Blame it on end of tier burnout or being busy with moving – either way, I’ve been slacking. In my time away from the blog, Something Wicked finished up Tier 14, bagging a Realm First! Sha of Fear achievement. I was promoted to a full member. I even finally managed to not die on Heroic Imperial Vizier. I’ve tried to stay up with most of the upcoming changes in 5.2, and I’ll be writing a post to summarize some of the changes, but most of my summary will actually be of discussions that have happened on MMO-Champion. I know it’s a bit late – by all accounts, 5.2 is coming out Tuesday, March 5th, but damn it I’m going to try and catch up.
Something that I haven’t seen is a comprehensive gear list for 5.2 – so I’m making one similar to one I used for last tier. The way I used this last tier was to Ctrl+F the boss name or the item slot before or after doing each boss to see if the coin was worth it, to see if there was another boss later in the instance/raid night that was likely to give me what I wanted, and to see quickly how each item was itemized. The lists are more or less sorted from worst to best from a T15H BiS Affliction/Demonology point of view – that is, crit sucks. At the moment, the list is only ilvl 522 – but you can safely assume that Thunderforged, Heroic, Heroic Thunderforged items all follow the same order, as do Raid Finder items (but the Valor and World Boss items are better than the Raid Finder ones, whereas the Valor and World Boss items are worse than the Thunderforged, Heroic and Heroic Thunderforged items).
This blog, in general, is about Warlock topics – well, it says it is in the corner – but up to this point it would be more accurate to say it’s a blog about Affliction Warlock topics. The reason for that is simple – I play Affliction, and I don’t play anything else. I played 4.3 Destruction and it is still probably my favorite spec (but keep in mind, I’m a Cata baby), and I played Demonology for Spine, but for the entirety of MoP I’ve played Affliction and only Affliction.
This choice to only play one spec hasn’t come to haunt (ha ha ha) me yet, but it’s always nice to have another specs or all specs available to you because each specialization actually does have its own unique strengths – or least that’s the case for Warlocks. As my current guild is constituted there’s no need for Demonology on any fight we’ve done – on Will of the Emperor Heroic our current comp nukes down grouped Emperor’s Rages quickly enough, and on Wind Lord Mel’jarak Affliction is every bit as strong as Demonology, but is there a compelling case to play Demo on Sha of Fear Heroic? There seems to be, so I’ll be writing about my process and experience as I learn this spec.
Blizzard posted a 5.2 PTR patch note preview just a few days ago – an early Christmas present and a little something to whet our appetite for Azeroth in the new year. By now, a variety of outlets have covered the ins and outs of the patch, and some of the new things. Out of all the things, I’m excited about the new raid size (12 bosses, and 1 on Heroic only!), about tap to faction World Bosses, about some of the farming improvements, and about the pet changes.
But what about for Warlocks?
5.1 Affliction Trinket Ranking Based on T14H Stat Weights, with Reforging
5.1 Demonology Trinket Ranking Based on T14H Stat Weights, with Reforging
5.1 Destruction Trinket Ranking Based on T14H Stat Weights, with Reforging
Source: Google Doc Spreadsheet (see sidebar)