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    Part 1 Affliction Macro Discussion

    Part 2 Affliction Macro Test Dummy Short Video

    This is my latest test run at Affliction. Let me know what you think. Its 2 macros a Builder and a Spender.

    Note about Warlocks: I main warlocks. I love the class, the lore, the demons, the features. I have been making warlock macros for years now. I swap specs based on the fight and the need. My favorite spec is Destruction, Affliction and Demonology in that order.

    My Destruction warlock forum page has a bunch of good macros that I will eventually incorporate here as well. Specifically the pet macros will be brought in for the affliction specs in due time. I plan on using my destruction macros for single target and two target scenarios. It can also handle good AOE when the mobs are close to each other and little movement is necessary.

    My Affliction Macro is being set up as the macro to use for 3+ multi target, wide spread enemy mobs, heavy movement fights. Specifically think of the Kings Rest Dungeon, G’Huun Boss in Uldir.

    I do have a deomonology macro but that one has not been my central focus this expansion so far (but we are only one month from launch). So I will continue updating each of the macro pages.

    I hope you all leave me good suggestions on how to improve. Thank you and I hope you have fun using these macros.

    Talents For HEAVY AOE Multi Dotting 3+ targets: 3113123 OR 2,1,?,2,?,2,3

    Talents for Single Target: 33?20?23

    MS Speed: 100 MS.

    Builder Macro (Version 1/4 see my post on 09/15/18 for the all the versions or download then macro to see them all in one): Sequential
    Key Press:
    /cast [mod:ctrl] Seed of Corruption
    /cast [mod:alt] Drain Life

    Sequence:
    /castsequence reset=target Agony, Corruption
    /cast Phantom Singularity
    /cast Haunt
    /castsequence Agony, Corruption
    /cast Firebolt
    /cast Shadow Bite
    ======End=======

    Spender Macro: Priority List
    Key Press:
    /cast [mod:alt] Summon Darkglare
    /cast [mod:ctrl] Shadow Bolt

    Sequence:
    /cast Dark Soul: Misery
    /cast Phantom Singularity
    /cast Haunt
    /cast Unstable Affliction
    /cast Deathbolt
    /cast Shadow Bite
    /cast Firebolt
    ======End=======

    GSE IMPORTS:

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    Version 1- Multi Target Build with Drain Life on ALT and without Vile Taint on ALT MOD
    Version 2- Single Target Build with Drain Life on ALT without Vile Taint on ALT MOD – Use Siphon Life Talent
    Version 3- Multi Target Build without Drain Life on ALT with Vile Taint on ALT MOD
    Version 4- Single Target Build without Drain Life on ALT Vile Taint on ALT MOD – Use Siphon Life Talent

    This macro contains 4macro versions. This Sequence was exported from GSE 2.3.10.

    • The Default macro is 1

    Macro Version 1

    Step Function: Sequential

    KeyPress: Seed of Corruption, Drain Life

    Main Sequence: Corruption, Agony, Firebolt, Shadow Bite, Haunt

    Macro Version 2

    Step Function: Sequential

    KeyPress: Seed of Corruption, Drain Life

    Main Sequence: Corruption, Agony, Firebolt, Shadow Bite, Haunt

    Macro Version 3

    Step Function: Sequential

    KeyPress: Seed of Corruption, Vile Taint

    Main Sequence: Corruption, Agony, Firebolt, Shadow Bite, Haunt

    Macro Version 4

    Step Function: Sequential

    KeyPress: Seed of Corruption, Vile Taint

    Main Sequence: Corruption, Agony, Firebolt, Shadow Bite, Haunt

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    Talents for Single Target: 33?20?23
    Talents for 2 Targets: 33?2?23
    Talents for 3+ Targets: 3113123

    [mod:alt] Summon Darkglare
    [mod:ctrl] Shadow Bolt

    This macro contains 1 macro version. This Sequence was exported from GSE 2.3.10.

