for non-humans or Prideful Gladiator’s Cord of Cruelty for humans.
Feet – Prideful Gladiator’s Treads of Alacrity

Enchants :

Head - None
Shoulders – 200 Int / 100 Crit
Back – Ligthweave Embroidery or 180 int
Chest – 80 to all Stats
Wrist – 180 Int
Hands – 170 Mastery or 170 Haste
Waist– Living Steel Belt Buckle
Legs – 285 Int / 165 Crit
Feet – 140 Mastery / Run Speed
Main Hand Weapon – Jade Spirit or Spirit of Conquest
Offhand Weapon – 165 Int

Gemming :

Haste playstyle :

Red : 80 int + 160 haste
Blue : 160 haste + 160 hit
Yellow : 320 haste
Meta : 665 pvp power and 775 PvP Resilience

Mastery playstyle :

Red : 80 int + 160 mastery
Blue :  160 mastery + 160 hit
Yellow : 320 mastery
Meta : 665 pvp power and 775 resilience

Reforge :  

Reforge for 6% hit then follow the stats priorities I’ve gave you above. If you struggle with reforging, you can install the addon reforgelite.

Professions :

For a Human : tailoring for ligthweave embroidery (2k int proc) + Herbalism for lifeblood (+7% on-use haste buff that you’ll add into your dark soul burst macro).
For a Non-human : engineering for synapse springs (2k int on-use) + tailoring

Best races :

Alliance : Human is the best due to the fact that they are able to play with double damage trinkets. Also they got an expertise bonus for playing with 1h swords that will allow them to reforge a bit more hit into more haste or mastery.

Horde : Troll is the best for the berserking racial that you'll add into your burst macro (see macro section) for more burst.


Rotation :

Your rotation is pretty simple as affliction, first you apply your row of DoTs to a target, then you spread them to nearby targets with soul swap and to conclude you mash fear with every other globals :

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#1 First you want to apply Agony, it’s a ramp up time dot, at one stack it is your weakest DoT but at 10 stacks it’s your strongest DoT, so make sure to always refresh it when it is about to end to keep it ticking at 10 stacks.

#2 Then you want to apply Unstable Affliction, it is your second best DoT and it provides dispell protection.

#3 You’ll apply Corruption, this is your weakest DoT but it can proc Nightfall for free soulshards.

#4 Soulswap your DoTs to nearby targets, if there are no nearby targets skip to #5

#5 Apply Curse of the Elements when you have nothing better to do.

#6 Use Malefic grasp as a filler, if you’re afraid of being interrupted use Fel Flame instead. Tbh, you’ll rarely use these abilities due to the fact that you have more important things to do like spamming fears, refreshing your dots, soul swapping, or applying curses.  Yes, You’re pretty much GCD starved as affliction.

About Drain soul :

This is your « execute » ability you’ll use it as a filler against targets below 20% health.

Understanding DoTs snapshotting (When to apply/refresh DoTs) :

When you apply or refresh DoTs your character’s stats are « snapshotted » therefore damage is calculated from the « snapshot » AT THE TIME of application.  

Using Dark Soul will not automatically empower the DoTs you previously applied, you’ll have to refresh them so they’ll benefit from the 30% haste buff, then you’ll start soulswapping those stronger DoTs to nearby targets.

Always apply/refresh your DoTs when you have buffs that increases your spellpower or your haste like Dark Soul and Surge of Dominance. The basic rule is to apply your DoTs when you have dark soul/procs buffs up and to refresh them when those buffs are about to expire.

On the other hand, you never want to replace your stronger dots by weaker dots. if your character’s stats are significantly weaker than when you applied them don’t refresh ! (e.g Your Dark Soul buff ended but your Dark Soul DoTs are still rolling)

You also don’t want to apply/refresh your dots if you have debuffs on your character (e.g rogue’s nerve strike).

Affdots is an incredibly helpful addon. This addon compares dots on target with your current stats and shows if reapplying DoTs will make them stronger or weaker.

In the coming extension « Warlords of Draenor » DoTs will scale dynamically with your stats so you’ll no longer need to worry about refreshing or not your DoTs.

Understanding Soul swap :

Soulswap is the ability that you’ll use to spread your DoTs to nearby targets. To use Soul Swap efficiently you need to understand the previous chapter about DoTs snapshotting.

Soul swap works in 2 times (Inhale & Exhale) :

First step, Soul swap : Inhale : It copies the DoTs you applied on your target but also their duration.

