We went into Ulduar-10 and -finally- I got to bring my warlock. In a word.. I sucked. I was lowest on the damage meter.. and it hurt when fiancee not only pointed this out but pointed at the other warlock who was out-dpsing me by quite a bit. I was at 2.1k dps overall (recount showed me at 1.9k). (World of Logs (the new sexy WWS) and WWS.)
I’ve spent so much time on my Pally (or just plain not raiding) I’m rusty on my Warlock.
I keep forgetting to tap before I start my rotation so I’m not getting full benefit from the glyph.
I was dpsing adds on XT-002 while the boss was below 25% so I missed a significant amount of Drain Soul time.
I’ve become timid about spam seeding Razorscale’s adds because so often they peel off the tank and come eat my face.
My Doomguard bugged out and stood still in Razorscale’s blue clouds of fire and DIED even when I was spamming the “get over here” button.
Affliction sucks when you have to keep changing targets.
What am I going to do about it:
I think I need to start pugging more. Just so that I can have time on my ‘lock.
I need to ingrain the “tap before anything” into myself. I’m half tempted to setup my send pet macro to do a lifetap rank 1 with it. Hmm.. wonder if I can. Lifetap causes GCD.. but send pet doesn’t. HMMM.
Affliction -is- weak on adds.. but really it was mostly because of my hesitancy to seed that I sucked dps-wise on those high-add fights. I may switch to RoF where I can more easily control when the AOE starts and ends. Either that or when Razorscale is down, ask the tank to tank right under Razorscale so I can seed the adds AND get good damage on Razorscale.
Again on Razorscale I would stop DPSing and run out of the fight 3-5 seconds before Razorscale did the knockback. On second thinking the fall damage was really minimal so I think I’ll just stay in (and out of the line of fire of the breath weapon) and keep dpsing for those extra seconds.
As a run we had problems because we didn’t have replenishment in the group. I’ve changed my second spec to a replenishment/Destruction spec. Hopefully this will help the healers and also allow me to have higher single-target burst damage.
On a test dummy, unbuffed** I can usually get ~2.6k dps in my Affliction spec. Last night, in my shiny new destruction spec the best I could do was ~2.3k dps. I think that’ll get better as I get more familiar with the rotation.
** My test dummy test: Find an unused Boss dummy that isn’t “dead” or below 35% health (most spec’s do more damage when the mob is at low health.. so if you benchmark against a dead dummy it will give you inflated numbers). I like the ones in Darnassus. Make sure it doesn’t have any other buffs/debuffs on it. You should be buffed only with Fel Armor and your stone of choice. Send pet and do rotation for ~5 mins. At the end, call back your pet and let all dots drop. THEN read the dps number. You will peak higher DURING your rotation but looking at the number after everything drops will give you a more consistent benchmark to compare specs. DURING my rotation I’m normally at ~3.3k dps on my affliction spec.
In a “real” raid your DPS will vary because of raid buffs, movement, deaths and the fact that you can get “execute” damage on the boss. The dummy numbers are only for benchmarks.