I have to preface this with the obvious warning – I haven’t played in the beta. I haven’t played in the PTR. Hell, I haven’t played in live in forever and a day. This series is compiled purely on my intuition, and a smidgen of research. As I have a minimal depth of knowledge of the other trees, my choices in talents there could be very questionable. There doesn’t seem to be a great deal of information floating around on the interwebs about Warlocks in Cataclysm (perhaps because there is a lot of discontent with the state of the class currently, but I am not really qualified to comment on that, being that I haven’t been playing and all!)
So. With the arrival of Patch 4.0 staring us in the face, I am sure we are all asking ourselves ‘What the fricking hell am I going to do when my talents reset?’ Which, of course, is a damned good question.
Cataclysm and 4.0 bring us the most drastic overhaul to talent trees I have ever seen. With a mass culling of talents, the introduction of ‘masteries’, and a different way to approach talents, the game is looking very different. But, of course, you knew all this already. So let’s get down into the nitty gritty.
Affliction: Shadow Mastery grants you a lovely 25% increase to Shadow damage. Certainly nothing to scoff at. At 80, you are able to train into your Mastery: Potent Afflictions (no link available, alas), which also increases all periodic shadow damage by 13.04% at level 80, increasing by 1.63% with each point you gain in Mastery.
Demonology: Demonic Knowledge grants you a 15% increase to Fire and Shadow spell damage. Your Mastery: Master Demonologist, Increases damage done by your demons and by yourself in demon form by 12% at level 80. This increases by 1.5% per point.
Destruction: Cataclysm (see, Destro is so damned awesome that the name of the expansion is in our talent tree!) increases fire damage by a shiny 25%. Our Mastery: Firey Apocalypse, increases all fire damage by 10% at level 80, increasing by 1.25% per point.
While the above are interesting to consider, they don’t actually help you much in the way of choosing a tree to follow. I can’t make a substantive judgement at this point to say which tree is shaping up to be the best damage in Cataclysm, and (unless I am blind, which is very likely), there is little around on EJ or other sites to suggest which is most viable at the moment. I would say to go with the playstyle you are most comfortable and happy with for the remainder of Wrath, operating on the (perhaps foolish) assumption that each of the specs will be more than viable for end game raiding at this point. Preliminary speculation suggests that Affliction is the strongest tree, with Destruction being a close second (Affliction edges us out with their Execute) and Demonology being third (which I personally find to be rather disappointing).
A breakdown of the talent trees and glyph choices will be published over the next few days. As each post is published, I’ll put a link at the bottom of this post for future reference. I more than welcome any criticisms or queries on any of the following – I know that my research is bound to be flawed, and I’d love to be able to fix errors!
4.0 Destruction Derby: Guide to speccing for Destruction ‘Locks
All About Affliction: Guide to speccing for Affliction ‘LocksTags: Cataclysm, Guide, Specs, Talents, Warlock