Archive for April, 2013

Howdy All,

So truth be told I’m a fail warlock. Well, I guess the word lazy would be a better description of me than the word fail. You see, sometimes I’m not maxing out my dps, and often times I’m not watching my cooldowns as much as a should. There might even be a few times when I’m running in LFR when I don’t pop my Dark Soul spell or my trinkets when I should, and there are plenty of times when I probably should have tossed back a Jade Serpent Potion as well for good measure. Yep, I’m lazy and it’s even worse when I’m in vent or mumbles and particularly more so when it’s not progression. However, it’s an entirely different story for me when I’m with my raid team because that’s when I’m making sure every little bit of dps I can squeeze out counts. 

 

I’m sure all of you heard the old saying, “practice makes perfect”, but I actually like the Vince Lombardi version of that catch phrase better. Mr. Lombardi if you don’t know, was the famous football coach who gained notoriety having won two superbowl championships (Coaching the Redskins and Green Bay Packers) and who won numerous awards and playoffs during his career. Mr. Lombardi improved upon that old adage about practice by saying, “Perfect practice, makes perfect.” Do you see the difference? I know when I examine my own laziness in warlocking, the difference between the two quotes is quite clear and it was obvious to me as to what I’ve been doing wrong.

Another great example of the point I’m trying to make comes from none other than the martial arts legend Bruce Lee where I see his famous line about what he fears quoted on twitter at least once daily. “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once,” Mr. Lee said, “but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” When I thought about my own fail-laziness I realized I’m turning into the guy who practiced 10,000 kicks once. And that is not a good thing.

What’s worse is that I know that I’m being lazy and I should never allow myself be that way. Oh, I’ve got some good excuses I can offer for my behavior. Maybe you could call it the tedium of running LFR and Heroics each week? Or you could just call it being tired of chasing meters over the past several expansions? Either way, I know it’s a bad habit and I’m going to do my best to make it stop. It’s not good for me, it’s not good for the people I get grouped with and I especially don’t want it to become a bad habit. So right here and right now I promise to stop being fail-lazy. I bring up my own shortcomings because if there’s one thing I’ve learned from the warlock being spotlighted this week is that you should strive to always do your best.

When I look back to my formative years, I noticed a trait among some of my favorite teachers. All of these great educators often showed me a way of looking at things that I might have never considered before and when I finally saw what they were trying to show me it always gave me that “Eureka!” or “A-ha!” moment that inspired my passion onward. Poneria is like one of those teachers. It’s posts like her recent Blood Pact: World of Logging warlocks, part 1 that have helped me look at the game and various aspects I never considered. In all honesty, I’m pretty sure that before reading her post I would’ve been the last person to even consider looking at World of Logs. That’s not the case anymore. Like an inspiring teacher with and end goal in mind, Poneria never says you have to read logs. She merely presents her knowledge as she leads you along and shows what she sees. She lets you reach your own conclusions as she lets you reach that “A-ha!” moment on your own.   

A short history

For quite some time, I followed and read many warlock bloggers out there long before I ever decided to start my own blog. Poneria’s Fel Concentration was one of them. What seems like so long ago, I even distinctly remember stopping by The Warlock’s Den to read up on the forums when one of the postings caught my attention. Someone wrote that WoWInsider had hired a new warlock columnist and they were asking if anyone had ever heard of them. I smiled to myself because when I saw the name I knew they made a good choice. Back then, rarely did I ever reach out and communicate to the bloggers I followed. I did however, write to Pon to congratulate her on getting that spot whether she remembers it or not :)

When I finally made the decision to start this site, Poneria was also one of the writers I reached out to in asking for her advice and her opinions on how to be better at blogging. She was truthful and spot on with her advice and I hope she knows I appreciate more than she’ll ever know. Even now I consider myself a noob blogger, but looking back at what I was doing before Pon gave me some tips I was much, much worse :) Even as I sit here and type out this post I have a Webster’s Dictionary and a Thesaurus sitting next to me on my desk for quick reference. With every post (well, almost all) I sit and read each word out loud, and I read it slowly, making sure it conveys the thought I was trying to get across, and to re-check for bad spelling and grammar. All of these were simple and beneficial tips she recommended to me that I still use today. From her advice I realized how important it was to always strive to do my best in my writing, and that anything less was unfair not only to any visitors on my site, but also to myself as well.

I’m going to embarrass myself in this next confession, but I can admit that when I do make mistakes on my blog it’s always because I failed to follow her sage advice. All of the mistakes I make are because there are times when I’m rushing around trying to meet my own self-imposed deadline instead of taking my time and tackling my posts slowly. Trust me, if you ever start blogging never hit the “Post” button at 3 o’clock in the morning because the very next day you’ll be trying to fix and re-write everything you wrote the night before while kicking yourself at the same time. 

 

Being a better warlock, and a being a better player

Like the blogging and writing advice she gave me over a year ago, Poneria has been out there fighting the good fight for warlocks ever since she took over the Blood Pact column at WoWInsider. Through her research and writing, it’s quite clear to me that her only goal has been to make sure that all of us become better at being warlocks. It wasn’t too long ago when Poneria also celebrated the victory of becoming the longest standing warlock columnist over at the WoWInsider online magazine. Gratsie Pon! I’d also like to take this time to publicly thank Poneria once again for the advice and help she offered me when I started writing, and for her passion and devotion to share the secrets and knowledge of how to become a better warlock. Isn’t that what we all strive for? To become a warlock other players will loathe to fear (no pun intended)?

To top things off, Poneria has a keen sense in Tmog fashion which we all know is just as important as our impressive dps and utility. Normally, I shy away from giving away any spoilers, but I have to say before you read her answers that my favorite title for her is “Poneria the Pernicious”. It has such a nice ring to it don’t you think? /em humbly bows and salutes Poneria

 

 

Warlock Name: Poneria (armory)

Eye or Why: Originally I was Poneria with an ‘i,’ and in online handles and the occasional fic I write, it’s always an ‘i’. The reason my toon in-game has a ‘y’ is because Elune happened to be the only realm three years ago that also had a Poner-eye-a. (I have been it with a y for so long that I don’t feel like tripping up raid invites to change it.)

