Archive for March, 2012

Respec To Demonology

Posted: March 23, 2012 in Of WoW and Warlocks

Hail and Howdy my Formidable Foreboding Friends,

With all of the MoP news hitting the blogosphere and news sites I’ve come to the conclusion I need to respec to Demonology. Why? Well there are a couple of reasons I’m going to do this. First, it’s been since WotLK since I have run Demo. I’ve read about the cata changes and stayed as current as I can reading up on EJ and The Warlock’s Den but I just haven’t had the time to play it. I apologize to our Demo brothers & sisters but I have just been having too much fun playing Affliction and Destruction. Plus, with everything I’ve seen when it comes to pet ‘twisting’ it just didn’t appeal to me.

However, reading over some of the talents, glyphs and spells concerning ‘locks in MoP I have to admit I’m curiously excited about how destroying things in demo sounds like it will be a lot of fun. So rather than wait until the MoP Beta hits, I plan to go practice Demo until I feel confident again in my ‘locks abilities at being a Demon Master. This way, when I am actually able to get into the beta I can play around with all three warlock specs to decide which play style I’m going to enjoy choosing. I think it will be nice to have a baseline comparison from what the playstyle is now to what it will be when MoP hits.

Back in WotLK, I played around with all three specs for my hunter because of course when Cataclysm hit, hunters were a class that seen some of the most significant changes. I was glad I did. When the big change day came I was able to try out the new styles brought to the hunter class for all three specs and made my choice from there. The one thing we do know about the upcoming MoP expansion is that the two classes with the largest changes will be our beloved warlocks along with the shaman class. So besides having to see a complete revamp of my ‘lock I’ll have to do the same with my Resto/Elem shaman. Oh the fun and learning grind that will be!

So this coming weekend, I plan to respec to Demo and start smacking mobs with my Felguard and demo form. I’ll follow-up with a post or two and let you know how it goes. Now I just have to decide which spec to keep and which one to switch to demo!

Switching to Demonology I had to re-sell my soul!

MoP, Garrosh & Warlocks

Posted: March 23, 2012 in Of WoW and Warlocks

Hail and Howdy My Giddy Ghouls,

Well this week was the big rush of new MoP information and all of the websites are flooded with articles on almost everything about the new expansion. Really, with so much information flowing about MoP there is little left for the imagination. The new big-baddy of the expansion if you haven’t heard is that the endgame raid will be to oust the current Horde War Chief Garrosh Hellscream. Well you would have to be living under a rock to NOT understand why the Alliance would like for this to happen but it is going to take some pushing on the Horde side for players to allow the Alliance to easily come rolling into Orgrimmar and take out their leader. I know most Horde players would probably welcome Ally players gladly and even escort them to where the current War Chief sits and either help them, cheer them on or both. However, already rumors as to how the Horde would allow this abound. Here is one that I hope isn’t true…

Check out this article at WoWInsider: Wouldn’t It Be Cool?, Matt McCurley spins a tale of how possibly the Shadow Council corrupt the brash and emboldened War Chief with their warlockery ways which eventually leads to his fall. Really? OMG, I hope this is not the case. Once again Blizzard would put the Warlock class into the stereo-typical “Bad Guys” who try to ruin everything just because we are “evil incarnate”. No offense Matt, but Garrosh is on his way out because of his leadership and his actions not because of corruption from ‘locks. Trust me, as a Warlock we don’t look for failed leaders like him to join our ranks or even to try to control. Especially not one like Garrosh! We look for influential people with lots of potential. Think Kil’Jaedon, Archimonde or even Kel’Thuzad.

Dear goodness I hope people don’t believe this tin-foil hat theory that Warlocks are the doom of Garrosh and I sure hope Blizz doesn’t follow that line of reasoning as well. Garrosh is a flawed character and a bad leader who makes bad choices because he is a flawed character. I think that is much more interesting than having been corrupted by an outside force like a bunch of warlocks. If this comes to pass I might have to give up playing WoW. Really.

Blame it all on warlocks! Bah!

