The scene: Onyxia 25 PUG.
I’m one of 4 warlocks in the run. A quick inspect of the others show that they’re all cookie-cutter destruction.
Out of the blue, during the standard PUG discussion** where every shaman demands 4 different pally buffs and someone randomly whines that they’re missing buffs but they don’t know which one.. and repeated requests for vent info (there was none)… out of the blue one of the warlocks typed the following in Raid:
/raid Fantacyx: Lilac, you don’t exist.
After a stunned moment I replied /raid Lilac: I beg your pardon.
I mean I’d always thought I existed.. but it’s really more of a metaphysical conversation than I expected to have in a PUG raid.
/raid Fantacyx: Since 3.1 Affliction warlocks no longer exist.
OH.. I get it.. I dared to be different and spec Affliction instead of Destruction. Meh.. I don’t want to fight. I’ll show neck and move on.
/raid Lilac: Oh.. OK, yes, yes your spec is superior to mine.. I am dirt, I bow to your uber awesomeness yadda yadda yadda
I didn’t want to fight about it.. whatever. Now.. honestly this other person had gotten my goat. I mean really. What is the big idea. Wait until -after- I do LOLDPS before you insult my spec. So.. at this point I’m a smidge pissed.. and challenged.
We pulled the trash down to Ony. At the end of the trash I was #2 DPS after a hunter. Number two.. and a LONG way ahead of the other warlocks.
/raid Fantacyx: Lilac why do you use the succy instead of the felpuppy?
/raid Lilac: Succy scales better with raid buffs.
Oh.. so now he’s curious.. I’m whipping his shiny backside and suddenly I exist. Faugh.
I’d love to be able to complete the tale and say I throughly trounced him and his cookie-cutter buddies in dps.. but unfortunately after 3 wipes the PUG fell apart (one of the tanks wasn’t picking up the adds and the adds where running rampant and wiping out the DPS). I came in at #6 DPS overall. There were other Warlocks above me.. but I don’t know if that’s because they were actually beating me.. or because they didn’t die as quickly as I did to adds. Hard to say.
So, it begs the question.. why do I do it? Why play affliction when everybody and their brother (read Elitist Jerks/Simulationcraft) had done the math and proved that “Affliction is dead, LOL, real warlocks play Destruction”?
1: Because I think that is a bunch of hooey. When push comes to shove the math proves that given a perfect stand-and-delivery raid, Affliction with Doomguard comes in first, followed closely by Destruction, followed closely by Affliction with Succubus. The differences between these is TINY.. minuscule.. infinitesimal. Seriously.. when you go back and remember we’re doing these fights in less-than-perfect stand-and-delivery scenarios the differences nearly disapper.
2: I -like- Affliction’s play style. I like the dot juggling. It can be very zen.
3: I SUCK at playing Destruction. I’m consistently 100-400 dps LOWER in my Destruction spec than in my Affliction spec. Granted, it’s probably because my fingers are more familiar with Affliction.. or because my Destruction spec includes Replenishment.. but srsly.. why should I force my fingers to learn Destruction when I like Affliction more?
4: I’m not playing in a cutting-edge guild. I’m not getting server firsts. The smidge of additional DPS I’d eek out by changing over to Destruction is not the make or break the encounter for my guild. Honestly I’m somewhat glad for it.. even in my “inferior” spec I’m usually in the top 3-4 DPSers. I’m ok with that.
** Added bonus.. the whiniest of them all was a hunter named “Khalitorah” (or something v. close to that.. I can’t remember the exact spelling). Sound it out. Innat special.