Server: US-Elune (Alliance)

Guild Name: Undying Resolution (as of responding to Amijade, we are recruiting ranged deeps!)

How long have you been a warlock? She’s my original toon; I started with WoW in Feb 2008. I took a brief break as a bear/tree in T9/Trial of the Crusader, but I was also playing my warlock just as much then, so it wasn’t truly a break.

What specs are you currently running? Affliction! I run destruction as an offspec, both for soloing purposes and for raiding, but affliction is my fa…oh shhh, that’s the next question, isn’t it.

What’s your favorite specialization and what do find the most appealing about that playstyle? Affliction! I love the DoTs and being able to almost multitask with multiDoTing. I also like DPSing on the move, and often kill daily mobs in decorative chains of dead bodies simply because it’s more fun than standing there for 30 seconds every other mob.

What’s your favorite spell and why? Unending Breath. Before Dark Intent came along, I’d use it as a token of my appreciation for help with a mob or a buff given to me. Now, it’s great for Soulburn: Unending Breath, which is waterwalking, so I can fish more than before. (I love to fish, OK.)

What addons do you currently use besides the basic DBM and Recount? I’m an addonoholic. But if I were to log into raid after a major patch hit live servers and I only had half an hour to redo everything, here’s what would be important to me:

  • Shadowed Unit Frames
  • DBM (I’m trying out BigWigs)
  • Skada (not Recount)
  • Omen + Tidy Plates: Threat Plates
  • Weak Auras
  • Grid + Clique (for quick soulstone brezzing)
  • Mik’s Scrolling Battle Text
  • AffDoTs
  • Dominos (action bar) + OPie + BindPad
  • OmniCC
  • Gnosis (cast bar)
  • Raven (buff frames)
  • TipTac
  • Addon Control Panel

I also have a lot of cosmetic/non-raiding addons like SLDataText and Fortress, PocketPlot, oGlow, Masque/ButtonFacade, Prat and WIM, MogIt, etc.

Do you prefer using a minion or using the Grimoire of Sacrifice? In the beginning I ran with GoSac a lot, but now I’ve started to run more with my voidlord Arcathion out. Occasionally I’ll have Colrak the observer out. When I played demo for a bit, my old felguard Skurikkilig or Bheezhem the favored felhunter were my top choices.

Which is your favorite demon to command and why? Bheezy is a longtime companion, and I like to think he’s chilling with Bizmir the imp in the Twisting Nether, recuperating from all the Cataclysm adventures.

As for my old leveling partner, I think Arcathion is really Ormmon the voidwalker, just evolved. I have a feeling that whenever I switch between Supremacy and Sacrifice, that for the few seconds Ormmon is summoned, he’s confused in a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde sort of way, wondering why he has Arcathion’s memories. Arcathion is definitely my soloing partner, whether that’s dailies or retro raids or grinding out dinosaur bones.

Do you use any macros and if so which one? I am as much as macroholic as an addon fiend. Most of my macros are old, so they may not be as efficient anymore since the UI has had improvements over time. (I might have some @player macros still when you can use @self to save a couple characters.)

For example, the ‘2’ button is my filler spell, and it looks like this:

#showtooltip
/cast [equipped:Fishing Poles, nocombat] Fishing;[mod:shift, @mouseover, harm][mod:shift] Fel Flame; [spec:1]Malefic Grasp; [spec:2] Shadow Bolt

 

When I have a fishing pole equipped, it fishes. When I press shift, it shoots Fel Flame. When I’m in affliction spec, it shoots Malefic Grasp, and when I’m destruction it shoots Incinerate, which is Shadow Bolt technically (so it’s one less macro I have to change when I try out demonology occasionally).

Since I go destro the occasional times I PvP, my Havoc macro is tied to Fel Flame, since both I often would rather target via mouseover rather than manual target. I also need Fel Flame to be on something other than shift+2 when I PvP, since I keep fatfingering the Windows key + 2, which brings me out of WoW to a new 7-Zip window — right in the middle of intense PvP combat!

#showtooltip
/cast [@mouseover,mod:shift,harm][mod:shift,@target] Havoc; [@mouseover,harm][@target] Fel Flame

 

I also combine spells into macros, like Agony and Curse of Exhaustion, since both are affliction spells. I then have a generic curses macro with Curse of the Elements/Enfeeblement.

#showtooltip
/cast [mod:shift] Curse of Enfeeblement; Curse of the Elements

 

#showtooltip
/cast [mod:shift] Curse of Exhaustion; Agony

 

Finally, I love my Symbiosis macro in the odd instance or fight when I receive it from a druid. It allows me to use Rejuvenation by myself, or as I often do, on my target’s target (often the tank) via my unit frames. The tooltip will change with Symbiosis from the generic Symbiosis tooltip to the Symbiosis: Rejuvenation when I am buffed from a druid, so it also serves as a good reminder if the druid doesn’t automatically whisper me about it.

#showtooltip Symbiosis
/cast [@mouseover, help] [@player]Rejuvenation

 

If you want to learn more about getting the most out of macros, I’d suggest looking at the macro API and macro conditionals and also PvP guides (they tend to explain and use all the cool targeting tricks like @mouseover far more than PvErs do).

Your most (favorite / embarrassing / funny / proud / memorable) moment while playing your warlock was? (Feel free to use more than one) I’ll use two.

Back in Naxx 2.0 — my first real raiding experience — I remember the meaning of 129% threat with Patchwerk with the crappy Soulshatter of 50% threat drop on a 10-minute CD. I remember ribbing from my tank if I wasn’t on his threat tail within 3 globals. I remember standing up against the wall as Patchwerk came for me, and I actually had to wait until Patchwerk started his melee swing before ‘shattering. Sometimes I was just a hair too late!

