[Warlocks] Anyone want a cookie?

Kripi's picture

I won't do this as a poem as some people suggested Smiling, but here is a how i play my warlock in raids.

Destruction:

My favorite spec for destruction is:
http://eu.wowarmory.com/talent-calc.xml?cid=9&tal=0000000000000000000000...

the talent points in Backlash, destructive reach and Soulfury are free to use anywhere you want. if you have a lot of thread issues i'd suggest using all backlash points in destructive reach and keep soulfury. but that is my personal preference. Soulfury is very usefull at quite some bosses to increase your own survivability (most recent examples are Faction Champs and Anub'Arak P2).

Itemisation:
1) Hit rating till you have 13-14% in 25 man, 16-17 in 10 man if you don't have anyone bringing the +3% hit buff
2) Spell power
3) haste
4) Crit
5) spirit

Weapon buff:
Grand Firestone

Major Glyphs:
Glyph of Conflagrate
Glyph of Immolate
Glyph of Incinerate

Minor Glyphs:
Glyph of drain soul
2 random other glyphs

Pet to use:
Imp

Spell/ability Priority:
1) CoE or CoD when something else brings CoE
2) Immolate
3) Conflagrate
4) Chaos bolt
5) Incinerate
6) CoA
7) Corruption

CoA and Corruption i only use if i have to move a lot, and something doesn't have a DoT from me yet. For me keeping up CoA or Corruption tends to screw up my use of Conflagrate.

Demonology:

Best raid spec i think is:
http://eu.wowarmory.com/talent-calc.xml?cid=9&tal=0000000000000000000000...
It buffs a raid really a lot, and it has good personal dps once you mastered it. One sidenote, is that a raid should always and only have one warlock with this spec. Reason is this spec gives less dps output then Destro/Affliction or, as i am to understand, the Felguard/Emberstorm or Imp/Conflagration spec.

Itemisation:
1) Hit rating till you have 13-14% in 25 man, 16-17 in 10 man if you don't have anyone bringing the +3% hit buff
2) Spell power
3) haste
4) Spirit
5) Crit (more or less useless tbh)

Spirit is really good in this build: 1, you get yourself 39% spellpower from total spirit,2 it gives you spell power from Glyph of Life Tap, 3 it increases the spellpower from Demonic pact. 4 it gives you extra mana from lifetap. I think a rough calculation would be that 1.5 * total spellpower = your personal dps in this build. Also i noticed that haste is really important in this build. try to get around 800 (with grand spellstone) and you really start seeing some decent
dps.

Weapon buff:
Grand Spellstone (haste)

Major Glyphs:
Glyph of Metamorphosis
Glyph of Life Tap
Glyph of Felguard

Minor Glyphs:
Glyph of drain soul
2 random other glyphs

Pet to use:
Felguard

Spell/ability Priority:
1) Demonic Empowerment
2) CoD, unless target is below 35% CoA to make sure Molten Core is up.
3) Corruption
4) Immolate
5) Soulfire (if decimation procced)
6) Shadowbolt

There are more dps viable demonology specs, but i haven't tried them out (yet):

http://eu.wowarmory.com/talent-calc.xml?cid=9&tal=0000000000000000000000...

Glyphs should be:
Glyph of Life Tap
Glyph of Felguard
Glyph of Incinerate

http://eu.wowarmory.com/talent-calc.xml?cid=9&tal=0000000000000000000000...

Glyphs should be:
Glyph of Life Tap
Glyph of Immolate
Glyph of COnflagrate

Last note about all these specs, is that in the next patch, decimation will proc from soulfire itself as well, which will be a major dps increase in the last 35%.

Affliction

I haven't played this a lot lately, but i think with the upcomming change it will be interesting what impact it will have (Haste will increase curruption dmg!)

Spec to use:
http://eu.wowarmory.com/talent-calc.xml?cid=9&tal=2050212021023510053500...

Not much extra to tell about this spec, for affliction from what i have done/seen this is the best spec to use. For some extra slowing effects on mobs/bosses it may be handy to put 1 point from cataclysm to Curse of Exhaustion.

Itemisation:
1) Hit rating till you have 13-14% in 25 man, 16-17 in 10 man if you don't have anyone bringing the +3% hit buff
2) Spell power
3) haste
4) Spirit
5) Crit (less useless compared to Demonology i think Smiling)

Spirit is again quite usefull because you will gain extra mana from lifetap, lifetap glyph and you still get 30% sp from total spirit.

Pet to use:
Succubus though since this one dies quite fast i recommend using the felhunter or put 1-2 points in felsynergy, again from cataclysm.

Weapon buff:
Grand Spellstone (haste)

Major Glyphs:
Glyph of Life Tap
Glyph of Corruption
Glyph of Agony

Minor Glyphs:
Glyph of drain soul
2 random other glyphs

Spell/ability Priority:
1. Haunt
2. Corruption
3. Unstable Affliction
4. Curse of Agony
5. Drain Soul @ <25% HP
6. Shadow Bolt