[WoW]Warlocks - Patch 3.1: Fun removed, Angst now a base ability

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edited April 2010 in MMO Extravaganza
Note: I am taking an indefinite break from WoW, which means I won't really be keeping current on class changes. If someone wants to PM me with stuff, though, I will happily update the OP.

Patch 3.1 is here! What is new for warlocks?

The answer is, a whole shitload of things. Final patch notes and new glyphs in spoiler:
  • Banish: Now has a 6-second PvP duration.
  • Curse of the Elements (Rank 5): Increased to 13% spell damage, up from 10%.
  • Curse of Recklessness has been removed.
  • Curse of Weakness: Now also reduces the armor of the target by 5%.
  • Drain Soul: Each time Drain Soul deals damage to a target which can grant experience, it now has a chance to generate a Soul Shard.
  • Enslave Demon: Spell haste penalty reduced by 10%. Melee haste penalty reduced by 10%.
  • Doomguard: Cooldown reduced to 30 minutes, down from 60 minutes. Damage reduced approximately 30%, and health reduced approximately 30%.
  • Warlocks now innately have an increased 10% spell hit chance on the Enslave Demon spell.
  • Fire Shield (Imp): You can now cast this ability on raid members, rather than party members.
  • Ritual of Summoning: The summoning of the initial portal is now instant cast, down from 5 seconds.
  • Soul Shard: This item now has a maximum count of 32 in inventory.
  • Voidwalker: The health bonus on this pet has been reduced from 60% to 10%.

    Affliction
  • Eradication: Whenever you deal damage with Corruption, you have a 6% chance to gain the Eradication effect. The Eradication effect increases your spell casting speed by 6/12/20% for 10 seconds. Internal cooldown removed.
  • Haunt: Now only increases your shadow damage-over-time spells on the target.
  • Malediction: No longer increases the effect of Curse of the Elements, but now also increases the periodic critical strike chance of your Corruption and Unstable Affliction spells by 3/6/9%.
  • Pandemic: This talent has been reduced to a 1-point talent. Now grants your Corruption and Unstable Affliction the capability to critically hit.
  • Shadow Embrace: Now only increases the damage done by your shadow damage periodic spells.
  • Siphon Life: The Siphon Life spell has been removed. Siphon Life now causes your Corruption spell to instantly heal you for 40% of the damage done. In addition, the damage done by your Corruption, Seed of Corruption and Unstable Affliction damage-over-time effects is increased by 5%.
  • Soul Siphon redesigned: Increases the amount drained by your Drain Life and Drain Soul spells by an additional 3/6% for each of your Affliction effects on the target, up to a maximum of 9/18% additional effect.
  • Suppression: Now increases spell hit for all of your spells.
  • Unstable Affliction and Immolation are now in the same exclusive category (both damage- over- time effects cannot be present at the same time by the same caster on a target).

    Demonology
  • Demonic Empathy has been removed.
  • Demonic Empowerment: This talent now has a unique spell effect.
  • Demonic Sacrifice: This talent has been removed.
  • Fel Synergy has been moved to tier-1. No longer increases intellect, stamina and damage of your summoned demon.
  • Improved Enslave Demon talent removed.
  • Mana Feed: This talent is now a 1-point talent, down from 3 points. Now is the 21-point talent in Demonology, granting 100% mana return to your pet, up from 33/66/100%.
  • Master Conjuror: Increased from 15/30% up to 150/300%.
  • New Talent: Decimation: When you Shadowbolt or Incinerate a target that is at or below 35% health, your next Soulfire cast time is reduced by 30/60% and costs no shard. Lasts 10 seconds.
  • New Talent: Nemesis: Reduces the cooldown of your Demonic Empowerment, Metamorphosis, Soulstone and Fel Domination spells by 10/20/30%.

