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12-06-2007 @ 2:57PM
@ Verit - One would take a look at the fact that Warlocks are the least changed class since BC came out and surmise that Blizzard feels they are balanced enough to not need too many buffs or nerfs. As I went and looked at the patch notes from patch 1.12 to 2.3, I'm not seeing any major nerfs, nor major buffs, to the Warlock class.I don't like to toss around the word "balance" alot when it comes to classes, but Warlocks have been and continue to be consistent heavy damage dealers, with good control and support features. If I were to say there was one class in WoW that really doesn't need to be touched, it's Warlocks.
12-06-2007 @ 3:07PM
No major nerfs eh? Maybe not in PVE but the drain life being affected by MS was a HUGE nerf, and lets not forget the resilience affecting DoTs nerf. I played (leveling a druid now) a destruction lock since wow started and they are in need of some love.
12-06-2007 @ 4:21PM
This comment is for PvE reasons alone, not PVP, but lets talk somewhat about balance.Currently, the pre TK/SSC raid spec is affliction all the way. And this is also the defacto raid tree, as it holds several raid buff/creature nerf talents like malediction and Shadow Embrace. A well balanced raid should have 2 warlocks with a deep Affliction spec to be optimized for debuffing/buffing.However, in SSC and TK, Blizzard sees the need for a warlock tank in two encounters, something that forces at least 1 warlock to spec into Soul Link, a worthless talent for raiding, expect for those 2 encounters.As if this forced respec for a warlock was not bad, we have the problem of itemization after Karazhan. Zul'Aman, Tempest Keep, SSC and Black Temple all focus on Crit and Hast along with Spelldamage. For a affliction lock (remember, the blizzard designed "raid tree") crit and hast does not buff damage at all. Shadowbolt is around 30% of the damage done by a affliction lock, so hast and crit is not a good investment to up damage.So, if a warlock wants to spec for raiding after Karazhan, you need to spec deep Destro, but Destro is not raid friendly, as it has no Hit talents, and no raid buffing talents. However, it's the only tree you can go if you want to benefit from anything that drops.So there is a need to look at warlocks and how they work in PvE, as it's currently not working as it should.
12-06-2007 @ 4:37PM
@mayoA lot of the nerfs that warlocks get aren't even mentioned in the patch notes. For instance the last 3-4 fear nerfs - I think only one has been mentioned.The only buff I've gotten since I've played the game is they removed the damage cap on seed of corruption.Not all of the specs are raid worthy either - which is a shame. Dots don't scale nearly as well with spell damage as other classes (shadow word pain for instance scales better than most warlock dots).
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