    Macro Version 1

    Step Function: Priority

    KeyPress: Summon Darkglare, Shadow Bolt

    Main Sequence: Firebolt, Haunt, Deathbolt, Phantom Singularity, Dark Soul: Misery, Unstable Affliction

    Illprotectu
    Grunt
    Post count: 10

    Seems good, mind explaining a little bit about how you use these for the warlock scrubs like me? I get the concept of build and spend…but how long should I build…etc, thanks! 🙂

    AdmiralSmurf
    Stone Guard
    (Contributor)
    Post count: 272

    Seems good, mind explaining a little bit about how you use these for the warlock scrubs like me? I get the concept of build and spend…but how long should I build…etc, thanks! ????

    Yup I will be releasing a video soon. I also updated them again. Please re-import. Thanks!

    Septic Equation
    Scout
    Post count: 2

    To be honest, none of this makes sense. The spender macro if spammed at 100ms would not really ‘prioritise’ as you spam it so fast that after the first cast ability it could cast anything randomly below it? If you are not spamming spenders then the whole lazy idea goes out the window right?

    Also putting Deathbolt before Phantom Singularity seems pointless since Phantom has a higher CD so the sooner you get it off the sooner it is back and if Deathbolt is used after Phantom does it not buff Deathbolts damage?

    Heffa2
    Grunt
    Post count: 15

    Looking forward to seeing some logs from this. Thanks 😀

    DemonKitten666
    Senior Sergeant
    Post count: 27

    Following and waiting for video explanation…I’d like to be able to do more damage than I do. It’s annoying that my vengeance DH does more DPS than my warlock.
    Thanks for your hard work!

    AdmiralSmurf
    Stone Guard
    (Contributor)
    Post count: 272

    To be honest, none of this makes sense. The spender macro if spammed at 100ms would not really ‘prioritise’ as you spam it so fast that after the first cast ability it could cast anything randomly below it? If you are not spamming spenders then the whole lazy idea goes out the window right?
    Also putting Deathbolt before Phantom Singularity seems pointless since Phantom has a higher CD so the sooner you get it off the sooner it is back and if Deathbolt is used after Phantom does it not buff Deathbolts damage?

    Thank you for the input, I am still tweaking this and will test your suggestions.

    AdmiralSmurf
    Stone Guard
    (Contributor)
    Post count: 272

    So I took a few notes and made some updates from what I gathered this last week. The video will be released when I think the macro is ready for raiding. I just did a normal G’Huun fight and it was working well but I need to test it in a few dungeons to be confident.

    Here are the update notes:
    -On the builder added to the first line reset=target for Agony and Corruption. This helps a TON with multi dotting.

    -To compensate for the reset on the first line which will only activate when switching targets (meaning on single target encounters the macro becomes dead sometimes) I added a separate cast sequence for recasting agony and corruption.

    -If you want to add Siphon Life to the rotation you need to add it manually within the macro. Currently I am using the Talent Build 2,1,?,2,?,2,3 Build which is what most people are using for the G’Huun fight in heroic. Therefore I took Siphon Life off. I will consider just making a whole third macro for ease of swapping.

    -Builder MODS: Changed /cast [mod:alt] Drain Life – It will cast Drain Life. I am considering making this /cast [mod:alt,@cursor] Shadowfury. The more testing I do the more specific this will become. Specifically I need to see what I would personally prefer in dungeons and raids with more testing.

    -Spender MODS: they remain the same:
    [mod:alt] Summon Darkglare
    [mod:ctrl] Seed of Corruption

    –Spender Cast Sequence: Moved Phantom Singularity higher in the priority function macro.

    –Builder Cast Sequence: Added Phantom Singularity to the body. I want this casted on CD no matter what.

    -Considering removing Shadow Bolt from the spender macro. My shard regeneration is honestly very good in multi target. But if the encounter dies back down to one target it may be needed. So we will see. For now it stays.

    Per H. Jensen
    First Sergeant
    Post count: 7

    Thanks again for some great macros and even more important – your reasoning behind them. Really helps when I try to set them up for my use.

    AdmiralSmurf
    Stone Guard
    (Contributor)
    Post count: 272

    Added a video discussion/guide. Updated the macro to is likely final version. I used this macro to kill G’Huun while also doing ORBS yesterday on normal. The full fight is in the video.

