WoW Classic 39 Twink Warlock Guide

Wow Classic 39 Twink Warlock Guide
  • Author: OrinDac
  • Date: December 6, 2019
  • Expansion: WoW Classic
  • Category: PvP

Warlocks fill a very interesting cross section of roles in PvP.  They can sometimes compete with other classes for raw DPS at range, but not any of the classes that fill that role especially, like the Hunter, or Mage.  They also can’t compete with the likes of the Warrior or Rogue in basic DPS.  What they do offer, that none of those classes can, is ranged Area of Effect (AoE) Damage Over Time (DoT).  This is achieved through the use of specific talents and by casting the Corruption spell just about as often as one is able.  With the cunning use of other damaging spells and curses like Curse of Agony, a savvy, properly speced and properly geared Warlock can use Corruption to effectively lay down a blanket of DoTs on an entire enemy battle group.

Warlocks also have access to abilities one might not expect from a class that consorts with Demons, like the Healthstone which is essentially a free potion that any Warlock can create and even distribute to their party members.  They also possess the Soulstone ability, which allows them to give their entire party a method of self resurrection.

Contents

  • Races:  Which races can play as Warlocks and which offer the best traits for PvP?
  • Professions:  Which Professions are the best for PvP and which recipe’s are the best for Warlocks?
  • Spells and Abilities:  What spells and curses are available to a level 39 Warlock and how best can they be employed in PvP?
  • Talents:  Which talent builds are the best for a level 39 Twink Warlock?
  • Gear:  What is the BiS gear for a level 39 Warlock Twink and how can it be acquired?
  • Enchantments:  Which enchantments are the best for Warlocks and which are better for PvP?
  • Buffs:  What potions, scrolls, elixirs are available to a Warlock at level 39, and which are the best to use in PvP?

Races

Race is one of the most important choices for any character in WoW, but it’s especially important for players wanting to build a Twink.  Whatever race you select, you are stuck with for good, unless you completely restart the character.  The bad news for Warlocks is that there aren’t very many choices of race.  The good news is…there aren’t very many choices for race!  Each faction only has two choices and only one of each of those choices is the best for PvP.  Those are the ones this guide is going to focus on in this section.

Alliance

  • Gnome: The Gnome is the best choice of race for a Warlock from the Alliance, as the traits offered by humans are mostly useless to a Warlock and those offered by gnomes are of extreme use in PvP.  The five percent increase in damage from Expansive Mind is a solid buff, while Engineering Specialization is going to be helpful with gadgets and bombs. Escape Artist, probably the most useful racial trait of gnomes, will allow you to escape the crowd control abilities of the druid, hunter mage and warrior classes. While not as useful as the gnome’s other traits, Arcane Resistance offers good protection and is useful to any class.

Horde

  • Undead:  The Forsaken are easily the best choice from the Horde for a Warlock Twink.  The argument can be made for the Orc in PvE, but the traits offered by the Undead are too valuable to ignore.  The two most PvP pertinent racial traits to a warlock are Shadow Resistance and Will of the Forsaken. Extra resistance to any kind of damage, especially spell damage, is great in all forms of PvP and will also give you a leg up on warlocks of other races. While WotF will help allow you to escape from the crowd control abilities of both the Priest and other Warlocks, without having to use your trinket to do so.  Cannibalize is a sort of neat free bandage after you’ve killed someone and Underwater Breathing is useful to any class.
  • Orcs:  It’s worth mentioning that while Undead might be a better choice, Orcs do have two advantages that are helpful to Warlocks, especially in PvP.  The first is the obvious advantage from Command, giving your pet that flat 5% increase in damage, but of almost more interest is Hardiness.  While only having a percentage chance to proc, this racial talent is always active and counters the CC effects of both the Warrior and the Rogue, who are both the most difficult classes for Warlock’s to counter.

If you’re interested in learning about the other races that can play as Warlocks, or just other races in general, check out the Races page.  It’s a good resource for both practical and lore information.

