Mythic+ Affliction Warlock

Affliction Warlock
Season 3
21 characters
2942 - 3454

This guide is dedicated to building a PvE Affliction Warlock equipped to prevail in Mythic+ in World of Warcraft Dragonflight 10.2.5. It is based on an analysis of the top 50 characters from Season 3 across the US, EU, KR, and TW regions, including Filodia from Blackmoore (EU) — currently ranked as the best Affliction Warlock in Mythic+.

The guide covers stat priority, the most effective races, widely used talents, the best equipment, as well as the ideal embellishments, enchantments, and gems for a Affliction Warlock. To ensure better accuracy, it checks each character's last time played, specialization usage frequency, and equipment type. Updated every 12 hours, it ensures the most current and effective builds are always at your fingertips.

Top Affliction Warlocks

  1. 1
    Filodia
    Blackmoore (EU)
    488 ilvl
    3454
  2. 2
    Arzyn
    Malganis (US)
    488 ilvl
    3417
  3. 3
    Altahïr
    Hyjal (EU)
    486 ilvl
    3378
  4. 4
    Waldpinguin
    Blackrock (EU)
    486 ilvl
    3363
  5. 5
    Chewydots
    Zuljin (US)
    488 ilvl
    3298

Stat Priority

Stats are crucial attributes that directly influence a character's power in World of Warcraft. They not only determine the character's strength but also define the overall feel and playstyle. Stat bonuses can be found on various pieces of equipment, in consumables created by the Alchemy profession, certain foods, some enchantments , and gems .

It's important to note that each stat experiences diminishing returns once its equipped bonus reaches +20%. This means that optimizing a character's performance involves more than just maximizing each stat; it's about finding a balanced distribution. Here is the optimal way to balance Affliction Warlock Secondary and Minor stats for Mythic+.

Secondary Stats
+2194
17% Critical Strike
+6108
35% Haste
+5540
96% Mastery
+1803
9% Versatility
  1. Haste
  2. Mastery
  3. Critical Strike
  4. Versatility
Minor Stats
+457
6% Avoidance
+204
1% Leech
+166
3% Speed
  1. Avoidance
  2. Leech
  3. Speed

Races

In World of Warcraft, each race comes with unique traits that enhance character abilities or improve in-game quality of life. Although these racial traits typically offer minor advantages, they can still provide a competitive edge in certain scenarios.

With Human currently being the top race for Affliction Warlocks in Mythic+, here are the other races that also stand out due to their advantageous traits.

  1. Human
    5
  2. Undead
    3
  3. Goblin
    2
  4. Orc
    2
  5. Gnome
    2

Class Talents

Talents are the main element defining a character's build, significantly influencing the playstyle by adding, modifying, and enhancing character abilities and behaviors. They are crucial in shaping how a character functions in battle.

Class talents represent a common tree shared across all Warlock specializations. These talents provide foundational skills and enhancements that are essential and universal to the Warlock class. They offer a range of abilities that lay the groundwork for a Warlock's overall capabilities, regardless of the chosen specialization.

The following tree reproduces the in-game class talents disposition as a heatmap. Each color represents the usage frequency and general recommendation level of the talents:

  • Legendary : Represents the most frequently used talents. These are highly recommended for optimal performance.
  • Epic : Indicates talents that are widely used but offer flexibility for alternative choices. Useful in specific scenarios or personal preference.
  • Talents without color: Talents less commonly selected. They are typically chosen to fill necessary slots for advancing to the next tier and may not offer significant value in most situations.
Fel Domination
19
Demonic Circle
21
Burning Rush
20
Fel Pact
0
Demon Skin
21
Fel Armor
21
Fiendish Stride
12
Curses of Enfeeblement
21
Abyss Walker
1
Mortal Coil
19
Amplify Curse
1
Demonic Embrace
21
Demonic Inspiration
21
Wrathful Minion
21
Demonic Fortitude
21
Banish
5
Teachings of the Satyr
0
Accrued Vitality
1
Sweet Souls
21
Nightmare
0
Demonic Gateway
21
Lifeblood
1
Dark Pact
21
Strength of Will
15
Shadowfury
19
Frequent Donor
15
Socrethar's Guile
21
Sargerei Technique
21
Darkfury
2
Fel Synergy
5
Soul Link
21
Teachings of the Black Harvest
1
Resolute Barrier
0
Grimoire of Synergy
20
Profane Bargain
13
Soul Conduit
21
Demonic Resilience
0
Grim Feast
2
Inquisitor's Gaze
21
Soulburn
15

Specialization Talents

Specialization talents constitute a specialized tree, providing Affliction Warlocks with unique abilities and enhancements tailored to their combat style.

