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, for my first post in months, I’m going to talk about something very ‘meta game’. I’m going to talk about balance in general, over all DPS classes/specs, then I’m going to try and tie it back to warlocks, and to some degree all classes, and why some things need to change.
Today I’m going to talk about something a little different. Something interesting is happening in wow, that I don’t think we’ve seen before. The level of balance between the 3 warlock specs is currently such that, unlike before, there is no ‘real’ top spec. No spec that is 10-20% ahead of the others. At the same time we now have more tools than ever before to assess how well a spec is performing, not just in a sim, but in real raiding conditions, here I am talking about sites like stateofdps.com and the stratfu kamagami tools. These sites look at logging websites and pull out the top dps parses from sites like world of logs, and then take averages and other mathy things to give us some interesting information.