Professions

There are a lot of professions to choose from, which can make deciding which ones to go with hard.  Fortunately, one of the coolest professions is also an absolute necessity for a Twink of any class.  Engineering.  There are a plethora of gadgets, devices and bombs that are extremely useful within Battlegrounds and you won’t want to miss out on them.

While Engineering is a necessity, you’re other Profession is also important.  Which ones you’ll be interested in will largely depend on your class.

What follows is a description of each of the Professions that should be of interest to a level 39 Twink Warlock and why.

Engineering

For Twinks of any class, this profession is an absolute must-have.  Along with all of the engineering gadgets and doodads you get before reaching 230 in engineering, there are some seriously fantastic items at this level that are of extreme use in PvP.  Make sure you get all of them.

The Major Recombobulator is especially useful for countering the Crowd Control (CC) effects of Polymorph.  Other items of note are the   Alarm-O-Bot, which can help in detecting Rogues and other Druids and the Dark Iron Bomb, which is the absolute best bomb in early Classic WoW, with the most damage and longest CC duration.  There are also three energy reflectors; Gyrofreeze Ice Reflector, Hyper-Radiant Flame Reflector and Ultra-Flash Shadow Reflector, which all reflect their type of damage for 5 seconds.  This is extremely useful and can quickly turn the tables on any caster in the game.  Finally, there is the Arcane Bomb, which absorbs mana and does half of what is absorbed as damage to anyone in range.

All of these items are incredibly useful in PvP and are the best engineering has to offer at this level.  Not to mention all of the fun fireworks and pet companions you can make.

Enchanting

Enchanting is probably the best choice for players who are not supporting their Twink with another character.  It has few expensive reagents that must be truly gathered, most being products of disenchanting items you are already likely to pick up.  It also offers lucrative selling opportunities with the many materials you will acquire from breaking down all of the Green and Blue items you do not need.  It can also offset the cost of getting your own enchantments some, as higher level enchanters are sometimes on the lookout for lower level materials.

Alchemy

If you are being supplied herbs and reagents by another character, then Alchemy can be an extremely useful Profession to endeavor upon.  The ability to simply create the many potions and elixirs that offer decided advantages in PvP instead of having to go shop for them, almost pays for itself.  Alchemy can also be a great way to make money, especially if the reagents and materials can be acquired cheaply.

Other Professions

Unless you don’t have funding from your Main (not advisable) the gathering professions (HerbalismMining, and Skinning), should be completely avoided.  The only other profession worth talking about for a Warlock Twink is Tailoring, and only then to supplement your BiS gear with solid leveling gear until you get it.

Another use for for Alchemy, Leatherworking and Tailoring is to sell the various high level components and transmutes that only these Professions can craft.  Alchemists can transmute metals with recipes like Recipe: Transmute Arcanite, Leatherworkers can craft the Cured Rugged Hide and Tailors can use Pattern: Mooncloth to purify Felcloth.

Secondary Professions

  • CookingCooking has but one benefit to any Twink at any level bracket.  The Well Fed Buff.  The food that offers the highest possible Well Fed bonus at this level is Spider Sausage, the recipe for which can be purchased from virtually any standard Cooking trainer.  Another fun and useful food the cooks can make at this level is Dragonbreath Chili, the recipe for which can be purchased from Helenia Olden (Alliance) or Ogg’marr (Horde) in Duskwallow Marsh.  It can also be purchased from Super-Seller 680 in Desolace.
  • First Aid:  The only thing to worry about here is to get your First Aid maxed as high as it will go, so that you can use the Heavy Runecloth Bandage, which can heal you almost completely full with just one bandage.  To do this, you will need the three books Expert First Aid – Under WrapsManual: Heavy Silk Bandage and Manual: Mageweave Bandage.  The only trouble is that, because you still can’t get your Secondary Skills up to 300 yet, you’ll have to find someone to craft the bandages for you.  Alternatively, you could simply purchase them off of the AH.
  • Fishing:  This skill is not as important at this level bracket, but it’s still a great way to increase your income, especially while you’re bored and waiting around near some water.  Take any opportunity you can to fish, because each time you fish is a chance to catch a rare fish that can earn you some good money.  It’s also not a bad way to get Cooking and Alchemy reagents to increase those skills.

