So last night we went into Dragon Soul to test out our abilities. Some of us were having issues but they got sorted out by the time we got the 2nd boss down. The only real issue I had was the fact that I hadn’t downloaded the DBM addon for Cata raids. This didn’t become an issue until Ultraxion. I will say that I didn’t mess up my button pushing (I watch my cast bars and debuffs TYVM) but I also noticed I wasn’t getting any warnings or updates.
Other than some grumpiness that killed the Non-Red Slice buff I had cast earlier, things went pretty well. By the end of the night Red Slice was gone and even Red Lyssi went away.
Want to know why?
The big crits.
I am a closet meter whore. Well I might not be that in the closet about it, but I am no where near as bad as you think when the phase “meter whore” pops in your mind. I LOVE seeing BIG numbers pop up on the screen. Playing affliction didn’t start giving me those numbers until late in the expansion when I had lots of gear to inflate my numbers. Even then I would only see like 30-40k crits on my shadow bolts. Sometimes I would get a really nice 15-20k crit on my corruption ticks, but nothing like what I would hear other classes getting. Affliction’s damage is slow and steady with a spike at the end. Destro, not so much.
I think the smallest crit I got with a chaos bolt last night was 86k. The highest I got was with shadowburn for 190k.
Yes, 190k crit.
When I talk about being a meter whore I don’t mean HAVING to be at the top. I like being in the top 3 (if possible). If I hit #1 or #2 I get really excited. Mostly because I play with such good players. Adoe, Sorak and Zug all usually wipe the floor with the rest of us dps. It is like the only contest is between those 3. So when I manage to sneak in there and top one of those 3 guys I am just over the moon. I don’t usually get too bad about it publicly (sometimes yes I do, but not ALL THE TIME). To Slice, yeah I am usually all pumped up and crow about beating someone. He usually just rolls his eyes at me and ignores me. Which is fine, I made myself happy, it works.
I think the best part of last night for me was beating Adoe on Deathwing. I would say beating Sorak but he died halfway through the fight (he managed to kill himself by shadowstepping, it was quite hilarious I might add) and even though he was kicking everyone’s ass throughout the rest of the raid, it wouldn’t be fair to compare myself to him that fight. While Sorak and Adoe were neck and neck all night (one fight they were like 20 dps points off from each other and the equivalent damage was less than 1000 difference) I was battling with Shadey. I was so busy focusing on the top dogs that I completely overlooked the mage in the raid that manged to kick my ass on several fights. I had gotten used to her healing on her shaman and not keeping tabs on her dps (cause there wasn’t any!) which was a critical mistake. One that I will not continue to overlook. This means I can’t come in and half-ass fights anymore. I need to stay on my game so I’m not on the bottom like I was for most of Wrath.
Anyway! Back to the story!
The excitement wasn’t from beating Adoe, I usually am #1 or #2 on the Deathwing fight, it was from beating Adoe in a spec I had never played before prior to that night.
THAT is what got me excited.
I had done NO research on my “new” spec. I wasn’t even 100% sure on my rotation. I used the tab Blizz supplied in my spellbook and went to town. Yes I fat fingered a lot of stuff, and I wasn’t awful on a lot of my dot uptime ( I was bad, but not awful.) So when I finally did do some research to find out I was doing things right was pretty awesome.
Saga is an awesome warlock blogger. If you aren’t already reading her you totally need to. She does a great job with explaining things. Far better than my rambly non-existent how-to posts.
So yeah, go read her.
I’m now getting excited about leveling and raiding again. I don’t know how I will level in MoP, I might switch back to Aff, but I am not sure. It almost feels like Destro is doing a great job with the self healing. I could even glyph or spec in for more. With a 625% mana regen (Destro locks CANNOT life tap, we don’t have the spell anymore) I really feel like I am unstoppable.