Archive for November, 2012

Hail Everyone,

I promise, this will be a short post. Yes, I know I can get long winded at times and if you heard me on the Twisted Nether Blogcast you’ll quickly realize why I’m just not good at “live” shows. I repeat myself often and end up sounding like a blabbering fool. So I promise this time I’ll keep the post short and sweet, and I’ll make sure I don’t repeat the word, “amazing” or “excited” in the process too :)

Practicing Demonic Teleport by jumping off the balcony in Shrine of the Two Moons

On my segment last week, I started reviewing a warlock’s first talent choice at Level 15. There’s three good choices to consider and all of them involve self-healing. They are:

The one we’re going to focus on today of course, is Dark Regeneration.

A flexible talent choice to consider

Dark RegenerationIs an instant cast spell on a 2 minute cooldown (Josh, I didn’t say GCD! ha!) and when a warlock casts this spell it will restore 30% of you and your pet’s maximum health and increases all healing received by 25% over 12 seconds.

Besides having a cool sounding name, Dark Regeneration is a good self-healing spell that adds some flexibility into your play style because at level 15, there’s not a lot of choices or tricks to help mitigate damage to keep you from dying. What I like about Dark Regeneration is you can use it at your choosing because you cast it like a spell. It can also be combine with other self-healing options, and you can use it to help lighten the healing load when grouped with a healer to help enhance their spells.

From the growing pains of a baby caster to the end game raider at level 90, Dark Regeneration when used correctly can be very powerful indeed! For example: Combine Dark Regen with a Healthstone and voila! You’ve just gained 55% of your health back with two instant cast spells. On my post about warlocks using the /dance command, Navimie over at The Daily Frostwolf joked that a warlock should dance when they top a healer on the healing meters. In some ways, particularly in a low level dungeon it might just happen! Sorry, if I thought you only meant druids Navie! Gah!

Dark Regeneration also works for your pet too! Ever take on too many mobs and have a demon who’s health seems to be failing him? Just pop Dark Regeneration and smack your minion with a Health Funnel and watch them stand firm, ready to take on whatever you might be facing.

Dark Regeneration spell effects when the talent is activated

Combining Dark Regen and other self-heals for maximum affect

Now if you are just making your way in the world as a new player having rolled a baby warlock, here’s what you can use for self-healing at lower levels either by combining them with the Dark Regeneration talent or by themselves:

  • Drain Life – Level 7 spell
  • Create Healthstone – Level 9 spell
  • First Aid – Bandages (from leveling First Aid or purchasable on the AH)
  • Potions (from drops, purchased on the AH or created via the Alchemy profession)
  • Lifeblood (Haste and minor heal offered only from the Herbalism profession)

If we take a quick run down from the list above showing other self-healing options you’ll see that Drain Life is level 7 class spell and is effective to some degree since it deals some shadow damage and gives a 2% heal every second for 6 seconds, but at a cost of mana. Also, all warlocks will be able to conjure and Create Healthstones which is a class spell we learn at level 9. Each healthstone offers a 20% increase to health when consumed. The trick about our healthstones (aka cookies), is to use them! Trust me, everyone forgets to use them and it happens all the time.

If you ever find yourself at a spirit healer and sadly looked down on your spells bar to see that you forgot to use one of your healthstones, try this simple tip that worked for me. Immediately, plant your face onto your desktop really hard. After one or two of these “reminders” and a few weeks for the large bruise to go away in the middle of your forehead– you’ll get over the bad habit of not remembering to use your healthstone rather quickly. Trust me, it works. Besides, it’s bad enough that everyone else forgets to use them, let’s not pick up that horrible habit and follow suit. We’re warlocks after all! We set the example!

Another important item to consider from the list above is leveling First Aid (FA). My best advice is that every baby warlock should also be leveling their First Aid during all of their travels and exploration. Why? The first good reason is that it’s easy to level FA because you’ll find that you’ll have plenty of cloth drops. Another good reason to level First Aid is because bandages are another mini-heal you can use in a pinch whether you’re running solo, in a group or in PvP. What I like most about bandages from First Aid is that they brings to the table another option to keep you alive, and we all know that it’s nice to have options and particularly ones that keep you standing.