The other moment I remember was with my current guild was in T11, with the dragon twins in Bastion of Twilight. We were killing them for either the first time or one of the first times (I can’t remember which), and we were losing people as the dragons were almost dead. I heard our Blood DK call on Vent that he was out of tank CDs, so we knew his death was imminent. We were dodging the purple circles around the room with Theralion on the floor, and I shattered to give myself time to continue my DoTs with Drain Soul. I had my back against the door in the corner with Theralion across the room. He turned to me, and I knew it: here we were, another sub-1% wipe. But he gave me the Engulfing Magic buff as he marched across the room, and I kill him first with both my Drain Soul execute and my heart pumping.

What flavor are your warlock cookies? Generally snickerdoodle (warlocks always be snickering at something!), but occasionally I make QQtmeal ("kyoo-cute-meal") ones (especially in PvP).

What is your favorite dungeon or PvP battleground and why? Naxxramas (2.0). I just have too many memories there and it’s great place to learn basic raiding maneuvers.

I like to walk around Karazhan for fun and to look at the walls while listening to the music, and Ulduar was super-cool with the various hard modes and the Putress tier, and Black Temple has Illidan, but Naxx was my first raid where I wasn’t loot-monkey and also the first raid where I jumped into raid leading (alt & PUG raids). I can’t tire of Naxx.

Who is your favorite raid boss and why? Primordius as destro (ALL THE NUMBERS :D) or Chimaeron as affliction (I could basically heal myself to that fight’s restrictions while DPSing and it was hella cool at the time).

What is your least favorite spell and why? Ritual of Summoning. Sometimes it’s a really useful spell, but if someone wants a summon for raid when they’ve been online for an hour, I magically go AFK for a while.

For memories’ sake, Heigan, for when a disconnecting Australian raid member was healed through the entire floor-waving dance, and Gothik, whose speed of shadow bolt flinging I dreamt of having one day.

If you could make up and give your warlock any title you wanted, what would it be? I have the titles in-game that I actually wanted for a long time on my warlock. I worked very hard to get Elder as that was the officer rank at the time in my first guild (and I wore it when I became an officer). I could wear Crusader as that is my current rank in UR, but it doesn’t fit Poneria the character very well.

I currently wear "of the Nightfall" since I play affliction, and of course, the old Shadow Trance talent in the affliction tree was Nightfall (now, it’s a passive). I’ve worn it off and on since I got it in Wrath. I suppose "the Fearless" would be a title I would like to have for fun, but I would need to find a heroic Terrace of the Endless Springs group to do it.

As for titles that don’t exist, when Poneria is feeling particularly evil, I’d like a "the Nefarious" or "the Wicked" or "the Vile." Or for the humorous evil title: "Poneria the Pernicious."

What do you like most about playing a warlock? The blurring of lines between life and death, minion and master, and fighting for good purposes and fighting for evil purposes. Warlocks appear to live on those lines and it’s interesting trying to justify going one way, the other, or even back and forth.

If you could add, change or remove anything with regards to the warlock class what would it be? Rain of Fire to 40 yds casting range instead of 30. Why is it still 30, Blizz, when everything else is 40. "Srsly."

Do you have any tips you can offer for newer warlock players, or to those who are new to your specialization?

1. What spec is the best depends on what spec you enjoy best. No, seriously, I mean it.

2. DoTs are made for chain-pulling. Fear, among your other defensive cooldowns, is made for when you pull too many.

3. Warlocks have depth in their spellbook when it comes to utility, though most people only focus on the components with damage. PvPing or doing solo work like the cosmetic green fire quest line or just soloing retro raids or dungeons will bring out all that awesome. Do things even if you suck so you can learn all the warlock secrets.

How can readers get in touch with you? @slowpoker on Twitter | poneria.fc@gmail.com OR megan@wowinsider.com | commenting at Fel Concentration, my personal WoW blog

P.S. Fellow warlocks can send me warlocky screenshots along with tips, tricks, or questions, for use in the Blood Pact column, since I can always use more screenshots. Just give me a commenting name or Twitter handle so I can refer to you in the source part of the picture.

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Megan O’Neill, aka "Poneria"

Blood Pact, WoW Insider

Fel Concentration, personal WoW blog

 

 

 

 

Muahahaha! Hail and greetings all!

One of the things I really like about playing Warcraft is that it’s not always about your destination, but it’s more often about experiencing the journey to get there. There are a few times when you reach an epic moment in the game that stops you and gives a reason to pause. For me, completing the warlock green fire battle against Kanrethad Ebonlocke is up there at the top of my list of epic moments. I’ll even go so far as to put his name up there on par with the Lich King when it comes to memorable moments. Yep, I said that and I mean it.

 

First, let me explain a few things. I went into this famous warlock vs. warlock fight without having read anything about it. I did my best to avoid anything that talked about it including videos, blogs, websites, twitchTV and everything else. Why? Well, for me it was for the challenge and for the surprise. So much of the game is written about and even video clipped showing you everything with step-by-step instructions. You can find guides and information everywhere now on just about everything.

Don’t get me wrong. I think that having so much out there about the game is great because I can remember when there was next to no resources outside of asking in /general chat. Does anyone else remember when you needed information and it wasn’t listed on the Thottbot or Alakazam’s website and you felt like smashing your face against your computer screen? OMG, things have sure changed because now we have WoWInsider, MMOChampion, AskMrRobot, IcyVeins, ElitistJerks, Noxxic, El’s Anglin, Warcraftmounts, Warcraftpets, and countless more. That’s not even mentioning all of the Youtube channels, TwitchTV, Podcasts, Blogs, forums, and everything else.

While having all of this great information only a Google search away is nice to have at our disposal, I feel that sometimes for me it takes away from the excitement and wonder of experiencing something when it feels new. The MV raid? I watched videos and read guides then I did the LFR with my guild, and then completed it with my raid team. *Yawns* While all of it was good fun because I enjoyed it with friends I quickly felt bored with it after my 3rd run in LFR. It lost it’s appeal. After that it became, “Omg, not this again.” And so I didn’t want the warlock epic quest line to be like that for me.

