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Warlock DPS: Destruction

13 Jul

The third and final posting in the series Notlupus wrote on warlock DPS.  Yes, I am aware this is not a warlock focused blog.  No, I am not turning away from my shadow priest to do nothing my play my lovely little warlock.  Yes, Lupus is as attractive as his writing indicates.  I believe he is engaged.  Having answered all the question I got emails about in the last couple days, what follows is actually kind of useful.

Destruction

This tree, while the lowest of the 3 in terms of dps, offers better burst damage and some measure of utility through stuns (Shadowfury) and replenishment (Improved Soul Leech).

Stat weighting in T10 gear is as follows.

  • SP=2.1192
  • Crit=1.4179
  • Haste=1.1847
  • Spi=0.9287
  • Int=0.6531

This one requires a bit more clarification. Haste scales more poorly with destro than it does with affliction and

Biblical destruction got nothin' on Lupus

demonology, but it remains a better stat to stack than crit UP TO A POINT. Eventually you’ll start reaching <1 sec cast times with your backdraft procs, which only results in lost dps. At that point you want to focus on crit through your gear, though never with gems. That number still remains fairly high, in the thousand range.

Talents

Most people tend to take a 0/13/58 spec with 2 points in backlash. I find that to be a fairly useless talent, and it’s better to take one point out of backlash and into Soul Link in the demo tree. The 20% damage reduction is very nice with all the raid damage in ICC, and I’m sure your healers will be grateful. Regardless, both will be listed.

0/13/58 NO SOUL LINK

0/14/57 Soul Link

The gain in 20% DR outweighs the 1% crit, especially with your talents already increasing your crit rate.

Improved Soul Leech is mainly for you. It lets you focus less on life tapping and more on pew pew, increasing your dps. Shadowfury is situational, though useful on fights like Saurfang where you need to slow the bloodbeasts and Lich King with the Valk’yr.

Glyphing

With the changes to immolate, and it’s ability to crit, Glyph of Immolate has actually become pretty attractive. You might consider that in place of Glyph of Lifetap, depending upon your amount of spirit. Generally, you’d want immo over life tap.

Glyph of Immolate
Increases the periodic damage of your Immolate by 10%.

Glyph of Incinerate
Increases the damage done by Incinerate by 5%.

Glyph of Conflagrate
Your Conflagrate spell no longer consumes your Immolate or Shadowflame spell from the target.

Very important, as you want immo up on your target at all times.

Rotation

Again, more of a priority thing.

Curse of Doom (or Elements) > Immolate > Conflagrate > Chaos Bolt > Incinerate

When first starting, keep in mind that there is a small bit of lag between you and the server. For this reason, after your first immolate, you want to start casting chaos bolt and then conflag, instead of waiting for conflag to register. Otherwise follow the priority list.

Also, there is a macro you want to link with your incinerate cast.

/cast [pet:imp] Fire Bolt
/cast Incinerate

Because of issues with the spell queue system, the imp won’t fireball as often as he actually can. Using this macro will increase your dps by about 100.

And remember

I DON’T CARE WHAT SPEC YOU ARE, USE SEED FOR YOUR AOE GODDAMMIT

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Warlock DPS: Demonology

12 Jul

Once again, this post comes courtesy of Notlupus, the many-talented warlock from my guild.  He’s one of our newest members and everyone at AMRanged is more than proud to have him here.  The melee team, communicating in AMMelee, still think he’s smelly.

Demonology

This tree focuses on minion damage, procs, a raid wide spell power buff, and a very neat cooldown.

Stat weighting is as follows.

  • SP=2.0455
  • Haste=1.5840
  • Crit=1.3815
  • Spi=1.3329
  • Int=0.6034
  • Sta=0.2864

Note that this is the only tree where stam comes into play, as it increases your demon’s stamina, which in turn increases your spellpower. This comes from the Demonic Knowledge talent. Never focus on stacking it however.

Also keep in mind that the primary reason for going demo is the Demonic Pact raid buff, 10% of your spellpower to the raid when your demon crits, which is why spirit scales almost as high as crit.

Talents

As long as you’re hit capped, the standard spec is 0/56/15.

His head is small, but he bashes stuff with it

Cookie-cutter demo spec

Because mana feed is not taken, be sure to turn off cleave on your Felguard to avoid mana issues. He doesn’t need it anyway.