The following tree reproduces the in-game specialization talents disposition as a heatmap. Each color represents the usage frequency and general recommendation level of the talents:

  • Legendary : Represents the most frequently used talents. These are highly recommended for optimal performance.
  • Epic : Indicates talents that are widely used but offer flexibility for alternative choices. Useful in specific scenarios or personal preference.
  • Talents without color: Talents less commonly selected. They are typically chosen to fill necessary slots for advancing to the next tier and may not offer significant value in most situations.
Malefic Rapture
21
Unstable Affliction
21
Seed of Corruption
20
Nightfall
21
Writhe in Agony
21
Sow the Seeds
19
Shadow Embrace
21
Dark Virtuosity
1
Kindled Malice
21
Agonizing Corruption
1
Drain Soul
21
Siphon Life
18
Vile Taint
19
Pandemic Invocation
5
Inevitable Demise
1
Soul Swap
4
Soul Flame
17
Grimoire of Sacrifice
18
Focused Malignancy
20
Withering Bolt
20
Sacrolash's Dark Strike
4
Creeping Death
21
Haunt
14
Summon Darkglare
19
Soul Rot
20
Xavius' Gambit
17
Tormented Crescendo
10
Seized Vitality
2
Malevolent Visionary
3
Wrath of Consumption
1
Soul-Eater's Gluttony
20
Doom Blossom
10
Haunted Soul
2
Grand Warlock's Design
2
Dark Harvest
18

PvP Talents

PvP talents are specifically tailored for player-versus-player combat scenarios. Activated in arenas, battlegrounds, and the open world with war mode enabled, these talents are designed to optimize a Affliction Warlock's performance in PvP encounters. They provide specialized enhancements and strategies that give players an edge in combat against other players, reflecting the unique demands of PvP gameplay.

The following tree reproduces the in-game pvp talents disposition as a heatmap. Each color represents the usage frequency and general recommendation level of the talents:

  • Legendary : Represents the most frequently used talents. These are highly recommended for optimal performance.
  • Epic : Indicates talents that are widely used but offer flexibility for alternative choices. Useful in specific scenarios or personal preference.
  • Talents without color: Talents less commonly selected. They are typically chosen to fill necessary slots for advancing to the next tier and may not offer significant value in most situations.
Oblivion
6
Gateway Mastery
4
Rot and Decay
9
Nether Ward
3
Essence Drain
6
Rampant Afflictions
10
Jinx
8
Shadow Rift
3
Call Observer
4
Bonds of Fel
3
Impish Instincts
1
Soul Rip
1

Equipment

Equipment directly determines a character's power level in World of Warcraft. These items are acquired from diverse sources: they can drop in dungeons and raids, be discovered across the world, be crafted through various professions, obtained from PvP vendors, or chosen as rewards from the Great Vault.

Each piece of equipment significantly boosts a character's overall strength and capabilities. Here are the top items for Affliction Warlocks in Mythic+, tailored for each equipment slot.

Head

  1. set
    Devout Ashdevil's Grimhorns
    19
  2. Vibrant Wildercloth Headcover
    2

Neck

  1. Elemental Lariat
    16
  2. Torc of Passed Time
    4
  3. Ironshell Pendant
    1

Shoulders

  1. set
    Devout Ashdevil's Hatespikes
    19
  2. Mantle of Meticulous Plans
    1
  3. Requiem Rootmantle
    1

Back

  1. Vibrant Wildercloth Shawl
    8
  2. Devout Ashdevil's Fiendcloak
    7
  3. Drape of the Loyal Vassal
    4
  4. Inflammable Drapeleaf
    1
  5. Periwinkle Cloak
    1

Chest

  1. set
    Devout Ashdevil's Razorhide
    19
  2. Vibrant Wildercloth Vestments
    2

Wrist

  1. Devout Ashdevil's Bracelets
    4
  2. Fading Flame Wristbands
    4
  3. Vibrant Wildercloth Wristwraps
    4
  4. Anguished Restraints
    2
  5. Arathi Field Bandages
    2

Hands

  1. set
    Devout Ashdevil's Claws
    15
  2. Twisting Shadow Claws
    4
  3. Familiar's Frayed Gloves
    1
  4. Vibrant Wildercloth Handwraps
    1

