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Affliction Warlockaffliction iconvsfire iconFire Mage

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

This page analyzes multiple simulations for both Fire 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 10.0.5 WoW Dragonflight

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  • Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)Affliction Warlock achieved 12.77% more maximum boss DPS than Fire Mage when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.
  • Least affected by movement (single-target)Affliction Warlock’s single-target DPS was -72.78% less affected by increased movement compared to Fire Mages.
  • DPS less dependant on big cooldownsAffliction Warlock’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 35.81% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Fire Mages.
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  • Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)Fire Mage achieved 5.39% more maximum boss DPS than Affliction Warlock when there was no movement or lag.
  • Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)Fire Mage achieved 61.54% more AoE DPS than Affliction Warlock when there was no movement or lag.
  • Best gear scalingFire Mage scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 3.15% more from 372 ilvl to 422 compared to Affliction Warlocks.
  • Simplest GameplayFire Mage has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.

While the above highlights the DPS advantages between Affliction Warlock and Fire 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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