I’d like to toss out a special thanks to some of my guildies that had faith in me and probably think I’m a bit off my rocker ;p so a big thanks to Desdeny, Mycale, Bloodylock, Nagrats, Martensen, Havah, my raid team and a special thanks to Rho for giving me the tome to start the quest line. Without Rho’s kind gift, I’d probably still be farming for the drop!

 

Now that it’s over

After completing the fight, I’ve been going back and watching videos and reading strat guides and comparing my notes to what’s out there. While I’m sure there’s a lot of different ways to complete the fight you still can’t escape the underlying mechanics. Like most fights, it really is all about the mechanics and timing. While dps does help, I’ve read a few posts where ‘locks in ilvl 470ish gear are completing it which tells me how important getting the mechanics down can be. I’m also glad to know that there’s a trick or two I learned during my experience that I haven’t seen on any of the guides as well. Was I frustrated as I took my lessons and beatings from Kanrethad? You bet. Did I love every minute of it? Omg yes! Truth be told I didn’t keep track of my wipes because I didn’t want a number to frustrate me or make me feel demoralized.

 

Now that it’s over I have an idea of how many times I did wipe based on my repair bills which gouged me for a little over 12k in gold. Every 4 to 5 wipes it cost me about $300.00 gold in repairs. Since I lost 12,000 in gold we can divide by 300 (per cost of each repair) which equals 40 repairs and then multiply that by 4 or 5 wipes so that puts me between 160-200 attempts. It was brutal, but I’m glad I didn’t do it any other way. The most frustrating part was wiping sometimes because I forgot to do a certain mechanic or two after I was already getting past them. Mainly it was because of an often simple or stupid mistake on my end. There is some space and leeway for recovering during the fight, but not much.

I’m a little dismayed by some of the sites I’ve been to and reading some of the comments from certain types of players. You know the uber elite-types who “downed” a hard boss such as Kanrethad in only 3 to 4 tries. No offense, if a player says they defeated Kanrethad in less than 10-20 tries without reading a strat then they’re lying. Do I care if some of these players lie about their success? No. What I do care about is how they make others feel about not having defeated Kanrethad at this point. If you’re a warlock who’s still beating your head on your desk like I was then have faith, you’ll get him…trust me :) The fight is one long dance and once you find your stride, and get your own rhythm in repeating the steps then the next thing you know it’s over and you’ll have you’re green fire. And a beautiful Fel green it is!

My only advice is if you do run into any of the moronic types who think they’re all that and bucket of wings, ignore them because they’re fools. I plan to do a post to talk about the Kanrethad fight and no, I’m not giving away spoilers if at all possible, but I do plan to give my honest assessment of the entire questline and what I liked and didn’t like about the experience. If you would like some tips on the Kanrethad fight shoot me an email and let me know where you’re having the problems and I’ll do my best to help.

 

Enough about Kanrethad, let’s talk about Cynwise!

At this point, I don’t think there’s a warlock alive who doesn’t know Cynwise or about his blog over at Cynwise’s Warcraft Manual. Over the years he has been one of the warlock bloggers who has been an inspiration for me, as I’m sure he has been for countless others, and it’s humbling to highlight him here on my blog. His series about The Decline and Fall of Warlocks in Cataclysm helped put the problems facing warlocks center stage and in the spotlight. From his research and strong arguments as to why players were leaving their ‘locks in Cataclysm, Blizzard couldn’t ignore the problem any longer when it came to redesigning the warlock class. So from me, and I’m sure the rest of the warlocks who have survived the downfall and rebirth of our wonderful warlock class, I’d like to give Cynwise a very respectful, sincere, and grateful /bow and salute.

Cynwise was even so kind as to include several screenshots with the instructions for me to choose whatever I’d like to use for the post – Gah! The pressure! To make it easier I’ll include them all and let you choose which you like ;p All of you know I love cool screen shots, and I love a cool tmog set so I couldn’t choose between them.

Warlock Name: Cynwise

Server: Medivh-A, US (though I moonlight on Drenden-H)

Guild Name: <Waypoint>, a cartography guild.

How long have you been a warlock? I’ve played a warlock since 2008. Cynwise was the fourth character I rolled. She leveled as Affliction and I’ve played every spec since then.

What specs are you currently running? Destruction PvP. I have a Demo offspec that I tank old raids in, but mostly I use it to decipher demonic texts while questing.

What’s your favorite specialization and what do you find most appealing about the playstyle? This is like asking to choose between your favorite children!

Currently I enjoy playing Destro because of the surging rhythm of burst you get with it. It’s highly mobile in PvP (yes, even casting Chaos Bolt) and offers a good balance of burst, pressure and control which previously was lacking in Warlock pvp specs. Demo intrigues me in PvP, but I’m frankly not nearly good enough Rush at it.

There have been times and places where certain specs have been my favorite. Affliction PvP post-3.3.5 (end of Wrath) was excellent – I think that was my favorite time to play Affliction, even though the toolbox in Cataclysm was deeper. Demonology was wonderful to play in PvE during that time, too.

What’s your favorite spell and why? Oh my, so many. Demonic Circle: Teleport, probably? Fel Flame? Chaos Bolt? Dark Apothoesis? Burning Rush? The toolbox is so deep. Let’s go with Chaos Bolt. (Drain Mana and Blood Fear, I still miss you.)

What addons do you currently use besides the basic DBM and Recount?

  • _NPCScan
  • Addon Control Panel
  • Auctioneer
  • BG Defender
  • ElvUI
  • FocusHeals
  • Healers Have To Die
  • GronkIt!
  • HroomHroom
  • Ookin’ Dooker!
  • Postal
  • Skada, not Recount
  • The Alternative
  • Weak Auras
  • Wowhead Looter

 

Some of these are pretty standard quality of life addons (NPCScan, ElvUI, Auctioneer, The Alternative).

I used to use SaySapped but migrated its functionality to an addon I wrote for myself (GronkIt!) that does a bunch of custom chat frame messages, says, and yells. I then split off some of those features into addons like HroomHroom, which announces when a heroism-type effect is used on you. I can’t say enough good things about SaySapped.