Here is a better story line. The idiot Garrosh with his never-ending ego for honor & glory and to face his “Daddy Issues” forces the Warlocks to somehow bring back Mannoroth’s blood for him to drink while also trying to bring back the Burning Legionne. Since we all know even a mediocre warlock could probably take this fool out either with something as simple as using their wand or even a couple of Fel-flames, Garrosh will have to have a major edge or bargaining chip to force a grand order of Warlocks to do this task. I have no idea what that bargaining chip would be but it would have to be big.

Please Blizzard, there are talented people in your offices who I know can come up with good ideas. If I read another story line where someone starts off good then gets corrupted by an outside force I’m going to go crazy, especially if it involves Warlocks who are doing the corrupting. How many times have we seen that story line get played out in WoW? Anne Stuckney at WoWInsider discussed on the All Things Azeroth Podcast about a character Lilian Voss. Lilian Voss is a character you come to meet and know in the Undead starting zone that follows through several story arcs. Anne laments about how Blizzard has a habit of setting up great ideas for a character’s development and plotlines but instead of expanding on those ideas they fall back on the same old tired story lines that are flat, boring and repetitive.

Maybe I’m jumping the gun on Mr. McCurley’s Tinfoil-hat theory. Maybe I’m getting Silver-Thread Tmog set in a bunch about nothing at all. I can only hope so.

Warlock Fashion Sense

Posted: March 15, 2012 in Of WoW and Warlocks

Hail and Hello Casters of Calamity,

Through my travels I’ve found some of our ‘lock bretheren fighting the good fight of keep the respect factor up.  I hope you enjoy some of these fashion savvy friends…

Bones, spikes, dark colors...very nicely done.

As you can see as an orc, covering up is important.  The helm hides most of his face and the dark, foreboding colors look great with his felpuppy.  Simple but effective in creating an imposing presence. 

The next picture is of a goblin warlock who is Tmogging a simple PvP set.  While the entire matching set looks great and the scythe is a nice touch to complete it, the colors do nothing for the “creepy” factor. On a belf or human they could maybe pull this look off but as a goblin they kind of resemble a circus clown.  Am I wrong in this thinking? I sure hope not.  This same set has the darker purple variation with a mix of dark browns.  Probably a better choice.

 Our next picture has a very unique set and I”m very excited about her creativity.  She said her mix and match outfit came from drops in AQ40 and some mixed items she picked up from the Mogit addon.  I really like the look on her toon but you be the judge.  When viewed together these individual pieces look like a real dungeon set. Great job!

 

The last picture I have to post to once again point out an important warlock rule.  While this famle Belf warlock didn’t look bad in her Tmog she was however doing our class a great injustice.  She was Mailbox dancing!  This is a H U G E  NO NO NO NO NO!  To make matters worse was you could see the big “AFK” above her head and she remained dancing in front of the AH for about 20 mins until either she logged off due to inactivity or out of embarassment.  If you see a warlock doing this please shame them publicly as if they were a mage and you would be justified in your actions.

 

 

Hail My Lock, Shock and Horrors,

Cleaning up the tons of links and pictures I have collected for quite some time concerning warlocks I found a good post that I know I forgot to link.  If your still looking for reasons to stay passionate playing a warlock then give Merytneith’s post a quick read. Great stuff.  Along with my QQ Beverage I’ll take some more of his great line, “It’s not easy being evil…It’s fun!” Here is another great quote from this true article (he really did a good job on his fact checking for it too).  When your up against a mage as a PvP opponent, Merytneith’s advice is to consider:

“MAGES. Weakness: Jealousy
Self-resurrect with a Soulstone, use a healthstone, put DI on your own pet, Life Tap and then pour a mana potion out into the dirt at their feet. Say “Isn’t it fun to top the damage meters and still end the fight with a full mana bar?” Watch them spontaneously combust in rage.” 

Enjoy!

Hail and Howdy All,

Here I am again with another segment of “What Not To Wear For Warlocks.” Last time I had fun with some on the Horde side, but this time we take it right to the Alliance capitol city of Stormwind, sweet Stormwind. I’m guessing that maybe, it’s all the pretty colors of this Alliance town that has these warlocks feeling like they should match their surroundings? I don’t know what the answer to that question is, but please take a look at the following so it can help give you valuable lessons in what not to wear for your ‘lock!

