This post is still current for 4.2. Although it should be noted that Affliction drain life is no longer considered “viable” by a lot of people in 4.2. As such I’ve updated the title etc.
So your a warlock, and your fairly new at this whole warlock thing and EJ is overwhelming, or perhaps your just being lazy? Maybe you switch between all the specs fairly often and need a reference point for it all, or maybe it’s your 10′th alt and you need a quick reference for it. Well here’s my quick and dirty guide to the various rotations, specs, glyphs and stats for the 3 warlock specs.
Keep in mind, if your serious about raiding, this isn’t a full substitute for Reading through the various EJ sources or doing the research yourself. I’ve glossed over several things, and made generalizations, things like rotations and stats can have various subtleties and changes based on your gear and specific stats.
Important note: Demonology changes went in this patch that created the need for 2 specs. Both a single target spec and a multiple (2-3) target spec, both specs can AE effectivly.
So without further ado;
So today I’m going to talk about something often mentioned, but not often used by a lot of players, and seemingly miss-understood by most players as well. Its often talked about, either given a godly status or absolute crap status. The truth likely lies somewhere in between. I view simcraft as an invaluable tool in looking at some complex/hard to model comparisons, such as comparing (in wotlk) ISL vs the 3% hit talent whos name I can’t think of the top of my head. In current terms it can be useful for looking at things such as mana feed vs Imp life tap and doom and gloom.
Ok, so you know how to play a warlock post 4.0, but you havn’t bothered to look up @85 changes? You want the cliff notes edition, quick and easy. Well here we go, this is going to be a fairly quick guide to the warlock changes at level 85, our new spells, and a few other important pieces relevant to warlocks.
Perhaps you’ve been to busy with a 11th hour, 59th minute and 58 second kill of LK or some such (I’m STILL trying to get bane, 30% wipe D:) and haven’t had a chance to look things up. Well here it all is.
This has been one of my most popular posts, but the examples of where you could use it were all out of date. I somehow doubt many people want to know where they can use BoH in ICC and RS.
As such I’m going to give this post a little bit of a update.