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2-07-2011 @ 10:49PM
When any destruction warlock can keep up with the AoE damage output of Survival Hunters, Fire Mages, Balance Druids, or Demonology Warlocks -- you might have a point. Using BoH on Halfus and multi-DoTing the Whelps will probably provide you with slightly higher damage, but the overall gain isn't terribly high. In fact, in several of the world top parses for warlocks on Halfus, they don't actually do all that much AoE damage. In fact, the highest Destruction parse, which isn't the highest warlock parse by quite a good deal, does make use of this tactic and yet their damage to the whelps only accounts for 4.2% of their overall damage on the encounter; and it is significantly less than any damage done to all of the other dragons -- the others being 4.7 and 8.3%.Further, the world top Destruction parse on Halfus actually follows the tactic that I described. They used BoH on Halfus for Whelps, then BoH on the single target adds and DPS Halfus. Clearly this makes the both of us fools. The same also applies to Affliction. You can do AoE DPS on the whelps, but it isn't all that significant to do so. Here's the best part though -- the highest Affliction parse for Halfus isn't even a Whelp parse (there is no AoE.) Now, obviously they merely sat on the boss the whole time and did nothing but Soul Swap DoTs to the adds, which not everyone is going to be allowed to do; however it merely shows the viability of ignoring the Whelps. Aside from Demonology, warlocks simply don't have stellar AoE capabilities. Their AoE isn't terrible, but other specs can do it better. BoH and multi-DoTing is the only thing that makes Destruction even remotely useful for AoE, and wasting Soulburn on Seed of Corruption is the only thing that can keep Affliction viable; but in many scenarios, such things are a waste to do. It all depends on raid comp. If you run with other heavy AoE DPS specs, then why waste your DPS doing less?
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