The only thing looking good in this pic is her succubus and maybe the green bushes in the background.

Names will be left out to protect the innocent, but PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do not represent our class this way. Without getting too rough on this poor little gnome, I’ll try to point out the good qualities to stay positive. First, her Succubus looks good, and I’m glad she chose not to have the “pig-tail” option for hair selection as well. Okay, I’m done with the compliments. Warlocks do not have pink hair! How can people take your shrewd threats seriously if they are looking at that crop of cotton candy on your head? It won’t happen! While her engineering goggles were a nice attempt, they are sadly lost in the land I like to call “Ugh!”. This little mage ‘lock broke our Female Warlock rule #1. If you’re not a Belf or Human, then you shouldn’t have any skin showing. No exceptions! My advice to this young lass is to first find a helmet. Any helmet. The largest helmet she can find would be a fine recommend since it won’t matter matching that horrid outfit. Young lady, once you find your new headgear, please make sure to turn on the “Show Helm” option. Your next investment should be to purchase both a gown and a long sleeve shirt to cover up the arms and midriff. When your done, head straight to the barber shop and change your hairstyle just in case you forget and happen to remove the helm. Hey accidents happen right? That means, no stopping to look for balloons or buying any white kittens from Timmy while your on your way. Stick with the basics girl and you’ll be fine! For more inspiration you might head over to The Slaughtered Lamb tavern and look around. If you can’t live up to our warlock code of standards then luckily, the mage tower in Stormwind isn’t too far from where your standing. I hear they like outfits like that. okay I’m done.

Okay, here is our next victim..er I mean Warlock.

OMG is this a Stormwind elementary teacher or does she work at the SW orphanage passing out balloons?

It’s difficult to see from this snapshot, but this nice young warlock is touting a Withers vanity pet behind her. Hrm, let me take a deep breath and I’ll hit the positives first like I will always try to do. Ah-hem, okay now I’m good. First, Withers is a great pet for warlocks, who doesn’t love a ghoulish little tree? So her vanity pet choice gives me hope.

However, it appears she was trying to coordinate colors, albeit very bright mage-y and colorful ones. From there her outfit completely falls apart. Not only would I mistake this ‘lock for a mage, but she looks like my second grade school teacher. Oh noes! It’s the evil “School-Marm!”, “Look-out!”, “Flee, hide your children!”. If you were going for the mage look might I compliment you on the light purple hat and staff with the colorful feathers? What is very sad is that I didn’t quite capture the image of her Felguard off to the side of this picture. Now stop laughing. I know your laughing because like me, you can picture this pitiful-magey-school-marm-looking warlock with a Felguard standing next to her as her summoned demon of choice. Really it’s true. Here is my advice for finding a better style with a total transmog transformation.

First, good effort on keeping colors matching but think dark while your at the AH next time. No, let me rephrase that, think very dark. Think black, black and more black. If you forget what I mean then just turn around and look at your Withers if you need inspiration. Next, burn that ugly, mage-y, OMG-I-can’t-look-at-it blueish hat right now and don’t think twice about it. No thinking twice about it! Don’t farm with it, don’t quest with it, don’t wear it for fun. Burn it! The good news is if you want to show some skin, being a human (or a belf) you would be safe to do so. I know the staff you chose is big and might seem intimidating to a singing sunflower vanity pet, it just won’t work when fighting against your enemies. Always remember that when chosing a weapon, you need to think of things that are sharp, jagged, tearing, or painful in their presentations. That staff makes it look like she’s going to herd sheep in front of the SW gates! Would you really be caught flagged defending Goldshire in that set? Girl please! Next time I want some improvement please. Your making this harder than it should be…your a warlock!

Now, I don’t want to just pick on our female bretheren. Hrm, can I say that? You know what I mean. So here is a very nice male warlock who we can make fun of or Tease help give some time Tmog advice that will enable him the Master of Disaster he truly wants to be.

Good effort but why do I feel like I’ve seen this guy at the Dark Moon Faire collecting ticket stubs at the toy-tank booth?