Spells and Abilities

Warlocks at level 39 have some very powerful spells at their disposal, as well as some very powerful allies.  Not only do they possess their obvious abilities to do damage and summon demons to do their bidding, but they also have access to some interesting utilitarian spells as well.  Warlock abilities break down into three groups:  Affliction, which is mostly curses, damage spells and debuffs.  Demonology, which encompasses all of your summoning abilities and enhancing them, along with some other utility and buffs spells, and finally Destruction, which is almost entirely direct damage fire based spells.

What follows is a list of all of the spells and summons available to a Warlock at level 39 that are useful in PvP.

  • Siphon Life: This is your most powerful and drain spell and one that doesn’t have to be channeled when cast like Drain Life. It’s quite useful if you are low on health and has a longer range than DL as well.
  • Drain Soul: Should only be used if your opponent is close to death and you need a soul shard.
  • Drain Life: This is your first drain spell and must be channeled when in use, preventing you from taking other actions. It actually drains more life than Siphon life, but SL is more of a fire-and-forget spell.
  • Curse of Agony: One of your most potent curses and the one you’ll want to be using the most, this curse is also one of your more damaging shadow spells as well.
  • Life Tap: This one is pretty simple. It takes health from the caster and turns it into mana. This can be great for you, if your low and feel like you’re about to bring someone down, but can also suck for your party’s healer.
  • Drain Mana: Like Life Tap, this spell draws energy from one source to feed you mana, unlike Life Tap, that energy source is an opponent’s mana reserves and not your health.
  • Corruption: This is likely going to be your main damaging spell. You’ll want to cast this one as often as you can and on as many opponents as you can. Spread the damage out over an entire group of foes and when you get to the last one in an enemy party – start over!
  • Fear: This one is your best CC and while it can only do one target at a time, the duration is long and there is no cooldown.
  • Detect Invisibility: This spell finds especial use in PvP, where potions and spells of invisibility are often in play. Being able to detect these Sneaky Petes takes some pressure off of the entire group, who already need to be watching out for stealthed enemies, which this potion does nothing to help with.
  • Create Healthstone: This spell allows you to create these great little free health potions. They don’t restore as much as a typical health potion at this level, but they restore enough. Oh yes, and you can share them with your entire party, which is something you should do.
  • Create Soulstone (Lesser): The Warlock dip their collective toes into the healer role with this one. Give one of these to each member of your party and they’ll be able to self rez upon death. Honestly…these might be BETTER than a Resurrection spell, because no one needs to be left alive to cast it.
  • Summon Felhunter: Depending who you ask, this is often considered one of the best summons for this stage of the game.  Felhunters can dispel magic, silence enemy spellcasters and is one of the best Melee pets in the gamer.  Also, you now have a demonic puppy! Why not name him something unexpected…like Ted?
  • Demon Armor: The is a fantastic spell to cast right before you go into battle, especially if you have some good mana regen drinks on hand. The armor is decent, but the health regen is just amazing.
  • Banish: This spell might seem useless in PvP, but it IS a decent CC for other Warlock’s Pets.
  • Sense Demons: Like Banish, this spell may only be useful in certain situations. You can use it to pretty effectively track other Warlocks though.
  • Eye of Kilrogg: This is one of the most useful scouting abilities in the entire gave, overshadowed only by the Shaman’s Farseeing. While the eye is fragile, you can cast this as often as you like.
  • Summon Succubus: This summons main use in PvP is for her Seduce CC ability.  She’s also no slouch in dealing damage, either.
  • Ritual of Summoning: Another really great ability that can find some unorthodox use in PvP. You and two other party members can summon a fourth from across a BG. The uses of this are somewhat limitless, but it’s most obvious use is with scouting.
  • Unending Breath: A decent utility spell that might be a touch situational. Still, better to have and not need, right?  It’s also highly useful as Dispel Protection against Priests and other Warlock’s with Felhunter pets.
  • Summon Voidwalker: The Voidwalker is your staunch protector against a cruel and unsympathetic world. You can also blow it up to give yourself a shield!  This is especially effective against Warriors, as it prevents them from generating Rage while they attack your shield.
  • Summon Imp: While seldom used in PvP, the Imp is still effective in 1 vs. 1 matches where it can apply its Fire Shield to you as Dispel Protection.
  • Rain of Fire: One of the only destruction spells you’ll really want to focus on at all, Rain of Fire is a highly damaging AoE spell that should be used almost exclusively to knock unseen opponents out of Stealth.
  • Shadowburn: Another soul shard manufacture, Shadowburn does a lot of damage and makes for a very effective coup de gras.
  • Hellfire: Keep this spell in your back pocket, just in case you get surrounded. Even if you die, maybe you can take some of them with you and they probably won’t have Soul Stones.

