I have a confession to make,
I KNOW, I KNOW, I KNOW!
As an “Aff for life!” warlock this feels almost like a betrayal to all I have ever known and loved.
For a while the dirty secret was kept on my baby warlock that I was leveling for the classy trolls guild cheeve. I decided that I was going to learn to destro because I was so unhappy with the new aff rotation. It ended up being so much fun that I thought about changing my PvP off spec on Lyssi to destro to play around but I never went through with it.
I mean, I wrote posts rhapsodizing over affliction and my love for it. I said I would NEVER play destro. It was just a mage with a pet. Etc, etc, etc.
Now I’ve switched and love it.
When I was testing things out on the Beta I spent quite a long time at the dummies just trying to get my fingers into the swing of a new rotation while trying to keep the basic buttons that I had grown accustomed to. I moved all of the spells around until I had a flow going. It was starting to look up for me and affliction for MoP. I won’t lie. For a while I was honestly looking at my stable of alts and wondering which one I could happily switch to and raid on for MoP. Before the Beta changes to affliction went through it was looking as though I would be playing my Priest or Druid, as a healer.
I was thinking of switching my role COMPLETELY!
Which is kind of odd considering I hadn’t healed full time since Wrath. This was also the time in which resto druid healing was spamming wild growth and rejuv on any person taking any tiny amount of damage. Hell, I was still angry tree at that time. The most I had healed since then was in 5 mans or alt runs with the guild. I even did LFR on my priest a time or two. Other than that, no real raiding.
What was I thinking in becoming a healer again?
Yes I am insane, if you didn’t believe me (or Slice for that matter) prior to this then you should have no doubts left.
So when the changes came down that helped the aff rotation I was happy again. I could keep my main, I could keep playing the spec I loved so much.
Fast forward to last night and the 5.0.04 patch.
I hopped online on Lyssi and first hit the trainer to change my off spec from aff (aff pvp prior to the changes) to destro then I flew up to the dummies.
I was dumb at first because I hadn’t put the glyphs in. So after some toon swapping I got my glyphs I needed for both specs and went back to testing my rotation.
Yeah I had problems.
I already knew from the Beta that I would have to re-organize my keys and bars, even if I hadn’t read the reminder from Cynwise. Even after switching my buttons around and practicing for quite a while as aff, I just couldn’t get back into the flow I had found on the Beta.
Then I switched my spec . . .
The rotation flowed.
I can’t explain it any other way.
I was just hitting the buttons with the same ease that I had from years of playing affliction, only I wasn’t playing affliction. It was a scary thought that I could so easily transition to something I had never played before.
After I messed around with the rotation for a little while longer I decided that I needed to reforge my gear to better optimize destro. Affliction loves haste, Demo loves mastery and Destro loves crit. Since I lost my stat stick in my wand and the hit cap was lowered I thought I would go reforge and see how much more crit I could squeeze out of my haste heavy gear. Off to Mr. Robot!
First of all, when did AskMrRobot become such shit? I loved that site when it first came out. I haven’t used it since it updated to the new format, which was around Firelands. I stopped using it then because it kept putting the wrong stat levels on my gear. Which meant that it wasn’t optimized. I went there last night to see if they had fixed it, and no. It told me to take my haste enchant off and put on an expertise enchant.
Why the hell would a caster need expertise?
Ok fine I checked the stat weights. Expertise was at ZERO and yet 4 different pieces of gear were being told to be enchanted or reforged to expertise.
I just gave up at that point.
I can hear Sorak chiming in with “Why are you relying on some silly website?”
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
So I logged back in and just did the reforging myself. I am slightly over hit cap but I don’t know what else I could do with what I had. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to raise my crit any higher since I didn’t have anything to reforge away other than haste. I don’t know about you but I still love haste way too much to want to get rid of it. Especially now that DI has been changed. Lots of haste is awesome!
Anyway I logged off pretty happy with what I had set up. New keybinds, new spec, new pet. It is golden!
Tonight we are going to raid to see how everyone handles their new rotations, etc. I am eagerly anticipating it! Hopefully I will get a chance tomorrow to make an update on how things went. If not, I am sure Arv or Rep or Slice will post something.
Sorry for being so quiet for so long! I miss you guys!