    Destruction
  • Aftermath redesigned: Increases the periodic damage done by your Immolate by 3/6%, and your Conflagrate has a 50/100% chance to daze the target for 5 seconds.
  • Backlash has been moved up to tier-5, up from tier-7. Now requires Intensity (pre-requisite).
  • Cataclysm: Now reduces the mana cost of Destruction spells by 4/7/10%. No longer increases the chance to hit.
  • Chaos Bolt: Damage increased approximately 15%.
  • Conflagrate: Spell now works similar to Swiftmend, consuming an Immolate or Shadowflame effect on the target and dealing damage based on the strength of that effect. Reduced to a single rank.
  • Improved Immolate: Now increases the damage done by your Immolate by 10/20/30%, rather than just the direct damage.
  • Improved Shadow Bolt: Now increases the damage done by your Shadow Bolt spell by 1/2/3/4/5%, and causes your target to be vulnerable to spell damage, increasing spell critical strike chance against that target by 1/2/3/4/5%. Effect lasts 30 seconds.
  • Improved Soul Leech: Now has a 50/100% chance to proc Replenishment.
  • Molten Core: This talent has been moved to Demonology (tier-8).
  • New Talent: Molten Skin: Reduces all damage taken by 2/4/6%.
  • Pyroclasm redesigned: Now increases your Shadow and Fire spell power by 2/4/6% when you critically hit with Searing Pain or Conflagrate. Lasts 10 seconds. Also moved down to tier-7 from tier-5.

Glyphs:
  • Glyph of Banish: This glyph has been replaced with Glyph of Incinerate, which increases the damage of Incinerate by 5%.
  • Glyph of Chaos Bolt: Reduces the cooldown on Chaos Bolt by 2 seconds.
  • Glyph of Demonic Circle: Reduces the cooldown on Demonic Circle by 4 seconds.
  • Glyph of Haunt: The bonus damage granted by your Haunt spell is increased by an additional 3%.
  • Glyph of Immolate: The bonus damage provided by this glyph to Immolate’s periodic damage has been reduced to 10%, down from 20%. The 10% reduction to Immolate’s initial damage has been removed.
  • Glyph of Imp: Increases your Imp’s Firebolt damage by 20%.
  • Glyph of Life Tap: When you use Life Tap, you gain 20% of your spirit as spell power for 20 seconds.
  • Glyph of Metamorphosis: Increases the duration of your Metamorphosis by 6 seconds.
  • Glyph of Shadowflame: Your Shadowflame also applies a 70% movement speed slow on its victims.
  • Glyph of Siphon Life: Redesigned to increase the healing received from the Siphon Life talent.
  • Glyph of Soul Link: Increases the percentage of damage shared via your Soul Link by an additional 5%.
  • Glyph of Succubus: Redesigned to remove all damage-over-time effects from the target of Seduction.

What does this mean?

Here is the 10 seconds summary: affliction's cycle will be easier and will feature more nuking, destruction will do exclusively fire damage (no more shadow dots) and demonology will weave shadow and fire spells together. In general, warlocks will provide more raid utility.

Oh god what gear should I get

This comes up periodically, so might as well address it. I'm not going to go through the rigamarole of listing every piece of caster gear ever; gearing up, and making decisions between one piece of gear and another, is pretty easy if you keep three things in mind:

1) Up to the cap, hit rating is king. The spell hit cap on raid bosses is 17%, and until you arrive at that by some combination of gear, debuffs and talents, hit rating will give you the most DPS per item budget. Up to the cap, hit rating is equal to roughly 1.25 spellpower, in terms of DPS added.

2) Other ratings aren't very good. Because of rating decay and various class mechanics, haste and crit are less useful for you than they are for other classes. The exact values depend on your spec and the amount of spellpower/crit/haste you already have, but in general, a point of crit or haste rating is equivalent to .6 or so spellpower.

3) Make informed choices: download Ratingbuster. Ratingbuster is a very lightweight addon that converts the stats and ratings on gear into derived values, shows those values on the tooltip, and shows the difference in specific stats when you compare two pieces of gear. It will completely change your perspective on gear. There is no reason not to have this addon.

What this means is, you should cap your hit out as soon as you can, and then you should stack spellpower. Crit and haste will come on gear, and you don't need to worry about it, but don't seek out haste and crit and certainly don't gem for it.

If you're just hitting 80, instance drops, quests, rep vendors and crafting are all good places to get gear. You can make a very capable set of entry level heroic/10man gear out of boe craftables, rep items and quest rewards.

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(current as of 3.0.8)

Oh god what is going on with warlocks in WotLK?

There is good news and bad news. The good news is that each of the trees has been taken in interesting new directions, and that warlock are among the best damage dealers in Wrath PVE. The bad news is that playing a warlock in PVE has gotten significantly more difficult since level 70, with every tree requiring pet micromanagement and/or a complicated, dynamic dot/nuke rotation. Let's have a quick looksee at the three trees.