Okay, first with discussing the good qualities of this outfit. This warlock appears to be wearing all drops that yes, could be used by warlocks. Luckily, since we have Tmog we don’t have to get cornered into thinking that a look like this would be smexy. It’s not. This style of clothing is for a mage or a discipline priest look. A few of the Spriests I know, love shifting to their Shadowform because it hides so much. Maybe in Shadowform, a shadow priest might be able to get away with wearing an outfit like this while being cloaked within dark shadows…but for you? Nada! He did a good job matching the shoulders and belt and that’s about it when it comes to attempting any kind of coordination with his individual item pieces. If this guy was on my team for PvP, I would either have to drop group or target him myself. My best advice to him would be to go back to the basics. Stop for a few hours and think about why he wanted to be a warlock? Wasn’t your goal for dabbling in the Fel-Arts to strike fear into the hearts of others? Do you really think that is what your accomplishing with these stormwind orphan hand-me downs? Here are some power words for you to ponder. Think: Black, Bones, Spikes, Pain and Fear! Don’t forget to think of fear! You want enemies to flee because of the fear you invoke when they see you, and not by instilling fear because they don’t want to look like you. See the difference? Next time, I hope he has earned enough JP badges to grab a good PvP set or anything from the Dalaran JP vendors to Tmog. What is that like 7 or maybe 8 heroics runs? Upon inspection, I also noticed this player was fully gemmed and enchanted. Being gemmed and enchanted is extremely important when it comes to your Rdps output, but really you couldn’t spend another 60-80 g for a couple of good transmog pieces? Please! I don’t want to hear it because that outfit screams fail loud enough!

Okay, enough with the bad Tmog stuff. Let’s see some warlock fashion ideas that work!

This young lady below shall remain nameless because of the soon to be adoring fans who see this picture. She was quite helpful and explained she wears a different outfit everyday and loves to mix and match her sets. I wish I could afford that! But if all of her outfits look along the lines of this red, black and orange yumminess then I’m sure she puts the “hawt” in hawtness on her server. People were actually trying to bribe her to /dance on the AH platform, and like a true warlock she didn’t give in. If you pay particular notice, you never once glance at her Succubus! Nice job girl!

A Demonic Angel! <;3 this! Wow, which one is the Succubus?

Wow, I can’t say enough about how simple and dominating her outfit is…it just screams, “Rawr!” With her nice mix of colors and the added fiery special effects on some of her items, that puts her outfit up there in the A-list with a great balance of texture, color, style and flair. She is a human warlock so yes, she can afford to show as much skin as she wants. I thought it was funny when she told me she still worried about not finding a good set of matching boots. Ha! Silly hawt warlock, no one will notice your boots! Trust me on that one! Good job!

Well this next warlock was so brooding he even ignored my command to stand so that I could take a better snapshot of his Tmog set. However, with the keen flair and style he was wearing, even sitting he still, he kept the impending doom of a good warlock presence! Nice job. All ilvl 403 gear I might add.

Matching ilvl 403 gear. Very nice, dark, forboding and it works.

This last player showed true worgen form and did a great job of representing warlocks. At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked the “Show Helm” option for this helmet, but it actually looked good from my view. Remember, only in rare circumstance should a worgen warlock ever wear a helmet. Nice job on the look and I hope to see more!

Nice job of covering up all the fur. Remember as worgens you should cover as much fur as possible and no running on all fours! Just don’t!

It’s the little things that really pull good warlock Tmog set together. Keep it simple, keep it basic. Focus others attention on one, or two really stand out items and then build your set from there. Good luck and have fun Tmog! Make us proud!

Hail My Hellfire Hounds,

Over my lunch hour I was bored, so I do what I always do if I’m bored at lunchtime and start reading up on the forums and posts if time permits.  So I stopped by The Warlock’s Den and started reading through the newest listings and one in particular that got listed today asked specifically for a person’s name.  Having a real person’s name getting listed doesn’t occur very much so being curious I decided to give it a look because well, curiosity got the best of me.  Turns out the poster was asking about the new Warlock Columnist at The WowInsider taking over the Blood Pact column and keeping us informed on any news to our much-loved class. I for one am glad to see anyone get selected for something they want to do.  Believe me, if you read the application process I’m sure Meg O’Neill really wanted to get that spot. I wish her well in her research and her writing endeavors and I hope she makes all of us and WowInsider proud of their choice.  /em bows and salutes.

