Zagam, on 28 February 2013 - 07:12 PM, said:
I love Demonology BECAUSE of all the stuff you have to think about. You still have to manage Demonic Fury on top of everything else...you always have burst in terms of swapping into Meta and delivering instant Shadowbolts in the form of Touch of Chaos. Your AoE is the highest in the game if done properly. Sure you'll see Frost DKs doing just as much with far fewer buttons...but they can't touch your sustained AoE over time. You have to keep track of so many CDs and resources while maintaining uptime on 2 DoTs while casting the correct filler. I feel that optimized Demonology Warlocks will be very competitive next tier. Affliction is just that it's too easy to play once you get Affdots. This is why Afflictions numbers are astronomically high...Blizz never intended for you to be able to see that sort of information on the fly. It removes all micromanagement and just essentially tells you what to do and when to do it. Demonology will be all player resources aside from your Doom application.
I guess I don't read any other forums besides looking at MMO-C's blue tracker so I haven't seen a lot of QQ going on, but I can definitely imagine that it's there in full force. I don't mind not using GoSac. It definitely made life a lot easier and I've always liked the idea of me bringing the damage and not my pet, but in the end it doesn't matter.
I've been running Demo as much as I can here in 5mans and LFRs and a random Sha group or two. Its fun! I'll have to agree with someone who posted earlier that I'll find myself sitting there not knowing what to do at times, but I'll chalk that up to not being accustomed to the spec yet.
My current playstyle concerns:
1) I'm worried that I'm doing things that maybe I shouldn't be. I'm not 100% sure on that yet, but I'm doing things like switching to Meta after casting a 2nd HoG and refreshing Corr with ToC then popping out. Every minute my procs line up and I'll jump in to meta to burn DF and ToC spam while they're active. Often I'll get to a DS phase with 500-600 DF which is definitely a fair amount that can last me for most of the duration, but its just not optimal and I'll have to Meta dance at the end to ensure I can apply Doom before DS wears off.
2) I still don't have a 4pc so my Doom runs out at an awkward time before DS comes off CD, forcing me to jump in to Meta and reapply 10-15 seconds before DS is ready. This is something that most people will be facing as they drop their t14 4pc in 5.2 so I'm sure strategies will come out to handle that better. Is it okay to let Doom drop form your target for the 4-5 seconds it would take to set up your burst phase?
3) Ending a DF burn phase can be awkward in that I'm never 100% sure when I'm going to be out of DF. I'll be spamming ToC then be forced out of Meta in to a shadowbolt cast when I should probably be casting a soulfire to use up a MC proc. Are you guys manually exiting Meta once you get low or are you waiting to get kicked out? Would it be worth it to throw a cancelaura macro on to Soulfire to help with this?
Again these aren't complaints, just hitches in the playstyle that I haven't figured out yet.
Overall Its definitely a high performing spec and Its probably not something people should be judging until they get their buffs. Players seem to be worried about how they're performing, or that they don't have burst, but they forget that they'll be getting a huge boost in 5.2 which is why we're practicing now. I'm more concerned about getting the mechanics/fundamentals down before 5.2 hits so I can properly judge how the changes feel to me personally once the patch goes live. If it turns out that I'm still way better at playing Aff than Demo, to a point where my damage output is noticeably better in Aff, I'll probably stick with it. I want to make sure I'm playing Demo at a competent level to be able to make that call though.
Edited by Cruzan, 01 March 2013 - 12:59 AM.