Just an 87 shockadin, y’know, killing turtles for shells, and this mogu gets all up in my grill about personal space.
WELL EXCUSE YOU I WAS HERE FIRST.
I’m not mad. Swear.
I realize I don’t really blog much solid warlock stuff over here anymore, but I write it over at Blood Pact, instead. If you’re looking for warlock information and guides for MoP and/or Patch 5.0.4, I’ve already gotten some stuff written down over there. Some of the stuff I’ve been writing since I started at WoW Insider is out of date with how the beta is working, so I’ve grabbed what I think is still relevant/useful.
Spec summary — Goes over general talent choices, damage cooldowns, healing cooldowns, curses. Then each spec gets a brief summary of major glyphs, pet use, stat priority at 85, and rotation breakdown.
Core summary — Things changed up for warlocks in general as well as in each spec. This covers Dark Intent, Symbiosis, general stat priorities, and briefly how the specs are structured so to keep the different spec flavors while retaining a unified warlock class.
Pets & Grimoires — My attempt at everything from the very basics of pet mechanics (for new locks who may or may not have played a pet class before) to the meatier Grimoire discussion. Goes over pet stances/commands, pet abilities, Command Demon’s various abilities, and brief summaries of the Grimoire uses per spec. The destro specific Grimoire use is possibly outdated (already!); Sacrifice wins in the pet sims, but the Observer (Supremacy) has been seen in the raiding sim.
Minor glyphs — A focus on showing off some of the cosmetic glyphs, but covering all the minor glyphs.
Warlock tanking — In which I tested out warlock tanking in Dark Apotheosis and found that my demon could do it better.
Leveling in MoP — I know one of the hurdles to new warlocks is the painful / confusing leveling. It got better in Mists, trust me.
Spells that are the same name but different — Like Dark Intent. It’s raid-wide now, OK?
Level 90 Talents — An overview of the level 90 talents. I’ll revisit this, as some of it might be out of date.
Demonic Gateway — A video I found on Demonic Gateway before I got my shiny new computer with Fraps. Demonic Gateway is our level 87 ability, and yes, you can go through it mounted!
Those who are not afraid to wield power — A new book showed up in Stormwind, summarizing warlocks’ efforts at gaining power after the events of Cataclysm. I went with it and tried to weave in new MoP warlock abilities with warlock flavor & personality.
Green fire questline possibility — This will always be in the back of my mind, OK?
This week, my guild is raiding in Dragon Soul under the 5.0.4 patch, so I’m tempted to do a Dragon Soul with 5.0 mechanics post. We’ll see how it goes.
I have plans for September posting, but if you have requests for MoP warlock posts, please let me know here or at WoW Insider.
I was questing in the Dread Wastes doing some Klaaxi questlines. I’d hit 90 barely into the Dread Wastes, and it had just opened, so it was about as mechanically buggy as it is atmospherically buggy. So I’m just now getting around to it for the first time, really, as I run out of fishing/cooking/farming dailies to do.
Anyway, I had this one quest where you go kill the Coldbite Matriarch.
You know what I yelled when I dropped into the cave, right?
Yes, running over the eggs spawns hatchlings (& hatchlings are spawned in the fight).
My dad’s a physics teacher. He teaches students of various math levels. That is, he need to make sure that when he’s teaching student about the physics of launching a cannonball, there are people in his class who might have just learned about sine and cosine functions.
My dad tells me students are smarter than when he was in school. I used to look at him incredulously — my peers are smarter than you were? whaaaaaaaaaaaaat, c’mon, Dad — and he’d tell me about when he took calculus. Calculus was a college thing, and not even first-year course. Calculus meant you were going to graduate school for something, like physics.
Today, there’s a lot of AP Calculus in high schools.
It’s not skimpy calculus, either. I didn’t fully understand what I learned in AP Calc BC until I had to do the Schroedinger Equation in only 2D (3D delightfully terrified me). My modern physics teacher — who also taught Pre-Calc, by the way — had to walk us through the electron in the energy well pictorially before that sum of rectangles under the curve thing clicked for me as an integral. (If I recall correctly, I got a 2 on the AP Calc BC exam, a 3 on the AB subscore. That was junior year. Modern physics was senior year.)
It’s not that calculus is any easier to learn today than it was when my dad took it. It’s the same calculus he learned. Modern calculus hasn’t changed in a few hundred years, actually.
But my peers and I have gotten “smarter,” which is to say we’ve gotten better at learning the math tricks in the time between my dad’s calc class and mine. (Some other day we can talk about whether that difference is due to innate intelligence or better teaching methods.)