If you didn’t already know because this was news to me, Ms. O’Neill is really Poneria!  Poneria is the long time author of Fel Concentration a blog I’ve followed for quite some time. I can only hope she has time to do both :)

I have to admit, I enjoy following both WowInsider online and in their podcasts.  They got some creative folks over there and much to their credit I’ve seen a lot of unfair troll-y hate gone their way in the past on their comment boards. They are a great source for changes, concepts and news about WoW but they aren’t the be all and end all of information.  I see them as another great source to use like an online WoW magazine that I enjoy to read.  It provides news, entertainment, lore, class discussions and everything else that is WoW all presented in a fun and pleasing way. For those that razz them giving them guff and grief about not getting enough “in-depth” sometimes, please do us all a favor and go and try to do a better job somewhere else yourself.  Swarthy, pithy and pointless posts only prove these trolls aren’t worth a reply.

Hail and Salutations Students of Shadow,

(Sorry for all the alliteration in that greeting) Today I thought we could talk about our trusted stats on a stick…wands. If you forgot what I’m talking about then open up your character screen and look in the raged weapon slot. See that icon? Well chances are it’s probably a wand. Remember those? If you are still under level 30 then you may still use it from time to time especially to help spare mana if you’re having difficulty regenerating it. Just let your blueberry tank and you can “go to town” wanding them down (hey that rhymes!). But for us much older more experienced warlocks once we passed the level 30 threshold and began to grow in power we stopped using them because in all honesty, they aren’t really needed. So now, I view them with nostalgia like an old toy from childhood looking back remembering all the fun, wonder and excitement at first playing with them then moving on to something else when I outgrew them. While they do provide the much-needed stats to boost the brilliance of our intellect and speed along our haste for casting spells so we can achieve more DoT-Ticking yumminess, I still often ponder if the design wizards at Blizzard should give them more importance?

Omg, I love the addon "Mogit". Now if only I could go back to loving my wand. Er...wait that sounds wrong. Well you know what I mean!

I remember my first wand (back in the day) when I was first a feverish student of Fel-energy and very low in level. It was small and looked like a simple twig but shiny sparks of colors and damage flew at my targets when I waved it at them. It was fun to some degree except for it having an autoshoot mechanic that didn’t give me some kind of control like our Fel-flame spell. Despite that problem it was still my own roman candle firework that tinged and singed my targets until my DoTs melted them away. If you have ever used a magnifying glass on ants under a summertime sunlight then you know what kind of evil glee that can bring. My wand gave me that same feeling and so I tried every wand I could find. One wand shot purple sparks, one shot green gobs, one even looked like I was tossing snowballs around. My wands even made different sounds when they fired. Some made “Zwooosh!” noises, some made “Schwaaah!” and the really fun sounding one made the sizzling “Schwooomp!”. Naturally through the course of progression, my ‘lock grew in stature and in levels and so did my wands to some degree but, something was different. I grew powerful, but they didn’t. Perhaps it was they, the wands, who had changed by standing still. Is it just me in my odd way of thinking that thinks this way? While yes, wand stats grew in keeping up with other stat sticks in-game helping to achieve a class balance, but sadly our usage and reliance on them did not. It didn’t matter how cool they looked or what wonderful array of effects they shot forth, wands are still just stats on a stick with all the hitting power of nada.

TBH, I don’t really even care what mine looks like anymore and I don’t think I can even tell you what style of energy or color it will spring forth when used. All my wand has become now is some additional stats and something else to transmog. Blizzard has even let them sit far off on the sidelines without want or care. When you “unsheath” your weapons by tapping the Z-Key with the blizzard default keybinds only your MH and OH weapons appear. It is only by tapping the Z-key again does your toon reluctantly put away the flashy MH and OH combo and then it will finally pull out our once trusty wands. It even appears that my toon has to search for her wand by reaching far around her backside, groping around inside her bags almost asking me in annoyance, “Do you really want me to find that thing and use it? Really? No I mean…really, really?”

