Hail and Howdy!
I’m a fly by the seat of my pants, go with my gut kind of warlock. Maybe you can tell that already right? So for this post I’m going to talk about a few things that I wanted to bring up. First, I’m going to talk a little more about our ability Harvest Life – mainly as a follow-up. Then, we’re going to talk about Howling in Terror! No, Blizzard hasn’t announced more dailies to open up, ha! Instead, I’m referring to one of our old and very familiar crowd control (CC) talents called Howl of Terror. I also want to highlight what’s on the minds of our fellow brethren warlocks as well. (I’m not sure if it’s good grammar to use fellow and brethren together, but hey – I’m going with it!)
Harvest Life – more discussion
When we last discussed the last level 15 Talent called Harvest Life I got some great responses. After reading through several of the comments, and from the two emails that people sent in, I came to the conclusion that what I wrote could be taken the wrong way. The main point I was trying to make was that yes, Harvest Life is a great talent. My only fear is that it will be spammed twenty times in a dungeon run on everything and everything by an inexperienced ‘lock.
For Afflictionists like myself, I also forgot to mention that if you SB: Harvest Life the health you take is increased by 33%! Gah! I can’t believe I forgot to mention the part about soul burning a shard and casting HL! That’s what I get for doing my posts late at night when I’m loopy due to lack of sleep :) Derpy me, I apologize!
Now, none of the following information is scientific by any means nor is it using any of the SimC stuff. It’s just my own observations of things that I notice when I stop to pay better attention. I went to Orgrimmar to smack some target dummies around with my current mix-matched gear that I had on. I didn’t utilize any flasks or food buffs and I ran several sequences.
While hitting only 3 of the 4 target dummies I -
- Cast Harvest Life 1x and noted the dps
- Cast Harvest Life 2x in a row and noted the dps
- Cast Harvest Life 3x in a row and noted the dps
- Cast Harvest Life 4x in a row and noted the dps
Results? Casting HL(2x) yielded the highest dps. Any additional casts over 2x didn’t increase the dps. Channeling this spell 3x and 4x matched and maintained the dps level that was reached after the 2nd cast. Going from a single cast of Harvest Life to casting it 2x in a row was almost a 4k dps increase. Interesting. However, follow along and you’ll learn a small tidbit of information like I did as I compared Harvest Life to Rain of Fire (RoF).
While hitting 3 of the 4 target dummies I -
- Cast HL(2x) and noted the dps
- Repeated this process 2 more times and took an average
Then I hit 3 of 4 target dummies with -
- Casting Rain of Fire (RoF) and noted the dps
- Repeated this process 2 more times and took an average
Results? The difference between HL(2x’s) cast and a single cast of RoF was around 3,200 dps with RoF coming out on top the winner. So with three targets Rain of Fire was still a clear winner for me. Please note, that Harvest Life and Rain of Fire are both 6 seconds in their duration. However, I was casting HL 2x’s to get it’s max dps while RoF was beating it slightly in the span of 6 seconds.
4 Green Beams vs. Rain of Fire
Then I was curious to see what would happen if I hit a 4th target with HL. Would it make that much of a difference? If you’re like me, you might have thought Harvest Life would have done a lot more damage with 4 targets. Sadly, HL still came out the loser by almost 1,600 dps. Keep in mind, I was still only hitting the three targets with RoF because it can’t reach the distance of 4 target dummies with it’s standard AoE footprint. So I had to pick Mannoroth’s Fury to reach all four in order to compare. As expected, RoF still came out the winner.
Where Harvest Life rocks it out
If you took a second to gander at the two pictures of me at the target dummies, take a quick look again and see if anything stands out. At first I wasn’t paying attention because I was too busy watching my casting bar and the damage meter. Take a close look at my character portrait. The mana drain using RoF 1x is huge compared to casting Harvest Life two times! In fact, after casting Harvest Life 2x’s in a row my mana bar hadn’t dropped and remained at full whereas, the single cast of RoF drained me of almost 1/5 of my mana! So between these two spells you could spam Harvest Life with little worry about a resource drain, but with RoF you go OOM very quickly. So here’s my take on HL and when it’s best utilized:
- When AoE splash damage is dropping your health quickly
- When trash mobs will last <30 seconds
- When questing alone and you get jumped by a small group
- You’re low on mana and need some AoE fast
- Stacking with other AoE damage – for example RoF for Destro isn’t channeled, so you can cast RoF then channel HL! (I really wish Affliction could do that!)
Another fun way I’ve been using Harvest Life:
SB: Curse of the Elements / SB: Seed of Corruption / Harvest Life on the seeded tgt until seed pops / Seed of Corruption on as many mobs as I can and then channel HL / All the seeds go “Boom!” Muahahaha! Glorious! I’m not sure if that’s a winner for top AoE, but it sure is fun! With Corruption spread around from the SB: Seed of Corruption on the original target, Nightfall procs and Soul Shards replenish like a mage trying to spam the 1 button. Now, enough with the Harvest Life and let’s get on to chatting about how to make the lower classes hate us even more.
Tier 2 Talents at level 30 – Howling about Howl of Terror
All of our tier 2 choices deal with crowd control and the first choice we have at level 30 is called, Howl of Terror (Howl)! This is a perfect name for this ability. Howl of Terror makes me think of rogues in an evil sort of way. Gah! If you’ve ever been stun-locked by one of these nasty little back-stabbing critters, you’ll understand the anger and gnashing of teeth you get when you’ve lost complete control of your character in a battleground. Well, to be fair our Howl does the same thing, but it will do this against FIVE opponents! Woot!