Anne Stickney didn’t write a post about how the stupids are ruining the game. Nor did she write one that says if you’re not bored yet you’re stupid. It’s not a post about the pie chart of varying intellects of WoW’s player population.
Instead, she wrote a post about how we know all the tricks from having done them over and over. She wrote a post that says Cataclysm’s lesson to Mists of Pandaria is to bring its A-game in creativity with activities ranging from quests to heroic boss encounters. Because we’ve seen it all so far. Even the Cataclysm babies have gone back for transmogrification outfits, so they’ve seen it all, too.
It doesn’t have to be harder. We just want to enjoy calculus again, not have it be another same ole slog. Would you rather learn physics the old way again, which is to sit and listen to a professor talk on about it? Or would you rather do a quiz regarding a trash bag-covered hula-hoop target across the room with a small cannon that launches those coin machine bouncy balls, where your grade is 100 divided by the number of tries it takes you to hit the target?
Personally, I’ll take a permanent rain-check on the “Vanilla” physics education method. I loved that lab-quiz (100% baby!) and would do it again in a heartbeat.
(Maybe since I’ve done it once, add a hoop in for me, or I have to bounce it along the walls twice like a billiards game. Maybe.)
No, Icedragon, it’s not entirely about your post.
To be short about it, I agree with Ice and what she’s saying. I dislike having in my groups those who are stuck with the mindset of AoEing and who refuse to change to different strat or skillset.
And that’s all I have to say about the “what” of her post.
Okay, yeah, yeah, more like “CC Essay.”
I’m a warlock. I’m going to talk about warlock CC. But I’m pretty sure it could apply to any form of CC.
Epeen Points | I’ve gotten a whisper thanking me for my CC, that I “healed” as much just by doing my CC stuff. I told the bear tank guildy I’ll go anywhere with him since he’s a great tank, and he said ditto back. So, /flex, I’m good at what I do in instances. Maybe not topping the charts in DPS (it’s a dungeon, who the flip cares about your DPS number so long as you get it done with the least pain possible), but I help out well enough.
Once, the tank mentioned he loved Fear because it never broke. I was a bit sad to tell him I was just refreshing it before the duration expired. Then it’s amusing when melee dps try to hit a Banished target and it just sits there immune to everything. It’s highly annoying when I pull out my succubus to seduce something only to have someone run over and break it immediately.
So let’s talk about complete CC: the beginning casts, the refreshes, and breaking CC. By “complete CC” I mean something that prevents the mob from telling off your party members for wearing such horribly clashing outfits.
Textwall Crits for 9001 Damage | I’m going over four warlock CCs in detail (jump to: Seduction, Enslave Demon, Fear, and Banish), for either non-warlocks or warlocks who want to refamiliarize themselves with the spells. If you want to skip to the part about executing warlock CC in party, you can. Yeah, okay, it’s maybe two articles together, but I felt like going into the specific spell mechanics was still important.
…when you’ve got Stranglethorn Vale?
PST Fellow Questing Fiends: don’t click the links!
After reading Beru’s post on multiple sources and the comments that followed, I’ve decided to take a bit of a plunge. It feels largely like a plunge because I’m going to label it like a guide, and then I’ll cross my fingers until my knuckles grow white that I’m not guiding new locks in the wrong direction.
No Nose Snubbing Here
I don’t like untentionally annoying or pissing off people. Pffft, okay, nobody does, but I seem to have a particular knack for it in the eye-arr-ell. (Yes, I’m aware saying “in IRL” is like saying “PIN number.” Sssssh!) Today’s culture also seems, to me at least, to take things very personally without or with very little context, and there’s always a contest of some sort, and people won’t drop things until they “win.”
However “win” is defined.
I’m tired of competing to “win.” So I’m trying to convince myself to do this for myself, which usually ends up being my scratchbook for figuring things out. Because that’s what I do in my free time, I fiddle with things and do puzzles without the box.
I really don’t mean to sound like an ass by saying, “I solve puzzles without the box,” or “I level without heirlooms.” There’s no mental or hypothetical “/flex” at the end of those statements. It’s just what I do, and I feel like I have to add on “without the box” or “without heirlooms,” because otherwise people just go on about heirlooms or how those murder-solve puzzles where the box picture isn’t the puzzle picture are so annoying, which I really really don’t care about.
“Lemme ‘splain. … No, there is too much. Lemme sum up.”
I find playing the way I do as fun. I’m up for trying things, but if I don’t like a way, I won’t do it that way. I encourage the same.
I personally found affliction fucking awesome to play when I first tried it as I leveled. I still find it fucking awesome to play. I don’t dual-spec myself affliction just to snub my nose at the other two specs. I dual-spec affliction because I love PvE affliction and affliction PvP made me not hate PvP so much. (Well, affliction PvP and a podcast episode. Okay, mostly the episode and some really cool BG maps.)
