This is a macro for the Tank warlock

dSJJcaWsKQERuvBtQYmLkA2sCyGBQc(fsUnj1JP0ob1EH2nH9l8tPqggsPFlPbkLyOifdw0WvPoOuPJRsogPoNuuTqPOSuPuTysulNOhIu5PQAzG45iMOustLIMmjy6OUhj50G0LvUovTrPG2QuO2mvuTDPi9mPu(QuGPjfX3PIY4OGzPIgTuHXtfXjjH(mv6AuOZtICxvOxtfPVrfg1OjcRX3SbDBVZgrh9ime0eFtqzcMGpDD29FfPd)wNZb(cJWA8765oQs87QgAbkOLxDTOWKoBkJ)FpRITIWnh)daRS24jjqRccAIWA0eH14tzbeMSl)e2fzKYrgRIbs3XuAJrgPw3RNJZif(sbHHGpLfqyYU8tyxKrkhzSkBvTYaMIbs3XrgP2aedgoJu4lfeUn8PSact2LFc7Ims5iJvXaP7ykTXiJuRDOHCgPWxkiCtWNYcimzx(jSlYiLJmwfdKUJP0gJmsTbdgO9msHVuqyJ4tzbeMSl)e2fzKYrgRIbs3XuAJrgPw3ZbKZif(sbH7HpLfqyYU8tyxKrkhzSkBvTYaoYi1Ah0sl(0pLAFLbidnrg)N3Dd9cldTkW)3LFcgkOGp9tjAKJqqtewJpLfq4i7lQ3JpJ0vw93NrkQUYQ)(yKo0qqyi4tXaP74jMALISVO2bqQ(yFfgqHJiCB4tDpgWmW60i73Y9ygiDhFkQZjqjm5iY4tJChawzfnrgFAQe(aWkROjYiJm(hacpOOOGNSPtWqRcSziJmIa
TWARLOCK
Talents CLASSIC

This macro contains 1 macro version. This Sequence was exported from GSE 2.4.17.

Macro Version 1

Step Function: Sequential

KeyPress: Summon Succubus, targetenemy noharm or dead, petattack

Main Sequence: Immolate, Amplify Curse, Curse of Agony, Siphon Life, Corruption, Drain Life



Dive’s Drain Tanking build guide
----

For leveling on PvP servers you’ll more likely want to run a 30/0/21 Drain Tanking build. Drain Tanking means letting the mob hit you, not your pet, while you DoT it up and Drain Life it. This lets you run Succubus or Felhunter which are stronger than Voidwalker in PvP, and the build itself is also stronger against gankers.

As you level, go all the way down Afflic getting all the talents that buff DoTs, Drain Life, Life Tap and Shadow damage. Then go down the Destro tree for Improved Shadow Bolt, Bane, Shadowburn, Devastation and Ruin.

Talent order:

14: 5/5 Corruption
19: 5/5 Improved Drain Life
24: 5/5 Fel Concentration
26: 2/5 Suppression
28: 2/2 Improved Life Tap
29: 1/1 Amplify Curse *
30: 1/1 Siphon Life
32: 2/2 Nightfall
34: 2/2 Grim Reach *
39: 5/5 Shadow Mastery
44: 5/5 Improved Shadow Bolt
49: 5/5 Bane **
50: 1/1 Shadowburn
55: 5/5 Devastation
57: 2/2 Destructive Reach
59: 2/5 Aftermath ***
60: Ruin

Explanation:

The first 15 points enable basic Drain Tanking with instant cast Corruption, Improved Drain Life, and Fel Concentration.

2/5 Suppression next. At this level (26) you're entering Contested Zones where you may incur higher level enemy players. Suppression reduces your spell misses against them, particularly Fear, saving precious time on recasting.

2/2 Life Tap at level 28 so you only have to Life Tap once instead of multiple times, saves precious time in combat.

Amplify Curse, Siphon Life, Nightfall, and Grim Reach next*. Get Amplify and Siphon Life first. Amplify gives you more burst against gankers, and Siphon Life gives extra damage, leech, and dispell protection (more DoTs are harder to dispell). Nightfall is the next strongest, then Grim Reach.

Finally finish the Affliction tree with 5/5 Shadow Mastery.

In Destro get Improved Shadow Bolt, Bane**, Shadowburn, Devastation, Grim Reach and Ruin. After Grim Reach you have 2pts remaining you have to spend to unlock Ruin. You can put these wherever you like, there aren't any great options left for them***. Recommend 2/2 Improved Lash of Pain with Succubus, or 2/5 Aftermath with Felhunter.

* At level 29-34 Siphon Life and Nightfall are necessary, but for the rest you have a few options: Improved Curse of Agony, Amplify Curse + Grim Reach, or 5/5 Suppression.
- AC+CoA is stronger burst damage for pressuring gankers, and Grim Reach helps against Hunters and other ranged classes.
- 5/5 Suppression lets you go up against significantly higher players (~5 levels) and surprise them.
- Improved CoA is relatively weak for leveling.

** Bane reduces Immolation cast time by .5s, useful on long fights where you need to recast Immolation, less so on short fights where you just open with it and don't recast it. Bane also reduces your Soul Fire cast time in case you like to open with it for kicks and giggles.

*** You have 2pts left and nothing great to spend them on. 2/5 Aftermath is probably the least worst, it gives Immolate and Shadow Bolt 4% chance to Daze. Can be annoying to gankers if you get a lucky proc. Other options are:
- Cataclysm (only helpful in full Destro build)
- Improved Searing Pain (you won't be using Searing Pain)
- Improved Firebolt (you won't be using the Imp)
- Intensity (Fire spells are weak in this Shadow damage build, you won't be using anything Intensity applies to)
- Improved Lash of Pain (a minor damage increase if you're running Succubus, not if you're running Felhunter)
- Aftermath (gives rare but annoying dazes in PvP)
Aftermath and Improved Lash of Pain (if using Succubus) are the least useless options, but neither are consequential so pick anything here you prefer.