Second step, Soul swap : Exhale : It applies the dots you previously inhaled to another target. (Must be a different target from inhalation)

You always want to Inhale DoTs with high duration. If you inhale DoTs that are about to fade you’ll also exhale DoTs that are about to fade and this is pretty much useless...

Understanding Soulburn : soul swap & Pandemic :

Soulburn : soulswap costs 1 shard and instantly apply your 3 dots to the target.

Warlocks got a passive ability called pandemic that extends DoTs duration by 50% if you apply your DoTs twice. What I like to do in the arena opener is to apply a full row of DoTs to a target, then use dark soul and soulburn : soulwap the same target to empower and extend the DoTs duration, then I start spreading those DoTs with my regular soulswap. Thanks to the extended DoTs duration, you’ll be able to soulswap DoTs to more targets.

How to use Haunt properly :

The main purpose of Haunt is to create pressure on a single target so you’ll use it primarily on the kill target, however haunt damage can be easily healed through.

For this reason, you’ll cast haunt on the kill target only if the enemy healer is CC’ed, look for fear opportunities on the enemy healer before casting haunt.  if you cast haunt on the kill target when the enemy healer is free to cast heals on his teamates you basically wasted a soul shard.

What I like to do in 3s is to fear the enemy healer then cast haunt on the kill target and the other dps if I can. Sometimes, it's hard to get haunt casts off because smart opponents will be aware that it's one of your key damage abilities and will try to interrupt it.

About Seed of Corruption :

This spell is great for Cleaving in BG/RBG. If your opponents are clustered together Soul burn : Seed of Corruption becomes better than haunt. Notice that you can stack the regular seed of corruption and the soulburn : Seed of Corruption on the same target.

How to burst in BG/RBG with Mannoroth's fury  :

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How to burst as affliction in Arenas with dark soul :
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Basic Arenas tips

During the opener you’ll wait for your surge of dominance proc, It’ll usually happen when you apply your first row of DoTs to a target, then pop your burst macro (cf : macro section) and refresh your dots with soulburn : soul swap to empower them and extend their duration thanks to pandemic then start spreading those powerful DoTs to nearby targets (including pets) with your regular soul swap,  don’t spread your DoTs to the enemy healer if you want to CC him. If the enemy healer is CC’ed apply haunt on the kill target and the other dps if you can. Use Malefic grasp or Fel Flame as a filler but you usually have better things to do like fearing.  Don’t forget to refresh your DoTs when dark soul is about to expire, then soul swap them again. That kind of opener will force a lot of defensive cooldowns from your opponents, then wait for your insignia of dominance ICD to come back and try to score a kill with your second charge of dark soul.

Between two dark souls keep your DoTs rolling on as much targets as possible (cf : rotation chapter) and spam fear on the DPS. Try to save your Fear DR on the enemy healer for your next burst attempt.

Viable setups :

2s :


3s :

LSD : Affli/ele/rdruid
WLS : warrior/affli/rsham
MLS : frost mage /affli/rsham
RLS : sub rogue/affli/rsham
HLS : survival hunter/affli/rsham

Comps Strategies :

Hope some very high rated junkies like Blukstack will help fill this section.

Macros :


Streams :


Conclusion :

Hope you’ll enjoy reading this guide, constructive feedback is appreciated.


#4196002 WoW Before and WoW now comparaison

Posted Dizp on 23 August 2014 - 09:37 PM

Anyone who thinks the game is actually better now than it used to be in its prime (wotlk) is either mentally challenged, didnt play the game back then, or you were shit and finally after 6 years u learned the game, and therefore think its better now.

Yes, there were some op shit back then, just like its been every season, just like it is in every game. Difference is that u had to put a lot more effort into the game to suceed.

Healers had to cast, every single healer roll had their own "thing". Pick a priest if you wanted an offensive comp e. g rmp, pick a shaman if you want something a bit more passive but with a strong all in for example rps. Pick a paladin for strong all-in cds and mobility (meleecleaves). Druids, overall very strong in most comps (talking about s7-8 not s5 :D). Now you simply pick a shaman or resto druid, or you will be at a disadvantage from the very start.

Back then all classes didnt have cc, and most importantly, there were very few instant cc abilities. Now every single class has a lot of cc and its mostly instant casts. But the biggest difference is that, while there werent that much cc in the game, when you actually hit a cc chain, you could get a kill. Now someone can sit ccd for 15 sec, come out and top someone off in a single global, and these globals are all instant casts, before you could come out of a 15 sec cc chain, still struggeling to keep ur allies up, maybe you had to fakecast in order to heal ur team back up, yes, you actually had to be decent at fakecasting, cus pretty much all ur heals were casts, except for resto druids. Oh and btw, now every single fucking healer in the game has aura mastery (not like its needed though, but still retarded).