Glyphing

Glyph of Quick Decay
Your haste now reduces the time between periodic damage ticks of your Corruption spell.

More ticks = more Molten Core procs.

Glyph of Lifetap
When you use Life Tap or Dark Pact, you gain 20% of your Spirit as spell power for 40 sec.

Again, the Demonic Pact buff. More spell power is always good for you and the raid.

Glyph of Felguard
Increases the Felguard’s total attack power by 20%.

The Felguard is a big chunk of your dps.

Rotation

The same as affliction, this is more of a priority list.

Curse of Doom (or Elements depending) > Corruption > Immolate > Shadowbolt (unless molten core has procced above 35%)

Whenever Molten Core procs, be sure to fire off 3x Incinerate instead (and only use Incin with a MC proc, never otherwise), UNLESS you have reached the execute phase of 35% and below. At that point, drop Immolate from your list and besure to keep corruption up for the MC procs. Then just spam Soulfire all day.

Curse of Doom, while top on the priority list, is best used when you can line up your procs, i.e Meta, trinket, 4 piece T10 bonus, Demonic Pact, etc. If everything lines up, it’s not uncommon to see it hit for 40k+.

Only use Curse of Agony in place of Doom if you know the fight has less than a minute remaining. It’s a dps loss otherwise. It takes 3-4 casts of Agony to reach the same damage as Doom, and Doom only uses 1 GCD.

Remember to use Meta whenever it comes off CD, along with Immolation Aura. Same with Demonic Empowerment, especially since it is off the GCD.

Warlock DPS: Affliction

11 Jul

My first alt is a warlock.  According to WoW Census the number one shadow priet alt is a warlock.  In light of this I figured I should cross post this.  I’ll be posting my own, spriest version soon.

A remarkably talented guild-mate of mine recently wrote a series of articles for the raiding ‘locks and ‘lock alts in our guild.  Notlupus is experienced in all specs, does his own SimCrafting, and looks pretty foxy in his forum pictures!  Posted below are his suggestion for Affliction basics.  The only changes made are for formating reasons.

Affliction

Current top dps tree for locks in T10 gear, this tree focuses on DoT effects and self-healing.

Stat weighing in tier 10 gear is as follows:

  • SP=2.3051
  • Haste=2.0663
  • Crit=1.4784
  • Spi=1.2660
  • Int=0.5434

Haste outweighs crit by a fair margin, and will always do so.  Spirit is pretty close to crit due to the use of Glyph of Lifetap and our Fel Armor effect, more on that later.

Talents

For talents, afflic generally takes 56/0/15. You have 3 points to move around in theIts like Homeward Bound, but the puppy is uglieraffliction tree depending on the amount of hit from your gear, offering it greater flexibility than demonology or destruction.

56/0/15 with suppression

56/0/15 without suppression

You have some flexibility with the improved lifetap or improved drain soul, though I generally find the threat reduction to be more helpful.

Glyphing

Glyph of Quick Decay
Your haste now reduces the time between periodic damage ticks of your Corruption spell.

The primary reason why haste scales so well for affliction now. More haste = more ticks.

Glyph of Life Tap
When you use Life Tap or Dark Pact, you gain 20% of your Spirit as spell power for 40 sec.

This brings our total spell power from spirit to 50%. A must have.

Glyph of Haunt
The bonus damage granted by your Haunt spell is increased by an additional 3%.

This bumps Haunts bonus damage for DoTs to 23%. Incredibly sexy.

Rotation

The affliction rotation is more like a priority list, though your opening casts should follow an order. It goes as follows.

To open
Lifetap > Shadowbolt > Haunt > Unstable Affliction > Curse of Agony > Corruption

Priority
Corruption > Haunt > UA > CoA > Shadow Bolt

Generally speaking, you just spam shadow bolt and refresh your UA and COA as needed, as well as your lifetap. If there is no boomkin or UH DK in the raid, and no demo or destro lock to be the Curse of Elements bitch, then it falls on you to apply it before any other spell. Curse of Agony averages to about 8% of your damage, versus the 13% increase from Elements, not to mention the raid increase.

Second Guest Post at Gamerofsorts.com

28 Jun

Published last night, this post deals with some 2v2 strategies and general tips.  Part 3 should be published later in the week.  While your there reading the post, why not check out some of the cool writings DKS has done.  His blog is http://dpsmeter.blogspot.com/

Its been fun so far, writing about priest pvp.  Look for another article next week!