Affliction:

Affliction got a solid look by a balance team tired of warlocks that didn't use their damage over time spells. The most interesting change is the new 51 point talent, Haunt. Haunt's a direct damage spell that temporarily buffs your DoT damage and provides a small self-heal. In addition, affliction's picked up a bunch of new talents that will help it scale along with the other trees. The reasoning behind this is complicated and mathematical, but it's enough to say that affliction should be a viable pve spec for a long time. Played well, affliction will easily top the meters in T7 raiding, and still affords decent survivability and mobility in that environment.

This is the build I run. There is a certain amount of dispute among people who study these things about the opportunity cost of the two +hit talents (suppression and cataclysm.) Molten core and demonic power are decent places to put points instead, as is imp. CoA (if CoE isn't needed in your raid.) You should only put one point in eradication; again, the math is complicated, but the way the internal cooldown and the proc rate work make the second and third points almost worthless.

Destruction:

Destruction also got some lovin', and is now pretty much exclusively "the fire tree." For the first time since seducenuking at 60, conflagrate is useful, providing a nifty haste buff. Chaos bolt also provides the green fire you've always wanted. Unfortunately destro's damage lags a bit behind affliction, but patch 3.1 will add some nice utility (including replenishment!) to the tree.

Here's a pve build. Because of how topheavy the destro tree is, most of those points are non-negotiable. Yes, it doesn't have shadowfury. Sorry. Builds that go a little farther down the demo tree to unholy power do comparable damage, but increase your reliance on a potentially fragile imp.

Demonology:

Finally, demonology. Demo's basically what it always was: survivability and pet buffs. Still, there are some nice new toys high in the tree, and a lot of the silly things low in the tree can be used productively now (improved voidwalker, I'm looking at you.) The easiest pve builds to play currently are also demonology/destruction hybrids that take advantage of the scaling talents in the middle of the demo tree.

31/40 is the most popular, although some people also like 41/30.

Oh god how do I play this?

Basically, warlock dps revolves around refreshing your DoTs on time, and firing off as many nukes (shadowbolt or incinerate) as you can when you aren't doing that. The demonology hybrid builds have this the easiest; they keep immolate, CoA and corruption up, and spam incinerate. Deeper destro builds put up the same dots and also spam incinerate, but must weave in conflag and chaosbolt. Affliction has to watch a menagerie of timers, squeeze in enough shadow bolts to keep shadow embrace up, then switch to the even more cumbersome drain soul as a primary nuke once a mob is below 25% health.

PeeVeePee

Basically, warlock PvP is fucked until at least patch 3.1. Prepare to get bent over by melee, ranged, and casters (even mages! Ever think you'd hear that?) Your survivability will be low, and the only added mobility is the questionably useful demonic circle. If you're determined to step into the arena, the dominant build right now seems to be deep demonology; metamorphisis is a decent panic button that will keep melee off you for at least a little while. If you want to pvp as affliction or destruction, you're still putting 11ish points into demonology to get soul link, and dumping the rest into your tree of choice. Good luck, you're going to need it.

Further Reading

If you're interested in the reasoning behind most of the braindump I've just tossed up here, the warlock class forum at ElitistJerks is a good place to start. This page has a broad breakout of how various specs stack up, as well as some fun destruction-related graphs. MMO-Champion is the best place to keep up on the most recent changes to warlocks, and everything else.

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  • MazzyxMazzyx Comedy Gold Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Woo thanks Dyscord, another awesome opening post. Title needs more doomguard though.

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  • shrykeshryke Member of the Beast Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Won't Destruction still use Curse of Agony?

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  • BrainleechBrainleech 機知に富んだコメントはここにあります Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Is there a good daemonogoly build that uses metamorphsis? Or is it just a trash talent?

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  • Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    shryke wrote: »
    Won't Destruction still use Curse of Agony?

    Right now on the PTR, the answer is apparently no. But we won't really know until 3.1 goes live and we can compare final numbers and glyphs.
    Brainleech wrote: »
    Is there a good daemonogoly build that uses metamorphsis? Or is it just a trash talent?

    Sort of the same answer, although metamorphisis won't be a terrible talent to take. The top five or six 3.1 builds right now are all within a couple hundred DPS of eachother (at least according to simulcraft), and at least one of them is a meta build (0/56/15 I think.) At that point it's more a matter of personal prefetence and raid utility than anything.

