Haunt now deals 50% more damage, and increases damage done by all of the Warlock's damage-over-time spells against the target by 40%.
Goddamit. Just log on ptr and see it yourself.PLEASE, explain to me what the hell you mean by "LOTS of weak chaos bolts", because I'm REALLY not getting you right now.
RoF burns your mana. You have zero mana. And you are forced to cast chaos bolts just because you cannot cast anything else. Even FF. In most cases that CB has no buffs. That's what I call "weak" chaos bolt.
You are forced to cast unbuffed CBs. That has nothing to do with good or bad playing. And you cannot do anything about that. And the reason is simple. Your average mana burn outweights your average mana regen. At some point (in a minute after the pull, in 2, 3, it doesn't matter) you'll stuck at zero mana.You should have the same number of powered up (by 4set) Chaos Bolts as without casting RoF (otherwise you're just not playing well)
On live 5.3 you literally swim in embers compared to 5.4. You cast more Chaos Bolts -> gain more mana. And don't have such problems.
Not always. Those "extra" CBs come at a cost of weaking other spells. And I would like to emphasize that you are forced to weaken those spells.EXTRA Chaos Bolts will ALWAYS be good.
You sound like a simcraft monkey.highest DPCT is cool. Hard to do the math???
Plain DPET doesn't take into account overall mana-to-embers conversion and resource stategy. You shouldn't compare DPETs of spells that use different resources if you are speaking about overall dps. In terms of a fixed time window when you don't have to worry about resources(you have infinite resources) that's probably true and you can say "CB is good because it has high dpct".
Not only your RoF/Inc/FF decisions affect your chaos bolts, but also your chaos bolt casts affect your mana spells and other chaos bolts/shadowburns. That's why I said it's hard to calculate. In many cases it's random.
And I have a perfect example of resource strategy: Unerring Vision of Lei Shen. Let's say you have 1 ember and suddenly Lei Shen trinket proced. You can use it for CB (almost doubles DPCT) or immolate (high DPCT + free embers for 1 "extra" CB).
1)You choose to cast Chaos Bolt and that CB deals doubled damage. But in 10 seconds the target suddenly reaches 20% (And the fact that you didn't save that ember for shadowburn isn't necessarily a bad playing. For example you had zero mana or already started to cast CB during the proc). You continue your rotation whith shadowburns and stuff.
2)You cast immolate. By the way that immolate has almost the same dpet as CB, just slighly less. After that you cast CB and the target reaches 20%. And you have 1 "extra" ember for 1 "extra" shadowburn.
So which option is better? (1 CB with insane dpet + simple immolate) or (1 CB + 100% crit immolate + 1 "exta" shadowburn over the whole fight) ?
And now imagine the whole fight with 10-20 "dilemmas" similar to that UVLS. Of cause there will be some average dpet for all chaos bolts in this fight, average dpet for incinerate etc.
And now imagine another fight whith random procs. And you say that it was bad because the 1st fight had 3 less chaos bolts. And chaos bolts have huge dpet. And I say that it's hard to calculate because in the 2nd fight I had more flexibility and freedom in my resources choices.
brb taking mah pills
But I'm still going to go out on a limb and say that RoF is still a DPS increase over Fel Flame or unbuffed Incinerate, just not worth keeping high (upwards of 50%) uptime, especially if it's eating your mana up too quick. If you have the mana, and are down to hard casting Incinerates or spamming Fel Flames, it's going to be better to use RoF in single target. (Which still proves the point that Blizz fucked up, and didn't get RoF out of the single target rotation fully, like they intended).
Edit: I went back and double checked to see that I hadn't missed you saying it, and I guess you sort-of mentioned it in this post:
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with the recent changes to haunt, will demo outscale affliction singeltarget? or was affliction over the top that a nerf is justified?
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I wanted to raid SoO as affliction and nothing else but everyone keep's telling me demo. I'll see what goes down in the next few days so I can base my decision xD
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dunno who everyone is but they must be high off their rocker.
Unless you NEED burst aoe or the utility demo provides on any given fight affliction will outperform it no question.
I know it's very early, but how is Affliction performing against the other classes' dps specs? Rough estimation of course.
It must have been favorable since they just nerfed it a bit.