So…as of my last post I said that I would continue on with the de-construction of the warlock class and its various specs. I said that my next post would be on the next spec, Demonology. Well, I lied. And here’s why. It has come to my attention that within the next few weeks a new patch is going to drop. One part of this patch is the new talent system that will be implemented in MoP, Mists of Pandora. MoP, for all intents and purposes makes anything I could break down for you on the current talent system, obsolete.
Luckily for you, I am a proud owner of the MoP Beta. And I have been playing it for the past few weeks, attempting to decipher the next…newest…most awesome way to play a warlock, within reason, ahead of time and give you a sneak peak.
In MoP, the break down is this. You have a primary spec. Affliction, destruction and demonology. With those primary specs you get a number of Core abilities. Then, you have the new talent system, which is comprised of 6 tiers that unlock at levels 15, 30, 45, 60, 75, and 90. In each of these tiers there are 3 talents. Some are passive and some are active, which will add new spells to your arsenal of core abilities.
Then come the glyphs. Blizzard has totally done away with all Primary glyphs. Instead of having 9 glyphs you will now only have 6. You have 3 major and 3 minor glyphs at your disposal. Some of these glyphs are the same as before, while others are strictly vanity for vanity purposes. And some will also add new skills…(to be discussed later).
As I have played through the beta, I have come to realize that your rotations will not change all that much. It will however, be slightly intimidating at first because there will be a lack of spells that you are used to using and an abundance of skills that you’re not familiar with along with your new skills. While others have remained the same with a slight change in the nature in which they are used. For instance, dark intent is now a spell power raid/party buff that lasts 1 hr.
For now, relax and enjoy the rest of the talents as they are, and look expectantly to the future in which Locks finally become more than the red headed step children of blizzard and once again become a force to be reckoned with.