Same goes for dps classes about the instant cast part, mages dont cast, warlocks dont cast, boomkins doesnt cast, does any CASTER dps actually cast? Ele shammys i guess. Now the best mage is the one that casts the leasts, if ure casting, ure doing something wrong. Yes it was frustrating playing a mage while getin trained, but that was also what sorted the good mages from the bad ones, they made it work, even while getin trained. Oh, and yes. Mages had to kite. Now mages are just as tanky as any other class in the game, well, almost. All mages do the same, they pop their shit and do a lot of damage without casting a spell, what differs the very best from the other high rated is only their timing of when they pop their shit.

tl;dr in wotlk all healers had their specifik role, and they were best at that role. Healers had to cast. Dps classes had to cast. The gap between good and GOOD mages (other classes as well) was huge.

yes, im mad.

Forgot the biggest issue of them all. Every class has like 5 defensive abilities each to go through, its simply to many and extremely frustrating at times.

#4147070 Is this legit?

Posted Swack on 18 June 2014 - 03:17 PM

View PostNoblock, on 18 June 2014 - 11:53 AM, said:

and all you have to say is that lurtix disconnected versus us in silvershard yet we beat you fair in arathi basin before that, but yet youre to blind to realise that lurtix said himself that the internet was gone for like 3hours or more(?)

you have not won a single game "fair", you have won one AB game vs us because we simply just skipped going BS because you had been using lag7 to get it in previous games and there was no way for us to stop the cap, how is that fair? both you and me knows the outcome of the game would have been different if you werent a cheater.

as for ddosing, you are always the common factor in the opposing team, it was 100% a ddos on lurtex and it's not the first time he is getting hit when facing you.

View PostNoblock, on 18 June 2014 - 02:02 PM, said:

i am not this person, and i find it pathethic how you try to make it out to be so. and im going to pm a mod about this abuse of posting power, and how is this related to this topic? fucking growse how you teamup with team hate to spread false rumors.

That is you, sorry but changing your user name and avatar is not enough to cover up your tracks.

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too late bro :(

you are a toxic player who tries to exploit your way to victory with any means necessary and should have been banned from this game ages ago, looking through some of your posts on ownedcore is just disgusting and i can only imagine what kind of shit you have posted in the elite section.

#4161952 How and why is this possible?

Posted Lolflay on 04 July 2014 - 12:27 PM

View PostOdrareg, on 04 July 2014 - 03:02 AM, said:

Don't wanna be the devil's advocate or anything but really, how can you even remotely blame the resto shaman. This should just not fucking happen.
Just proves how this season / expansion makes far less sense than the others. Of course you have to adapt to the state of the game and everything like that, but do we REALLY want to adapt to something like this?
Call me crazy, but it's not enjoyable to be CONSTANTLY afraid of dying any time any second just cause you're close to ONE, and I repeat, ONE enemy dps. He should have got to like 20% with such burst, that would have made a bit more sense in a fast-paced game.

Stop blaming his team's positioning and his own, too. He should not be punished for something like that. He didn't have living bomb, he wasn't on say 80% or something, he was safe and died 1 on 1 all of a sudden. Stop justifying your own class' (or wizards in general) unneeded strenght with an hypotethical shaman's mistake.

Are you dumb ? I think you're dumb.

This game was good back when a single DPS could solo a healer, given that healer has no CDs and the DPS has all. That forced teams to actually play properly, and not this bullshit like MW monks and holy priests not requiring peels at all 90% of time. This game devolved into a miserable shit state when healers became able to outheal 2 DPS without a sweat.

He died to a class that did its combo perfectly, and had a few crits. What's weird there ? When a caster kills you in a combo, it's always "ahh yes wizards, complain about melee more", but somehow it's perfectly fine when a warrior kills you in a few seconds without a chance of retaliation ( or even worse, without actually being loss impaired, but still dying through his damage ).

Seriously shut the fuck up plebs.

#4156481 In-game NPCs named after PvPers

Posted Zaephyr on 26 June 2014 - 11:04 PM

I also heard they're renaming one of the npc's in Dalaran - this is from alpha

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#4088872 The Current MMR/Personal Rating +0 thing explained.

