Ah the joys of leveling a new alt. Soon after you begin your new journey you find yourself at level 10 and with it comes that very first talent point. Deciding in which talent tree this point will go is a very important decision for most people just starting out, but for me and my new lock this was a no brainer. My first talent point went into Improved Corruption and so I began my trip down the Affliction tree.

From the moment I created my Warlock, I knew her spec was going to be Affliction. The whole reason I created the character, aside from Warlocks being awesomesauce, was because I was intrigued by play style of the class. Warlock’s are the masters of DoT’s and having played a class that was all about straight up nuking its target into oblivion, I was looking forward to the change of pace. After doing a bit of research and running down the talent trees, it was obvious to me that Affliction was the tree that was most focused on managing DoT’s and would be the tree to give me the Warlock experience I was looking for.

Outside of game play reasons, Affliction appealed to me for another reason. I have a tendency to RP my characters in my head. Each of my characters has their own distinct personality and reasons for doing the things they do. Faelican, my druid, is a tree hugging nature worshiper concerned with returning balance to Azeroth by forcefully removing those who are upsetting said balance. My Death Knight Athena is solely focused on exacting her vengeance from Arthas for turning her into the monster she has become. I am well aware that this may be a tad over done in most RP circles but quite frankly my dears, I don’t give a damn. Gingerlei is border line psychotic and delights in pain. She delights in the pain of others or her own, she is not picky. The slower, more excruciating the pain, the more she savors it. The ability to use multiple spells to prolong her victims demise to the point where death is a welcome release from the suffering she is inflicting upon them made the Affliction tree perfectly suitable to her sick little desires.

Currently, her recipe for a well prepared enemy is as follows. Apply liberal helpings of Corruption and Curse of Agony. Immolate for crispy shell and to seal in all the juicy flavors. Sprinkle on Shadow Bolts to taste and serve. Works great with all varieties of monsters and gnomes. So now my dear readers, I’d like to hear about what drew you to the Warlock class and your particular spec in general. Was it strictly a game play decision or are you a closet RP nerd like me? Look forward to seeing your comments.

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3 Responses to “Afflicted”
  1. I used to play Diablo 2 as a Necromancer, so when I came to WoW, it was a forgone conclusion that I would choose a Warlock (plus, I had heard that they could kill ghosts of people as they ran back to their bodies – damn you, old-alpha information!). Because I didn’t know any better, I leveled 10-50 as Destruction, but then I saw a movie of an Afflock doing non-stop grinding and fell in love.
    Plus, my Warlock likes to watch other classes tackle one, maybe 2 mobs at a time, while she takes on half a zone.

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  2. Being able to chain pull half the zone really is a nice perk. Going OOM has become a foreign idea to me.

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  3. I’ve played a crowd control class in every PvP MMORPG I’ve ever played. I rolled a lock thinking it looked like a solid CC class. I haven’t been disappointed (I’ve had various warlocks in various PvP guilds on various servers for the past several years), but I have gotten frost mage envy recently hence my latest project:
    http://www.wowarmory.com/character-sheet.xml?r=Stormreaver&cn=Vsloathe

    Destruction is for n00bs, and 2+2 = Fear. Fear is always the answer.

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