Like Sar, I have spent exactly zero seconds on the PTR so my Affliction spec comes with the same caveat.
Doom and Gloom (2/2): Increases crit chance for one of our DoTs? Sure I’ll take it
Improved Life Tap (2/2): In a world where mana is not to be taken for granted, what’s not to like about getting more mana back from Life Tap?
Improved Corruption (3/3): Increased damage for our bread and butter DoT is very much a no brainer
Jinx (2/2): With Curse of Agony becoming Bane of Agony, it allows us to work a nice utility curse into our rotation. This talent allows us to cast to only once and affect all nearby mobs. Situational? Yes. Useful? I would say so.
Soul Siphon (2/2): More damage from our execute spell for each Affliction effect on the target makes me all warm and fuzzy
Siphon Life (2/2): Allows me to passively heal myself while I Life Tap my mana back. Pure win.
Cure of Exhaustion (0/1): Doubt this has any real use outside of PvP
Improved Fear (0/2): Once again, pretty much PvP only
Eradication (3/3): Anything to help reduce the cast times of Unstable Affliction and Shadow Bolt is ok by me
Improved Howl of Terror (0/2): More of a PvP talent in my opinion with little to offer in PvE
Soul Swap (1/1): I love the potential of this talent in PvP and the best thing about it is that it could be very useful in PvE as well. With more of a focus being put on CC, it’s possible we could be dpsing trash down one at a time and having the ability to instantly apply all our DoTs will be a huge DPS boost.
Shadow Embrace (3/3): Straight up damage increase to all of our DoT’s. Nothing fancy here just a nice meat and potatoes type talent.
Death’s Embrace (3/3): Does this mean we now channel Drain Life until 25% and spam Shadow Blots after wards? Way to turn my world upside down Blizz.
Nightfall (2/2): Instant cast Shadow Bolts are yummy.
Soulburn: Seed of Corruption (1/1): Seems like a pretty fun talent. Usefulness may be a bit limited but could be pretty strong in BG’s or while AoEing
Everlasting Affliction (3/3): Increased crit chance for 3 of our top abilities and free refreshes of Corruption.
Pandemic (2/2): Nothing wrong with lowering the Global Cooldown of our instant cast abilities and the refresh to Unstable Affliction is nice
Haunt (1/1): Always been a big fan of Haunt and don’t see anything to change my mind about it in Cataclysm.
A hint of Destruction
The thought of dipping into demonology never once crossed my mind.
Bane (3/3): Faster Shadow Bolt casts are lovely
Shadow and Flame (1/3): Nice little bump to the damage of Shadow Bolt and a chance for a debuff to be applied to the target.
Looking over the talent tree for the first time raised a few questions for me. Is Drain Life now the filler spell for Affliction? Should I now only use Shadow Bolt when the mob is below 25%? How difficult will it be to adjust to this?Tags: Cataclysm, Warlock, Warlock Talents