Posted Lolflay on 29 March 2014 - 01:11 PM

View Postwatchmepwn, on 29 March 2014 - 12:21 PM, said:

So they basicly killed PVP as a community.

WoW PvP community got butchered long time ago. It went from each server having a PvP community to few servers being "hubs" on each BG, then to one huge server per BG, then to 2-3 guilds at start of Cataclysm ( think Hydramist, my guild and that Outland guild housed majority of highrated pvpers in Europe rofl ), and now you don't even have to have teammates to play, you just queue with whoever you know and don't care about it.

The sense of "belonging" somewhere is gone and that's a major minus.

#4002733 Rate my connexion please

Posted GrieverZ on 30 November 2013 - 02:44 PM

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#4002646 Rise of the duelists

Posted Saracens on 30 November 2013 - 12:13 PM

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#4000114 so it has come to this

Posted Nisslol on 26 November 2013 - 08:05 AM

Dear Diary,

Day 95: There's not much left for me to do, the season is nearing the end, and the Wrathful Gladiator title seems very much within my grasp. I'm quite comfortable nobody will take it away from us, and in order to prove that, I'm willing to post a challenging post on ArenaJunkies. Sometimes I get very lonely, and desperately hawking for attention has almost become my new hobby. I hope I won't disappoint you diary. In the worst case, I can tell them I lift, and they will be afraid, I hope. I also saw this girl on the street, en route home back from the G (stand for gym, but you know it, diary), and she wore a miniskirt. What a pathetic whore. You're my best friend, diary.

#3970483 The Last Stand Against the Russian Wintraders

Posted Batenx on 22 October 2013 - 01:07 PM

Okay, I figure it's time for one of these threads.

As most of you lads are aware of, the EU RBG ladder and 5v5 ladder are basically owned by the russian troops. Just to clarify: when I say 'owned' I'm not talking about their superiority, I'm talking about their disgusting wintrading behavior. They wintrade with 5k MMR and there's no way the rest of EU can compete with that. For that reason, these brackets have been abandoned and are now being ruled under russian command.

As of last night, the russians invaded our homeland; the 3v3 bracket. We can't allow this. The russians must be stopped. Look for the ones in the top that are decked out in PvE gear or green gear. Or perhaps the ones that got 2.4k achievement and 2.7k achievement within a few hours...


I hereby call for soldiers who are willing to fight this battle until the russians are dead (read: banned). I'll make a report form and all you have to do is find these 'russian insects' and put their name in the report.

"Hello, I'd like to report players for wintrading. Players keep wintrading in both 5v5 and RBG and you even reset RBG ladders because you're aware of this. Now they started in 3v3 aswell.

The players are:

Name: Оргэг
Realm: Grom
Armory: http://eu.battle.net...om/Оргэг/simple

Name: Вангвадр
Realm: Razuvious

They wintraded last night to 2.7k rating in 3v3.

Please look into their recent activity and their match history and take action. They destroy the fun in this game and I will unsub if you don't take appropriate action."

Remember to always include the name and realm of the player you're reporting. The Armory links are fucked when you copy them here at AJ, so just click on the links first and copy paste into your ticket!

If you really want to shine you can throw in some hashtags if you want them to reply faster. That gets 'em going. I usually do that. #wintradinginsects #scum #bug #stuck #cheater #unsub #enjoy4millsubs #apocalypse #coldwar

That should be good enough. Just name all the russians and link their profiles and we'll report them all!

Please don't let this escalate. Keep it real.


#3872966 New PTR Build: Demonic Gateway attackable and more

Posted duskfallx on 09 April 2013 - 06:29 PM


#3866690 Patch 5.3 PTR - Build 16758, Warlocks.

Posted Skenz on 25 March 2013 - 06:22 PM

I think they forgot to buff shadow priests

#3840256 Wizik aka Jensen the great

Posted Calorz on 24 January 2013 - 04:36 PM

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha ha

#3838571 Those were the days

Posted Thaya on 21 January 2013 - 01:49 PM

I remember there was an official photo where another and xom (I think) are walking away, laughing to each other, and celex sitting there crying in the background. That photo - being official - was so fuckin gold.

#3837816 This isn't a problem at all.

Posted Ahlaundoh on 20 January 2013 - 02:14 AM

View PostSlythor, on 20 January 2013 - 02:13 AM, said:

hes wearing under 60% resil and gemming crit.

he will literally fall over if you touch him.
oh come the fuck on, you can't be defending this