So, we’ve all had a couple of weeks now to play around with the new talents and abilities the patch has dropped in our laps. Let me just say this, Affliction is the freakin’ bee’s knees! Soul Swap is my new favorite spell. I didn’t think anything would overtake Seed of Corruption but I’ll be damned if I don’t love the instantly applying all my DoT’s on a new target. When I first looked at this spell, I figured it would only see situational use on trash mobs and in PvP. Thanks to the Soul Swap glyph, this spell is pure freakin win. For those of who don’t know what it does, the Soul Swap glyph allows you to transfer all your DoT’s onto a new target while still leaving the original ones on the target in exchange for a 10 second cool down on Soul Swap. I shed a tear when I first discovered the glyph.

Soul Swap isn’t the only new cool toy we got. We got a completely overhauled Soul Shard system. Gone are the days of carrying around 20 or more soul shards for all our spells. Now we have 3 soul shards for use primarily during combat. I’m not sure how it’d working out for the other specs, but I’m underwhelmed by this new mechanic for Affliction. There’s not really a whole lot for us to benefit from with this. Instant cast Soul Fire is nice when you’re on the move but chances are you’ll be using this time to reapply a DoT so it’s a situational ability. My favorite use for Soulburn is to enhance Seed of Corruption. It’s like Blizzard said to us affliction warlocks “yo we heard that you guys like DoT’s so we’re putting a DoT inside of your DoT’s to give you more DoT’s while you’re casting a DoT.” Gotta love instantly applying Corruption to every target in sight.

Our rotation remains pretty much the same, the main difference is that now Haunt is the main method for refreshing Corruption and not Shadow Bolt. Making sure we’re casting Haunt when it’s off cooldown is a bigger priority than it was before. Bane of Agony lasts longer so we’re having to reapply it less often. Aside from that, our rotation remains pretty much intact. All in all, I’ve been very happy with the changes Affliction has seen in the new patch.

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5 Responses to “Quick Review on 4.0.1”
  1. i am loving aff since patch, and doing more deeps than demo, which the sim’s are telling me i shouldn’t. maybe just because i love it so much.
    playing demo mostly, because it has some pure win changes too, but i figure if i start raiding again, it will be with my aff spec. just too much fun.

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  3. Yeah I was also confused with the lack of Soulburn stuff for Aff, but like you, I popped Soul Fire up on my action bars so I will use it.

    I would also like to second the Soulburn Seed of Corruption.

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  4. Soul shard has limited but still useful functionality as a PvE Affliction lock, but is extremely useful for Destro (and probably Demo at 85).

    I specced Drain Life Affliction with 1 point in Soul Burn SoC. As you mentioned Soul Burn + SoC is quite useful for AOE. Beyond that, Soul Burn + Drain Life turns DL into an instant cast instead of a channeled spell. DL also refreshes Corruption so being able to squeeze in an instant cast DL is helpful when on the move. With the DL spec, you still need to cast shadow bolts for Shadow embrace buff, but Insta Shadow bolt procs quite often from glyph of corruption and nightfall

    For Destro, I pop soul burn with 10 seconds before boss fights, then use soul harvest and pre pot (essentially getting a 4th shard. affliction can use this as well).
    As soon as the fight starts, Curse, BoD, insta cast Soul fire (which procs Improved Soul Fire haste buff). Then use Soul Burn + soul fire on every cool down.

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  5. I bought dual spec for my warlock but haven’t done anything with it. I was contemplating trying out a Demo build and playing around with the spec but I may give that DL build a try as well. I’d really love to incorporate Soulburn into my rotation since the developers hyped it like crazy but I just really haven’t found a place for it. Maybe Soul Burn + Drain Life is the way to go.

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