Affliction WarlockvsArcane 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 10.2.5 • WoW Dragonflight •
- Affliction Warlock
Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)
Affliction Warlock achieved 22.34% more maximum boss DPS than Arcane Mage when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.
Least affected by movement (single-target)
Affliction Warlock’s single-target DPS was -78.36% less affected by increased movement compared to Arcane Mages.
Best gear scaling
Affliction Warlock scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 1.97% more from 446 ilvl to 488 compared to Arcane Mages.
Affliction Warlock has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.
DPS less dependant on big cooldowns
Affliction Warlock’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 36.4% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Arcane Mages.
- Arcane Mage
Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)
Arcane Mage achieved 1.54% more maximum boss DPS than Affliction Warlock when there was no movement or lag.
Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)
Arcane Mage achieved 23.52% more AoE DPS than Affliction Warlock when there was no movement or lag.
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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