Re-SPEC-table Warlock: things your mother didn’t tell you about the affliction tree

Affliction is a good choice for raiding nooblets. It pads your spell hit until your gear catches up with your ambitions and it has some great PvP utility…instant Howl of Terror! woot!

Today I’d like to explore the suppression talent, move into spell hit and how it effects your spec, and talk a little about raiding as a warlock.

Let’s go ahead and dive right into Suppression

Suppression increases your chance for your Affliction spells to hit. Again this does not include your shadow bolt which potentially makes up about 50% of your damage but if you are just starting out and have no +spell hit then plunking 5 points into suppression is increasing your +spell hit by %10. That means your affliction spells can be capped with 90 +spell hit. Hello? Awesome!

Also it’s one of the very first talents that you can spend your points in practically begging you to use it. So go ahead, use it but…as a supplement and not a replacement for stacking +hit because suppression will only take you so far before you get gimped by it.

Which moves us into how stacking your +spell hit affects your spec options.

Eventually you will stack enough +hit to make Suppression a wasted use of talents. The point of over saturation starts for your affliction spells when you move beyond the +90 spell hit. This is when you want to start looking at moving your talents into other more useful places be it for PvP uses or raid uses.

I chose raid uses and decided to start moving my talents into Malediction.

Here’s a chart to help you see at what point you can start moving your talents and how many to leave in suppression.

Hit % needed to cap________Hit Rating
00% ………………………………………. 202 = no points needed in suppression
01% ………………………………………. 189
02% ………………………………………. 177 = 1 point needed in suppression
03% ………………………………………. 164
04% ………………………………………. 152 = 2 points needed in suppression
05% ………………………………………. 139
06% ………………………………………. 126 = 3 points needed in suppression
07% ………………………………………. 114
08% ………………………………………. 101 = 4 points needed in suppression
09% ………………………………………. 089
10% ………………………………………. 076 = 5 points needed in suppression
11% ………………………………………. 064
12% ………………………………………. 051

There are lots of talent builds and my ideas on how to spend my talents to best benefit my team is constantly changing the more i learn about what i’m capable of as a warlock.

Kikidas wrote a great article here on talent builds that really challenged me. In fact i’m thinking about respec’ing again! But not too soon. It’s expensive o.0

Hope this was helpful.

yours,

psy

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~ by psychonia on April 18, 2008.

3 Responses to “Re-SPEC-table Warlock: things your mother didn’t tell you about the affliction tree”

  1. Nice post. It’s funny that we are on the same page atm. Affliction is a hot topic, so I’ve drafted an article about the 40/0/21 build and why it DOES work in many raiding situations. I’ll holla when it’s done. 😉

  2. lol, i noticed that last week =)
    i love reading what you have to say about similar topics. it seems like every time i write a new article and start reading about it i realize how much more there is to learn 😛
    you know who else is on our train is draele, lol.

    can’t wait for your article jag =)

  3. Totally. I saw his thread on the official forums, and it’s quite the mind-squeezer. Very good stuff.

    You know what would be fun? A Warlock round-table of sorts. What blogging Warlocks think the class should see in WotLK. Might be fun. =)

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