Another addon which is a must-have is Healers Have To Die. It tells me who the healers are on both sides and lets me know when my nearby friendly healers are getting attacked.

BG Defender automates the callout of incs in battlegrounds. I consider it more essential than Battleground Targets, which I don’t run anymore.

Weak Auras has replaced Need to Know in my current setup, partly because ElvUI handles dot tracking and partly because I wanted more conditional proc/event tracking. I have a few Weak Auras set up that have really improved my Shadowburn usage.

Ookin’ Dooker! is a silly addon that I adore. It filters all incoming and outgoing cursing into Hozenspeak! I can curse like a sailor and it comes out at a nice PG-13 rating. This prevents me from making missteps when kids are online in /g.

 

Do you prefer using a minion or using the Grimoire of Sacrifice? It depends. I prefer Sacrifice now for both playstyle and RP reasons, but there are distinct advantages to having your pet out in PvP. I’m still struggling to like Supremacy. Who are all these new demons, anyways!?

Which is your favorite demon to command and why? Tie between the Felpup and Succy. It depends if I can knock anyone off of the Lumber Mill or not.

Do you use any macros and if so which one? I use a lot of macros, though honestly not as many as I did back in Cataclysm. Here are a few.

Pump Macro, ties in several abilities into a single burst:

/use [spec:1] Dark Soul: Instability; [spec:2] Dark Soul: Knowledge

/use Volcanic Potion

/use Potion of the Jade Serpent

/use 14

/use 10

 

Farm with Fel Flame (allows you to FF one target until dead, then automatically switch to next target):

/cast [mod:shift, @focus] Fel Flame;Fel Flame

/use 10

/startattack

 

Cast Havoc on my focus (if there is one), mouseover target, or primary target:

/use [@focus,harm][@mouseover,harm][harm] Havoc

 

To reapply buffs quickly upon resurrection in a BG GY:

/castsequence reset=5 Dark Intent, Grimoire of Sacrifice, Create Soulwell, Underwater Breathing, Crystal of Insanity

 

To make sure I use my guild standards when farming bosses for rep, so I tie them into CB:

/cast [mod:shift, @focus, harm] Chaos Bolt; Chaos Bolt

/use 10

/use Battle Standard of Coordination

/use Standard of Unity

/use Banner of Cooperation

 

Help!, aka the panic button:

/use Dark Regeneration

/use Healthstone

/use Alliance Battle Standard

/use Ember Tap

/use Master Healing Potion

 

Shadowburn This (stop what you’re doing and cast Shadowburn):

/stopcasting

/cast [mod:shift, @focus,harm] Shadowburn; Shadowburn

/use 10

Your most (favorite / embarrassing / funny / proud / memorable) moment while playing your warlock was? I was running Jade Temple on my locked 85 warlock and pulling about 120k on the boss. The fight finishes (very quickly) and there’s silence in chat. Suddenly, the hunter pipes up: "calm down lock ur making us look bad"… Yep.

What flavor are your warlock cookies? Fel salsa.

What is your favorite dungeon or PvP battleground and why? Anything but Strand of the Ancients. I used to like Strand well enough until enough people took South Graveyard. (Don’t take South GY.) Seriously, I really like the CTF ones (Warsong Gulch, Twin Peaks) and the node control ones (Arathi Basin, Battle for Gilneas) much more than the PvW ones (IoC, Strand).

Who is your favorite raid boss and why? BQL, because I can pull insane numbers there with the first bite. Not ashamed to admit I like the big numbers!

What is your least favorite spell and why? Eye of Kilrogg, but ONLY because I feel defenseless using it. It’s a situationally useful spell, I just wish I didn’t feel like a rogue was going to jump me whenever I cast it.

If you could make up and give your warlock any title you wanted, what would it be? Mine are actually very simple and specific to her character: Colonel, to represent a high PvP field rank but outside of the traditional Alliance military structure, or Lady, to represent some kind of minor ennoblement and representing one of her childhood ambitions.

What do you like most about playing a warlock? Being able to have a constant war between the ends justifying the means, and living with the consequences of that philosophy.

If you could add, change or remove anything with regards to the warlock class what would it be? … I went through that exercise in Beta. I’m pretty happy with where they ended up. :D

Do you have any tips you can offer for newer warlock players, or to those who are new to your specialization?

  1. There isn’t a best spec. Try them all. Try the one which appeals to you and see how you like it. Each one has a different feel and fantasy in Mists (unlike Cataclysm).
  2. You have a deep toolkit, use it. Warlocks don’t have escapes, but we do have defensive CDs. Learn to use them.
  3. Positioning is really important. Kiting is essential. If you run into a cloud of melee, you are going to die horribly. Keep your distance. To quote Dusk of Uldum, "Kite like it is your job and you are paid a lot of money to do it well."
  4. Every demon brings something different to the table. Don’t let them overwhelm you, but try to figure out how to use their abilities to your advantage.

 

How can readers get in touch with you? cynwiseofstormwind@gmail.com / @wowcynwise / http://cynwise.wordpress.com

Howdy All,

Busy week has been busy! I hope you’re all doing well and that the RNG gods have been kind to you. So there is this guy named Kanrethad Ebonlocke? Have you heard of him? I sure have. He’s my new nemesis like I’m sure he might be for many of you as well. You gotta love to hate that guy! What a true ‘lock he is in so many ways. It seems like he likes to play around with all three specs at once. Don’t ya love that? He mixes and matches all three specializations of talents and skills. Yep, if you’re working on him I feel your pain. Derpy me is doing the fight as Affliction and I’m refraining from any help. The lowest I got him was 18% at this point. I just gotta figure out one more trick he’s got that seems to be of the RNG persuasion. Yes, I know I should be doing it as Destro…I’ve been told that by a few people. Maybe I’ll try him as Destruction on my Ally lock just to see the difference in tackling the mechanics.

