Jun 11th 2009 11:58AM You know, if this was Showtime at the Apollo, the dancing dude with the cane would be pulling you off the stage right now.
On the plus side I don't think I've laughed this hard in awhile. While the Haunt entry was a good solid chuckle this line: "Entire organs could disappear, or appear, or change form entirely when struck with a Chaos Bolt." made my day. lol solid gold right there.
Raid Leader: OH CRAP YOGG JUST GREW ANOTHER BRAIN. WTF IS GOING ON????
Warlock: My bad.
I've given up hoping for any helpful information but at the very least I get a laugh once a week.
Jun 2nd 2009 10:30AM You're an idiot. Full Destro locks got super buffed last patch for PvE and is right up there with Afflocks now. This is a PvP change that in all honesty won't affect much. I really have no idea why you're QQing considering locks do ridiculous amounts of dmg on almost every boss fight in Ulduar. If your dps is lower than everyone else in your raid then I would say it's a user error.
May 19th 2009 11:38AM @Yeng
One of the reasons that Lock/DK/Holy Pally teams were so beast last season (and on the Tournament realms) was because of how terrible warriors and rogues were against DK/Pally and how great locks were against holy pallies. The Europeans tended to use a Hunter instead of a Lock in that combo but it had the same end result. When they both got buffed last patch and DK/Pally/Lock were nerfed (the loss of SL and the fear nerf really hurt that comp) the comp lost a lot of it's power which is why locks are in the state that they are at this point in time.
May 19th 2009 11:25AM I went to his armory and he seems to have both the Haunt/SL and the CB/SL specs. Did he by any chance mention when he would use which spec and why?
May 13th 2009 5:38PM My favorite in-game item is the Enzu mount that you get from H. Seth Halls. My druid will ride nothing else!
May 12th 2009 6:15PM The leveling spec is entirely based on your comfort level with mobs in your face and you being a cloth-wearing class. If you've leveled two hunters than you're probably going to be most comfortable with a felguard spec that dips into the destro tree since a felguard's threat is pretty insane and with the cleave you can actually hang on to more than one mob. I personally preferred leveling affliction. Others really like destro.
I've found that the easiest way to level for people who prefer pets is with a Felguard/SB spec and then (if you like the Felguard) moving over to a more traditional 41/30 spec when you get more comfortable with your demon. A 41/30 spec uses fire instead of shadow spells and only uses Corr/CoA to proc MC but the rotation can get some getting used to. Being able to toss Corr/CoA and then just SB spam is a hell of a lot easier.
Here is an example of a Felguard/SB spec for a level 71: http://www.wowarmory.com/talent-calc.xml?cid=9&tal=000000000000000000000000000000320330113521250013500100005033005220001000000000000
I went with some talents that are normally associated with PvP to increase survivability but there's a lot of leeway and depending on whether or not you're dying all the time you can choose talents that are more dps related.
Once you hit around 75 you should have your pet under control and can then start picking talents up like Decimation where you get to shoot massive fireballs at mobs when they're at or below 35% health or you can grab some more resillience for your pet so he can tank elites for group quests that you feel like solo'ing. Kind of up to you and how much you feel you've gotten the hang of it.
With the nerfs to SL and fear the new affliction spec might be slightly more difficult to level with than the old affliction spec but it's still viable. Even now when I'm doing my JC or cooking daily I just run around casting CoA/Corr on as many mobs as I can until they all die. I don't even lose health. Farming has never been so easy.
As for gear - every spec really likes spellpower. Crit/haste is secondary and a balance of both is fine for leveling. If you prefer quest-grinding rather than instances you don't really have to worry about hit too much but if you see a piece with it pick it up and toss it in your bank. Stamina is nice to have but don't gem for it. If you go demonology you're going to pick up extra stamina from your tree anyway.
And that's basically it. Locks have tons of ways to heal themselves (Drain Life and Fel Armor; SL/Haunt if Affliction) so you have little to no down-time if you're smart about LTing and you can always buy sauteed gobys in the AH for super cheap.
TBH, after leveling a druid (to 80), priest (to 60), lock (to 80), and a shammy (got the shammy to level 25 lawl) the lock was by far the easiest.
May 12th 2009 2:12PM Would it be possible to have a guest poster to talk about PvP or something relevant to current raiding? I feel like it's been a month of posts that really have nothing to do with either a current raiding lock or arena-ing locks. I mean - posts about doing Naxx after Ulduar came out? Leveling guides for one of the easiest classes to level in the entire universe? (There's a reason why the joke: 'What do noobs and rogues have in common? They both pick locks' is funny.)
I understand that everyone is at different levels and I commend you for taking the time to talk to the people who are more casual or maybe aren't particularily good at playing this game but it would be nice if one week would be aimed at those of us who are looking for something a little bit more in-depth. Sort of how Allison talks to her druids.
So it would be one week of "Welcome to playing a warlock!" and then the next week could be an indepth look at good arena combos for certain lock specs or something like that. You know?
And if you don't have the experience to write about those things maybe talk to someone on your server who is a 2k lock and get some insight? Or talk to the lock in the number one guild on your server for pointers for Ulduar bosses (especially achievements/hard modes)? I'm not asking for EJ depth but just some pointers would be pretty cool.
Again, this isn't meant as "boo you suck" but more of a request to have posts that cover the skill level of ALL the locks who read WI.
Apr 20th 2009 2:37PM Affliction is still amazing dps and unlike Naxx, Ulduar is actually somewhat difficult in terms of AoE damage done to the raid. Being affliction and having my Haunt and Corruption healing me while using my LT rotation has really been a life-saver.
The math has already been done that shows that the succubus is the highest dpsing pet especially now that priests have spirit as a baseline talent. There's no need to investigate.
If you're having issues with remembering to LT I would suggest using Ghost Pulse. Easy to configure so it flashes the icon when your buff wears off.
Apr 15th 2009 5:35PM Yeah pretty much this. No one (especially the locks) should be surprised by this. The amount of dmg conflag was doing was pretty ridiculous even after the nerf to the 2p T8 and the glyph.
Apr 8th 2009 12:07PM I have to say, Allison, you are by far the best writer on this blog. Your posts are informative and well thought-out. As a lock I am incredibly jealous of the druids.