We’re taking a week off of raiding ICC to finish up our Ulduar achievements. Last night we downed Thorim, Freya and Mimiron. I have only ever done Mimiron once.. and that was me on my healer helping another guild to do hard-mode.. I’ve only seen it once.. and I don’t think we made it out of phase one.
Even with totally out-gearing the content.. Mimiron is still hard. There’s just so much happening all at once.. and 100 little different ways to die. We did kill him in the end.. but it was a close thing. I think we wiped on him ~12 times.
After that run I finally picked up my T10 helm. It’s the last piece I needed to get the 4 piece bonus. T10 for warlocks has alot of hit. Gear which I have which is best-for-dps for me also has alot of hit. This means I’ve been practically swimming in hit. I was spec’d 3/3 in Suppression and had 389 hit. Bah. That’s way too much no matter how you consider the buffs. I tried really hard to find gear to swap out the hit.. but I just couldn’t get my hands on any of it.. so I’ve come up with a new (better and more expensive) plan.
Step 1: Respec to drop Suppression.
Step 2: Fiddle gear to get to hit cap.
Step 3: ???
Step 4: Profit.
So here’s the new spec I’m rocking: 56/00/15
From my old spec, this drops Suppression, Curse of Exhaustion (which I had picked up for the Faction Champions and the Saurfang fight) and Improved Life Tap and instead picks up Dark Pact and Fel Concentration. If it turns out I can’t function without Curse of Exhaustion then I think I’ll drop Dark Pact and pick it up. OR I’ll drop Dark Pact and 1 point in Fel Concentration and pick up 1 point in Improved Life Tap and Curse of Exhaustion.
Why Dark Pact? Common knowledge says that now that it can trigger the life tap glyph, Dark Pact is a better bet then even improved life tap. Something about how it rewards more mana per tap.. and therefore frees you up to cast other spells more (or something like that).
Why Fel Concentration? In running through ICC I’ve found a lot of fights with somewhat constant AOE interruptions. These cause my cast time to be longer than it should be.. or cut ticks off of my channeled spells. Maxing out Fel Concentration should improve my dps by pushing back on these interruptions. Add to that.. I don’t think the models proper account for the benefit of -not- being interrupted(or being interrupted less often).. so I think they undervalue this talent.
Anyway, long story long… After I dropped Suppression I found that I didn’t have enough hit. I ended up buying the pattern for and making the Deathfrost Boots. They were both a DPS upgrade over my Prelate Boots and have a whooping 64 hit on them. That’s 6 Primordial Saronite ouch.
I respec’d and then fiddled my gear around. I ended up changing out two pieces of gear and having to get 6 new gems (for new gear) and three enchantment so it was a bit spendy. With my best DPS gear on I’m at 418 hit rating.. which means if I have only the Draenei buff I’m 2 hit rating below the hit cap. If I have the Spriest or Druid raid buff then I’m well over hit cap. If I have no hit buff(no draenei (like that ever happens) and no spriest/druid) then I can swap my off-hand item (to a lower DPS/higher hit off-hand) and get 455 hit rating.
I think I’m going to leave it at 418 for now.
On a test dummy I was pulling 5.2k DPS so I guess it’s alright. We’ll see how it performs in raids.