Theorycraft, Warlocks

Ask Mr Robot

Go visit Ask Mr Robot. I don’t suggest -blindly- following it’s suggestions.. but I am happy and all glowy with it’s recommendations. Thanks Elk and Ful.

Theorycraft

When to break socket bonus

Gems call to me mightily. My inner OCD REALLY wants to match the socket to get the bonus. It’s like winning a little mini-game. BUT my inner mathematician knows that sometimes (most of the time) it’s better to say “Damn the Torpedoes” and just jam a red gem in everything. Sokay. Here’s the proof. If you start with a pawn…

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Warlocks

4.0.3a Rotation Notes

I know we’re on the eve of a new patch.. and everything will change.. again.. but I wanted to get my notes down. This is only concerning spell orders. Spec, Glyphs, pet choice, stats, gemming, enchanting and consumables are covered in my Affliction Cheatsheet (which I’m in the process of updating). Any/all comments welcome. — Affliction: (4.0.3a) Initial Cast 1.…

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Lilac, Warlocks

“DI THE TANK!!!”**

Dark Intent – Can only be cast in a party (which makes it very hard to setup power auras and to test with). – Gives you and your target each 3% haste. – When you (or the linked target) gets a dot/hot crit the other person gets 3% increased dot damage/healing which lasts for 7 seconds and stacks up to…

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Lilac, Warlocks

Pretty Pretty Trinkets

I think of all the armor slots I hate trinkets the most. It’s because it’s hard to compare “occasionally hits target with shadowy damage” vs “summons a minion to fight at your side” vs “very very occasionally gives you god-like int.. but then is on cooldown for the rest of the fight”. So when a guildie was offering the Darkmoon…

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Warlocks

ISF makes me grumpy

I hate it. I’m glad it’s changing… but I can’t sit on my thumbs waiting for it to change. *sigh* Ok. Soul Fire is a long cast fire spell (4 seconds unless you spec into Emberstorm. Then you can bring it down to 2 second cast) that has no business in my shadowy dotty rotation. Regardless, 15% haste is too…

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Warlocks

Pandemic + Haste

Pandemic causes your Bane and Curse spells to behave as if you have 50% haste (50% haste reduces GCD for casters down to 1 second). Assuming that Haste and Pandemic don’t stack (ie you can’t bring your GCD below 1 second) that would imply that the second point in Pandemic becomes less important as your haste increases. In fact, using…

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Warlocks

Haste and Hit

I finally published my Affliction Haste manifesto. So now I have all the information I know about Hit and Haste published on permanent pages. Any and all comments appreciated.

Warlocks

Soul Shard Worthy

The suggestions in Cataclysm so far for using our precious soul shards are kind of tepid. So I put on my thinking cap to see if I can come up with better (ie, I’m making shit up so don’t get all butthurt if none of these come to pass). Again, I don’t PVP so I’m skipping all those neat PVP-centric…

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