The fact you are desto is...kinda a big kicker. I see at best, average of 633k per lift over the fight. I can do that as demo without meta. A benefit of destro is pure raid survivability..which you're not utilizing to the fullest by only casting Nether Ward 6 times in a almost 13min fight. But we'll stick to destro only here.
Originally Posted by Ruckers
First off. If anyone gives you crap about low dps in general, I will personally yell at them in vent/mumble/skype/phone call if I have to in order to beat in their head that warlocks are one of the, if not THE worst class for this fight. Our BEST burst spec still has just as long as a ramp up as the other three, and is highly dependent on RNG for getting meta on more than 3 of the 6 lifts (Unfortunately, the last few times, I've been stuck at only 4 metas per attempt/kill. But somehow still outdoing out hunter >.>). So from me to then, shut the hell up. ^^
That being said, there's being a bad class for the fight, and then being bad at playing the class and not doing all you can to make up for it, which is what we'll focus on. No excuses for the latter, even on this fight.
As for CDs, yes major ones you save for the tendon, but you can still use soulburn at least once, maybe twice (based on timings of everything) and still have it up for the lift, just make sure you do have it up for the lift.
You said you tried it with and without a macro, I would still use a macro. It highly minimizes error in your opening and gets you to the filler spamming faster. Because you are the only 8% magic debuff provider, you will have to waste a GCD on casting it. I would recommend a macro of something like...
Everything up to the /castsequence is exactly what I use, minues the CoE since we have an assass rogue. It clears the target, and the second you have a target (which should be the tendon because you shouldn't be targetting random things since the amalg just died and now you're waiting on it to appear) you cast 2 things, soulburn which is not on the GCD and CoE which is prio. Pet attacks instantly and will keep attacking it. As for the cast sequence, because you're destro, you want major conflags. but you need immo up, so I put it first. I put BoA over Corruption because on the first lift first plate and first lift last plate you'll have the doomguard waiting for a BoA/BoD target. Some use BoA, some use BoD. I think the "right" recommendation is BoD first lift, BoA second lift, but that requires either two macros or manually dotting, so personally I chose BoA. Then conflag, you're nuke. Then corruption, your improved spec dot, then you x3 incins, chaos bolt, then a couple more incinerates. My idea on the extra incinerates at the end is that it's a visual key to manually take over and use your own keybinds for incin/conflag/etc and not the macro.
/targetexact Burning Tendons
/cast [target=target, exists] soulburn
/cast [target=target, exists] Curse of the Elements
/castsequence reset=30 Demon Soul, Immolate, Bane of Agony, Conflagrate, Corruption, Demon Soul, Incinerate, incinerate, incinerate, chaos bolt, incinerate, incinerate
I put Demon Soul first because its off the GCD, and since it won't matter beyond the 18s window, you want to get bonus crit for the initial immo hit rather than the usual waiting for the incinerate spam to pop it. This means you need to manually use Bottled Wishes, which is popped while the amalg is exploding to make sure it's up for each lift (unless you're being really slow on amalg dps, which is the killer for the length of the fight)
If you want to test this macro on a dummy, you have to change this target. BUT REMEMBER TO CHANGE IT BACK. I've forgotten to one too many times and you just get fucked over.
Another thing I noticed is only 1 doomguard use. You can get two if you pop it for the first lift first plate, and again for the first lift third plate. It does alot more than one thinks. And stat wise, probably be stacking a lot of haste, which you have over 3k (which is a lil overboard for normal destro fights, but not for this one).
Big thing I just noticed is that you let your WoU stacks fall off 3 times, which are the times just before the tendon lifts. Make sure you're still spamming something on the amalg to keep these stacks up going into the tendon.
Reading over the PPS questions. To make your DPS, you use doomguard twice. You're hitting an almost 13min fight, technically that's 3 uses of on CD, which means two uses of when you should pop it. Thinking about the BoA/BoD...the reason you cast it as demo is because it's an extra dot for the felhunter to chomp on (which by the way, my felhunter alone did 566k average on tendons, which is almost what you do :x, which goes back to demo being better, but trying to max destro here). I'm not sure if casting BoD/BoA on each lift is beneficial for you as destro. With that in mind, you can take it out of the macro and replace it with corruption...BUT you MUST and HAVE to put it up for the doomguard pops manually and not forget about it. If you can remember to do that, that might be the better route.
What really gets the fight moving and makes it easier, is your amalg dps. The faster that amalg goes down after the first plate, the faster you get to lift, the faster to roll, the faster and easier the fight goes. The longer you sit and wait for it to get low before killing bloods, the more tank and raid damage. As for amalg dps, you're #1 by a long shot for that 12:55 min try, which is the one I've been looking at this whole time. It is actually your ele sham that is slowing down your fight progression, doing 1mill less than the blood tank, and the Khatar only doing 1mil more than that tank isn't doing helping either. The fact you're taking so long to kill it, is what's causing your attempts to be 3min longer than ours (and we're only on our like...3rd kill). I mean, at the rate you're at, I wouldn't be surprised if you were able to use 2min CDs for each lift :x So if you want a comeback to why you're doing bad, link amalg dmg and say f*ck off.
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If you hit macro one before using meta, and never again, you're not activating immo aura..
Originally Posted by Bullarkie
This is what I use. I don't have to cast CoE. Personally, I don't believe demon leap is worth the GCD, and teleport definitely is not worth it, so I walk into melee range while casting the dots. You do want to cast HoG much sooner because of the debuff for your felhunter. I mean, I see mine crit bite for like 100k easy.. :x I use incinerate casting as my que for manual takeover.
/targetexact Burning Tendons
/cast [target=target, exists] soulburn
/castsequence reset=30 Corruption, Bane of Agony, Immolate, Hand of Gul'Dan, summon felhunter, shadowflame, incinerate, incinerate, incinerate
But overall, ours are pretty much the same. I'm guessing the incin after CoE is for the SnF debuff? I honestly hadn't thought about that one, especially since it doesn't auto update on dots :x