Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Affliction Warlock Guide

Introduction

    Affliction Warlocks bring important buffs and debuffs to the raid. For buffs,
    Fel Intelligence
    provides intellect and spirit. For debuffs,
    Improved Shadow Bolt
    provides increased spell critical strike chance,
    Curse of the Elements
    increases spell power taken, and can even spec into
    Improved Curse of Weakness
    which further decreases the enemy's attack power if neccessary.

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Affliction Warlock Rotation

    Affliction Warlocks become a true DoT specialization in Wrath of the Lich King, with access to new tools such as
    Haunt
    , and the new interaction of
    Drain Soul
    during execute phases. They excel in situations where they can apply dots on multiple enemies, and continue to be a reliable source of AoE damage thanks to
    Seed of Corruption
    .

Opener

  1. Cast
    Life Tap
    for
    Glyph of Life TapGlyph of Life Tap
    pre-pull.
  2. Pre-pot
    Potion of Wild Magic
    .
  3. Pre-cast
    Shadow Bolt
    to apply
    Improved Shadow Bolt
    if assigned.
  4. Cast
    Haunt
    .
  5. Cast
    Unstable Affliction
    .
  6. Cast
    Corruption
    .
  7. Cast
    Curse of Agony
    .
  8. Cast
    Shadow Bolt
    .
  9. Perform normal priorities.

Single Target

  1. Use
    Summon Felhunter
    .
  2. Cast
    Inferno
    if available and the rest of the fight will not last longer than 1 minute.
  3. Maintain
    Improved Shadow Bolt
    debuff if assigned. This means you might need to cast
    Shadow Bolt
    every now and then during your execute phase.
  4. Maintain
    Curse of the Elements
    if assigned.
  5. Maintain
    Corruption
    .
    Drain Soul
    ,
    Shadow Bolt
    , and
    Haunt
    will take care of this with
    Everlasting Affliction
    .
  6. Maintain
    Glyph of Life TapGlyph of Life Tap
    buff.
  7. Refresh
    Corruption
    manually when the target reaches 35% health so it benefits from
    Death's Embrace
    .
  8. Maintain
    Haunt
    . Keep in mind this spell has a travel time.
  9. Maintain
    Unstable Affliction
    . Let it expire before you re-apply it.
  10. Maintain
    Curse of Agony
    . Let it expire before you re-apply it.
  11. Cast
    Drain Soul
    on targets 25% HP or below. You should interrupt
    Drain Soul
    right after one of its 5 ticks to maintain your DoTs if they are about to expire.
  12. Cast
    Shadow Bolt
    .

AoE

    For 1 or 2 additional targets

  • Maintain
    Corruption
    ,
    Unstable Affliction
    , and
    Curse of Agony
    on all of them.
  • Maintain
    Haunt
    on highest priority target.
  • Cast
    Shadow Bolt
    or
    Drain Soul
    .
  • For large pulls:

  • Cast
    Shadowflame
    if targets are close enough.
  • Cast
    Seed of Corruption
    .

Snapshotting

  1. Snapshotting is a term where abilities "snapshot" certain buffs and debuffs such as Percentage Damage Modifiers (
    Tricks of the Trade
    ,
    Death's Embrace
    ,
    Shadow Weaving
    , etc), and Critical Strike (
    Potion of Wild Magic
    ,
    Moonkin Form
    ,
    Improved Shadow Bolt
    , etc) at the time it was casted. Technically all of the caster's stats will be snapshotted, but the one's mentioned previously are the only one's that persist for DoTs that are not refreshed manually such as
    Shadow Word: Pain
    ,
    Corruption
    for Affliction Warlocks, and
    Serpent Sting
    for Survival Hunters. The reason this is important for Affliction Warlocks is because they never refresh their
    Corruption
    after applying it since
    Drain Soul
    ,
    Shadow Bolt
    , and
    Haunt
    will take care of this with
    Everlasting Affliction
    . This is why you also re-apply
    Corruption
    manually when the target reaches 35% health so it benefits from
    Death's Embrace
    .

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Affliction Warlock Talents

Standard Build

If you aren't worried about spell pushback, you can move the point from
Intensity R1
into
Amplify Curse
.
0
Affliction
0
Demonology
0
Destruction

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Affliction Warlock Glyphs

  1. Major:
    HauntHaunt
    ,
    Quick DecayQuick Decay
    ,
    Life TapLife Tap
  2. Minor:
    Drain SoulDrain Soul
    ,
    Enslave DemonEnslave Demon
    ,
    SoulsSouls

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Affliction Warlock Stats

Hit Cap

  • 10% (263 Rating) with
    Heroic Presence
    ,
    Suppression
    , and
    Misery
    or
    Improved Faerie Fire
  • 11% (289 Rating) with
    Suppression
    and
    Misery
    or
    Improved Faerie Fire
  • 13% (342 Rating) with
    Heroic Presence
    and
    Suppression
  • 14% (368 Rating) with
    Suppression

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Affliction Warlock Best Consumables

Flasks and Elixirs

    Best:
  • Flask of the Frost Wyrm
    Alternatives:
  • Spellpower Elixir
    ,
  • Elixir of Spirit

Food

    Best:
  • Fish Feast
    ,
  • Tender Shoveltusk Steak
    ,
  • Firecracker Salmon
    Alternatives:
  • Great Feast
    ,
  • Dalaran Clam Chowder
    ,
  • Shoveltusk Steak
    ,
  • Smoked Salmon
    ,
  • Snapper Extreme
    ,
  • Worg Tartare

Potions

    Best:
  • Pre-pot
    Potion of Wild Magic
    ,
  • In Combat
    Potion of Speed

Miscellaneous

    Best:
  • Spiced Mammoth Treats
    ,
    Dark Rune
    or
    Demonic Rune

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Affliction Warlock Best Races

Alliance

  1. Human:
    The Human Spirit
  2. Gnome:
    Expansive Mind

Horde

  1. Orc:
    Blood Fury
  2. Blood Elf:
    Arcane Torrent

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Affliction Warlock Best Professions

  1. Engineering: Best profession thanks to
    Nitro Boosts
    ,
    Hyperspeed Accelerators
    ,
    Springy Arachnoweave
    enchants,
    Global Thermal Sapper Charge
    , and
    Visage Liquification Goggles
    for early gearing.
  2. Tailoring: Second best profession thanks to
    Lightweave Embroidery
    .
  3. Jewelcrafting: Third best profession thanks to the 3 unique gems such as
    Runed Dragon's Eye
    and
    Rigid Dragon's Eye
    .
  4. Blacksmithing: Fourth best profession during phases 3+ thanks to
    Socket Bracer
    and
    Socket Gloves
    .
  5. Leatherworking, Enchanting, Inscription, and Alchemy: All provide comparable stat bonuses with
    Fur Lining - Spell Power
    ,
    Ring - Greater Spell Power
    ,
    Master's Inscription of the Storm
    , and
    Mixology
    respectively.
  6. Skinning:
    Master of Anatomy
    .