Updated for Mists of Pandaria gems and enchants.
This is the Affliction Warlock Guide for PvP. If you’re looking for the page for Raiding, then go here: Affliction PvE.
Other Warlock Pages
- Warlock Overview
- Warlock Leveling
- Affliction Raiding
- Demonology for Raids
- Destruction for Raids
- Warlock PvP, Tips
- Destruction PvP
- Warlock Builds
- Level Faster
Your core abilities as Affliction are as follows:
Stats, Mechanics, Etc.
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Keep in mind that these will vary a bit depending on exact gear levels, buffs, debuffs, etc. In all cases though:
- Primary Stats: Int = Resilience >> any other primary stat
- Secondary: Hit (to 6% cap > PvP Power > Mastery
- Weak: Haste > Crit, Excess Hit, excess Expertise.
PvP Power is a straight up damage addition, much like Attack Power, but it only works in PvP. You’ll have to dump it if you’re raiding in your PvP gear. Point for Point it’s probably close to Int in value and PvP Power gems have twice the value of Int gems (320 Vs 160.)
Int is by far your #1 stat. Int provides Spellpower, and a small amount of crit.
Hit to the 6% cap (Raids need 15%.)
Mastery - Looks pretty good in Mists of Pandaria.
Haste increases casting speed and how quickly your DoTs tick. It’s possible, with large amounts of Haste to get extra DoT ticks. (These points are known as the soft caps.)
Crit Is not a great stat for Affliction.
- If not Hit capped – reforge Crit and Mastery to Hit
- If Hit capped: Reforge extra Hit and all other stats to Haste
Generally you will be gemming for Int and PvP power and taking the socket bonuses if they’re for good stats. Gem for Resilience if you need more defense, maybe Haste if you need to hit a break point for that extra DoT tick.
Note that gems with secondary stats have twice the value of gems with primary stats, for example: 160 Int Vs 320 Haste. This is why you will want to try and match sockets.
|Affliction Gem Priorities|
|Meta||Burning Primal Diamond: +216 Int & 3% Increased Crit Effect|
|Red||Brilliant Serpent’s Eye: 320 Int, self-only Jewelcrafting gem
Brilliant Primordial Ruby: 160 Int
|Yellow||Mystic Sun’s Radiance: 320 Resilience|
|Blue||Stormy River’s Heart: +320 PvP power|
|Orange||Willful Vermilion Onyx: +80 Int & +160 Resilience
Reckless Vermilion Onyx: 80 Int, 160 Haste
|Green||Vivid Wild Jade: +160 Res, +160 PvP Power|
|Purple||Mysterious Imperial Amethyst: +80 Int, +160 PvP Power|
|Prismatic||Brilliant Primordial Ruby: 160 Int|
|Cogwheel||Quick Tinker’s Gear: 600 Haste - requires an engie helm, such as this.
Fractured Tinker’s Gear: 600 Mastery
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Helm enchants are gone in Mists of Pandaria, shoulder enchants are handled by the Inscription profession.
There are no PvP Power enchants, the only resilience enchant is for the chest.
|Weapon||Enchant Weapon – Jade Spirit: Sometimes increases Int by 1650
Enchant Weapon – Windsong: Sometimes add 1,500 Crit, Haste, or Mastery for 12 sec.
|Shoulders||Secret Crane Wing Inscription: – 520 Int and 100 Crit rating, Requires Inscription 550.
Greater Crane Wing Inscription: +200 Int and 100 Crit
|Cloak||Enchant Cloak – Superior Intellect: +180 Int
Lightweave Embroidery – chance for 2k Int for 15 sec, requires tailoring
|Chest||Enchant Chest – Super Resilience: +200 Resilience
Enchant Chest – Glorious Stats: +80 to all stats
|Bracers||Enchant Bracer – Super Intellect: +170 Int
Fur Lining increases Int by 500, requires leatherworking.
Socket Bracer – Pop in a gem, requires Blacksmithing 400
|Gloves||Enchant Gloves – Greater Haste: +170-Haste
Socket Gloves – Pop in a gem, requires Blacksmithing 400
|Belt||Livingsteel Belt Buckle: Gem slot for a nice Int gem|
|Leggings||Greater Cerulean Spellthread: +285 Int and +165 Crit|
|Boots||Enchant Boots – Greater Precison: +175 Hit rating
Enchant Boots – Pandaren’s Step: +140 Mastery, slight run speed increase.
|Rings||Enchant Ring – Greater Intellect: +160 Int, Requires Enchanting 550|
Professions for Affliction
All of the professions provide some benefit for any class/spec, though clearly some are better than others. Even the gathering professions have some value, though you might be better served by using those to build a larger gold stash. Herbalism has that 2,880 Haste rating buff though, and Haste is a pretty good stat for you.
Most of the professions add an average of about 320 Int or so. Since gems with secondary stats are twice the value of those with primary stats (320 PvP Power Vs 160 Int, for example) Blacksmithing might be the most valuable profession if you’re just looking for the buffs. Jewelcrafting provides only 320 in any stat over non JC gems.
|Professions for Affliction|
|Tailoring||Cloak enchant sometimes adds 2k Int for 15 seconds. Make your starter PvP set, a flying carpet, and some nice epic gear.|
|Leatherworking||Bracer enchant adds 500 int.|
|Jewelcrafting||Make nicer gems for your own use.|
|Enchanting||Enchant both rings, for a total +320 Int gain.|
|Inscription||Shoulder enchant adds 520 Int and 100 crit.|
|Alchemy||More effect from your own potions. Adds 320 Int and an extra hour to your main flask. Many other potions are also useful.|
|Engineering||has lots of interesting toys, some of which have situational use, and Synapse Springs, which increases Int by 1940 for a short time. If you take this use a macro to activate it along with other short term buffs.|
|Blacksmithing||gives two extra gems slots. Since gems with secondary stats have twice the value of gems with primary stats Blacksmithing might be a very valuable profession. For example, you’ll be able to socket he two gems for 640 PvP Power instead of 320 Int.|
|Skinning||provides 480 crit rating|
|Herbalism||Small heal and 2880 Haste for 20 seconds|
Affliction Warlock Races
Pandarens cannot become Warlocks. Neither can Tauren, Draenei, or Night elves.