Waist

  1. Devout Ashdevil's Fanged Sash
    7
  2. Vibrant Wildercloth Girdle
    6
  3. Poisonroot Belt
    3
  4. Blooming Redeemer's Sash
    2
  5. Mobius Strap
    2

Legs

  1. set
    Devout Ashdevil's Tights
    18
  2. Bloodstained Sous Chef Pants
    1
  3. Elder's Volcanic Wrap
    1
  4. Leggings of the New Dawn
    1

Feet

  1. Devout Ashdevil's Slippers
    9
  2. Vibrant Wildercloth Slippers
    6
  3. Lost Scholar's Belted Treads
    2
  4. Paranoid Sprinters
    2
  5. Imbued Frostweave Slippers
    1

Rings

  1. Signet of Titanic Insight
    20
  2. Ring-Bound Hourglass
    9
  3. Arch-Druid's Tainted Seal
    6
  4. Band of Callous Dominance
    3
  5. Band of Burning Thorns
    2

Trinkets

  1. Balefire Branch
    10
  2. Pip's Emerald Friendship Badge
    8
  3. Coagulated Genesaur Blood
    7
  4. Nymue's Unraveling Spindle
    6
  5. Belor'relos, the Suncaller
    3

Main Hand

  1. Iridal, the Earth's Master
    13
  2. Dreambinder, Loom of the Great Cycle
    2
  3. Eternal Kindler's Greatstaff
    2
  4. Larodar's Moonblade
    1
  5. Morchie's Distorted Spellblade
    1

Off Hand

  1. Crackling Codex of the Isles
    1
  2. Interloper's Mossy Skull
    1
  3. Trickster's Captivating Chime
    1

Embellishments

Embellishments are unique effects that can be added to crafted items, either as predefined elements in recipes or through an optional embellishment reagent, creating embellished gear. These enhancements diversify and amplify characters' capabilities.

Given that only a maximum of 2 embellished items can be equipped at a time, here are the best embellishments for Affliction Warlocks in Mythic+.

  1. Elemental Lariat
    16
  2. Blue Silken Lining
    14
  3. Roiling Shadowflame
    9
  4. Rallied To Victory
    1
  5. Verdant Conduit
    1

Enchantments

Enchantments provide minor yet valuable enhancements to various items, including Head, Back, Chest, Wrist, Waist, Legs, Rings, Feet, Main Hand, and Off Hand.

Most enchantments are crafted via the Enchanting profession. However, Waist enchantments specifically require Blacksmithing, Legs enhancements are crafted by Leatherworkers, and Head enchantments come from the Incandescent Essence , a reward obtained through a quest in the Amirdrassil raid.

Enchantments are usually available at the auction house, making them accessible for upgrades. Here is a list of the top enchantments for Affliction Warlocks in Mythic+, essential for optimizing combat effectiveness.

Head

  1. Incandescent Essence
    21

Back

  1. Graceful Avoidance
    13
  2. Regenerative Leech
    6
  3. +125 Avoidance
    1

Chest

  1. Waking Stats
    21

Wrist

  1. +200 Avoidance
    15
  2. +200 Leech
    4
  3. +200 Speed
    2

Hands

  1. Enchant Gloves - Shadowlands Gathering
    1

Waist

  1. Shadowed Belt Clasp
    14
  2. Shadowed Belt Clasp
    2

Legs

  1. Frozen Spellthread
    21

Feet

  1. Watcher's Loam
    14
  2. Plainsrunner's Breeze
    7

Rings

  1. +82 Haste
    23
  2. +82 Mastery
    12
  3. +82 Versatility
    5

Main Hand

  1. Sophic Devotion
    18
  2. Wafting Devotion
    2
  3. Wafting Devotion
    1

Gems

Gems are crafted stones from the Jewelcrafting profession, typically offering stat bonuses to enhance your gear. These gems can be socketed into specific items such as Head, Neck, Wrist, Waist, and Rings. The presence of sockets on items is usually random upon their drop.

Notably, Neck items can be uniquely modified to have up to three sockets by using 3 Tiered Medallion Setting . Additionally, a single socket can be added to other eligible items with a Nature's Cradle , which requires 6 Aspects' Tokens of Merit obtained from the Great Vault.

Available through both the auction house and the crafting order system, the following are the top gem choices for Affliction Warlocks in Mythic+.

  1. Keen Ysemerald
    40
  2. Keen Neltharite
    37
  3. Radiant Malygite
    11
  4. Quick Ysemerald
    8
  5. Sensei's Alexstraszite
    7