How to play it:

Don't bother with Drain Tanking till level 26 when you can get Seduction for your Succubus. That spell is the key to gank defense while Drain Tanking.

From level 1-10 use your Imp, and from level 10-26 let your Voidwalker tank for you. If you get ganked with the Voidwalker out, use its Sacrifice ability to gain a shield, then Fear, DoT, and Drain Life the attacker. Hope they don't interrupt Fear.

From level 26 run with Succubus. Turn off pet abilities, save Succubus’s mana for Seduction only. Body tank mobs, DoT them up, Drain Life till dead. Life Tap to refill mana, Drain Life to refill health. Shadow Bolt when Nightfall Procs. Drain Soul when mob almost dead to collect soul shards. Once you get Shadowburn, use that instead of Drain Soul.

Don’t Fear mobs or they’ll probably pull others, just let them hit you while you Drain Life them, aka Drain Tanking.

If you get ganked, cc the ganker with Seduction so they can’t interrupt your Fear, then Fear them, DoT them, Drain Life, Shadow Bolt on Nightfall, Shadowburn to finish. If you fight another Warlock, Seduce them first, Banish their minion, Fear them, then repeat the above.

At 30 you get Felhunter which is arguably even stronger than Succubus, especially for an Affliction build. Learn how to use Felhunter’s Devour Magic, one of a warlock’s most powerful and versatile spells. It can remove many useful enemy buffs, anything not classified as “Undispellable”, as well as most magic debuffs applied to you like Fear, Polymorph, etc. It also has increased Stealth detection to help catch Rogues and Druids before they can open on you.

A simple Amplify Curse + Curse of Agony macro casts the two together with one keypress:

#showtooltip
/use Amplify Curse
/use Curse of Agony

This will cast CoA both with and without the Shift key pressed, and Amplify first if Shift is pressed.

Gear:

Stack Spell Power, Intellect, Stamina. Ignore Spirit since you restore mana with Life Tap.

Other Drain Tanking variants:

1. Heavy Affliction 41/5/5. This is actually the strongest pure PvP leveling build, because in 30/0/21 you don't get the most important Destro talent, Ruin, till you hit 60. This build gives more useful talents earlier in the build. Same talent order as above, but after you get Improved Shadow Bolt go back and fill in the other Afflic talents - Improved CoA, Curse of Exhaustion, and more stamina and/or Healthstone healing in the Demo tree. You lose harder hitting Shadow Bolts and Immolates from Devastation and Ruin, but at least keep the Improved Shadow Bolt shadow damage buff.

2. Defensive Afflic/Demo 30/21/0. Go into Demo instead of Destro for Fel Domination and Master Summoner. This lets you insta-cast resummon your minion if a ganker kills it. Some PvP'ers know they can gimp a warlock if they kill your Succubus or Felhunter, but not with this build. You also get Improved Health Stone and increased Stamina, and Improved Succubus which increases Seductio

You should be exceptionally careful using drain life. It deals damage AND heals meaning it generates double the threat. Never really use it in dungeons or raids. For your voidwalker, you should wait about 2-3 casts of its taunt spell before going ham. If you really want to conserve mana get a good wand and use wands after dotting.

The level 60 build could be better improved. Most people at 60 are not using demons, you're going to tank your own pulls. You should pick up talents in improving your Imp, because you're only using it as a mana battery, so you might as well get the max benefit of it being constantly out (not to mention it's passive buff will be very beneficial in groups). Unholy Power and Improved Void Walker are a waste, again, because you'll mostly need imp out for dumping mana, and you shouldn't waste your time trying to solo elite mobs with a void walker, the elite mobs will decimate it, and you'll be wasting shards and time trying to kill elite mobs. Just group up with other players, like you should, or better yet, invest into Curse of Exhaustion, because you can kite with it, and if you get ganked, you can use it effectively in PvP. Put points into Improved Drain Life so you can better tank mobs.

If you get ganked a lot (because you're on a PvP server obviously) you should invest into Destruction instead of Demonology, but if you plan on raiding or running dungeons a lot, make that imp into a battery to maximize DPS.

This is from my own experience when I played a Warlock in Vanilla.
The level 60 build could be better improved. Most people at 60 are not using demons, you're going to tank your own pulls. You should pick up talents in improving your Imp, because you're only using it as a mana battery, so you might as well get the max benefit of it being constantly out (not to mention it's passive buff will be very beneficial in groups). Unholy Power and Improved Void Walker are a waste, again, because you'll mostly need imp out for dumping mana, and you shouldn't waste your time trying to solo elite mobs with a void walker, the elite mobs will decimate it, and you'll be wasting shards and time trying to kill elite mobs. Just group up with other players, like you should, or better yet, invest into Curse of Exhaustion, because you can kite with it, and if you get ganked, you can use it effectively in PvP. Put points into Improved Drain Life so you can better tank mobs.

If you get ganked a lot (because you're on a PvP server obviously) you should invest into Destruction instead of Demonology, but if you plan on raiding or running dungeons a lot, make that imp into a battery to maximize DPS.

This is from my own experience when I played a Warlock in Vanilla.
4 Likes

The macro itself looks cool but, you totally lost me on the explanation of the talents. I am more of a “tell me what numbers” and I will follow that because, I am totally confused. As an Affliction, how could I use destro?

Hosting Favorite Streamers