At the moment (patch 3.2.2) Deep Destruction is the acknowledged “best” Warlock DPS spec. I know this, you know this, we all get it. I’ve got it as my off-spec but haven’t seen the uber numbers with it so I continue to play as Affliction**.
A few days ago I wandered over to EJ with the intention of double checking my off-spec rotation and point allocation. While wandering the forum I found this lovely thread theorycrafting the “best spec” for patch 3.3. I was thrilled to find that deep affliction with felpuppy (my favorite setup) is currently mathified to be the “best” spec with Deep Destruction very very close behind (close enough that the difference is negligible and you could justify playing either). So my plan is to continue to play Affliction (and more often than not beat equally geared Destruction Warlocks) and ride the “favored spec” wave when it comes in 3.3.
Despite some guild problems, the group I raid with is still making some raiding progress. Last week we cleared Ulduar upto and including Thorim and Hodir. We intend to go back and try Mimiron and Freya hopefully this week.
A while back I read this very interesting article by Hydra about ‘lock tanking Mimiron. With that in mind I’ve adopted Hydra’s suggested tanking spec for my new off-spec. It’s not terribly far off of what I was using.. but I hope to be able to put it to good use both in Mimiron and in Faction Champions (higher health/survivability).
I’m happy to report that with the new spec and proper gear (hit capped, high stamina) I’m at a smidge over 24k health. Hopefully that will be enough.
**Secret confession: When I respec’d to Hy’s Tanking spec I also talked to the trainer.. you know.. just to make sure.. the trainer had ~4 higher levels of Chaos Bolt for me to learn.. so it’s slightly possible that I’ve seen gimped Destruction numbers because I was using a gimped Chaos Bolt. Yeah.. I did in fact /facepalm IRL. *sigh*