Affliction Warlockaffliction iconvsdestruction iconDestruction Warlock

What’s the best spec for Warlocks, Destruction or Affliction? Below breaks down their current DPS potential and compares the two.

This page analyzes multiple simulations for both Destruction Warlocks 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 10.0.5 WoW Dragonflight

  • Affliction Warlockaffliction icon
  • DPS less dependant on big cooldownsAffliction Warlock’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 13.29% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Destruction Warlocks.
  • destruction iconDestruction Warlock
  • Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)Destruction Warlock achieved 4.91% more maximum boss DPS than Affliction Warlock when there was no movement or lag.
  • Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)Destruction Warlock achieved 5.89% more maximum boss DPS than Affliction Warlock when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.
  • Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)Destruction Warlock achieved 34.05% more AoE DPS than Affliction Warlock when there was no movement or lag.
  • Least affected by movement (single-target)Destruction Warlock’s single-target DPS was -10.46% less affected by increased movement compared to Affliction Warlocks.
  • Best gear scalingDestruction Warlock scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 5.65% more from 372 ilvl to 422 compared to Affliction Warlocks.
  • Simplest GameplayDestruction Warlock has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.

While the above highlights the DPS advantages between Affliction and Destruction Warlocks, 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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