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  • HenroidHenroid Seize the Memes Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I seem to have missed the note where UA and Immolate can't be used at once.

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  • X Equals LoserX Equals Loser Wilford Brimley Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    It was stealthily added to the patch notes after everyone saw the initial notes from that build.

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  • BrainleechBrainleech 機知に富んだコメントはここにあります Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I am thinking about making my undead warlock 2nd's dual spec is deamon with the Meta talent for solo really hard things like Molten Core but I really don't want to spend thousands more to learn what's good and not good for me since it's just going to be my goof around build

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  • AftyAfty Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    A demonology warlock can solo MC ? This is very interesting.

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  • BrainleechBrainleech 機知に富んだコメントはここにあります Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
  • AftyAfty Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Thats cool!

    Nice to see some more fun being had in the game rather than oh god do heroics / now raid / now do heroic raid / get achievements

    Speaking of which it would be great to see solo achievements for stuff like this.

    Back on the topic of warlocks - is 1.2k spell power (self buffed) enough to pull my weight in heroics. Its going to be guild runs so they won't mind too much if they have to carry me a little.

    Its just that trying to find a normal dungeon run for the late 70's instances in next to impossible.

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  • MazzyxMazzyx Comedy Gold Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I think I was around 1400 self buffed, maybe a bit more. Was still in a lot of the old badge loot though. Try to get a normal UP, the robe there works pretty well for a start. Do what you can to get your wyrmrest and kirin tor rep up will help a lot. Some goodies off those vendors.

    In general you will be ok, not massive dps though. Also do some quest in Ice Crown and Storm Peaks, should net you a few small blue upgrades as well.

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  • Elessar ElfstoneElessar Elfstone Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    So what kind of builds are fellow Affliction Warlocks going to use come 3.1? I've been playing around with the talent calculator and the Affliction tree is basically the same, just where to put the rest of the points is making me furrow my brow. Here's what I've come up with so far:

    http://ptr.wowhead.com/?talent=IfxMboMAoVq0IktcZE0MV

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  • Mr Slippy FistMr Slippy Fist Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    So what kind of builds are fellow Affliction Warlocks going to use come 3.1? I've been playing around with the talent calculator and the Affliction tree is basically the same, just where to put the rest of the points is making me furrow my brow. Here's what I've come up with so far:

    http://ptr.wowhead.com/?talent=IfxMboMAoVq0IktcZE0MV

    I'd say take the points out of Improved Imp and fill up Eradication. The haste is what increases per point now instead of the % chance of proc. Plus Succubus is higher DPS than the Imp for Affliction.

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  • HenroidHenroid Seize the Memes Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Would destruction work out (I'm talking post 3.1) as a viable PvE spec? What would it look like?

    At the moment, it's what peaks my curiosity to level up my damn lock.

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  • SeptusSeptus Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Henroid wrote: »
    Would destruction work out (I'm talking post 3.1) as a viable PvE spec? What would it look like?

    At the moment, it's what peaks my curiosity to level up my damn lock.

    On the PTR I tried something roughly like this

    I think fire and brimstone could be dropped for soloing, I used conflag early in the battle to get the daze on the enemy, and rarely when the target was almost dead.

    I was basically able to stay out of melee range 80% of the time(and had shadowfury for the times when the enemy reached me), and had to drink maybe once every minute and a half or two minutes.

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  • Elessar ElfstoneElessar Elfstone Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    So what kind of builds are fellow Affliction Warlocks going to use come 3.1? I've been playing around with the talent calculator and the Affliction tree is basically the same, just where to put the rest of the points is making me furrow my brow. Here's what I've come up with so far:

    http://ptr.wowhead.com/?talent=IfxMboMAoVq0IktcZE0MV

    I'd say take the points out of Improved Imp and fill up Eradication. The haste is what increases per point now instead of the % chance of proc. Plus Succubus is higher DPS than the Imp for Affliction.

    Really eh? It used to be Imp was the best pet all around, what did they change to make Succubus a better Affliction pet?

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  • HenroidHenroid Seize the Memes Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Septus wrote: »
    Henroid wrote: »
    Would destruction work out (I'm talking post 3.1) as a viable PvE spec? What would it look like?

    At the moment, it's what peaks my curiosity to level up my damn lock.

    On the PTR I tried something roughly like this

    I think fire and brimstone could be dropped for soloing, I used conflag early in the battle to get the daze on the enemy, and rarely when the target was almost dead.

