Here is our full Warlock PvP Guide for Classic WoW! Get ready to become the best Warlock on your server ;)
Looking for a high skillcap class that is challenging to master? Have a seat and relax, you’re in the right place. After our PvE warlock guide for Classic WoW, here is our new guide detailing the other part of the game: PvP!According to theorycrafting, Warlock is very strong in PvP, thanks to its survival abilities (Création de Pierre de soins (majeure),Pierre d'âme majeure,Pierre de sort majeure,Drain de vie) and damage. Warlocks are much more than that though, they have a wide array of crowd control spells (Peur,Hurlement de terreur,Voile mortel,Séduction,Bannir,Drain de mana).
Warlocks have numerous possibilities talent-wise in order to increase their survivability, their damage or their demon’s damage. There are 3 established specs to consider.
This is primarily a survival-oriented spec. spé qui améliore la survie. Demonology’s ultimate talent Lien spirituel basically transforms you into a tank.
This comes at a cost however, and your damage will be notably less. That being said, Warlocks are geared toward longer fights, and at the end of the day your damage will be more than adequate, your ability to actually stay alive allowing you to catch up to more fragile damage dealers.
This sturdy spec’s talents are all focused around your Marcheur du Vide.
Mandatory talents to increase your survivability:
Damage-wise, you mainly want to Corruption and spam Trait de l'ombre. Which curses you want to use depend on the situation, the target(s) or your goal. Brûlure de l'ombre is your finisher, used to execute low health targets or deal heavy instant damage in order to scare people away.If you’re in danger, using Sacrifice with a summoned Voidwalker is a formidable panic button, giving you a massive shield. Don’t hesitate to use Pierre de sort majeure during this shield to absorb even more damage if you’re attacked by casters. This also helps getting out of spells like Nova de givre or Métamorphose and to get rid of DoT effects. Pierre de soins majeure and Voile mortel will also help you survive dangerous situations.
If your goal is to nuke down your enemies with massive hits, the Warlock’s SM/Ruin PvP spec should be of interest. Screw DoTs, you’re now a demonic mage.Every time Corruption ticks, you have a 4% chance to enter a Shadow Trance thanks to Crépuscule, making your next Trait de l'ombre cast instant. This might not seem like a very high chance but don’t forget you can dot multiple targets. This talent should be proccing fairly often! You will want more than your Fear spell to control your enemies, and will usually want to summon a Succube who will help crowd control your enemies with her powerful Séduction.
Damage-wise, your Corruptions should be wreaking havoc in the enemy ranks, especially if you have great gear. It’s very satisfying to watch your enemies’ health bars slowly but inexorably melt. The goal is to maintain Corruption on as many targets as possible (don’t forget pets!). If Corruption isn’t enough to kill enemies, spam Douleur brûlante and Shadow Bolt whenever it procs. Execute your targets with Shadowburn.To survive, you’re mainly focusing on Drain Life (which can also proc Crépuscule) and your other utility spells (Health Stone, Death Coil…).
Named after the notorious korean player who came
out with this spec, the Drakedog spec is all about doing fire damage quickly
with Conflagration. This spec is only for well-geared players.
Like SM/Ruin, you will want to use the Succube. To deal damage, you will use fire spells: Immolation,Douleur brûlante,Feu de l'âme and Conflagration. Of course, you will still be using Corruption and whichever curse is appropriate.This is a glasscannon spec. Be careful with your positioning because you can die in seconds. Warlocks are often tempting targets and this spec is especially vulnerable to ganks.
Warlocks are the only class in the game able to maintain two single target crowd control effect at the same time (with Seduce & Fear), allowing you to focus down a third target. These spells are on different diminishing returns, meaning you can cast Fear on the target you just seduced, and Seduce on the target you just feared for the spells’ full effect.
If an enemy able to use fear effects (Warrior, Warlock, Priest) is around and an enemy uses Réflectombre ultra-flash, cast a Curse of Recklessness on him, making you immune to Fear spells!
Malédiction des langages on casters/healers can turn the tide of a fight, especially if there are no (competent) enemy mages or druids around to dispell it.Potion de libre action and Remède tropical can be tremendously helpful with some fights.
Potions and consumables shouldn’t be used in duel because they’re not Fair Play. They’re very powerful items that can easily turn the tide of any fight. Before any duel, talk to your opponent and decide on a rule for consumables. If you cheat you’ll end up with a bad reputation.
In BGs and world PvP both, 1v1s are commonplace.
This isn’t PvE, every fight is unique and how they end will mainly depend on reflexes and mechanical skill more than raw damage..
/petattack [target=tremor totem]
/petattack [target=grounding totem]
/petattack [target=earthbind totem]
/petattack [target=windfury totem]
Restoration / Elemental
Best pet: Marcheur du vide
If he chooses the latter, avoid long casts at the start of the fight, focus on Searing Pain. Use Peur to prevent the enemy from casting.If your enemy picked the doggo, let it interrupt a Searing Pain and then cast stronger spells.
Restoration or Balance :
Best pet: Marcheur du vide
Best pet: Invocation d'un chasseur corrompu
Best pet: Invocation d'un chasseur corrompu for its capacity to devour buffs (shields especially) and debuffs (DoTs/Silence).
Discipline or Holy :
Last but not least: Rogues hard-counter Warlocks. This doesn’t mean you don’t have a shot, just that you’ll have to work for it. Try to duel some Rogues in order to learn the matchup.
Best pet: Marcheur du Vide for its AoE spell and its Shield preventing interrupts.
In BGs, you need to analyze the situation before you act so you can:
All this while keeping in mind the goal of the BG. Good communication is necessary. Voice chat is often required in order to coordinate your attacks. If not on voice chat, use short, easily intelligible sentences and well known shorthand for locations and status updates (“inc farm 3”).
Warlocks are not flag carriers. Do not take the flag unless there’s nobody else doing it. Even with the SL spec, you’re still a clothie and your mobility is nonexistent. To hell with the glory, it won’t make you win. If you do take it, try to give it to someone else as soon as possible.
If you’re with the flag carrier, use crowd control spells as much as you can so he can get back to your base. Your lack of mobility probably means you’ll fall behind him, keep that in mind.
If you’re playing defense, be careful where you put your pet. A warlock without his demon isn’t a mage; he’s just weak (in PvP). Your job remains controlling enemy players as much as possible, and killing flag carriers. Give allied flag carriers a Pierre de soins majeure when they show up.
Don’t Soulstone yourself; use it on a well-geared healer so he has a better shot at surviving the enemy tide and helping escort the flag carrier.
Don’t try to fight in the middle of the map for no reason. The only goal is the flag.
Defending an area can lead to non-stop fights which will allow you to learn how to fight 1v1, 1v2, 1v3…
Focus on defending the Sawmill, it gives good vision on enemy movement and with Eye of Kilrogg you can scout. Don’t get ganked while channeling that spell though!
When defending a tower/graveyard: Cause some pandemonium by using a lot of crowd control spells, DoT everything and kite enemies trying to off you.Communicate with your raid so you can use one of your class’ tool : teleporting players around with Rituel d'invocation!
to every contributor and the following sources for helping to create this
guide: Hacride, Officer of the Wowisclassic guild, Lolonzo, Wowisclassic