Early Christmas for Affliction
A while back I wrote the following:
Thing 2: Dots, Hots and Haste
Some Hots/Dots may benefit from haste by ticking faster.
Verdict: Mixed. If your dot ticks faster it ends sooner meaning you have to recast it more. For warlocks they’re talking about doing this by having a glyph that makes your Corruption tick faster. I’m interested to see how the Glyph works with Everlasting Affliction. I re-cast haunt whenever it’s off cooldown.. and casts of haunt continually refresh corruption.. so potentially if my haunt casts are still fast enough to keep corruption refreshed.. then “faster ticks” just translates to more DPS. Though it also means that if I’m slow about putting haunt up I lose both haunt and corruption more often.
Now.. if they’d just update Everlasting Affliction to refresh based on casts of Shadow Bolt.. THEN we’d be in business.
I updated my glyphs and got the new “Glyph of Quickened Decay” (which btw is super easy for Scribes to get.. so don’t let them gouge you for more than ~10g). I have only raided a few times.. but I’m seeing that if everything is swinging the right way.. and I get super hasted my corruption is ending before my haunt comes back up to refresh it.
I was very very sad to contemplate that I might have to drop this super spiffy glyph since it borked up my Everlasting Affliciton.
THEN today I see that Bornakk posted “Recent In-Game Fixes – Decmeber 2009 – 12/14“:
Everlasting Affliction can now refresh the duration of Corruption on a target when the Warlock casts Shadow Bolt. This talent also refreshes the duration of Corruption with Drain Life and Haunt.
Nib dances a jig. We are now -totally- in business.
Nib’s Major Glyphs:
Life Tap, Haunt, Quick Decay
Nib’s Spell Priority:
Initial Cast: If on CotEl duty cast CotEl first. Follow up with Shadow Bolt and Haunt to stack your Shadow Embrace buff. Then Corruption, (CoA, if no CotEl), Unstable Affliction, then Shadow Bolt until Haunt is off cooldown. At this point, all DoTs and debuffs are up…refresh via the following priority list:
2. Haunt (re-cast just before it expires)
3. Lifetap (to keep lifetap buff up or for mana)(be sparing)
3. Corruption (if it drops for whatever reason)
4. Unstable Affliction (re-cast just before it expires)
6. If nothing else, Shadowbolt
During the last 25% of the boss:
Change #6 to Drain Soul. Note that the channeling of Drain Soul should interrupted to refresh any of the above.
Determing CotEl duty: use CotEl only if you’re in a group where 3 or more casters will benefit from the +13% spell damage and the group does not have a boomkin to provide “Earth and Moon” or an Unholy Deathknights to provide “Ebon Plagebringer” otherwise use CoA.