One mistake that most people make when playing a warlock is playing it just like a hunter. While the characters are similar in that they both have pets, the hunter is focused on single target DPS and killing mobs as fast as possible.

We as warlocks, on the other hands, have very powerful skill sets that will allow us to very, very quickly destroy multiple mobs at once. Welcome to the unknown art of drain tanking!

Now for the first 30 levels, playing a warlock is quite similar to that of a hunter: send pet in to get aggro, fire off some spells and dot’s, send pet to new mob, repeat. Once we get the level 30, however, the tables take a real turn and we are offered an amazing new talent Siphon Life. What Siphon Life does is turns your Corruption and Seeds of Corruption DoT’s into HoT’s for you, meaning the spells kill mobs and heal you at the same time! Here we also get our new pet, the Felhunter.

Now the tables take a gigantic turn. We become the tank while we DoT up our targets. Our Felhunter just becomes another mobile DoT as we aggro mob after mob. We become unstoppable killing machines just from that one talent, siphon life.


Because as we DoT up more and more targets with our Corruption spells, we get healed more and more. Targets will keep swinging and hitting us, but they won’t be able to bring us down because our DoT’s are healing us as well as killing the mobs. We have no choice but to keep moving and killing more mobs! Throw in our drain life spell and we never have to worry about health ever again! We can life tap over and over again and our health and mana levels will never fall to critical levels.

One very important thing to take into account here is once you start to role of drain tanker at about level 30, you always, always, always want items with +spell power. Why? Because more spell power means your spells do more damage means that you get healed more. Always take + spell power when you switch to the role of drain tanker.

Here’s what your talents should look like:
Warlock Affliction Build – From lvl 1 to 71 (80) – (57/14/0):
5/5 Improved Corruption
2/2 Soul Siphon
2/2 Improved Life Tap
2/2 Improved Drain Soul
3/3 Fel Concentration
1/1 Amplify Curse
3/3 Empowered Corruption
1/2 Improved Curse of Agony
1/1 Siphon Life (lvl 30)
2/2 Improved Curse of Agony
2/2 Nightfall
2/2 Grim Reach
5/5 Shadow Mastery
1/1 Dark Pact (lvl 40)
2/2 Improved Felhunter
2/5 Contagion
2/2 Improved Howl of Terror
5/5 Contagion
1/1 Unstable Affliction (lvl 50)
1/1 Pandemic
3/3 Malediction
5/5 Everlasting Affliction
1/1 Haunt (lvl 60)
3/3 Demonic Embrace
2/2 Fel Synergy
2/2 Improved Healthstone
3/3 Fel Vitality
1/3 Demonic Aegis
-/- Stay Affliction or unlearn talents and change to Demonology
3/3 Demonic Aegis
1/1 Soul Link
3/3 Death’s Embrace
3/3 Eradication

Remember, warlocks, stop thinking like a hunter and start thinking like a drain tanker! Take your leveling to a whole new level with drain tanking

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