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Late to the party and I only brought Affliction Warlock Cataclysm pre-beta info spooge

I am not a mage. With that out of the way I’ll stop QQing about Warlocks becoming more Mage-like with the announced changes and just move on.

I also only play Affliction (the one true Spec) :) .. and I don’t PVP so it seems silly for me to try commentate on Destruction or Demonology.. or PVP. So I won’t.

Affliction things I could potentially care about:

TL;DR: It’s better then a kick in the teeth. OH and Hi, yeah.. been hectic here.  Life and all.  If you ever decide to fall off a horse.. just don’t.  It’s better that way
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This post was published long before the Mists of Pandara Expansion.
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What goes around.. keeps going around...

Our timeline.
BC: Warlocks hit lifetap to get mana back by sacrificing health. Some (bad) warlocks hit LOTS of lifetaps all at once scaring the healers. Warlocks cackle maniacally.

Wrath Development(late 2008): Blizz consolidates gear so Warlocks are sharing gear with priests and mages. This means that everyone will be getting Spirit gear now. [...]

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“Whar’s ma DPS?” Affliction Checklist

I’ve been watching threads on the Warlock’s Den for a while. There’s some good stuff going on over there.. unfortunately 80% of the threads are people saying “I’m not getting as much DPS as I think I should. What am I doing wrong?” These threads aren’t bad.. but eventually they get a little repetitive. The answers are always the same. The people who reply check the same things every single time to figure out what the poster is doing wrong. So.. here you go.. here is my generalized list of how to maximize your DPS in order of importance. Start with number 1 and work your way down. Don’t skip ahead.
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Not in the notes

I think Blizz is getting a smidge sloppy with Warlock tooltips. It’s kind of the “We’re going to change them entirely.. so meh.. whatever.. they’ll be fine for a few months.” There’s a few things going on in Warlockery (most specifically Affliction) that unless you’re obsessive about watching for blue posts (or notice something in testing) you may have missed.
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My pet's better than your pet

Open Question #3: – I -think- Felpuppy is the best pet.. but is he better than Doomguard? Should I use Doug when not on cooldown or stick with Fzygwhateverhisnameis? Is it worthwhile to throw down Infernal for last 30% of the fight60 seconds of the fight and replace the felpuppy.. or should I only summon infernal [...]

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Elements VS Agony

Which do you choose Curse of Agony or Curse of the Elements or Curse of Doom?

Agony does damage.. but Elements increases your damage and the rest of your raid’s damage. BUT Elements shares a debuff slot with “Earth and Moon” cast by Boomkins (should be part of their DPS rotation) and with “Ebon Plaguebringer” cast by Unholy Deathknights (passive part of their rotation).
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Affliction Warlock Pawn 3.3

I finally got a moment with SimulationCraft and found out they’ve made really nice improvements to the tool. I was able to setup several profiles on WowHead and then use those to generate information. I still haven’t figured out how to get them to show up side-by-side.. I have a feeling I need to edit a config file and I haven’t had time to do that.

Quick&Dirty SimulationCraft howto:
Download the SimulationCraft project and install it somewhere.
Launch the code by clicking on the executable (simcqt.exe).
Read the instruction (ok, I know you’re going to skip them.. at least skim the instructions).
Click on the “Import” tab.
Navigate to an import source (WowArmory or an already-set-up WoWHead Profile).
Click the “Import!” button on the bottom right-hand corner of the application.
Click the “Simulate!” button on the bottom right-hand corner of the application.
Marvel at the pretty pictures.

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Warlocks and the Pally Buffs

On the post earlier today Jacob commented:
[Nib wrote] “I believe our pets share pally buffs with us”
Yes, they do. My pally is never quite sure what to put on warlocks in 5-man dungeons — about half of you seem to want Wisdom, the other half want Kings. Now you’re saying you want Might? My poor head…

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Felhunter notes

I did some quick and dirty tests with my felhunter and wanted to note them down.

Shadow Bite
Improved Felhunter

Fully talented my Felhunter should Shadow Bite every 2 seconds. The damage of that is increased by the number of shadow dots you have on the target. Shadow bite costs 3% of his base mana but if [...]

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Affliction Warlocks and Patch 3.3

math (1)I need some serious face-time with SimulationCraft. Right now I’m just taking my best stab at Affliction and running on gut feeling but I’m starting to feel the need for some firm hard mathification.

Open questions:
– My rule of thumb for CotEl has always been “if 3+ people benefit from it in the raid and it wasn’t covered by other buffs”, then I’d cast it. Rarely do we have both happen so normally I’m casting CoA. I’ve always believed that CotEl was a DPS loss for me.. but a potential DPS gain for the raid. Kring, on a comment on the last post, said that if the other buffs aren’t present (Earth&Moon or Ebon Plaguebringer) then CotEl is a buff to -my- personal DPS over CoA. This is news to me. Must investigate. If that -is- the case then I need to setup a couple of new PowerAuras to make sure I have it up when it’s needed. Does CoD ever factor in (aside from casting it on Razorscale as she flies up)?
– Need to re-calculate my pawn scales based on 3.3 algorithms and Glyph of Quick Decay.
– I -think- Felpuppy is the best pet.. but is he better than Doomguard? Should I use Doug when not on cooldown or stick with Fzygwhateverhisnameis? Is it worthwhile to throw down Infernal for last 30% of the fight and replace the felpuppy.. or should I only summon infernal if the felpuppy dies?
– With Shadow bolt refreshing Corruption.. should I be waiting until Haunt is nearly ended before re-casting it? I think so as that means I will have less casts/fight and free up a GCD for other spells.
– When RL calls out for everyone to “burn cooldowns” WTH am I supposed to do? Usually I just sit up straighter and think mean thoughts. Srsly.. I guess I could pop a Haste Pot.. but should I stack that with anything else? Both trinkets and my back enchant are proc based, not trigger based.. so I’m at a loss.
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