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#1 Vanguards

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 10:37 AM

On my previous posts I've been going over some general information on Mists of Pandaria PvP. I'm going to change it up and go into more details of each specialization. Hopefully this will give everyone who doesn't have beta a better idea of what each specialization is going to do! In this post I'll be going over Affliction Warlocks.


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Affliction Warlocks



Affliction Warlocks have a lot of new abilities and changes. Some changes in PvP I found are:

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Nifty Abilities


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As said in my previous posts, Malefic Grasp is an extremely powerful channeled ability that warlocks can use to speed up their dots and do damage. The damage is near an execution drain soul. Having increased single target and burst damage is something many Affliction Warlocks dream of now and it's happening in Mists of Pandaria.


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Shadowfury is such a nice ability to use in order to land some casts. Knowing you won't be interrupted every 20 seconds while your enemies are stunned is nice. The price of an AOE stun is not free. You will have to choose between using Shadowfury, Howl of Terror or Mortal Coil. Decisions decisions.




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Symbiosis is such an insane ability between Druids and Warlocks. One of my most ambitious predictions for Mists of Pandaria is that Restoration Druids and Affliction Warlocks will basically overtake the dominant comps of Restoration Shaman and Affliction Warlocks. They will be the top 2 classes in Mists of Pandaria in my opinion. The synergy for Demonic Circle with a Restoration Druid is just crazy. Add that in to all the nifty abilities Restoration Druids and Affliction Warlocks are getting and we get an insane pairing.


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Haunt requiring a Soul Shard is one of the biggest nerfs Affliction Warlocks have received. While there is a chance Warlocks don't always need a Soul Shard to use it, I still feel this is one of the biggest hits to Affliction Warlocks. This means Haunt isn't something you'll always want to spam as soon as your rotation hits it. You may have to choose a good timing for when you want that insane burst of Haunt + Malefic Grasp.


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Observer is quite a strong pet. Seeing a pet Spell Steal my Sacred Shield on my Retribution Paladin was pretty frustrating. The ability to temporary summon 2 pets will also be quite an excitement to see. I can imagine skilled Warlocks being able to pull out an Imp to Defensive Dispel at a crucial timing.


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Unending Resolve is a nifty new ability that lets Affliction Warlocks be immune to interrupts for 12 seconds and also take 50% less damage. Affliction Warlocks will be able to push in much more often now, especially if they know Demonic Circle and Unending Resolve are both up.


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Soul Link has changed a lot in Mists of Pandaria. This new talent makes you share damage taken between your pet and you. Warlocks can take Soul Link and be quite creative with it. For example, I could see a Warlock on Dalaran Sewers sitting his pet behind boxes and letting it get healed while he goes out. Countering it wise, I can see people choo choo training a Warlock's pet since it's the same as hitting him!


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Kil'jaeden's Cunning lets a Warlock move while casting for 6 seconds. As a melee player I HATE seeing more casting while moving. However, I can see Warlocks loving this. Paired with Shadowfury a Warlock will get his Fear when he wants it.


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Pointed out by Hildegard, Imps are looking like an extremely viable pet. Perhaps they'll be a common off pet that Affliction Warlocks uses. Pet swapping in Mists of Pandaria no longer costs damage due to the changes in Dark Soul. Cauterize heal can easily save a Warlock's life more than once. The ability Sear Magic which is similar to Mass Dispel is no joke either. An Affliction Warlock that can clean an entire team of buffs or debuffs will not be funny. This is especially true when we look at how expensive Mass Dispel will be for Priests.


Affliction Warlocks Looking Good


As I said when talking about Symbiosis, I feel Affliction Warlocks are going to be awesome in Mists of Pandaria. They're getting lots of new abilities, and I'm excited for Vanguardy (my Warlock). I'm going to love Shadowfury into Fear into pushing up with Unending Resolve and Kil'jaeden's Cunning. I definitely see Affliction Warlocks being in the top tier comps along with Restoration Druids. Hit me back up in Mists of Pandaria if I'm proven wrong!

What specialization do you want to see next?



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Posted 23 June 2012 - 01:42 PM

this game gonna suck so hard.
I GOT 26 REP NOONE FUCKING FUCKS WIT ME

#3 WildeHilde

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 01:58 PM

So much talk about restoration druids, would like to know more about them.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 02:45 PM

this is absolutely disgusting

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 03:04 PM

You cannot use sear magic as a normal mass dispel, it only works for defense. You cannot clear beneficial buffs from enemies with it, such as bubble.

still op though

Edited by Wallirik, 23 June 2012 - 03:04 PM.


#6 WildeHilde

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 03:53 PM

Sorry, this was my information. I knew it did not do offensive dispels, but chose poor wording.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 08:20 PM

just a few corrections :)

1. fear will be instant cast because of the talent "blood fear". no lock will bypass this, and it removes the need to shadowfury--> fear.
2. kiljadens cunning is a completely awful talent. no lock will take this to cast while moving because of the penalty it imposes. to self impose a -50% haste on your channeled casts and give yourself a movement slow by 30% would be totally retarded. its literally a joke this is even a lvl 90 talent. The talent for pvp will without question be the curse talent that passively reflects 10% of all dmg done to you back to your attackers. it also allows you to cast a new curse on a target that would reflect all dmg done to you onto that target by 50% for 10 sec or something.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 09:25 PM

Would love to see a destruction warlock POV about panda bg,rbg and competitive arena. Affli is 2 boooooooooooooring for me
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Posted 23 June 2012 - 10:25 PM

Rdruids
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Posted 24 June 2012 - 10:43 PM

Frost or UH DKs, specifically highlighting their major problems(maybe some blizz guy will see the post by a major pvp player and fix them) Specifically their survivability(which has gotten worse as they took our only 2 spells and put it on the tree), the death rune cost for abilities(which makes our resource even harder to manage with another rune to manage), and the general crap pile that are the UH pets(ghoul having to be micro'd cause it doesn't save energy for gnaw, slow ramp up time, garg not scaling hardly and hardly being worth casting)

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 10:58 PM

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jk boring talent tree

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 11:34 PM

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 01:49 AM

haha defensive mass dispel on 10sec cd? at least there won't be any felhunter for silence if they choose that option.. (except for that double pet thingy) >.<

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 07:29 AM

The double pet is two of the same pet(one you can't control, like a frost DK or blood ghoul) it doesn't allow you to have 2 different pets.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 10:19 AM

View Postice101v, on 25 June 2012 - 07:29 AM, said:

The double pet is two of the same pet(one you can't control, like a frost DK or blood ghoul) it doesn't allow you to have 2 different pets.

nope you can decide which pet the 2. pet is (succubus for example seduces the target, imp occasionally dispells its summoner)

Edited by dreschnuu99, 25 June 2012 - 10:19 AM.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 10:57 PM

Enjoyed the video, looks interesting :)

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 12:46 PM

Interesting. Do it for destruction too pls.




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