    Video Notes for the Discussion Video

    The Affliction Warlock Talent/Trinket/Azurite Gear Suggestions:
    I also want to briefly mention my process of choosing Talents, Azurite Gear and Trinkets. It is important to state that any talent suggestions I have are based off what is best now. This will constantly change based off the azurite armor I am wearing and the nature of the encounter. To put it simply there are different Talent sets you would choose if the fight is single target, single target with an add phase, multi target with wide spread of enemies and multi target with a clumped up spread of enemies. As such your DPS may vary significantly from my tests and you need to find out what it currently performing higher than others. To figure these things out I use three main methods:
    1. Experience – Testing out with my own two eyes what works best is the biggest determining factor.
    2. https://lockonestopshop.com – Their website consistently updates their sims and tell me what the best talents are, azurite gear, trinkets and more. I review this website anytime I get new loot and before any difficult content I want to do. When I refer to look up the “SIMS” I am talking about go to this website.
    3. https://www.warcraftlogs.com – This tells me what success people have had with in the actual encounters and what has worked best. This website is amazing, and I suggest everyone use it. When I say look up the LOGS I am talking about researching warcraft logs.

    The Affliction WarlocK Macros:
    My Affliction Macros are Split into two macro rotations. The Builder Rotation and the Spender Rotation. The builder rotation applies the standard dots on the target and the spender rotation applies the Unstable Affliction DOT and cooldowns on the target. These two macros are very different and mastering them will take time. These macros are intended to be used for Raiding, Mythic Plus Dungeons, Mythic Island Expeditions and even PVP (PVP Talents are not Included). As such they have been tuned to that and do require some muscle memory to master.

    Lets start with the Builder.
    The “BUILDER-_AFFLICTION” Macro contains 4 versions. The version you choose should be based off the enemy encounter you are preparing for.
    Version 1- Multi Target Build with Drain Life on ALT and without Vile Taint on ALT MOD
    Version 2- Single Target Build with Drain Life on ALT without Vile Taint on ALT MOD – Use Siphon Life Talent
    Version 3- Multi Target Build without Drain Life on ALT with Vile Taint on ALT MOD
    Version 4- Single Target Build without Drain Life on ALT Vile Taint on ALT MOD – Use Siphon Life Talent
    Version 1 – Builder Affliction
    Version 1 is used for Multi-Target Rotations with a Talent Build of 3,2,?,2?2?3, 31?3?23, or 3,1,?3?13. Once again the best suggestion is to look up the specific encounter and see what is performing best on the sims and the logs.
    Version 1 is a Sequential Macro that will cast spells from top to bottom with no priority system. On this screen we see what is contained within the macro.
    The Macro will cast Agony, Corruption, Then Phantom Singularity , Then Haunt Then Agony and corruption again. The first line of the Cast Sequence is reset=target for Agony and Corruption. This helps a TON with multi dotting. This means that whenever you switch targets those will be the first spells to cast off. To compensate for the reset on the first line which will only activate when switching targets (meaning on single target encounters the macro becomes dead sometimes) I added a separate cast sequence for recasting agony and corruption.
    Also, I added some Pet Flavor within the macro by forcing my pets to use their resource more often. Cast Firebolt is for the Imp and cast Shadow Bite is for the Fel Hunter. This is great when you want your pet to switch targets fast and help you kill the enemy. For reference my Imp does 2,416 Fire Damage and my Fel Hunters Shadow Bite does 1,812 Shadow Damage. That is something you do not want to ignore. Furthermore the pet is on a different Global Cooldown than your own abilities. Thus it is baked within the macro.

    Key Press
    /cast [mod:ctrl] Seed of Corruption
    /cast [mod:alt] Drain Life
    If you cast CTRL you will Spam Seed of Corruption
    If you cast ALT you will Spam Drain Life
    Cast Sequence:
    /castsequence reset=target Agony, Corruption
    /cast Phantom Singularity
    /cast Haunt
    /castsequence Agony, Corruption
    /cast Firebolt
    /cast Shadow Bite
    Version 3 – Builder Affliction
    The only difference in this is that instead of instead of Drain life on the ALT key modifier you cast Vile Taint at the position of your cursor. I felt the need to do this in a different version to minimize the errors some people may have and simplify the macro changes when you talent into Vile Taint. So keep that Drain life on your hot keys as you may need it!
    /cast [mod:ctrl] Seed of Corruption
    /cast [mod:alt,@cursor] Vile Taint

