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Affliction: The plot thickens

Today Ghostcrawler wrote: I’ve mentioned a couple of times that we want to simplify Affliction’s rotation a little. Making the dot durations more consistent would help, but so would things like getting a couple of spells (Immolate and Siphon Life maybe) out of the rotation. I’m not talking about nerfing Affliction, nor making those changes in a vacuum. This would…

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(Deprecated) Warlock Hit Rating

DEPRECATED! This information has changed as of patch 3.1. Please see the updated page about hit rating. Unlike melee combat, it seems that spells are on a two roll system for hit and crit. The system rolls once to see if you hit.. and then rolls again to see if you crit. This means that if you can’t hit, you…

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Affliction: more scribbles

Learning to beat the drum I think.. the affliction dot rotation is complex because we have two different drums. That is, we have two competing cast sequences. In order to achieve 100% uptime we would need to be able to weave both of these together. Wow.. we’re starting to sound like BC Hunters.

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Affliction Rotation 3.0.2 Scribbles

[Edited: Ok.. so on the commute home it occured to me that the following is somewhat crap. I had a minor brain fart and this won’t keep haunt up all the time. Expect something better in the next few posts.] Noodling a cast sequence. These are probably “boss fight” sequences.. as trash dies too quickly to warrant a decent DoT…

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NWO: Warlocks in 3.0.2

Assumption #1: I’m totally making this stuff up.. I haven’t tested it yet.. I’m figuring it out while I’m at work so I can have a jump when I get home. Assumption #2: I’m assuming that all the talents will be in the game after I get home and get to try out 3.0.2. This isn’t necessarily true given that…

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3.0.x: I got spirit, yes I do…

So I heard a while ago that they were modifiying Warlocks so that we would use spirit since it was going to be on the gear we picked up (and shared with every other clothie-caster). I heard “Lifetap will now scale with spirit instead of Spellpower”. I wasn’t too worried. I did wonder if I would now need to stack…

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Lilac, Warlocks

Emo Healing

So, for a lot of boss fights I, Lilac the affliction warlock, end up standing relatively close to the tanks (to make sure they get the imp buff). As a conscientious warlock I strive to be “just a little hurt” so that my mana pool stays up and the incoming health from my Siphon Life isn’t wasted. This means that…

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30 second wonder

Dots run a long time. Trash dies in a short time. Using dots on trash means they die before the dot has time to go bang. To get more bang for your buck be smart about killing trash and do it different from bosses and grinding. My question: Which dots? The answer surprised me.

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UA/Corr or Corr/UA

If you have both instant cast Corruption and Unstable Affliction, and you cast them together, which should you cast first? Here’s the visual. On top is Unstable Affliction followed by instant cast Corruption. The bottom pair shows instant cast Corruption followed by Unstable Affliction.