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The tips and techniques explained here may be outdated.

Early Christmas for Affliction

A while back I wrote the following:


Thing 2: Dots, Hots and Haste
Some Hots/Dots may benefit from haste by ticking faster.

Verdict: Mixed. If your dot ticks faster it ends sooner meaning you have to recast it more. For warlocks they’re talking about doing this by having a glyph that makes your Corruption tick faster. I’m interested to see how the Glyph works with Everlasting Affliction. I re-cast haunt whenever it’s off cooldown.. and casts of haunt continually refresh corruption.. so potentially if my haunt casts are still fast enough to keep corruption refreshed.. then “faster ticks” just translates to more DPS. Though it also means that if I’m slow about putting haunt up I lose both haunt and corruption more often.

Now.. if they’d just update Everlasting Affliction to refresh based on casts of Shadow Bolt.. THEN we’d be in business.

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How to Gem via Flowchart: Affliction Warlock Edition

I stumbled across this flowchart at Righteous Defense and I thought it was brilliant and had to copy the idea for myself.

Flowchart made at flowchart.com

A lot of this is boiled down from info posted on [...]

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Pretty Trinket

montres_steampunk_1Trinkets scare me. I mean they’re lovely bits of sparkle that have tasty buffs on them.. but for some reason, I have a very hard time telling if trinket A is better than trinket B. I blame the proc. For some reason the proc part of the trinket just scares me. The math of the proc just makes my eyes cross.

Here’s an example:
Sundial of the Exiled vs Abyssal Rune vs Embrace of the Spider

They’re all so similar.. and I just get confused. Which two should I use?
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Warlock PVE Affliction Video

Quick video walking through the Affliction rotation I’m currently using on bosses.

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The tips and techniques explained here may be outdated.

Life Tap + Pet Attack Macro

Woot! So it turns out I can add life tap to my pet attack macro.

Pet Attack:

/target [help] targettarget
/petattack [target=pettarget,noexists] target
/cast [nochanneling] life tap(rank 1)
/stopmacro [target=pettarget,noexists]
/petfollow

If my target is friendly to me (ie, the tank) use my target’s target and ..
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This post was published long before the Mists of Pandara Expansion.
The tips and techniques explained here may be outdated.

Nibs Loot Lists

Hi all,

Quick note: I’ve updated my pre-naxx gear list and Badge and Raid Gear list for warlocks. These now use my new scales and include Argent Tournament, Ulduar and BoC items. [...]

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The tips and techniques explained here may be outdated.

Warlockery: By the Numbers

I just want to start off by saying: I’m a bad bad blogger. I’m thrilled to death when I get email from a reader.. but unfortunately it’s taken me -way- to long to respond to this one.

A while back I got an email from Megan.

Megan wrote:
Hi there, I was reading your blog today and looking at the list of lock gear available from 10′s 25′s etc and I couldn’t figure out how you got your point values on each item as well as for the slot, is there another post I’m missing that explains the point system used?

I wanted to answer Megan immediately.. but the quick answer wasn’t going to be the full answer and really that question needed a full answer. Add to that, the numbers I used originally to generate those lists are no longer completely correct since 3.1 fiddled our values around. I’m currently working on updating those lists.

Sokay. Here goes. The numbers in my gear lists are based on the pseudopoints I calculated for the gear based on the output from Simulationcraft and implemented in the addon PAWN and lootranks/wowhead.
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Warlockery: Affliction very short term damage

trashThe following is -only- important when you’re single targeting trash that’s going to die very quickly. In a boss fight the loss of one tick is frankly insignificant. If you are part of the “trash is not important” camp.. feel free to skip this entry.

Anyway. Right now as an Affliction Warlock, if I have a single targeted mob I’ll use three spells (in no particular order) Haunt, Corruption and Shadow Bolt.
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Affliction Spec for 3.1

afflictionlogo11Ok. So I’m finally playing with the “final” spec trees. Here’s what I came up with on my first pass: 54/0/15 +2

Most of the point feel like “Well duh, of course I need to spend points here”. But as I thought about it some more I noticed that there are a few possible quibbles:
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Warlock Hit Rating

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