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Affliction Warlockaffliction iconvsfrost iconFrost Mage

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

This page analyzes multiple simulations for both Frost 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
  • Simplest GameplayAffliction Warlock has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.
  • DPS less dependant on big cooldownsAffliction Warlock’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 58.33% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Frost Mages.
  • frost iconFrost Mage
  • Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)Frost Mage achieved 16.53% more maximum boss DPS than Affliction Warlock when there was no movement or lag.
  • Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)Frost Mage achieved 18.49% more maximum boss DPS than Affliction Warlock when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.
  • Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)Frost Mage achieved 43.4% more AoE DPS than Affliction Warlock when there was no movement or lag.
  • Least affected by movement (single-target)Frost Mage’s single-target DPS was -38.85% less affected by increased movement compared to Affliction Warlocks.
  • Best gear scalingFrost Mage scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 40.71% more from 282 ilvl to 308 compared to Affliction Warlocks.

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