If you don’t like affliction, if affliction makes you scream at your computer screen in blinding rage…then…don’t…play it. I won’t hate you for it. There’s this demonology lock in UR who is BAD ASS in my opinion. Ridiculously good. AKA “Dude, I might go try demo if it’s THAT cool.”
My aspiration is set at doing that for someone else. Maybe it’s a bit too high of a star to gaze at, but stargazing’s fun, right?
For Your Fel Intel
I was looking at Keeva’s 4.0 Druid Healing Guide, but mostly the icon, because I’ve not played my tree in so very long and I don’t know when I’ll pick her back up again. I’m not sure if I’ll make an icon or just leave it as a text link on the side. Icons are fun! But FYFI is what I’m planning on calling it.
Because I thought it was at least half-punny on FYI.
Because I figure “information” is a better way to put it than “>> HEY, DO IT THIS WAY OR YOU SUCK <<”. Not that any guides I’ve seen on the blogosphere do that (well, except those “Keyboarders are slow” ones), but like I said earlier, I have a knack at coming off in that rude way by accident. Information can be collected and then later rejected if desired. It’s not a do or die thing. I’m not going to be offended if you decide to use someone else’s way of doing things or even if you make your own.
(Reading that as “wickeed” just ruins the pun. Gosh.)
For Power Auras and macros, I’ve already started to experiment with a wiki-style format, since freebo WordPress doesn’t give much options for hiding humongous blocks of code (aura import sets, e.g.). Instead you just get textwalls of non-formatted code, maybe in little code boxes, but nevertheless…blwaaahhhh. It looks bloated whenever I try to do it just on the blog.
I found a freebo wiki (I like being a cheapo!) that I can set up, and it’s already cool because a) I can change the CSS of the whole wiki if I want, for no charge, and b) the wiki lets me use little widgets like those really cool collapsible blocks of text (+ show / – hide toggles and such). So you can go grab the import code you want, but it doesn’t look BLWAAAHHHH on the page.
Now that I’ll be jumping into this expansion as a raider, I might even start putting up boss guides for warlocks. Raiding, but also instancing, because with raiding you do get a certain kind of consistency going, but in 5mans, especially through LFD, sometimes you have to switch tactics depending on your groupmates, be it class or gear that’s the difference.
This Ain’t Math Class
I’ve been told in the past (specifically by a healer) that I was a “good warlock.”I think at the time it meant I didn’t life tap myself to death or pull threat just because I could or sacrifice group utility to the meter gods.
So realize that I’m not out to theorycraft my way to the best DPS numbers I can output. Besides, judging by the last time I tried to read EJ’s Theorycrafting 101, by December they might have it updated to patch 3.0.1. (Oh! Burn! But it’s SO TRUE!)
I’m out to present how not to drop your fel ass in the bee pit. Also how to find yourself some demonic aloe if you do happen to step on the wrong side of the Dark (Bee) Portal.
So here’s hoping I won’t be blogospherically Hellfiring myself by accident.
Serious question at the bottom. (btw, Xeny is now 80.)
Sphaira, the Original
Her name means “bubble.” Please don’t make me tell you that it also means “sphere.” (OMG NO WAI) I would have to facepalm at that moment.
Sphaira was originally a blood elf and she got to level 54 through the Dungeon Finder and the Battlegrounds. I stayed in a city when I was not doing one of those thing because she was on a PvP server, and I suck at world PvP. Especially when it’s some asshole level 80 rogue ganking my level 28 butt that is questing and MINDING ITS OWN GODDAMN BUSINESS in Dustwallow. >.> Jerk.
She no longer exists, but that’s okay, because the person I was playing with on her, pretty much exclusively, doesn’t play WoW right now.
So I’m rerolling her — she was a disc priest — as a shadow priest (maybe disc offspec…when I get there), and she’s on my “home” server, Eonar, which is PvE.
So I can quest without dying for no reason. YAY
Also, I’m going Horde because death knights are boring, and the whole “first Horde toon of mine on this server” pretty much cuts me off from heirlooms and free gold. So I get the raw experience, like when I leveled Poneria.
I feel sexy as a female troll. She looks powerful yet graceful to me. She could totally smirk and melt your face off, I think.
(I dance like the female troll. I sleep like the female troll. I have hair like the female troll — except it’s not dyed a funky color. I might just be a female troll IRL.)
Call me cliche, but I love the pale blue troll with lots of white boob-length hair. Way closer to my own hairstyle, except mine’s not braided, just straight. (Clue: I once cut off 13″ for Locks of Love and my hair was still shoulder-length. I need to do that again soon.)