Health pots are another useful choice for small and large bursts of health when you find yourself in need of a quick heal because for whatever reason, you need instant health like right now! Of course, if you decide to learn Alchemy you can make your own potions which is a nice benefit especially at endgame too. The last option to consider for self healing dove-tails right into the discussion about Alchemy. A complimentary profession to Alchemy everyone knows is Herbalism. As an herbalist you get the mini-self heal and haste buff with Lifeblood. Where I’m from they call a spell like that a “Two-fer”.

Combine any of the choices from this list with Dark Regeneration and once again you’ll be up and destroying things in no time!

Dark Regeneration and you

As you can probably tell from this post, I’m a fan of Dark Regeneration, but I’d like to hear what other warlocks think about it. What do you like or dislike about DR? Am I forgetting anything of importance or any tips I might not have considered? Please let me know! Next week, we’ll be taking at look at Soul Leech – a talent that I like to think is passive-aggressive :)

Follow-up on naming my Dog on the farm

Yes, I have finally found a fitting name for my Dog that followed me back to my farm. I call him Worthless. No matter how hard I’m working my crops and no matter how many varmints are lurking underneath my precious carrots and Song Bells, Worthless seems to be occupied with other things. He scratches himself, he sleeps, he swims, he digs holes, and he most often just meanders around lazily. Don’t get me wrong, I like him well enough…I just wish he actually did something!

So I call him dog, and I call him worthless. Maybe I should combine the two and just call him worthless dog? Knowing him he wouldn’t respond anyway.

For Me, it’s all about the little details

Okay, so I’m a bit late in finishing up my Loremaster rep. However, I found a small detail during my endeavors that had me smiling and laughing at all of the little hidden gems the Blizzard game developers hide in plain sight. As I was flying over Mount Neverest I noticed something that didn’t look quite like a critter and didn’t quite look like a targetable mob. When I flew closer to see what it was, you can only guess as to why it had me laughing when you look at the picture.

Why did I take a picture of this poor little explorer who’s frozen to the cliff face on Mt. Neverest? Because he’s there…

I’m not sure what strikes me as more interesting? Could it be the fact he’s frozen to the side of the mountain? Could it be the expression on his face? Could it be that the developers decided to hide him up there for someone to find in the first place? What do you think?

OMG! The TNB and Me?

Posted: November 18, 2012 in Of WoW and Warlocks

Hail My Masters of Misery,

I was honored a couple of weeks ago by being invited to be a guest on the Twisted Nether Blogcast. Unfortunately, due to RL stuff I wasn’t able to make it on; however, today at 8 pm PST I’ll be making a complete fool of myself an appearance on the show :) Actually, I’m honored and very excited about going on the show.

I have no idea why they chose derpy me, but I’m sure they’ll get annoyed with me quick enough to keep the questions very direct and short just to get me outta there ASAP. I just feel bad for all the viewers who will be disappointed they didn’t have someone else who might prove much more interesting! There’s many more qualified and entertaining people other than this old warlock, but I plan to have fun and hopefully not sound like a blabbering fool which is what I do best on “Live” broadcasts. If I use the word “amazing” more than 4x’s then you have my full permission to come to my home and kick me.

I just hope Fimlys will be able to pronounce my name correctly :P and I hope Rilandune will be joining us as well. Maybe I can even get Hydrawr to do an on the spot re-enactment of her “Kick’em, Kick’em, Kick’em” line? If you would like to join us on the live chat channel please feel free to stop by via the TNB “Live” page.

/em passes out in shock

Keeping things up to speed (so to speak)

My internet is back up and running. It’s not quite the download speed that I would like, but I’ll take what I can get after not having a decent connection for almost 3 weeks. Which leads me to send an apology to Format from the Title Unknown Podcast. Format contacted me about appearing on his new podcast. We tried meeting up over Skype last Saturday night and we got to talk for a bit, but my internet was not cooperating at all. So due to my internet problems I had to turn him down. Despite my not being able to make it on his show he still went ahead and played my Dark Arts Shuffle from the All Hallow’s Eve celebration segment. /em bows

Cute, little, adorable baby warlocks

How can you not like a baby warlock? Okay, if it’s a gnome I see your point – but honestly, this is our future generation I’m talking about. Our legacy! So over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to be taking a closer look at our lower talents ranging from level 15 to 60. I’m seeing baby warlocks everywhere and I believe it’s up to all of us to make sure they’re just as hated, despised and despicable as the rest of us.

