GoSup for Thok. Imp dispel is extremely useful.
thanks for this guide, helped me change from aff to destro so i could get meh green firez
how do you guys manage to get off a chaos on 4set? find it nearly imossibel. even with 9k haste
Though if you have to choose between getting off a chaosbolt with the 4pc or refreshing immolate in pandemic range go with immolate. The only time to aim for using the 4pc proc with chaosbolt is when you have 3.x embers and will cap in the next couple casts. Its more of a "better than nothing" type proc than something you aim to spend on.
My friend is too lazy to post on here, so I'm posting for him. He's a 531 Destruction Warlock, and does no DPS.
He wants to stack straight 320 Mastery gems, would that be best for him? I'm trying to help him get better on his Warlock so he'll enjoy playing it. So, any help would be best. Also, can someone list the stat weights and caps for Warlocks so I can relay them?
I did a 1 billion dmg dummy parse the other day, self buffed. I wanted to see the best way to optimize 4 piece. Self buffed, I was able to get a 65% crit chance Immolate over 1 billion dmg by doing the following.
-Incin until 39 emberbits.
-Start a CB cast and hope that Immo crits and gives me 40 emberbits + 4piece proc. (I've found that this happens quite often. If LMG procs, throw in a RoF before CB cast.) This way CB gets that 15% crit. Even if your CB isn't buffed by 4 piece, it's as if you are doing our normal 35 emberbit CB dump anyway, so it doesn't matter much.
-After CB, (if 4 piece still isn't up, Incinerate once to activate it) conflag to fish for 2piece, then Immo. Immo will always be in time for 15% from 4 piece if done this way.
Additionally, there is no downside to pooling up to 39. Now that RoF is largely out of our single target rotation, the only way to passively gain embers while casting something else is through Immolate. Since it's not possible for Immolate to tick twice during my Chaos Bolt (at my haste) there is no waste due to over capping embers. This adds a bit of dps to the rotation without a high risk of overcapping. If you want to ensure that there is absolutely no risk at all, you could do the same thing at 29 emberbits. The only problem here is that if you CB down to 19-20, and then a 10 second RPPM trinket goes off, you can only get 2 CB's out during it, rather than 3.
Even if you mess up and overcap, it is STILL a dps gain. If no procs or DS are up, and you are casting a purely unbuffed CB, it does X dmg. If you cast a CB with JUST 4 piece, then it is X*1.15 (ish. I know it isn't a 1:1 for crit) This means that for every 7 15% buffed CB's you cast, you are gaining the equivalent dmg of 1.05 (ish) non 15% buffed CB's. It may not be obvious, but this implies that even if you do this method and overcap 1 emberbit EVERY SINGLE TIME, it is STILL a dps increase.
All of this changes for DS and trinket procs, but a large number of our CB's are unbuffed, so I think it is still relevant.
Let me know if there are any flaws in the logic.
I could use some feedback. I just joined a heroic progression team and I want to perform better. The fights I struggle on are dark shamans (just mass chaos), Spoils ( stuff dies fast and using FnB is useless) and Thok ( the damn interrupts). On THok, I am planning on switching to Afflic but on Shamans and Spoils, if you guys have any general tips to help me, let me know. Should I go affliction for these fights too? BTW on Spoils I am already tab targeting trying to SB snipe.
Dark Shamans is pretty easy (I assume you do split strat?). I glyphed havoc here for the extra burst on pull, this was probably a mistake, but was fun nontheless. Just make sure to have rain of fire down as the adds are spawning and try to cleave off the boss. Saving double conflag here is useful as on 25 man those adds just melt. If you're on 10 man you can solo the blobs no problem so ask your raid leader for this task and enjoy your number one dps spot. Make sure to focus the boss and use a havoc macro to cleave shadowburns from blobs.
Spoils is another fight you can dominate on. Just focus the big guys, keep rain of fire down at all times on 2+ targets, and make sure you shadowburn snipe everything possible. Havoc on cooldown and get cleaving those shadowburns! I tend to immolate anything that isnt a small add and just chain chaos bolts.
Thok you can play anything on. Glyph unending resolve for the lower cooldown. Use it at around 8 stacks on first phase for free casting (don't overlap with devo aura) and it will be up again for the bats to spam incinerate. Glyph havoc here for 2x chaos bolts onto jailer and 6x shadowburns from bats to boss.
If you mean "use CB with any procs, or when I reach 39bits" - I don't see a dps downside there - but I don't actually reach this that often, unless I have been moving during procs.
Most of the time, I have been using the 30 emberbits proc, rather than trying to predict it at X9 emberbits - just because I often find I have periods of unavoidable movement etc, and I will cap out if I run that close. Downside of not having three embers to dump into a trinket proc, but there are downsides to everything :P