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Blood Pact: On the usefulness of SimulationCraft

Blood Pact On the usefulness of SimulationCraft MON
Every week, WoW Insider brings you Blood Pact for affliction, demonology, and destruction warlocks. This week, Megan O'Neill will tell you how she became the princess warlock of a continent called Pandaria by switching to saur'lock spec.

You know me: I play a warlock spec that starts with a 'D' only over several dozen copies of my cold, dead body. I'm diehard affliction whether the spec is on top or not. But that doesn't mean I don't ever pay attention to the DPS simulations. I just think the vocal playerbase hedges their bets a little too much on what comes out of the BiS heroic simulations.

Fortunately for me, Ghostcrawler also feels players put too much emphasis on SimulationCraft when it comes to spec balance in PvE. Does this mean SimulationCraft is not valuable? No, it just means that players should be more aware of what's going into a particular simulation and how to interpret whatever data comes out.

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Filed under: Warlock, (Warlock) Blood Pact, Mists of Pandaria

Patch 5.2 PTR: New legendary meta gems make their appearance

Patch 52 PTR  New legendary meta gems make their appearance
One of those things that we all get and really don't think much about once we start raiding is the meta gem for our helmet. Ordinarily we just find the one that has the stat we like and forget it, but in patch 5.2 we're going to be presented with a legendary option for the meta gem socket.

The Capacitive, Courageous, Indomitable and Sinister Primal Diamonds are all new meta gems that give various new effects, from Spell Haste from the Sinister to the Capacitance effect from the Capacitive. There's also the Tyrannical Primal Diamond, which is PvP oriented but lacks the interesting proc effects of the other legendary gems. Most current primal meta gems just have standing effects like reducing snare and root duration or increased critical damage, so it's interesting to see these new proc based meta gems.

Since they're legendaries, I expect they come from the continuation of Wrathion's quest in 5.2, and we'll see how they relate to other benefits like the Crown of Heaven.

Mists of Pandaria is here! The level cap has been raised to 90, many players have returned to Azeroth, and pet battles are taking the world by storm. Keep an eye out for all of the latest news, and check out our comprehensive guide to Mists of Pandaria for everything you'll ever need to know.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Mists of Pandaria

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