    I was basically able to stay out of melee range 80% of the time(and had shadowfury for the times when the enemy reached me), and had to drink maybe once every minute and a half or two minutes.

    It's not sounding very mana friendly then.

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  • SeptusSeptus Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    That's drinking too often for you?

    I considered the overall pace to be pretty darn close to the demo spec I tried out(affliction raped both in terms of speed and efficiency). Even with the healing talent I had to stand and health funnel my guard several times, and I still had to drink.

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  • HenroidHenroid Seize the Memes Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Well, to put this in perspective I play a mage as my main (and currently 80) character. I can evocate to regain mana most of the time I need it, and free drinks!

    For some reason, the concept of buying drinks REALLY bugs me.

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  • SeptusSeptus Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Henroid wrote: »
    Well, to put this in perspective I play a mage as my main (and currently 80) character. I can evocate to regain mana most of the time I need it, and free drinks!

    For some reason, the concept of buying drinks REALLY bugs me.

    Then I think affliction is the only way to go.

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  • Mr Slippy FistMr Slippy Fist Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    So what kind of builds are fellow Affliction Warlocks going to use come 3.1? I've been playing around with the talent calculator and the Affliction tree is basically the same, just where to put the rest of the points is making me furrow my brow. Here's what I've come up with so far:

    http://ptr.wowhead.com/?talent=IfxMboMAoVq0IktcZE0MV

    I'd say take the points out of Improved Imp and fill up Eradication. The haste is what increases per point now instead of the % chance of proc. Plus Succubus is higher DPS than the Imp for Affliction.

    Really eh? It used to be Imp was the best pet all around, what did they change to make Succubus a better Affliction pet?

    I'm honestly not sure. I remember something about pets getting buffed in various ways, but I really have no sense of time on these things, so there's a very real chance I'm remembering something beta. But it is currently accepted that the Succubus is higher DPS for an Affliction spec, seems people started noticing this around mid-January going by the EJ pet thread.

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  • EndEnd Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Septus wrote: »
    Henroid wrote: »
    Well, to put this in perspective I play a mage as my main (and currently 80) character. I can evocate to regain mana most of the time I need it, and free drinks!

    For some reason, the concept of buying drinks REALLY bugs me.

    Then I think affliction is the only way to go.

    Yeah, I think for drinks I sustained myself on what mobs dropped. And by sustained I mean vendored for cash.

    (Yay, new Warlock thread.)

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  • LockeColeLockeCole Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    End wrote: »
    Septus wrote: »
    Henroid wrote: »
    Well, to put this in perspective I play a mage as my main (and currently 80) character. I can evocate to regain mana most of the time I need it, and free drinks!

    For some reason, the concept of buying drinks REALLY bugs me.

    Then I think affliction is the only way to go.

    Yeah, I think for drinks I sustained myself on what mobs dropped. And by sustained I mean vendored for cash.

    (Yay, new Warlock thread.)

    Or do what I do, lifetap and make the healer drink! (Also fel armor compensates nicely for lifetaps when solo)

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  • shrykeshryke Member of the Beast Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    So what kind of builds are fellow Affliction Warlocks going to use come 3.1? I've been playing around with the talent calculator and the Affliction tree is basically the same, just where to put the rest of the points is making me furrow my brow. Here's what I've come up with so far:

    http://ptr.wowhead.com/?talent=IfxMboMAoVq0IktcZE0MV

    I'd say take the points out of Improved Imp and fill up Eradication. The haste is what increases per point now instead of the % chance of proc. Plus Succubus is higher DPS than the Imp for Affliction.

    Really eh? It used to be Imp was the best pet all around, what did they change to make Succubus a better Affliction pet?

    Isn't Felhunter the best pet for Affliction?

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  • Elessar ElfstoneElessar Elfstone Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    shryke wrote: »
    So what kind of builds are fellow Affliction Warlocks going to use come 3.1? I've been playing around with the talent calculator and the Affliction tree is basically the same, just where to put the rest of the points is making me furrow my brow. Here's what I've come up with so far:

    http://ptr.wowhead.com/?talent=IfxMboMAoVq0IktcZE0MV

    I'd say take the points out of Improved Imp and fill up Eradication. The haste is what increases per point now instead of the % chance of proc. Plus Succubus is higher DPS than the Imp for Affliction.