Howl of Terror – An instant cast with a 40 second cooldown. A howl causing 5 enemies within 10 yards to flee in fear for 20 seconds. Damaged caused may cancel Howl of Terror. When hit by a damaging attack the cooldown on Howl of Terror is reduced by 1 second.
I’m sure if there was a poll among the lower species in WoW with regards to PvP, a warlock’s Fear spell would rank #1 as being the most hated, with Howl of Terror as a very close second. After casting Howl on your enemies, their toons will be running around the screen in Fear while the players themselves are sitting at their desks screaming and hollering, but not in terror. They’re screaming out of frustration, anger and raging hatred against you. Yes, you! The despicable warlock who took away their ability to do anything!
You could talent for Howl and try it out in dungeons and raids, however; I’m sure you can see why I wouldn’t recommend it. Howl can be very effective at CC’ing, but it can also cause wipes because your feared victims can also bring back a lot of friends to join the fight. To keep the respect factor up for warlocks, let’s promise one another right here and right now, that we’ll only use Howl either in solo questing, scenarios and spamming as much as possible in PvP!
Since many people will often que in random groups for PvP, it might be a good idea to macro Howl with a warning for your fellow players as well too. Something along the lines of “I’m casting Howl of Terror and damage will break it – that means you no pew pew – k thnx bye!” should be fine. A macro example might be:
- #Showtooltip Howl of Terror
- /cast Howl of Terror
- /s I’m casting Howl of Terror
I’m sure you can think of some great places to use Howl particularly for PvP. Is a crowd filling up your flag room? A small group chasing down your flag carrier? What about when a zerg is taking place on your node? Clearing a path for a healer? How about if your small group is outnumbered and some culling would give you a chance at surviving? Howl is such a great talent for situations like these, it makes me proud to be a warlock esspecially when you know it really takes the QQ up a notch! /em sheds a tear of joy for Howl of Terror
What other despicable warlocks are talking about
DoTs and HoTs – Koalabear’s last post start off with some personal ingame achievements, but halfway through the discussion centers around talents, raiding, and what Koalabear has been enjoying. I always love to hear other warlocks talk about the talents and spells they enjoy. Koalabear uses Mortal Coil the same way I do :P check out the post and see what I mean.
Elkagarosa the Casual – Elkagarosa has a nice write up talking about the new dailies that were added in patch 5.1. Since they’ve been up I know I’ve been camping the elites to get my invite to the Brawler’s Guild! I’ve seen the invite drop 1x and I lost the roll :(
Fel Concentration – Poneria has a good discussion and write-up talking about self-reforging after not being satisfied with Reforge-it light. It’s a great walk-through. Pon would you take a look at my toon please! I hate to admit it, but I’m horrible at reforging!
Killing em’ Slowly – Fulguralis has been leading a thought provoking discussion concerning DoT uptime once you get to endgame and how to improve yourself particularly if you’re Affliction. I’d love to tell you more about it, but then there’d be spoilers.
Spellbound – I really enjoyed Saga’s last two posts. First, Saga talks about cleaning up her UI and going over the choices she prefers for addons. Her former post hits upon a great discussion point which is the difficulty in getting valor capped once you are revered or exalted with all of the MoP factions.
The Elizabella Chronicles – Severun has a great write up about warlock tanking using Dark Apotheosis and all of the tools at the disposal of Demonologists. Severun is a guest writer over at the Elizabella Chronicles and with posts like this makes me wish Severun was doing a post weekly :P Great Tmog btw Sev!
Passing along some shout-outs about Warcraft podcasts
The Twisted Nether Blogcast – Fimlys and Hydra had Rho from Realm-Maintenance on as a guest last week. Rho did a great job and I enjoyed the show, even if his main spec is Destruction :P Ha! Just kidding Rho! You’re a warlock…what could be greater good sir?
Fel-Tron – Hasteur, from the Group Quest podcast, has started a new blog and podcast segment he named Fel-Tron. It’s all about the most clever and fun class to play…warlocks of course! I would also like to send my sincerest apologies to Hasteur. When I appeared on the Twisted Nether Blogcast a few weeks ago, I pronounced Fel-Tron correctly the first two times; however, on the third I called it “Fel Iron”. Gah! My bad Hasteur! I blame being a nervous, babbling, incoherent fool when I’m on anything live. I got it right the first two times though :) Keep up the great work my friend and stay evil!
WoWcast and Eljeppy – This isn’t completely related to warlocks, but since Eljeppy dual-boxes a team of warlocks I can’t help but mention him and his latest efforts! Eljeppy, from the podcast CtrlAltWoW, has taken over the blog and the podcast show called WoWcast from Alachia. His plans are to make it a mixture of interviews, discussions, and anything and everything about Warcraft. So please give it a listen when you can. With his funny, laid back personality I’m sure he’ll have a lot of fun with it and much success too!
If you don’t think you have time to listen to podcasts, then I highly recommend Stitcher Radio. It’s sure helps keep me up to date.
If you hear of any warlocks being on any of the podcast shows as a special guest, please let me know. I’d like to highlight them here as they occur. It’s always good to shed some light on our dark and ominous ways ;) sharing the love for our class.
Should there be a warlock oath?
I’d like to do a post about creating “The Warlock Oath”. It will be a hodge-podge of ideas crafted into promises that warlocks will share and strive to achieve representing our class. Some will be out of fun, and some in all seriousness to our class. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them. What would we call such a document? Or do you think something as simple as “The Warlock Oath” would suffice?