    Version 2 – Builder Affliction
    This is the same macro as Version 1 but it adds Siphon Life into the rotation. This is the suggested talent for most single target rotations. That is the only difference. Everything else I said about Version 1 applies here.
    Key Press:
    /cast [mod:ctrl] Seed of Corruption
    /cast [mod:alt] Drain Life

    Cast Sequence:
    /castsequence reset=target Agony, Corruption, Siphon Life
    /cast Phantom Singularity
    /cast Haunt
    /castsequence Agony, Corruption, Siphon Life
    /cast Firebolt
    /cast Shadow Bite

    Version 4 – Builder Affliction
    The only difference in this is that instead of instead of Drain life on the ALT key modifier you cast Vile Taint at the position of your cursor. I felt the need to do this in a different version to minimize the errors some people may have and simplify the macro changes when you talent into Vile Taint. So keep that Drain life on your hot keys as you may need it!
    Key Press:
    /cast [mod:ctrl] Seed of Corruption
    /cast [mod:alt,@cursor] Vile Taint

    AND THAT’S THE BUILDERS. You will only need to change the builders as I only have one version for the Spender.

    Version 1 – Spender Affliction
    This is the macro that packs the punch and delivers it too. You need to stop using the builder macro while you use this. This is a Priority List Macro which means it will always attempt to cast the spells in this order: 1, 12, 123, 1234, 12345, etc. Putting my big cooldowns on the top allow me to focus those CDS then spam unstable affliction and pet spells.
    The Key Press here if very different from the builder. For using these mods you should stop using the builder macro while you use the spender macro. If you have everything dotted up with the builder macro you will not need to use the builder again for about 13-15 seconds because Agony lasts 18 seconds. If you master and maximize the Pandemic feature of the DOT class it will last longer.

    To quote the wowhead.com guide
    “Maximizing Pandemic is what makes a good Affliction warlock. Pandemic is a passive that all casters now have that allows for 30% of the duration of DoT effects to be added onto new DoTs when they are refreshed. Be aware that refreshing Agony <5.4 seconds remaining is optimal, refreshing Corruption <4.2 seconds remaining is optimal and refreshing Siphon Life <4.5 seconds remaining is optimal.”
    https://www.wowhead.com/affliction-warlock-rotation-guide

    Press ALT while using this macro to Summon Darkglare. I suggest refreshing Agony, Corruption and Siphon Life (If talented) and THEN spend as many Unstable afflictions as you can before using Darkglare to maximize the DOT Extension it provides.
    I have Shadow Bolt on the Control Key Modifier because I do not want to use it in the cast sequence. I always want the choice to be Unstable Affliction over Shadow Bolt and this was the best method I found. I may update this later and entirely remove Shadow Bolt and instead put Seed of Corruption there.
    Key Press:
    /cast [mod:alt] Summon Darkglare
    /cast [mod:ctrl] Shadow Bolt

    Cast Sequence:
    /cast Dark Soul: Misery
    /cast Haunt
    /cast Phantom Singularity
    /cast Unstable Affliction
    /cast Deathbolt
    /cast Shadow Bite
    /cast Firebolt

    Video Notes for Video 2, the short test dummy video:
    First I target the enemy dummies with my builder macro. You can use weak auras or the WOW User interface to track when the abilities land on the target and how long of a cool down they have left after the cast. In this example I am using absolute corruption so I am mainly tracking my agony stacks.
    Once my macro casts Agony and Corruption I immediately move to the next target. I target several dummies here and build up to 5 shards.
    I then stop using the Builder Macro and transition to using the Spender Macro to unload on my targets. My Spender will Dark Soul: Misery, Haunt, Phantom Singularity, Affliction, Deathbolt, then Shadow Bite, or Firebolt for your Fel Hunter or Imp respectively.
    Once I have all a lot of Unstable afflictions on the target I instantly summon my Darkglare with the ALT key.
    Once I run out of Shards I am only focused on maintaining my Agony Stacks and my Corruption. If Agony and Corruption does not need to be re-casted I go ahead and teeter totter between the Control KEY modifier for my Shadow Bolt and the unstable afflictions I cast in the spender macro.
    Once I need to refresh my dots I stop using the spender and go back to the builder. That’s the macro.

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