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Unstable Affliction
Spell shadow unstableaffliction 3
  • Unstable Affliction
  • 40 yd  range
  • 1.5% of base mana
  • 1.5 sec cast
  • Shadow energy slowly destroys the target, causing X damage over 14 sec. If the Unstable Affliction is dispelled it will cause X damage to the dispeller and silence them for 4 sec.
Usable by
ClassWarlock
Properties
TypeOffensive
SchoolShadow
Cooldown (GCD 1.5 sec)
Talents
SpecializationAffliction
Level required10
Related debuff
Spell shadow unstableaffliction 3
  • Magic
  • Unstable Affliction
  • Suffering X Shadow damage every 2 sec.
    If dispelled, will cause X damage to the dispeller and silence them for 4 sec.
  • Duration: 14 sec
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Unstable Affliction is a warlock ability learned at level 10 for those with the Affliction specialization. It causes a DoT on the target, and will damage and silence any who dispel it.

Notes

  • Its direct damage can crit.
  • Since a rogue's Cloak of Shadows ability, and a mage's Ice Block is a "removal" instead of a "dispel," it will not trigger the direct damage portion of Unstable Affliction when used as a counter.
  • In Patch 2.3, the silence from this ability is now subject to diminishing returns.
  • The Felhunter's [Devour Magic] is considered a Dispel effect, hence it will trigger Unstable Affliction's effects.

Tips

  • This is a great spell for warlocks in arena. With all the curses a warlock has, a priest will be forced to dispel, which results in the direct damage.
  • In PvE, this spell is just another DoT. Most raid bosses do not dispel, and therefore the damage and silence of effects of dispelling this spell are wasted. However, affliction raid specs should still use this spell in raid settings, since its damage done per second casting is still higher than [Shadow Bolt].
  • In PvP, it can help prevent your DoTs from being dispelled safely, as its secondary effects can cause significant damage to the dispeller.

Patch changes

  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009): Immolate and Unstable Affliction: All ranks of these two spells will now overwrite each other.
  • Bc icon/Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Silence effect reduced to 3 seconds, down from 5.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): The silence from this ability is now subject to diminishing returns.

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