 

I’m actually thinking of writing a post about my chronicles yet I’m sure there’s a ton of sites and videos on how to defeat him already. I want to do something fun about him, because fighting this guy is glorious and maddening at the same time. Kanrethad’s up there with the Lich King in my book when it comes to brutal fights. I can see why people are screaming nerf him, but I can only hope they don’t even consider it. With enough gear people will lay him waste in no time and they’ll only have to deal with the mechanics. From what I can tell the fight really is all about mechanics. It’s definitely spit second and spot on mechanics, but mechanics just the same.

 

I present to you Rewt!

Ha! Like Rewt needs an explanation of who he is right? Well if you don’t know, I met Rewt over a year ago from none other than @Demonicric. Rewt is one of the two Co-hosts of The Hearthcast Podcast. Rewt used to be Demonology to the core, but lately he’s showing his Destructive side. The locals in my area have a saying. If people tolerate you then they say, “You’re nice.” If they really like you then they say, “You’re just like family.” Well, I can easily say that after talking and chatting it up with Rewt that to me, he’s just like family. Both he and Freckleface are wonderful people and I’m better from having met them, plus he’s a warlock to boot! Although, I still think Rewt cheated on that last Hearthcast AoE contest I did with them :P It was that or just a really lucky proc on his end.

 

Warlock Name: Rewt

Server: Deathwing

Guild Name: Horderlies

How long have you been a warlock? 6 years.

What specs are you currently running? Demonology/Destruction

What’s your favorite specialization and what do find the most appealing about that playstyle? I tend to gravitate to whatever my guild needs. As a member of the raid team, I tend to go with the highest DPS output in game, according to sites like Noxxic. Right now, it’s Destruction.

What’s your favorite spell and why? Eye Of Kilgrog. It’s highly undervalued. Right now, I’m using it to peek into tents on Isle Of Thunder to check for Treasure Boxes. If you’re running solo, pick a "safe spot", launch your seeing-eye-ball, and see if the trip in is worth your time.

What addons do you currently use besides the basic DBM and Recount? I use tinydps instead of recount. I’m a huge advocate of TellMeWhen, and TidyPlates/ThreatPlates. Out of Combat, BankStack is a must. NPCScan and NPCScan_overlay

Do you prefer using a minion or using the Grimoire of Sacrifice? It depends on the DPS buff, and situation. At present, I’ve got Grimoire of Supremacy for my minions.

Which is your favorite demon to command and why? Situational again, and again I’ll defer to the DPS output. In raid, Observer. Out of raid, in high aggro areas, my voidwalker. In high gank areas (I play on a pvp server) I keep the sheeva out for her mesmerizing abilities.

Do you use any macros and if so which one? I have many. I use a mouseover macro for havoc, a macro for my soulstone, several for "high priority" targeting/focusing situations.

Your most (favorite / embarrassing / funny / proud / memorable) moment while playing your warlock was? (Feel free to use more than one) So many to choose from! I’ll go with the "last man standing" moments – I’ve now had 4, when it’s just you left, against the boss, dot them up, kite them around, and get the cheers of your loving team mates.

What flavor are your warlock cookies (examples: Chocolate Chip, Carmel, Salty QQ Mage Tears, Spicy Hawtness)? Didn’t know he had any.

What is your favorite dungeon or PvP battleground and why? Any dungeon where a warlock ability helps out. Banishing demons, fearing someone in place, seducing them… or now using our warlock tunnels to move the group through areas. It’s all fun.

Who is your favorite raid boss and why? I’ve only been raiding since Cataclysm, although I have gone back and done others with OpenRaid. Presently, I don’t really have a favorite.

What is your least favorite spell and why? That one that makes us run fast and die. Why the heck is that good?

If you could make up and give your warlock any title you wanted, what would it be? (examples: The Heartbreaker, Purveyor of Pain, The Uncaring, the Unforgiving) DeathMaster

What do you like most about playing a warlock? It’s not the easiest class to master. It’s always evolving, and swapping specs out during a raid is actually a good thing.

If you could add, change or remove anything with regards to the warlock class what would it be? Reduce the number of people it takes for us to summon. Allow us to summon corpses to us – useful for healers to rez.

Do you have any tips you can offer for newer warlock players, or to those who are new to your specialization? We may not always top the DPS charts, but when we do, we make sure the mages know.

How can readers get in touch with you? Google "hearthcast" or follow here at The Hearthcast Podcast, and @hearthcastrewt

 

 

Fundraiser for helping Demonicric to see again ends May 9th

Besides wanting to highlight Rewt for this post, it’s also a good time for me to reminder everyone that there is still time to make a donation for helping @Demonicric have the chance to see again, and to make sure to do so in less than three weeks because the deadline is May 9th. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for him. All of the info on his fundraiser is —->HERE<—-.

So it seems everyone really likes this idea of the warlock questionnaire. I’ve gotten a good response from the folks I’ve contacted, and I also have another small list I’m in the process of contacting as well. This weekend, I hope to get a regular post up as well. Until then, have a great week everyone and if you want to give Rewt a holler either over at the Hearthcast Podcast Website or on Twitter, I’m sure he’d love it.

Hail and Howdy All,

Starting off this series where I’ll be highlighting warlocks throughout the Warcraft Community we’re going to meet Hasteur. For those of you who might not know, Hasteur is one of the hosts of the Group Quest podcast and he is also the creator of the warlock Fel-Tron segments. I was honored to have Hasteur and his team invite me onto the Group Quest show this past Sunday to join him, Gulvan, and DeGei for a roundtable discussion on current topics about the game, and I had a great time despite some audio issues Skype and my computer decided to toss at me. If you like, you can hear the full episode at this link called Not Another Warlock

I have a lot of respect for Hasteur because he’s very passionate about our wonderful warlock class. You may recognize his guild name too because Hasteur is a guildy with Stompalina and Halfrot from the Rawrcast podcast. Pretty cool, huh?