Best Horde race? Orc, for the burst and the pet damage
Best Alliance race? Human, for the escape
- Blood Fury increases spell damage. Just the thing for those times when you’d really like a bit more burst.
- The increased pet damage (on command) makes the Orc one of the better Warlock races.
- The decreased stun duration is nice.
- Undead- What’s better for demon summoning and Affliction then being already dead?
- Will of the Forsaken is a nice ability (anything that breaks Fear, etc is a nice PvP skill.)
- Cannibalize is useful when you just have to rub it in to that other player you just killed. Maybe that’s good enough reason to go Undead.
- Touch of the Grave drains life and heals you for the same amount.
- Blood Elf – Can a magically addicted elf make a good Warlock? Wouldn’t they sell their souls for a taste? Perfect.
- Arcane Torrent is a nice spell interrupt with some PvP utility, but since it’s melee range and you don’t want to be in melee range. It does restore some mana, so is hardly useless.
- And ok, Blood Elves look good. A truly devastating Warlock Ability. Really.
- Good with Enchanting.
- Hmmm… Increased casting speed, when Berserk, is very nice.
- More damage vs beasts would be nice if Worgen were beasts. Since they’re not this ability has no PvP use.
- Reduced duration of movement impairing effects is always nice.
- Ranged Expertise is a pretty useful ability, since spells can be dodged.
- Goblin - Souls for sale? A Goblin Warlock will give you a great “deal” on your soul.
- Goblins can Rocket Launch forward, or away, which is be a nice escape ability.
- Increased Haste is one of your bests stats, so this is nice.
- Improved Alchemy skills allow better effects from your own potions.
- The Human escape ability is a nice DPS skill as it allows you to use two DPS trinkets.
- Go Human if you want to waste less time gaining faction.
- Gnome – Tech and Demons, together again? Why would a Gnome be a Warlock?
- Escape artist is very nice for PvP, as is their small size,
- Gnomes get a slightly increased mana pool.
- Good with engineering, which allows you to blow up opposing players in addition to draining their souls.
- Dwarf - Various Dwarves factions are putting away their differences and joining forces after the Cataclysm and that’s where the Warlocks are infiltrating…er… coming from. This probably explains the thingscrawling around in the shadows of Ironforge.
- Stone Form is a nice PvP talent in that it will wash away that bleed that the Rogue or Feral just put on you and reduce damage by 10%.
- Ranged Expertise is a pretty useful ability, since spells can be dodged.
- Worgen - Fur, fleas, snuffling…
- They can periodically move quickly, which has its uses,
- Wargen have a reduced duration of curses and diseases (affecting them.)
- Increased crit chance isn’t as valuable as the Goblins’ Haste, as it’s your weakest stat.
- Good with skinning, but since other players can’t be skinned…
- #showtooltip Curse of Tongues
- /cast [target=focus] Curse of Tongues
- /cast [pet:succubus] Seduction; [pet:felhunter] Spell Lock; [pet:voidwalker] Sacrifice; [pet:imp] Singe Magic; [mod:ctrl] Pursuit; Axe Toss
When below 25% health. This is designed as a very GOOD heal macro, to save yourself from certain death. Death’s Embracetalent is surely a God type move, because it heals for up to 8k every .55 seconds with the macro. Which is a life saver.
- /cast Soulburn
- /cast Drain Life
CAN BE USED IN ANY SPEC, A MUST HAVE!!! This is designed to save your life. It uses your battlemaster trinket to give you 21000 health, Deathcoil to CC the enemy away from you (while gives you a decent heal as well), and Healthstone to heal you up and buff your maximum health. This macro is best used while your health is below 3/4 and your being focused down.
- /use Gladiator’s Emblem of Tenacity <—– Is a must have for PvP
- /cast Soulburn
- /cast Death Coil
- /use Healthstone
Felhunter – This is so you have control for an Optimal Spell lock on the Enemy, Devour Magic is an amazing spell when your up against any class really, its most effective when a Paladin uses his Wings (OMG RED WINGZ) and to Devour a Mages Mana Bubble.
- /cast Spell Lock
- /cast Devour Magic
Faster Affliction Warlock Leveling
Are you leveling your Warlock to reach the end-game BGs and Arenas? Already there and leveling another class? It can be a daunting thing, with thousands of quests and a few bazillion mobs to destroy. The trip to the level cap can take a while. A long while.
Do it the easy way, use an in-game leveling guide, like Zygor’s Guide. It makes leveling so easy that you could almost say that it automates the whole leveling process for your ‘lock. You still have to play the game, of course, but the “where to go, what to do, and what to get” part is neatly taken care of.
Pick your starting point and Zygor’s will show you exactly which quests to pick up and the most efficient way to do them. Zygor’s automatically updates and advances as you complete tasks and quests, sets a waypoint arrow automatically (always showing you where to go next,) and includes all the important quest info. You will probably never need to look at your quest log again, much less stop mid-play to browse some website in the search for clues.
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