This may be a knee-jerk reaction from me, but I thought it a good place to perhaps start some conversation. I've not had much of a chance to make use of my Demonology off-spec since Cataclysm dropped, and only recently have I begun running with it more regularly. I used to use it all of the time for dailies, and now that dailies have become a, well, daily occurrence again, it makes sense to revive my favorite solo-spec.
That being said, I have some initial misgivings. I've been wracking my brain all morning, trying to wedge my thoughts into something that vaguely resembles a well-formed thought. However, I cannot. There is no single idea or collection of ideas that I can point to and say: "Here, this is what is bothering me."
Yet, bothered I am. Demo feels clunky. In the past, one of the draws was the simplicity with which you could do moderate DPS. That is to say, where my Affliction spec failed was with short-lived things. The kind of things you might find while doing dailies. Demo shined in these cases. It combined good up-front damage with survivability to make knocking out repeatable quests enjoyable. I felt powerful as Demo where I felt weak as Affliction.
Somewhere along the line, I feel like that's changed. I feel like Demo was pushed a little too far into Affliction territory. But I can't really put my finger on why.
Perhaps it is the rotation. Before I would fire off a curse, an Immolate, and then some bolts. It wasn't a "raid" rotation, but it was great for short lived things. Now, I have a bane and a curse, plus Immolate, and bolting just doesn't feel as powerful as it once was. I'm not sure why. I don't recall any specific nerfs to Demo bolts. Also, the addition of a bane means one more thing to try to throw up. Daily trash just doesn't live that long when you're raid geared.
Perhaps it is the demon. For a while, Demo locks were supposed to use the felling Succubus. I believe now we've been pushed back to the Felguard, but the big guy just doesn't feel as potent as he once was. Maybe it's all perception. I mean, the numbers back him, right? Maybe it's just the fact that that skinny skank is so close in DPS. Also, he seems to die a lot more easily. I miss the old school Chuck Norris Felguard.
Perhaps it's just me. It's been a while and I'm not as fluid with the buttons. My fingers are trained for Affliction, and Demo is just different enough for me to feel like a fish out of water. Before, the two specs played so dissimilar that I just kept it simple and fun. Now, they've added enough complexity to Demo that I feel like I'm doing it wrong. Maybe given time and practice, I'll feel better. After all, popping into epic purple form is still fun as fel.
Still, I just can't shake the feeling that the spec has fundamentally changed for me. This isn't to say it's "for the worse." It may very well be better. I guess I just feel like it's not as easy to flip-flop and feel badass. I wonder what some of you other Warlocks have to say...
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