After coming back to the game, not having played Legion, I’m feeling like I missed out; this current iteration of Affy is downright disappointing. The talent tree is so objectively bad, I honestly question if the developer’s had any insight inside their own decisions. I cannot imagine anyone who would give their assent of enjoyment playing Affy right now. The spec performs well in raids, no doubt about it, but it isn’t enjoyable.
Deathbolt is so broken with its synergy with Darkglare that it daunts over Nightfall and Drain Soul in every scenario possible. Drain Soul is a DPS loss over not choosing a talent in that row. For Drain Soul to even compete with Deathbolt, you’d have to Shard snipe 1 Shard every 5-6 seconds. Nightfall is undertuned, same with Drain Soul.
The 30 row doesn’t bother me a lot, except Writhe in Agony and Absolute Corruption are fairly lazy talents on paper. They aren’t exactly exciting. They perform well under their own niches so it’s okay.
Another scenario of a poorly tuned row. Phantom Singularity is the best and you wouldn’t even consider Sow the Seeds or Vile Taint ever. Vile Taint, post-buff, is still pretty bad. You’re banking on a tank keeping adds in the pool and the spellpower coefficient still doesn’t let it compete with PS. Vile Taint is actually a very cool idea, but terribly executed.
This row is pure meme territory, as with the level 15 tier. Shadow Embrace is such a pain to even attempt to play with; why does Haunt deal 1% more arbitrarily? In WotLK, SE was 15% I recall. The thought of keeping up SE on 2 targets with Siphon Life talented makes me cringe in disgust. There simply is not enough globals for that to ever happen. Grimoire of Sacrifice also is a DPS loss over just not picking a talent. It also doesn’t even have its AoE function.
Soul Conduit is literally useless. Creeping Death is such a cool idea, it just cannot compete with Misery.
Shadowbolt filler is so agonizing, no pun intended. UA stacking just feels weird; I really miss UA being a maintenance DoT over a resource dump. I think you guys have consistently missed the mark on Affliction since the MoP revamp. Malefic Grasp neutered DPS when you had to move; Soul Burn: Haunt sucked to play with; and now, in BFA, Affy is so mind-numbingly boring, you could legitimately write a cast sequence macro to DPS with. Fortunately, the spec doesn’t require a complete overhaul, but the talents need serious work. It’s really inexcusable for a talent to be a DPS loss by over 20% or losing DPS over not picking a talent in that row.