 

Updated Follow-Up 11/24/2012

Well, I survived going on the TNB and by my estimation I said the word “amazing” 146 times, the word “fantastic” 87 times, and the word “Um…” too many times to count. I think I also broke two records on the TNB. First, I broke the record for the longest and most boring person to interview. Second, I broke the record on how fast people switched off the show and moved onto something else. So I apologize to the TNB if they loose any viewers after having me appear! For me? I really enjoyed going on (despite my trepidation), and both Fimlys and Hydra couldn’t have been a more gracious host and hostess. We didn’t get into the warlocking stuff as much as I thought we would because whenever I’ve done any “live” broadcast I always forget what I planned to bring up. Gah! Derpy me!

I plan to put together a special “thank you” for Fimlys and Hydra, and hopefully they’ll like it enough to maybe play it on the show. Omg, what’s with all of my “quote” words I’m throwing out on this updated follow-up?

Do Warlocks /Dance?

Posted: November 13, 2012 in Of WoW and Warlocks

Hello My Brethren,

I have no internet. Well, that’s not exactly true. Whereas I normally run about 25-50 mbps, currently I’m sputtering around .0075 mbps as scored from speed tests. I’ve experienced this problem for almost two weeks now as my ISP upgrades software and equipment which is suppose to help my rural area. There’s no time frame for a fix and believe me I’ve battled with them over the issue on many occasions. So for this post there”ll be no pictures until I can get back up and running to a safe speed that doesn’t lock up my computer (no pun intended). To say that this issue has been killing my game time in WoW is an understatement :( and right now I’m uploading this post from inside a local restaurant. Yes, McDonald’s might have high calorie food but who can complain about free internet WiFi offered with some of the best fries in town?

This mini-post is not going to be about playing the warlock class. It’s not going to be about questing, or leveling, or dungeons. Next time, I’ll be jumping right into those things; however, this time I’m going to tell a story. I promise not to make it too long and I’ll try not to make it boring. I’m writing this to give a “Shout-Out” to a person, who did a very nice thing for me.

Many of you may have found your way here from my podcast segments that I submit to The Instance and the Convert To Raid podcast shows. I started submitting my segments about six months ago and imagine my surprise when they used them. I was humbled and honored to say the least, because what started off as sort of a joke somehow soon took on a life all of it’s own. I really have no clue what I’m doing most the time, but I’m having a blast making the short warlock spots. Since then, I’ve been extremely fortunate because they have helped me to meet some fun, interesting, and amazing people in the WoW Community.

Setting a small goal – making a song for warlocks?

It was mid October of this year when I decided I wanted to do something special for one of my spots for the All Hallow’s Eve and Day of the Dead Celebration. I set a small goal for myself to do something different and to make sure that I accomplish it. Bah! I couldn’t think of anything. Ugh! I was driving myself insane trying to think of something fun to do. I wanted it to be about warlocks, and I wanted it to be on the lighter side of what I normally do. Then, I received an email from a fellow lock who read one of my previous posts where I mentioned that no self-respecting warlock would ever dance on a mailbox. This newer warlock asked me, “When should a warlock dance?”

I loved the idea about setting the record straight on when a warlock should /dance. Of course warlocks love to dance! However, like all of our spells and wondrous warlock talents…it’s all about timing. As I sat and recorded my segment on warlock dancing it struck me that it would be fun to come up with a warlock song or dance to celebrate the upcoming holidays. I wouldn’t dare try to sing, and talking in a song just wouldn’t work. If I could manage to pull it off I wanted it to have some ‘warlockattitude” (that’s warlockery with attitude), and at the same time I wanted it to come across in a playful way.

