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Welcome to Emberstorm

Welcome to Emberstorm! That new warlock (and associated alts, rambling, and maybe even SC) blog that’s named after a talent!

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For my first post, I thought I’d go over some of the new warlock stuff (duh), but as your likely to be SWIMMING, nay drenched! in new talent builds and rotations, I thought I’d leave them alone and go over some of the more ‘minor’ changes. So what else is new?

soul shards
Soul shards, as we have  known them, are gone (see first image for a soul shard bag, without soul shards in it!). They are now a new recourse for us! We can use them, with the spell Soulburn, to get various fun things like instant soul fires! =D You can replenish them, while out of combat, with Soul Harvest, or while in combat, if your destruction and have something to kill, using shadowburn.

Affliction quite possibly has the best soul shard usage with the ability to use Seed of Corruption to spread Corruption to every target hit by its aoe. Sadly something tells me with the new threat mechanics many warlocks may die after attempting this.

Curses and Banes
Curses have now been split into banes (damaging ability’s) and curses (pure utility ability’s). What does this mean? It means we can now happily apply such debuffs as reduced physical damage without losing any dps beyond the GCD needed to apply it.

At the same time we are gifted with Bane of Agony, and Bane of Doom. Bane of Agony is very similar to what it was before, deals weak damage to begin with, slowly ramping up over time. Bane of Doom now, unlike the previous Curse of doom that lasted 1 minute and dealt damage at the very end, deals damage every 15 seconds for 1 minute, with a chance to summon a demon (a little mutant imp) on each tick.

Intellect is the new Spell Power
If you have had a look around your gear, you may have noticed something missing. Spell power has been removed from all gear, and instead Intellect now gives spell power, what does this mean for us warlocks? Not very much actually since Spell Power and Intellect were always on gear in the same ratio. The biggest other stat/gem change for us is that we first of all no longer desire spirit, hit is now a blue gem, and Int gems are now red. As such you should be looking at having 2 Spell Power/Intellect gems in your gear (Veiled Dreadstones) and the rest as before, either full Int or Int/haste.

Mastery and Reforging
Mastery is a new stat found on gear, except that its not. What do I mean? Before Cataclysm is actually released your unlikely to find mastery on any gear, so why is it worth noting? You can now also reforge your gear. This is the ability to turn one secondary stat on your gear, into another stat that is not already on your gear. To reforge your gear, simply visit a reforging NPC, which are all next to enchanting trainers (for example, in the door and to the right in Dalaran). For an example of Reforging, a before and after of my ICC rep ring.

What should you reforge into what? This is a tricky question. Elitist Jerks have been calculating the weighting numbers, but these numbers are only for the top end (BiS ICC25 HMs) gear, and are also changing almost daily. I’ve reforged just about everything I can to either hit (until the cap) and then mastery, although it now appears that haste may be better than mastery.

When a new pre-compiled version of Simcraft for 4.0 is available, I would recommend downloading it and running in on your character to get your own personal stat weightings, if you don’t know how? Never fear! This is on my list of blog posts to do later. 🙂

But what does mastery actually do? This is chosen when you pick your talent tree, and can be viewed by either clicking the View Summaries button in your talent window, or by mousing over your mastery rating in the Character information section of your Character Info page(GG bliz on naming… does that even make sense?) which can be brought out by the little arrow you see in the bottom left of the below screen shot. While we are here, mousing over hit rating is recommended, as it tells you how much hit you require to hit bosses. VERY useful.

And that’s a wrap
I hope you enjoyed this first post here at Emberstorm, and that perhaps you may even be back to read more of my ramblings. Perhaps even tell a friend if they are swimming in the changes and have no idea what is going on at all!

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  1. October 16, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Good luck with the blog! 🙂 And I love that you’re roasting both mages and gnomes. If it’s a gnome mage do they smoulder better?

    • October 16, 2010 at 12:42 pm

      I usually don’t leave anything to smolder (Only if I’m being sloppy, or in a rush), so I’m not actually sure. =(

  2. October 17, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Welcome aboard 🙂

    I actually really like Destro’s use of shards – the instant-soulfire is pretty much my favourite thing ever. I love openers .

  3. October 18, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    You know you really wish you were a gnome!

    • October 19, 2010 at 8:51 am

      nononono, you wish I were a gnome, god only knows why. Me? I just leave smoking holes where gnomes used to be =D

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