The name of the game with a PvP Warlock is AoE DoT.  Spread out that damage as much as possible, but don’t forget to lay it on as thick as you can.  Spells like Siphon Life are for when things get dicey, or someone gets too close to you.

Talents

As stated above, the main focus of a Warlock Twink, especially in a BG, should be laying down a banket of AoE DPS.  To achieve this, your talent build (along with your gear selection) will want to focus heavily on increasing your Shadow Damage as much as possible.  For this, look no further than the Affliction tree.  Below is a look at the kind of build you’ll want to go for with this spec.

Wow Classic Twink Talent Build Images Warlock Shadow Mastery

 

Again, the goal here is to increase your Shadow Spell Damage, so that every time you cast Corruption, or Curse of Agony, you are doing as much damage as you possibly can.

Another school of thought involves reducing the casting time of your spells.  More specifically, you Shadowbolt spell.  This build focuses on reaching the Nightfall and Shadowburn talents, for the related synergy they offer together.

Wow Classic Twink Talent Build Images Warlock Nightfall Shadowburn

BiS Gear

Enchantments

The enchantments for your gear are almost as important as the gear itself.  Make sure to get all of the best enchantments for each gear slot item that can be enchanted.  If your Main is not an enchanter, then acquiring these enchantments will be expensive, so keep that in mind.  Here are all of the best enchantments for a level 29 Twink Warlock.

Buffs

There are a plethora of buffs to be had at this level and some of them are incredibly useful.  If you’ve taken Alchemy, you’ll be able to acquire most of these, fairly easily.  Otherwise, you can get them through other players who are Alchemists, or simply from the AH. Some of them are often sold by vendors in a limited quantity as well.

Elixirs

Remember that you can only have one Battle and one Guardian Elixir active at a time.

Battle Elixirs

  • Arcane Elixir:  Gives a massive boost in spell damage and finally there is a decent Battle Elixir for casters!

Guardian Elixirs

  • Elixir of Greater Intellect: A very good choice if you can get it, as it offers an even higher bonus to Intellect than Arcane Intellect at this level.
  • Elixir of Fortitude:  Not a single character in all of WoW has ever complained about having more health.  You shouldn’t either.
  • Mighty Troll’s Blood Potion:  This one is great to pop right before a long fight.  It helps mitigate damage to you and let’s your Healer take it a bit easier.
  • Elixir of Greater Defense:  More armor is always a good thing, especially in these quantities.
  • Gift of Arthas: Hard to come by and somewhat situational with respect to the resistance, but definitely worth the defensive proc.  Being able to disease opponents is very useful in PvP.
  • Elixir of Water Walking This one might only be useful when running away from something, but when you can walk on water and your opponents can’t you’ll be glad you bought this.