Finding the right music became an obsession

I had no idea what I would write as far as lyrics were concerned. Music has always been a good inspiration for me and I knew that if I could just find the right sounding music, the words and the lyrics would flow. I searched for well over a week scouring the web listening to music file after music file for just the right “sound”. What does a warlock song or music sound like was exactly? I didn’t know. I just knew that when I heard what I was looking for I would know it.

One day, on my lunch hour I was searching music on Soundhound.com and reading over my Twitter feed. After about 40 minutes I still had no luck. Then IT HAPPENED! I was responding to someone’s Tweet and in my message I used the word “Demons”. When I switched back to the Soundhound App the word “Demons” must have been in my phone’s cache memory. Whatever the reason, the word demons somehow appeared in my Soundhound search window. As I tapped the word to clear it from the small window, my fumbling fingers hit the search button by accident.

In a mere second or two, appearing on my phone was a list of artists and songs that have the word “Demons” in them. The very first entry was from an artist named Demons, and their profile had a very odd, but cool looking picture next to it. It was a picture of a human wearing an old costume with a goat-head mask, dressed as a man of the cloth and carrying a staff.  The image was kind of creepy, and yet kind of whimsical at the same time.  The only way I can describe the photo would be that it could either be used in an old 1970’s cheap horror flick, or maybe in a Monty Python’s skit. You’ll have to go see for yourself by viewing it in Soundhound to see what I mean.

Immediately, I was intrigued and curious as to what this song would sound like so I pressed play. OMG! It was perfect! It had a groove! It had attitude! It had warlockattitude! It had a great synthesizer sound with a bass and drum beat that had me bopping around all day. I must have listened to it over a hundred times by the time I hit home that evening.

OMG! Noooo!

When I got online that night my only goal was to track down this “Demons” person and after viewing their SoundHound profile I found myself in a bit of despair. This particular artist hadn’t been on SoundHound for over 10 months! OMG! Noooo! What to do? what to do?! I sent Demons a Soundhound Direct Message explaining my situation and asking if he would contact me. Two days went by and I got nothing. At that point, I already made up my mind that if I couldn’t use this song, I would sadly have to give up on my idea of doing a warlock music segment. What are the odds that I was looking for a rap style music for warlocks and the one and only piece of music that I loved was written by some guy named “Demons”? I get Déjà vu shivers just thinking about it.

The only thing that I knew about this Demons person was that he only had four people who liked the song besides myself, he was from Chicago and that he hadn’t been on Soundhound in 10 months. I spent hours searching for him on the web and had no luck. For some reason, I kept finding myself going back to Soundhound hoping that maybe something would change. Maybe I would get a direct message or response back from Demons? Maybe I just wanted to hear that groovy little song again? Grrrr…. I wasn’t thinking clearly. What was I missing?

Go with your gut

I decided to check out the folks who liked this song called, Untitled, as well. Each of these musicians had some cool music as well, and this Demons person had even put likes on some of their music. Then it hit me! Maybe I was too tired from all my searching to notice before? Maybe I’m just an utter moron? But on one of the profiles I noticed that the artist was from Chicago too. After checking the other profiles it became a pattern that almost all of them were connected to the city of Chicago. Having played in bands in a larger city growing up, I knew that local musicians flock together and often collaborate when they create. It was too much of a coincidence to be a mere chance. So I wrote all of the people who followed Demons like the true stalker fan of his song I had become.

Within 10 minutes, I got a response back with his name, his website, and his email address. /em passes out – my deadline to get my segment submitted was less than five days away! Would Demons answer if I wrote him? What if he said no to me? If I was in his shoes would I see my request as something cool or something a psycho-lunatic would do who was released from parole too early? I had no clue. All I could do was to write, and wait, and hope.

One day later a response from Demons appeared in my email and fortunately for me, I was ecstatic to read that he had agreed to allow me the right to use his music. Then it hit me again! Holy crapolie! What had I gotten myself into? I’m not a rapper! After I got done screaming around my house scaring my neighbors and when my family quit being frightened of my evil glee and excitement, I had to try to sit down and write some rap lyrics to this great music piece.