I’d also like to take this time to personally say thanks to Hasteur for taking part in this series! /em bows and salutes

Warlock Name: Hasteur

Server: Zul’jin

Guild Name: Bound

How long have you been a warlock? Since about 2 weeks before patch 2.2 (The No-content BC patch)

What specs are you currently running? Demonology and Destro

What’s your favorite specialization and what do find the most appealing about that playstyle? Demonology is truly straight forward in priority, stats, and mechanics. Lot less complicated than Affliction or Destro

What’s your favorite spell and why? Metamorphosis, as the signature ability of the the spec. Having the ability you bounce in/out of the form depending on what I have going on around me (Big AOE pulse, Prime damage event, etc).

What addons do you currently use besides the basic DBM and Recount? AskMr Robot Profiler, Auctionator, Auctioneer, BagBrother, DailyGrind, DreadSprayVR, ElvUI, GCGambler, GoGoMount, idQuestAutomation, NPCScan, oRA3, Panda, Postal, RatingBuster, ReforgeListe, SavedInstances, SellJunk, Skada, TellMeWhen, TradeSkillMaster, WeakAuras, WIM

Do you prefer using a minion or using the Grimoire of Sacrifice? Minion! As Demo, the best choice is Grimoire of Service because your output (and minion’s output) is directly buffed by mastery.

Which is your favorite demon to command and why? Felguard, I randomized his name a couple times and got a name that was partially the name of a PVP rogue who used to play on the same server as me. I met him once at a Blizzcon so I have that special feeling that when I send the felguard into battle it’s the rogue who’s doing the damage.

Do you use any macros and if so which one? I use the TSM auction scroll wheel macro and GoGo macro which randomizes pets out for me

Your most (favorite / embarrassing / funny / proud / memorable) moment while playing your warlock was? (Feel free to use more than one) I think my most embarrassing moment is when we downed Deathwing for the first time in my guild and when people asked me why I was doing so much less DPS I noticed that I had gone through the entire 17 minute fight with a Kalu’ak Fishing pole equipped

What flavor are your warlock cookies (examples: Chocolate Chip, Carmel, Salty QQ Mage Tears, Spicy Hawtness)? Tears from the encapsulated souls of (Stormwind/Ogrimmar) orphans.

What is your favorite dungeon or PvP battleground and why? Can I go with None of the above? I used to be big into PVP in BC, but I joined a raiding team and didn’t have the time to learn all the new battlegrounds and their metagame strategies so I stopped doing PVP. I’ll occasionally do it when it’s part of something else (Legendary quest line, Children’s Week, etc) but not willingly.

Who is your favorite raid boss and why? Currator in Karazhan. When I first started being a PUG raider, I got into a weekly Karazhan raid and I was fairly decked in PVP gear at the time so was a natural choice for the Currator offtank (as I had almost as much HP as the plate tank).

What is your least favorite spell and why? Ritual of Summoning. It encourages players to be lazy. "Oh, I’ve been on and pissing around for 1 hour already, and now I’m late for raid. Summon me". I hauled my ass out to the raid instance and was ready before the raid time

If you could make up and give your warlock any title you wanted, what would it be? (examples: The Heartbreaker, Purveyor of Pain, The Uncaring, the Unforgiving) Specialized titles for each spec. "Death of a Thousand Cuts" (Affliction), "Liegelord of the Legion" (Demonology), "Pyromancer of the Nine Hells" (Destro) to be taken away once you are not playing that spec actively

What do you like most about playing a warlock? It combines the pet management of a hunter with the fun of being a pure caster

If you could add, change or remove anything with regards to the warlock class what would it be? Give us a patch where we can do a 1 button wonder like the other pure DPS classes have gotten

Do you have any tips you can offer for newer warlock players, or to those who are new to your specialization? Be Evil!

How can readers get in touch with you? http://fel-tron.com show@fel-tron.com or @hasteur on twitter.

Heya All,

Well, it happened. Once again I was reminded of never saying never. For a majority of warlocks, our time has been spent on the Isle of Thunder camping the Tome of the Lost Legion. Personally, I’ve tracked and logged over 70+ hours of camping the elite rare mobs out on the Isle hoping for that slim chance of a lucky drop. Add in the fact Blizzard also added the “first to click” component to looting this sought after item and needless to say I was far from successful. I only saw the tome drop once during all of that time and I’m sad to say I was unable to loot it. Ugh! /em faceplants keyboard repeatedly. Yes, it would appear I’m full of fail at this point.

I know three warlocks who have been successful in getting a drop within their first 5 attempts. A few more were fortunate to get their tome drop in less than two weeks after the launch of the patch. Between all of them only 2 have been successful at completing the green fire quest line and being honored with having their red fire transformed into the gorgeous hue of fel green. I’m happy for them, but for me I gave up my active camping of the tome and only looked for rare mobs when I was out questing. Hey, a warlock can’t completely neglect tending their carrots and planting their Songbells right?

Getting contacted by Rho

As you all might know Rho from the Realm-Maintenance podcast is in my guild and up until he got his lucky tome drop, I would see him all the time farming the elite rares out on the Island too. He was quite excited about his good fortune and if you don’t believe me check out @Jangasm’s Something Suggestive Podcast to hear his re-enactment of that special moment when he was overcome with surprise when the tome appeared in his loot window. It’s quite funny and it makes you want to /cheer right along with him. And his playing Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture in the background? Quite fitting!

A few nights ago, I had just logged into WoW and was grouping up with friends over vent to start off on completing the Isle dailies when Rho whispered me and told me he’d be joining us on vent. I assumed he was wanting to meet, Mycale, a fellow warlock guildy who not only got a tome drop the first night, but had also completed the quest line within two days of receiving it. In all the confusing of getting people grouped up, killing a rare or two, and finishing off some quests Rho explained he just zoned onto the Isle and that he had something to show me. Judging by the excitement of his voice I could only think that he finally got his green fire and that he was going to show me. Rho is a Destro lock and the green fire special effects look particularly cool in that specialization so I was looking forward to seeing it first hand.