I’ve seen some warlocks hiss and moan while spewing vinegar about how they HATE wands (and I’m being kind in their wording). They would prefer that the wonderous weapons of choice for ‘locks be a sword or dagger along with their OH combo. Some of our bretheren even feel it’s degrading to use wands because they see it as pretending to be a mage or being too “Harry Potter-ish”. Let’s be honest, I think their real frustration comes from the current lame game mechanic of AUTOSHOOT and the lack of any real meaningful control or power behind their wands. To those players I’d like for them to consider the sword or dagger they hold as well. Yes, I like my swords and daggers for my warlock and in truth, I prefer to have a dagger (for my own preference in looks) if given the choice between the two. But in all honesty when was the last time you seen a warlock running into the fray to smack people with their sword or dagger? If we’re suppose to be all-powerful casters of disaster then why do we even need a melee weapon? If we’re suppose to be force in ranged dps doesn’t a wand make more sense? I know I feel that if I wanted an up close and personal melee class I would have rolled a rouge to begin with and not a warlock. As you have probably read the Demo tree should be interesting to see come to fruition in MoP because it looks like it might be going the way of a melee / caster class. A caster in melee range wearing toilet paper? Will people like this or not? Right now with so much speculation and more talent changes yet again who really knows? MoP isn’t even close to an announce date so there is a lot of time for more changes and tweaks. Bottom line when it comes to weapons and any changes…we just don’t know.

However, didn’t we all roll a warlock because we wanted a cool and powerful ranged caster, right? Doesn’t a wand make sense as a good weapon epsecially for a range caster? It would be nice if blizzard gave us wands with more power and importance. I want the schwooomp sound with all the flashes of color and damage it will bring. Give me a great wand with some good mechanics and I’ll wave that thing everywhere I go. I feel it’s a caster’s defining weapon and it should be important and worthwhile to have one. Think about other classes. Their weapons make them stand out for their niche. What’s a good prot warrior without a good sword and board? What’s a good hunter without his ranged weapon whether it be a bow, crossbow or gun? What makes their weapons stand out for those classes is because of their importance to that class. It enhances what they are good at doing and defines them. Shouldn’t wands do that for us? I see in guildchat and tradechat folks always giving “Ooh’s” and “Aah’s” towards grand fashioned weapons like Frostmourne or Thunderfury where the weapon and it’s power say a lot. How many players ever show respect to a rare or fancy wand?

There are lots of changes coming on the horizon with MoP and maybe if Demonology turns out to be a actual melee-caster style of play then possibly the better choice weapon for them should be a sword or dagger. Maybe I’m just pondering again? As it stands right now all a weapons in our warlock’y aresenal are really worthless. Other than killing critters or very low level mobs in a one-shot would someone please tell me what our weapons do other than other than look pretty and provide more stats? It doesn’t have to be this way. Blizz could put some wand mechanics in place to give the respect factor back to wielding a wand. What if wands were tied into a Soulburn mechanic where it gets a supercharge or overcharge of some kind? Heck you could throw in a particular proc from a spell where for the next 10, 20 or 30 seconds you would do extra damage or give a damage increase if you used your wand. While we’re discussing ideas, what if you could even throw a utility at it like a wand that stuns, silences or whatever other fun you can think to add. Anything would be better than the current state of wanding affairs. Take a Q-tip and throw it at a pally or a rogue or a hunter. Now ask them, “Did that hurt?” Granted, a Mage could easily take sustained damage from a good wanding but I digress on my razing of them. Wands just aren’t powerful or useful anymore and it’s a simple fact. My only hope is that in the future they may regain their power by catching back up. Who knows? With the focus being on the Ally vs. Horde conflict and the destruction of Jaina’s much-loved kingdom, maybe we will have a chance for…dare I say it…an epic wand? Maybe. We can hope so. Even if I never unsheathed my wand or used it, it is still nice to have if even for nostalgia or Transmogging sake.

Who knows, maybe next time time we can discuss what to do with our staffs since most ‘locks would rather have the MH+OH combo. Should we just vendor, hang it over our shoulder or run into melee swinging it at things? What do you think?

Love me or hate me… thanks for reading.