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10-08-2009 @ 8:52PM
I didn't pick up dual spec (and go Destro) because Affliction does less damage, but because they changed it to Shadow Bolt with some dots, rather than DoT's with some shadowbolts. It just doesn't feel the same for me anymore, though I DO use it when doing pug's with healers that don't keep up.It's like the old Riding Crop thing. They removed it because folks were making macros and stuff, and they felt it was clunky. Since they couldn't fix it, they just killed it...But, if someone had a problem with the riding crop, then they had the choice to not use it. Same with casting Immolate, if that was too "complicated", leave it off, no need to make it so you CAN'T use it. (And that's besides the siphon life lie)Anyway, Hasted DoT's could add an element back in of "gotta maintain the dots", but the fel-pup buffs are just damage, not playstyle. (Granted, I used my pup anyway, but that's just me. :)
10-09-2009 @ 12:04AM
I was similarly frustrated by the 3.1 changes. I loved the hectic DoT management and constant prioritization that Affliction demanded. After the 3.1 simplification, I decided to try Destruction for the first time and found the rhythm of it quite similar to Affliction post patch. Mechanically they are both the same for me and that is a damn shame as I've always thought of my warlock as crippling and leeching from his enemies rather than doing his best imitation of a fire mage.
10-09-2009 @ 7:22PM
@SeanSo they should make me a GREEN Fire Mage with a pet. Your point is pretty valid about SB spam not being fun though. Personally, I like the rapid-fire casting of Destro and I find it more fun than watching DOT counters. I suppose there could be a bit more differentiation in the mechanics of "blowing crap up" (vs. other classes). Maybe the re-vamp of Soul Shards will address this. The niches of Afflic (moar DOTs!), Demo (Meta/FG), and Destro (direct damage) are good though.
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