On Affliction

Warlocks are the eternal masters of shadow magic, a practice perfected over many generations. While they excel in the manipulalation of demons, their true power lies in their own hands.

The Warlock talent tree that includes curses and DoT spells, as well as various other debuffs. The Affliction tree relies on slow, steady death while being mana efficient. With abilities such as Dark Pact, a warlock with talents deep in this tree is fit to survive a long, drawn out battle based on mana. Also, the Affliction tree contains the only snare ability that warlocks are capable of getting, Curse of Exhaustion.

Many warlocks prefer a Shadow Mastery/Ruin talent build (a build that must consist of both talents, but can vary elsewhere), which requires at least 30 points in this tree.

Affliction Talents

Talent Reqs Ranks Description
Suppression none 5 Reduces the chance for enemies to resist your Affliction spells by 2/4/6/8/10%.
Improved Corruption none 5 Reduces the casting time of your Corruption spell by 0.4/0.8/1.2/1.6/2.0 seconds.
Improved Curse of Weakness 5 Affliction 2 Increases the effect of your Curse of Weakness by 10/20%.
Improved Drain Soul 5 Affliction 2 Returns 7%/15% of your maximum mana if the target is killed by you while you drain its soul. In addition, your Affliction spells generate 5%/10% less threat.
Improved Life Tap 5 Affliction 2 Increases the Mana awarded by your Life Tap spell by 10%/20%.
Soul Siphon 5 Affliction 2 Increases the amount drained by your Drain Life spell by an additional 2%/4% for each Affliction effect on the target, up to a maximum of 24%/60% additional effect.
Improved Curse of Agony 10 Affliction 2 Increases the damage done by your Curse of Agony by 5%/10%.
Fel Concentration 10 Affliction 5 Gives you a 14%/28%/42%/56%/70% chance to avoid interruption caused by damage while channeling the Drain Life, Drain Mana or Drain Soul spell.
Amplify Curse 10 Affliction 1 Increases the effect of your next Curse of Doom or Curse of Agony by 50% or your next Curse of Exhaustion by 20%. Lasts 30 seconds. Three minute cooldown.
Grim Reach 15 Affliction 2 Increases the range of your Affliction spells by 10%/20%.
Nightfall 15 Affliction 2 Gives your Corruption and Drain Life spells a 2%/4% chance to cause you to enter a Shadow Trance state after damaging the opponent. The Shadow Trance state reduces the casting time of your next Shadow Bolt spell by 100%.
Empowered Corruption 15 Affliction 3 Your Corruption spell gains an additional 12%/24%/36% of your bonus spell damage effects.
Shadow Embrace 20 Affliction 5 Your Corruption, Curse of Agony, Siphon Life, and Seed of Corruption spells also cause the Shadow Embrace effect, which reduces physical damage by 1%/2%/3%/4%/5%.
Curse of Exhaustion 20 Affliction
1 Amplify Curse
1 Reduces the target's speed by 30% for 12 sec. Only one Curse per Warlock can be active on any one target.
Siphon Life 20 Affliction 1 Transfers 15 health from the target to the caster every 3 sec. Lasts 30 sec.
Shadow Mastery 25 Affliction
1 Siphon Life
5 Increases the damage dealt or life drained by your Shadow spells by 2%/4%/6%/8%/10%.
Dark Pact 30 Affliction 1 Drains some of your pet's Mana and gives it to you.
Contagion 30 Affliction 5 Increases the damage of Curse of Agony, Corruption, and Seed of Corruption by 1%/2%/3%/4%/5% and reduces the chance your Affliction spells will be dispelled by an additional 6%/12%/18%/24%/30%.
Improved Howl of Terror 35 Affliction 2 Reduces the casting time of your Howl of Terror spell by 0.8/1.5 seconds.
Malediction 35 Affliction 3 Increases the damage bonus effect of your Curse of Shadow and Curse of the Elements spells by an additional 1%/2%/3%.
Unstable Affliction 40 Affliction
5 Contagion
1 Shadow energy slowly destroys the target, causing 660 damage over 18 sec. In addition, if the Unstable Affliction is dispelled it will cause 990 damage to the dispeller and silence them for 5 sec.

See also

Affliction | Demonology | Destruction

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