When I met up with Rho he immediately popped open a trade window and there in the window before me was a tome! Gah! Yes! He was offering to give me a tome! OMG! Nooooo! Rho explained to everyone on vent that he got a lucky drop from a regular random mob on the Island while questing, and that his only wish was that if I eventually got a lucky drop on another tome that I would pass along the kindness to another warlock. OMG! And here I just wrote last week I wouldn’t take a tome even if someone offered it to me! With a few people cheering for me in vent, and a few people whispering me about how amazing of a gift it was and that it would be rude if I didn’t take it(*coughs* Havah! *coughs* Dez!) and from Rho’s prodding…I took it. What can I say? I’m a greedy warlock right? Omg! I was honored and dumbfounded.

 

Really? Yes really!

I felt bad, but after accepting the tome from Rho I had to go /afk. It turns out my joyful screaming scared my poor dear wife and youngest child. So after taking a few minutes to calm my family down and explaining that nothing was wrong I returned back to vent and thanked Rho for his kindness and for his amazing gift. To this day, I won’t forget that conversation with my wife when I explained what had transpired. She gave me that dreaded look like I had antlers on my head again. My Warcraft life is so foreign to my wife that I had to assure her that later on I’d explain it to her like it was a movie on Lifetime. "Really, everything is okay!” I said. “Are you sure?” she screamed back still unsure if I was delusional. “Really!” I torted back. “Are you sure, you’re sure?” she yelled back again with still some concern in her voice, “Really?” Still unable to control my excitement I had to yell back with my most reassuring and confirming voice, “Yes, really!”

When the excitement from both vent and my household settle down I knew that there was still much work to do. Yes, I had the tome, but now I had to begin the real journey itself. Rho left me with these haunting words, “You thank me now, but wait until you get to the final encounter.”  So without offering any spoilers I’m happy to report that for the remainder of that night I began the quest line and stopped short of the final encounter. The only reason I stopped was because I decided I could at least survive on having 2 hours of sleep before work. The next day, every cup of coffee I drank to stay alive awake I raised in a silent toast and salute to Rho and Jan :) I’ll still never know if the heart palpitations I had that day was from the overdose of caffeine or my excitement from the night before. It’s was probably both, but more so because of the second reason.

 

I hope by posting my story that Rho knows that I’m truly honored and grateful. So thank you very much Rho! /em bows humbly and salutes

I’ll still be going after the tome when I can hoping to pass along the gift to other warlocks if it should ever appear for me. I still feel bad for a lot of other warlocks because if I was actively camping it for that long and I still didn’t get a drop, how difficult is it going to be for some who don’t play as regularly as myself?

Remembering what’s important

Please don’t think I’m bragging about Rho’s gift nor am I highlighting it because I want to make other warlocks drool. You see, the same day I was sleep deprived and elated about getting a tome I saw a tweet from my twitter friend @NevAHAddict who runs the blog Auction House Addict. She was linking her post about a fund raiser for a fellow WoW player. How could I not go and check it out and see? It turns out that the fund raising efforts were for none other than my friend @Demonicric (Demo as I call him). Then came a tweet from @HearthcastRewt and @HearthcastFreck over at the Hearthcast Podcast concerning the fund raising efforts For Demonicric too. There’s nothing like seeing the plight of another person, particularly a person you know, to give you a sharp jolt of reality as to what’s really important, both in-game and IRL.

If you don’t know, Demonicric is a great guy and a fellow warlock player who lost his vision a few years ago. He still plays WoW despite his loss of vision too. When I first began blogging and doing my warlock segments Demo contacted me just because he wanted to talk about warlocks. We met on Skype a few nights later and spent almost the entire night talking about warlocks, Warcraft, and everything in between (just remember Demo that if I cussed at you due to my lack of sleep the next day I didn’t mean it ;P ). I wrote a post about our Skype meeting and I even did a follow-up about Demo when his hard work paid off and he earned his Dragonwrath.

 

To put things in perspective for you about the kind of person Demonicric is…I’ve traded emails (when my email was working) and tweets with Demo over the past few weeks about my Unleashing the Warlock Within project and never once did bring up or mention that this fund raising event was going on. Nada, not a peep! He’s also one of the warlocks I’ve contacted about taking part in the project and I can’t believe he didn’t tell me he has a chance at regaining his sight IRL! Gah! Demo! You should have told me!

Rarely do I announce a charity or fun raising event and it’s not because I’m a mean, cruel warlock. While the latter might be true, it’s mainly because I have a few specific charity events I participate IRL and for me they’re important because their personal; however, for my gaming life this one hits too close to home for me not to become involved. I’d be remiss and a complete moron if I didn’t point out Demonicric’s fight to regain his sight and ask all of you for help if you can.

So with a good kick to my own rear to keep in mind what’s really important I’m challenging any WoW player who reads this to go now and donate anything they can spare. You can find all of the information about Demo’s cause, how to donate, and you can even watch a video clip of him doing his stand-up comedy routine —->HERE<—-. So please, even if you can only donate $1.00 it’s still $1.00 closer for helping his fund raising team reach their goal. I’m sure anything you can give is appreciated.

Yes Rho, I plan to pass your kindness along in more ways than one ;) and I hope others do too!

 

Wishing Jeppy a speedy recovery

If you haven’t heard or saw the tweet, more good news came from my Twitter friend @Eljeppy who announced that he’s back home from the Hospital and he’s doing good. It was great to see your tweet good sir, and it really did make my day. May your recovery go faster than a mage spam-clicking a portal whenever a warlock approaches, and I can’t wait to hear you back on CtrlAltWoW and that you’re back to dual-boxing your team warlock!

 

 

Apologies and quick finish

It appears I finally got my email problems fixed. So if anyone sent an email over the past few weeks and it got lost I apologize! Please resend me one if I didn’t respond and I’m sorry to put ya through that kind of a pain. Sadly, I shall be gone until next weekend due to RL stuff, but I’ll have my weekly post up by next Sunday night for my normal self-imposed deadline. Upcoming topics? Warlock Glyphs, warlock Tmog reviews, well known warlock profile highlights, and hopefully much more :)  Have a great week both in-game and IRL everyone and I’ll see you on the other side!