I was pretty under-whelmed by the 3.3 PTR patch notes
when they first came about, even going so far as to say on the podcast
that I was more interested in the hunter changes. The removal of the Imp quest
and the pet avoidance change made for some pretty slim pickings. The latest version of the notes is a whole other story though -- now this is interesting. Affliction
This is a spec that needs some love. It had some fun times early on in Wrath
with some big numbers and a lot of people flocking to its door. Not all were successful however, this was a powerful build but one that took some mastering. Many decided it wasn't worth the effort and went a hybrid demo/destro route to simpler, but slightly lower DPS scores.
These days the complexity of affliction is still there, it's a fiddly build to get right -- this is both a draw for many and a turn off for others. However, the numbers just don't make it as raid viable as destruction; if you can do well with Haunt
, you can probably do better with Chaos Bolt
. Affliction used to be a utility build but no more, other classes and builds are either doing it better or easier. So yes, affliction needs some love and it's getting it -- puppy love.
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