    Really eh? It used to be Imp was the best pet all around, what did they change to make Succubus a better Affliction pet?

    Isn't Felhunter the best pet for Affliction?

    You'd think it would be but I remember reading on EJ that Shadow Bite was bugged and not doing the DPS it should've been. But like Mr Slippy I could be mis-remembering things and I also didn't pay a huge amount of attention to my pet being Affliction.

    I think once 3.1 hits I'll do a little more research into which pet is best for Affliction. I wouldn't mind if it does turn out to be Succubus or Felhunter. It'll be nice to have something other than that back-talking Imp around :P

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  • EndEnd Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    When they buffed pet melee damage, succubus's damage went up too. Imp, of course, didn't.

    As far as I can tell, all the standard pets do pretty pathetic damage for an affliction warlock, so I just give the raid a spirit buff, and stop worrying about it.

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  • Mr Slippy FistMr Slippy Fist Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Yeah, the Fel Hunter comes in behind the Succubus and Imp in terms of damage. Now, I almost always have it out for the spirit buff, but come 3.1 it won't even have that, unless there are no priests at all in the raid.

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  • Kevin CristKevin Crist I make the devil hit his knees and say the 'our father'Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    So this is my current idea for my main spec in 3.1.

    I like the idea of Nemesis, but I really need the +hit talent. Unless I start just gemming/enchanting for only hit. I've been losing hit hand over fist from the upgrades I've been getting lately. I hope the guild can get 25man Maly down so I have a shot at the pants.

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  • I needed a gnome to post.I needed a gnome to post. i'm the bat guy (bluh)Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    The succubus comes out on top but generally speaking, talentless and without buffs, the pets are all within 100 DPS of each other.

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  • BrainleechBrainleech 機知に富んだコメントはここにあります Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I use the imp as a mana battery/heath buff and nothing else for years.

    I know the daemon's dps is subpar for affliction this is why I would like an item or weapon that improves it

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  • MazzyxMazzyx Comedy Gold Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I thought the imp was still topping for the standards on dps. But I also play as destruction so that actually is a no-brainer for me. My imp does 15% of my damage.

    When I farm as destruction I almost never run out of mana. Just pop a life tap or two every few pulls and soul leech+fel armor fill me up just fine. I still don't carry water on my warlock. In fact I haven't carried water on my warlock since maybe level 20. Basically, immo, conflag, chaos bolt=dead enemy and if not an incin finishes the job. Move to the next mob, rinse and repeat.

    Compared to my mage, my warlock has 0 downtime still. Worse comes to worse I tap and bandage.

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  • Elessar ElfstoneElessar Elfstone Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    On the pet discussion, do any of you fellow Affliction-types bust out the Doomguard for fights like Pathwerk? I haven't done the quest for the spell yet but I plan to get it done sometime next week and was just wondering what the procedure was for using the Doomguard on raids.

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  • Mr Slippy FistMr Slippy Fist Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Yes, Doomguard on Patchwerk always. And, depending on how the cooldowns fall, I use mine on Loatheb and maybe Razuvius. Plus, make sure the DG has Cripple autocasting. As far as I've seen, it affects all bosses.

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  • BrainleechBrainleech 機知に富んだコメントはここにあります Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I went to the ptr to try out various things. I did pick up the dual spec just to try out this build not realyl I did try out this one

    I know I need to work it out

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  • fortyforty Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I haven't used the imp in ages. You guys seem to be implying that it doesn't go OOM in 30 seconds anymore, like it used to.

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  • ArkanArkan Registered User
    edited March 2009
    2 of our warlocks used Doomguards on our Patchwerk attempt last night (25man).

    We got the achievement for the speed-kill on him with about 2 seconds to spare.

    Make of that what you will.

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  • Elessar ElfstoneElessar Elfstone Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Yah I'm going to try the Doom out for the first time tonight. Hopefully all goes well.

    Do we still have to enslave it after the ritual, or does it come automatically under command of the Warlock?

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  • EndEnd Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    It automatically comes under your command, never has to be re-enslaved, and after 15 minutes goes poof.

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  • Elessar ElfstoneElessar Elfstone Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Oh wow haha. They really pussified the use of him eh? The whole sacrificing someone thing was kinda dumb though.

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  • EndEnd Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Well, it still deals damage to someone...

    ...but it's to the tune of 9k-ish damage, instead of automatically killing them. :P

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