20 Minutes and I write too much

In 20 minutes not only had I written enough lyrics for the song, but I actually had too much material to use. After trimming it down about half it’s size I made a demo version I played for my truth detectors…my daughter and my wife. Besides giving me the look like I had antler’s growing outta my head again they blankly told me I that I should do something else for a hobby. Bah! Once again I noted their response and decided to use it against them in the future when a payback situation should arise.

My daughter, who plays WoW when she can, was honest and told me that she liked the lyrics (She’s a Hukrath the Voidwalker fan), and it wasn’t that she didn’t like hearing me, but she wanted to hear Hukrath rapping too. So in order to make her happy, I added Hukrath rapping in the song as well.

The only major problem I had when I recorded the final version was that my headset monitor system wasn’t working. I could hear the music just fine, but I couldn’t hear myself at all. For anyone doing any type of recording, not being able to monitor and hear your own voice makes it quite difficult especially when there’s music blaring in your ears too. I mulled through it as best I could and after several tries I was able to record all of my rap in one take. Trust me I can’t sing, and after hearing I’m sure you will agree.

Things have a way of working out

Despite all of the problems I ran into when setting out to making a warlock rap, it all worked out in the end.  Life has a way of doing that sometimes :) and I would like to take the time to give a big “Thank You” to Demons for allowing me to butcher his wonderful song with my rapping! I have no way to repay him other than a kind word, my small story, and a link to his talented and creative work. From a warlock who controls demons to a “Demons” who writes music…this old Dark Art caster bows, cheers, and salutes!

You can check out Mr. Paul “Demons” Kim and his website of creative music listed and categorized as Chicago Experimental Soul at http://demonschicago.bandcamp.com

I can’t offer a direct link to the song on Soundhound.com because it’s a phone App sadly; however, if you download the program and look it up on your phone the song is named “Untitled”. If you don’t want to download Soundhound to your phone, you could also visit Mr. Kim’s website to hear the music or download it for free! The direct file link is HERE and it’s called “One” :) Enjoy!

When should a warlock dance?

This post is going to go full circle and return back to how this small adventure all got started. Why? Because I would love to get your thoughts and ideas on the question of, “When should a warlock dance?” Please send in your suggestions and I’ll add it to the list.

Hi Amijade,

I read one of your Tmog posts and it had me laughing so hard at mages it made me cry. Keep it up because my husband plays a mage. I’ll be the first to admit it, I’ve danced on a mailbox with my female belf warlock on several occasions and you say it’s wrong. If mailbox dancing is taboo then when should a warlock dance?

Sincerely,

Suzanne

A warlock should dance when…

  • You learn to control your first demon
  • You learn to control any demon
  • You get to ride your Fel Steed for the first time
  • You get to ride your Dreadsteed for the first time
  • You cast your first FEAR
  • You capture a flag
  • You capture a control point
  • You win at a BG
  • You win an arena match
  • You’re standing on an enemy corpse
  • You beat a druid to an herb, or mining node
  • You’re in a bad pug and you Soulstone yourself instead of the annoying healer
  • You out /roll another player on a piece of gear you already own (especially if it’s a mage)
  • You out tank the tanks in DA and the healer loves you for it – Tyraeon
  • You steal from a mage to give the item to your lovely partner in crime – Tyraeon
  • You make mages look like noobs when they are 4 levels higher with better gear and still come under in Dps – Tyraeon
  • You camp the enemy respawn point with constant AoE and continue to murder them – Tyraeon
  • You go into a raid/dungeon and immediately hear how overrated ‘locks have become, then you out Dps the entire raid while cackling like a madman/madwoman – Severun
  • Beer…one must always dance for beer! – Severun
  • You beat out other players on the meters who are arrogant about their Dps and they have better gear than you – Severun
  • You outroll anyone on that super rare mount that drops from some boss – Navimie
  • (Add your comment here!)

Starting next week, I plan to go back and begin reviewing all of our lower level talents. I don’t know about you, but I’m seeing baby warlocks everywhere! From Twitter, to /trade chat and even in my own /guild chat I’m hearing people talking about starting a new ‘lock. The care and feeding of our younger brethren should be important to all of us as a class. The last thing any of us want to see is warlocks getting a bad rep from newer players who can’t control their demons or who can’t handle the corruptive nature of dark arts. So if you see someone asking for more advice and schooling about the glorious power of Fel energy, make sure you help them out and guide them on their rise to the dark side!