Potions

  • Lesser Stoneshield Potion: One thousand extra armor?  Yes, you can easily find a situation where this is useful.
  • Invisibility Potion: Makes you invisible.  What’s not to love?
  • Swiftness Potion: No matter what bracket you’re in, no matter what class you play, this potion will never not be useful in some way in PvP and in CTF it is invaluable.
  • Restorative Potion: Expensive, but worth the price and extremely utilitarian.  You can just keep this in your back pocket just in case and rest easy, knowing you have an answer for almost every debuff.  Good to hold on to these to use yourself and save your spells for allies.
  • Magic Resistance Potion:   If 50 resistance in all schools of magic doesn’t seem like enough to you, you are wrong.  This potion is perfect for when every caster on the field is flinging different colored light at each other.
  • Dreamless Sleep Potion:  Makes you vulnerable for awhile but pretty much completely restores your health and mana.  Good to use right after some kind of mass CC has just occurred, like Psychic Scream, or Fear.  Also, good for when everyone else is back to full health and you need to get back to 100%.  Try popping it right after casting Renew or Power Word: Shield.
  • Superior Healing Potion:  The healing potion is a staple of adventurers everywhere.  Good for you, or and ally.  Use it in good health.  Heheh.
  • Superior Healing Draught:  Not as effective as the above, but plentiful and cheap.  You can only use them in BGs though.
  • Greater Mana Potion: An absolute must have for all casters.  Make sure you have at least a couple of these before ever even heading out.

Scrolls

Use all of them if you are alone, because they are cheap and why not?

Team Buffs

You are pretty much going to benefit from every class buff.  Power Word: Fortitude  from Priests beefs up your Stamina, which is kind of a necessity in PvP.  Arcane Intellect is also extremely useful, as it increases your Mana pool, so get it from Mages when it’s available.  Mark of the Wild raises all of your stats a little and stacks with most buffs.  Blessing of Kings does kind of the same thing as Mark of the Wild, only a bit better and only for Alliance players.

Other Consumables

  • Rumsey Rum Black Label: Being a little tipsy is a small price to pay for an extra 15 Stamina.
  • Minor Wizard Oil:  These things are great, because imbues will stack with weapon enchantments. So if you’re a caster, get this on your weapon.
  • Dragonbreath Chili: An addition from cooking that gives you a slight edge when you’re surrounded.  Might be fun to combine with Hellfire!
  • Spider Sausage: Again, make sure you have some of this sausage before heading out there.  The well fed buff shouldn’t be ignored.

You possess all that you need to create the perfect level 39 Warlock Twink.  The circle is now complete.  When you began this, you were but a learner, now you are the master!  Whether you choose to be a master of evil or not is your decision, but you have to power to do as you will.  So go, take your demonic minions and your curses to the Battlegrounds of Azeroth and let your foes feel the withering touch of your Corruption.  Have fun!

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Taylor

Some of the choices, specifically shoulders and gloves aren’t equippable by a lvl 39 twink and require 42 and 40 respectively.

eric patterson

underworld band is the best ring far and away .

Irriterende

I’m currently using 2x underworld band, i feel that it is superior to the other rings u mention

A L

Im not entirely sure I agree with this spec. For instance, in the 39 bracket you’re going to encounter just as much melee as you are mana users. Also, many of the mana users are going to have a range far beyond what you can do with Drain Mana (24 yards). In this case, I think drain life/fel conc would be better in terms of reliability. Drain life, and if you need it, convert it to mana. Takes more time but increases survivability, especially in a 1v1 scenario. Rogues will have kick, but warriors still have to switch to defensive and equip a shield to interrupt you, so theres no downside to specing into improving your health return abilities. I also sometimes question the need for Curse of Exhaustion as those point’s can be better placed.

Abscinth

Umbral crystal is by far the best offhand in this bracket. Scorn’s choker is unobtainable except by the naxx event so Jade Pendant of Blasting or Necklace of Calisea would be good alternates to list.

Abscinth

Thank you for being active in your guides! You don’t see that much. Additionally Sword of Serenity is an excellent alternate to Hypnotic blade. You don’t get a 9 stam for 9 spellpower return on any other single piece of gear. It’s worth a mention if not just straight up best in slot. It is a choice between that and orb of the forgotten seer though. Umbral should be your goto though so no real contest anyways. Lol, keep adding stuff. Sorry! Ember Wand of Shadow Wrath is bis wand. star belt or deathmage sash deserve a mention until the arathi belt is available next patch. royal gloves of the eagle beat out hotshot pilot gloves at this level.

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