Answers for Abigore
Alternate title? “Alliteration.Win.”
Abigore of Fear.Win is curious about what 3.1 has in store. Sure, we’ve all read the patch notes (well, you probably have; I think I might be a build or two behind >.>) — but how are the upcoming changes going to affect how we spec and play? And are these changes going to be driven by cold, hard math or by our enduring passion (<insert obligatory stamina joke>) for the class?
What spec are you currently?
Felguard/Emberstorm (0/41/30) currently; Haunt/Ruin (53/0/8) traditionally.
How long have you used this spec and why did you choose it?
I much prefer the playstyle of Haunt/Ruin to Felguard/Emberstorm, but (as I’ve observed before) the former tends to be much less forgiving than the latter — and after raiding primarily as a resto shaman for the last few months, I’m finding that I’ve actually forgotten ‘how to lock. /shameface
I recently had an opportunity to ‘lock it up in Obsidian Sanctum because some odd twist of fate had us running healer-heavy and DPS-light. I was still specced Haunt/Ruin and slightly outgeared the other Affliction warlock in the raid. Nonetheless, he trounced me — and everyone else — on the damage meters.
The dust was still settling around Sartharion’s corpse as I fled to Undercity to respec Felguard/Emberstorm. Going Demo/Destro doesn’t help me relearn Affliction, but it does spare me the embarrassment of subpar DPS when I PuG into raids. Now, I’m just kind of waiting for 3.1; there’s no point in camping a target dummy to practice a rotation that will be obsolete in a few weeks.
What are you most unhappy with in your current spec?
It’s not Affliction.
At the risk of repeating myself, the problem with Affliction isn’t its relative complexity; it’s the fact that it’s completely unforgiving. If you’ve ever lost a 20+ stack on Malygos after eating two Power Surges in a row and had to start all! over! again! … then you know exactly what I mean.
What spec will you be taking in 3.1?
I haven’t decided yet. I haven’t been following the 3.1 news at all, and I never bothered to copy my warlock (or any other character, for that matter) to the PTR. I’ve been so focused on completing Glory of the Raider that I think I actually managed to convince myself that if I didn’t think about the patch, it wouldn’t arrive until after I earned my Plagued Proto-Drake …
If you plan on dual speccing, what will be your offspec?
If I were still raiding on my warlock, I’d probably dual-spec Affliction for long fights and some variation of Demo/Destro for heroics and trash. (Yay, burst!) But since I’m semi-retired, I don’t think I’ll bother — as much as it pains me to admit that it what started as a “warlock blog.”
The dual-spec I’m most looking forward to is Resto/Enhancement. (Windfury, how I missed thee!)