Now that I think about it…if you have any funny examples of warlocks dancing, please send me a copy and I’ll post them as well. All of you are much more creative than me and I’m sure others would love to see your ideas in action too. Until next week, I hope you’re all doing well and your internet doesn’t drop!

Howdy All,

Well, from the last Bluepost from November 2nd it appears warlocks will be getting some more changes. More changes again? Didn’t we just go through a bunch of changes? Oh, well what can you do? We can’t always be OP right? Gah! Did I just say that? I mean I know we always look good and other players are always QQ’ing about us due to jealousy, but honestly, isn’t all the ‘lock hate getting old?

So what are we looking at for this go around in the upcoming patch? Well before you’re ready to burn the place down, take a deep breath and let’s look at them together shall we? Sadly, I’m not on the PTR so I can’t completely verify all of these changes in regards to gameplay and whether or not they’re a bane or a boon for our class. The patch isn’t here yet and who knows what will truly make it in the code and what won’t. Here’s what’s being listed:

Demonic Gateway

  • Demonic Gateway must now be activiated by the player wishing to teleport

So a person in our party or raid would have to click on the teleport to activate it. This is not the end of the world, and it’s a small price to pay to enjoy a taste of some of our Dark Art excitement. Now we come to the part that makes me just question why Blizzard is taking the fun out of our new toys…

  • Demonic Gateway’s duration has been increased to 15 minutes, and it will no longer despawn if the warlock moves too far away. In addition, this ability can no longer be used in any capital city

Okay, so they increased the time a DG stays up, and they took away the despawn problem if you moved too far out of range. I’m happy for both of those changes. Yep, not bad at all until you read that it can’t be used in a capital city! Whaaa? Why this change occurred I have no idea. It was fun to toss these up and let friends zig and zag around. Maybe they thought it was too OP for a raid on an enemy city? Maybe mages QQ’d because their portals didn’t go from the Bank to the AH? Trust me, I never saw one warlock use a Demonic Gateway to block a quest giver or a mailbox so I can’t fathom why this was such a big deal? If you have an opinion on it, I’d love to hear your conspiracy theories on the subject because I for one just don’t have a clue.

This view will be a thing of the past pretty soon like Drain Mana

Kil’Jaeden’s Cunning

Kil’jaeden’s Cunning no longer imposes a cast time penalty

I can’t say enough great things about this until we look at the part that hits you below the belt…

  • Kil’Jaeden’s Cunning’s snare has been increased from 10% per stack to 15% per stack

Ouch! Yep, since KJC stacks 2x’s that means we can expect a 30% movement debuff if we try to abuse it. The good news is that we still have Curse of Exhaustion. So Curse your target with Exhaustion and you can still kite at the same speed as your targets movement. Sadly, we can’t use Curse of the Elements at the same time as Curse of Exhaustion and we lose the 5% damage bonus that CoE brings, but I think we can burn them down quick enough to where it won’t matter. I think PvP had a lot to do with this change IMHO and I’m sure some of our enemies will still continue to say this wonderful talent is OP >.>

Banish

  • Banish is now effective against Aberrations

/em yawns – Not much to say on this one other than “Meh”. Don’t get me wrong, using FEAR and BANSIH to CC mobs is great. It’s just not exciting when you toss on another “Me-too” type spell. I’m glad we can CC more, however this should’ve just been a given to start. IMHO we should have full CC opportunity against any class or mob at our evil, overpowered disposal…don’t you agree?

A banished elemental near the Dark Portal. This is the regular spell effect. Grey and faint in the translucent color

Rain of Fire, Conflagrate and Ember Generation

Rain of Fire (RoF) got some reworking done for a total of four changes actually!

  • RoF no longer causes a stun after hitting a target three times
  • Aftermath will now grant RoF’s damage over time effect a chance to generate burning embers
  • RoF no longer requires IMMOLATE to be present to generate Burning Embers
  • RoF’s damage over time will now hit every 1 second, down from 2 seconds. The damage animation for the DoT effect will no longer always display.

