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12-01-2008 @ 7:08PM
This is going to seem like I'm kind of harping, but it's been a source of recent frustration in my pugs and among some guildies.- Don't use damage meters as a tool to see how hard you can push yourself unless your tank/healer are absolutely first-class. You'll end up engaging too early, over-aggroing, being in range of that one group-wiping ability from the boss just because you had to get that last hit in, letting your CC drop, whatever.- Don't use damage meters as the sole measurement of group performance. The mage might be a little behind because he has to sheep. The warlock might be a little behind because he has to use the succubus to CC. And so on. There are loads more ways to contribute to a group.- Do use damage meters to improve yourself. Use them to gauge how well you're doing compared to the rest of the group. If you're in a group of friends and you're vastly outperforming the rest of your pals, you might care to pass some loot on to them. If you're at the bottom of the group, you need to do some extracurricular improvements--examine your spec, the abilities you're using, grind for some cash to buy upgrades, whatever.- Don't be that guy who asks for damage meters in a pickup group. If you care about them, get your own and don't flaunt them. It almost never fails that the guy asking for meters or reporting them unsolicited is the guy who causes the tank/healer the most headache.... oh, and completely off-topic, but if there are any warlocks out there, quit life-tapping out of combat while your healer is drinking. -.- You have to wait on us to drink anyway, AND when we get up we have to spend the mana we just spent our time filling up healing your butt again.
12-01-2008 @ 7:24PM
Warlock here. If a warlock is being a jerk and lifetapping while you're drinking between trash pulls, just don't heal him (and if he's affliction, slap him and tell him to use dark pact + imp). If he gets mad at you for leaving him at 60% health, explain that he shouldn't be in any danger unless he pulls aggro or gets too close to an AoE mob. If he's still mad, type /ignore, because he is a nooblock and he gives us regular locks a bad name.
12-02-2008 @ 10:27AM
@TherethallWarlock here...if he's affliction and using dark pact, slap him for speccing it because life tap scales far better, and that affliction lock should know, knowing just how bloated the tree is, how much better that precious point would be better spent elsewhere. Just kidding...well, partially.@AyaJuliaI typically don't lifetap out of combat, it's something I do at the end of during combat to get the full benefit out of Haunt. However, after a boss fight that really taxes me, I will lifetap to mana up then eat some of the awesome food I make myself. Last night I had an otherwise wonderful priest who couldn't bear to see my lifebar go down for even an instant healing me before I could even start eating. I had to explain twice that I don't drink, I tap and eat, since nice food is free for us cooks.However, if the warlock is tapping out of combat with no intention of eating and then expects you to heal them, they are being lazy and SHOULD be slapped.
12-02-2008 @ 1:49PM
I've got a tank (prot-war), healer (holy-priest) and my main is an Affliction Lock. Out of a boss fight with lots of AE, but all means please don't waste mana healing me. I drove a friend crazy while we were doing Isle one day without knowing it. At the end of the quests, she asked if I didn't have bandages or something, since she wasn't spec'd healer."Oh, I didn't know you were trying to heal me, I keep myself around 60% health to keep benefit from Siphon Life, Drain Life, Haunt et cetera."If you're partied with an affliction lock, be aware that in combat they are self-healing, sometimes a LOT. It's a design feature for us, and keeping me topped off is a waste of mana.(Ignoring of course the times when Area heals are used.)Out of combat, sometimes I will lifetap just because it's pointless to have one bar full and the other empty. Both can regen at the same time. With Fel Armor now, I also have accelerated healing. If I notice a healer healing me, I'll let them know it's not needed.(The flip side of this, if someone wants to say Lock's are OP, is that in lots of groups, my DPS isn't fully realized simply because mobs die before DoT's have run their full course. For this reason I usually use my lock when soloing.)
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