Panic now and get it over with.
Done yet? How about now?
Ok. Now we can talk. Any long-time reader of the blog should be suitably surprised. I’m going to do something I’m pretty sure I’ve never done before.. that is, on the day that patch notes are released I’m going to mull them over and contemplate the implications for affliction warlocks.
I’m totally making this crap up. So be prepared.
PTR Patch notes are here.
Suppression, a tier-1 talent at the top of the Affliction tree, will now effect all schools of spells. Cataclysim in the destruction tree no longer effects +hit. So it looks like all warlocks who are below the hit cap will be speccing into Affliction to pick up Suppression. It -also- looks like for the first time ever you could actually spec into Suppression and not have to put the footnote that the spell hit there won’t effect demonogy spells (specifically soulshatter).
Nkay… They’re continuing to streamline our curses. Combining (the neutered) CoR with CoW to come up with a suitably boring CoW. I figure I’ll still be using either CoEl or CoA or CoD. So this has little effect on me. Maybe it’s different in PVP.
CoEl increase for all warlocks to 13%. The bonus to CoEl was removed from Maeldiction and now it just gives bonus to the warlocks spell damage. That means that the CoEl can be maintained by any warlock of any spec, not just someone who’s spec’d into Mael. Affliction warlocks everywhere /cheer. Frankly unless I have 3+ people that can benefit from CoEl I’ve been using CoA so this is practically a non-change for me.
More and more Blizz seems to be pushing Afflocks to make Corruption their cornerstone spell. I guess it make sense.
Cast sequence now:
Shadow Bolt, Haunt, Corruption, CoA, Unstable Affliction, Immolate, Siphon Life
– Siphon Life is becoming a passive effect granted with any Corruption. The patchnotes don’t mention an increase to Corruption’s damage.. I’m hoping they just kind of sneak that in.
– Since Haunt and Shadow Embrace will no longer effect Immolate.. we again have to ask if Immolate is worth casting. I wish we could just solve this and put the question to rest. I’m tired of having to ask the same thing over and over again.
– Corruptions can proc Eradiction which will give my Shadow Bolts more +crit. This will cause me to cast more Shadow Bolts. I wonder at the math to show how many Shadow Bolts it will take to maximize this talent.
– Improved Shadow Bolt increases the damage done by Shadow Bolt AND increases spell crit strike (for me only or for everyone?) on the mob. So ISB+Pandemic can give me a yummy +crit bonus.. that works on SB, UA and Corr.
New cast sequence:
Shadow Bolt, Haunt, Corruption, CoA, Unstable Affliction, Immolate(?)
Refresh haunt as soon as it come off coodown… So I really only have to refresh Haunt, CoA, UA and Immo (?). It also looks like I get a lot more Shadow Bolt filler.
Oh.. and these new glyph have the potential to be sexy:
Glyph of Haunt *new* — The bonus damage granted by your Haunt spell is increased by an additional 3%.
Glyph of Life Tap *new* — When you use Life Tap, you gain 20% of your spirit as spell power for 20 sec.
“What about the bad?”
As usual, the forums are lit up like a christmas tree with screams from warlocks about how horrible their life is because of the nerf. uh-huh. Emo much?
Seriously, I’m looking.. for Affliction.. I’m not seeing so much bad. There’s a potential “bad” in that we’re losing a bit of DPS from Siphon Life (I wonder if 40% of the corruption damage is more or less than what we’re getting from it now). Eradication -used- to grant haste. I guess there’s a potential nerf there with losing that haste and gaining crit on your shadow bolt. Shadow Embrace and Haunt no longer give additional damage to Immolate. But seriously.. it’s one fire spell. At the moment I’m not convinced it’s a “huge” nerf.. and infact I’m not convinced that the DPS isn’t made up from the buffs included in this patch. I’m very firmly in the “wait-and-see” camp.
Destruction or demonology might be a different story.. but really, someone who plays those specs would have to say.