Warlocks are a cloth-wearing DPS caster class, known for their wide range of debuffs and damage over time effects. Warlocks are also recognisable by their demonic minions, used to deal damage to foes, as well as to provide both offensive and defensive utility. Warlocks have a number of crowd control options, and a wide range of utility spells, which can be used to benefit the entire group. Warlocks also have an interesting relationship with health, capable of converting their health into mana, sacrificing their minions to save themselves, and even trading their own blood in exchange for powerful effects, and possess numerous dark methods for restoring their health, including draining the life from their enemies, and bringing themselves or their allies back from the dead through Soulstones.
The warlock is one of the more eccentric classes in the game. Masters of dark demonic forces, these former mages and shamans use their powers to inflict terrible suffering upon their enemies, corrupting and draining the very life from their victims, immolating and incinerate attackers, and summoning great and terrible demons to serve them in battle. Warlocks deal damage from afar using spells and DoTs, while using their pets to tank, incapacitate or devour their enemies. Warlocks are similar to mages, except they have a Demon minion, and tend to focus more on Damage over Time (DoT) spells than Direct Damage (DD) spells.
All warlocks fulfil a caster DPS role. However, each warlock specialization offers a different approach to the class. Affliction warlocks are the masters of damage over time, draining their targets’ health with an array of powerful curses and DoTs. They tend to focus on maintaining a formidable array of debuffs to cripple their enemies, using their unparalleled range of DoTs to deal slow but unstoppable damage. Demonology warlocks are the hardiest and most hands-on of the warlocks. Focusing upon their demonic powers, these warlock benefit from empowered minion abilities and access to the Doomguard minion. Most importantly, these warlocks use [Metamorphosis] to regularly shift into a demon form, where they have access to an altered range of abilities and tank-like armor. Destruction warlocks are more similar to mages, using potent burst damage and Fire spells to sear and incinerate enemies. With a range of powerful nukes, these warlocks focus on direct damage and can rapidly reduce unprepared opponents to a pile of cinders. Each spec also has its own special resource, in addition to mana, used to empower their spells, further defining their unique playstyle.
Probably the most iconic part of being a warlock is their minions, each of which has different abilities and is useful in different situations. Warlocks can summon a range of demons to serve them as their permanent and controllable pet, including the seductive succubus, the tank-like voidwalker, the fireball-hurling Imp and the horrific Felhunter. These can be used to control targets, to prevent incoming damage, to counter enemy spell casters or simply to burn the enemy to a crisp. In addition, warlocks can summon temporary demons like the mighty Infernal for powerful bursts of damage, while at higher levels [Grimoire of Supremacy] allows warlocks to summon a new range of demons, with improved abilities and fearsome new forms. Minions are fully controllable, and can be commanded by the warlock to attack targets and use their special abilities to great effect. Similar to the hunter, this means the warlock is rarely alone, and adds an additional element to play.
Warlocks have several potent forms of crowd control ( [Fear] and [Seduction]), and a warlock’s DoTs will drain their opponent’s life away, regardless of whether the warlock himself survives. In comparison to the other cloth classes, the warlock can be involved in multiple fights without having to take a break, thanks to their life-draining abilities.
A well-played warlock is arguably the busiest DPS class in the game; there is plenty of debuffing to be done to help the group, a pet to control, crowd control to be handled, all the while trying to maintain a high damage output. If you enjoy playing a less straight-forward spellcaster and seeing your enemies suffer, the warlock might be for you.
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