The chick troll hairstyles aren’t as awesome (though I bet they’ll grow on me), but the COLORS, oh man, I LOVE the troll hair colors. I can’t pick one! (Well, okay, I’m picking white…for now, anyway…)
I remember enchanting making Pone broke for most of leveling. So tailoring and…I don’t know what else. Tailoring is for BAGS…mostly. And a carpet. But I’m still going enchanting / tailoring. I’ve been selling a bit of the things I make (*cough* bags *cough*) and random non-DE’d loot and white items I pick up while questing (like meat, or herbs / ore / leather from chests, or elixir rewards I won’t use). Hopefully I won’t go too broke from leveling enchanting.
Priests Don’t Get Osteoporosis
Being out in the sun all day in the Barrens, plus drinking all that Ice Cold Milk. Don’t have energy, though, since I haven’t been eating many carbs or meat. Don’t have any rage either because I’m shielded from conflict.
Perks of a healing class, I guess.
I was level 15 and I’d drunk 187 beverages.
132 of them are Ice Cold Milk.
Get those priests on some old Got Milk? ads.
I managed to pick up Glyph of Shadow Word: Pain, and I picked up the Spirit Tap talents, because I don’t want to drink after every pull. Which is what was happening before I got those things. I don’t want to hear it about how I’m picking the wrong leveling spec; this is the way I level. I just go with how I think it should go and see how close I get to the theorycrafty version.
But only once I’ve dinged 80.
It’s more fun that way. Kind of like one of those mystery puzzles. Y’know, the ones where the box cover totally doesn’t match the actual puzzle, but you need to solve the puzzle to get the final clues for the one-to-two-page mystery story they include in the box.
Yeah. Like that.
Though, I will admit, I have looked at Shadowpriest.com in the Newcomer Forums to look at the rotation *ahem*, I mean, priority system, to see exactly which spells are pretty cool even if they’re “ehhhhhh” right now.
Class Forums — In or Ex
The mage and shaman communities have been excited this past week to watch the beginnings of their own communities, a la Tankspot, PlusHeal, The Warlocks’ Den, and Shadowpriest.com. While I don’t have a mage, I have a shaman, and she is electrified by playing elemental (also resto). I have a bunch of shaman blogs in my feedreader, much like I acquired the buttload of druid and healer blogs when I leveled Ama (& Xeny added some moonkin blogs!).
I’ve branded myself a warlock. I am a warlock, though sometimes I’m a bit too nice for my fellows to handle. This is a warlock blog. My main will always be a warlock, and I’ll be into that theorycrafting the most. If I were to only raid on one toon (which I do at the moment), it would be my warlock.
Can I join the other communities?
I feel like maybe this is a stupid question, knowing that the mage & shaman communities were set up by bloggers, whom I already read, and if the SAN community is any indication, the answer is “DUH OF COURSE YOU CAN.”
I’d still feel a bit of an outsider. I mean, I’m not a shadow priest or a tank or a shaman at heart. It’s not part of my identity. Warlockery feels like it’s part of my identity in WoW. I can’t not like warlocks. Bad warlocks can make me facepalm, but I can’t hate them. (Mages…I can hate mages. =P)
I lurk for the most part, as well. Even in guild forums. On blogs, even. You’d think I was a rogue, maybe, but I’m a warlock.
I’ve been lurking for a bit in the official WoW warlock forums. I don’t feel like the Uber Theorycrafter, because while I do know the insides and outs of affliction PvE, that’s … I mean, I don’t even know affliction PvP very well, nevermind the other two specs. I’m not super wicked, I’m even nice some of the time. So…I don’t know if I’ll ever show in WoW forums, really.
So I’m curious.
Do any of you readers belong to class/spec/role communities other than your main’s, or are you pretty much your main’s spot? I know Keeva has five million druids, whereas Psynister has pretty much one of everything. I know that you could be in a shaman community while also in PlusHeal, if you’re a healy shaman, but I mean for classes/specs/roles that are different enough. Even beyond things like Tankspot has some healer things (Aliena comes to mind). Like a dual-enh shaman also contributing to PlusHeal.
Do you contribute equally (I do, I lurk in all of mine =P) or are you a newbie in one while an expert in another? Are you a lurker, like me, or are you a regular poster?
If I do poke my head in on, say, Totemspot (because no way am I going to Magespot), do I sign up as Poneria, since that’s most recognizably me? Or should I stick to my shaman’s name, Astrape? Do you have different names for different communities, or do you just have one, universal handle/nickname?
I told you, I’m curious, so please discuss.