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Affliction Warlockaffliction iconvsarcane iconArcane Mage

Debating whether to play a Arcane Mage or Affliction Warlock? Knowing which currently performs better DPS in PvE might help make a decision.

This page analyzes multiple simulations for both Arcane Mages and Affliction Warlocks using profiles and settings intended to achieve their maximum DPS. Multiple sim environments are used to test how they perform in various conditions. Is one the AoE king? Does one scale better with gear upgrades? Is one more bursty, and more reliant on big cooldowns? Below analyzes the data to find the strengths of each.

Simulation results were created with SimulationCraft
Using game data from Patch 10.0 WoW Dragonflight Pre-patch

  • Affliction Warlockaffliction icon
  • Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)Affliction Warlock achieved 55.08% more maximum boss DPS than Arcane Mage when there was no movement or lag.
  • Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)Affliction Warlock achieved 56.7% more maximum boss DPS than Arcane Mage when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.
  • Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)Affliction Warlock achieved 55.09% more AoE DPS than Arcane Mage when there was no movement or lag.
  • Best gear scalingAffliction Warlock scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 139.05% more from 282 ilvl to 308 compared to Arcane Mages.
  • arcane iconArcane Mage
  • Least affected by movement (single-target)Arcane Mage’s single-target DPS was -21.99% less affected by increased movement compared to Affliction Warlocks.
  • Simplest GameplayArcane Mage has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.
  • DPS less dependant on big cooldownsArcane Mage’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 57.58% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Affliction Warlocks.

While the above highlights the DPS advantages between Affliction Warlock and Arcane Mages, the DPS potential should not be the only factor in your decision. Ultimately, you should also consider the playstyle that you enjoy most while crushing it in Mythics+ and Raids!


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