So if we look at RoF as a whole spell – it doesn’t stun any longer, but it still does damage. It has a change to generate Burning Embers from Aftermath and a target doesn’t need to have IMMOLATE present to generate them as well. The damage tick from RoF will now hit every 1 second instead of 2 seconds. While the 1 sec damage tick is nice, I still liked the stun idea. However, methinks this change once again is coming more from the PvP crybabies side. Will this increase RoF’s damage now that the stun has been removed? IDK the answer to that one yet, because I haven’t seen any numbers. We can only hope! Combine RoF with Mannorth’s Fury for PvP and it might be a nice boon for Destro in PvP.

  • Conflagrate now generates Burning Embers

Woot! Something I’m sure our Destro brethren will be glad to see. I don’t want to say generating burning embers is a pain, but it does feel like grinding Golden Lotus rep. It feels like a painful slog. Hopefully, this will help.

This is the same area with a different elemental being hit with the Banish spell that turns it red… Oh boy! Big difference right? In the meantime I still have floaty pink shards on my head…grrrr!

Minor Glyph Additions

  • A new minor glyph has been added: Glyph of Gateway Attunement. This glyph will cause a Warlock’s Demonic Gateway to transport them immediately when they step on it

Great, they take something away and they give it back with a glyph to waste it on….grrrrr! Yes, it will have it’s uses I suppose. However, I’m of the opinion that since the use is so limited is it really worth using a glyph for it? Really? I dunno, I could be wrong on this one….we shall see.

Demonology sans Melee attack

  • Removed the ranged Melee attack from Demonology warlocks in Metamorphosis form, and increased the damage of Doom by 25% to compensate

One of the things I didn’t like about Demonology was feeling like I had to constantly move from range to melee and back again to feel effective when I was in Beta. I’m not currently running Demonology, so I can’t say if this a great thing or not. This change makes me think upcoming raid fights might require more movement and on an already taxing movement spec that might be why they are making this change. However, if you’re running as Demo I’d love to hear your take on it.

Waiting at Halfhill for the server to reset so I can tend my carrot garden. As you can see it was a nice night for it too with the clouds and the moon

Changes that didn’t make the patch

Well that’s it as far as what the latest Bluepost says that we have instore for us. Now, I can’t help but mention the things they have taken out completely. So here are some changes that DID NOT make it into the new patch:

  • Destruction warlocks have gained a new ability: Cataclysm. Cataclysm costs one Burning Ember. After a 3 second channeling period, Cataclysm will stun and knockback all burning targets within 10 yards of the caster. This ability has a 1 minute cooldown

I loved the idea of this spell. It’s like a warlock’s own version to a Shaman’s Thunderstorm spell. Since, I play a shaman as well, I have to admit that I really like the use of it. However, even on Twitter I saw people QQ’ing about it being OP. It was probably only a 2 to 3 second stun and it was only a 10 yard knockback. So by the time you take out the travel distance of the enemy from the knockback it would have probably came out to a 1-2 second stun. OP or not, it didn’t make it in :( It’s a shame because it would have been fun.

Another idea that was rejected and NOT included in the patch was this –

  • A new minor glyph: Glyph of Supernova. This glyph will cause the warlock to deal 10% of his maximum health to all targets within 5 yards for each burning Ember he had when he was slain

Another strong guess for the Glyph of Supernova not making the cut would be due to PvP. I could easily see a Destro lock, loading up on Burning Embers and then sacrificing himself for the team by running as a “Destro Bomb” on a flag carrier, a node or a control point where heavy battle was taking place. It sounds gruesome when you think about it, warlocks turning into suicide bombers to aid their team /em shudders –  It’s not a pleasant thought when you think about it that way, and it would’ve put a whole new twist on the old saying, “Taking one for the team”.

My farm now has a dog that decided to hang around after I fed him. I don’t mind since it’s nice to have company as I wait for the server to reset, and he doesn’t bark at the demons either. (He looks like my Golden Retriever IRL) I often kid around that he’s a shaman I enslaved, ha! Now, I just need a name for him…