Between a Lock Rock and a Hard Place

A momentary tangent on warlock spec abbreviations before we begin: “Destro,” sure, that’s cool.  “Aff” or “Afflic,” okay, whatever.  It’s “Demo” that I got a problem with, because every time I read it, I see “Demolition.” In my mind, the demolition of something equals the destruction of its existence and destruction OBVIOUSLY equals Destro, so therefore we’re talking about FIREEEEEEE, right?  Aaand then I realize that I’m so wrong.  I guess “Dem” wouldn’t be that much better, though, since I might just assume that Demonology warlocks all have liberal political beliefs or something.

Anyhoo, Ignitine’s been Destro since day one.  Many folks assured me that Destro was/is the easiest of the specs, and Lord knows I’m not about to start making things more challenging for me than they already are.  There was a brief period of time in which I tried Affliction, but  …

I CAN DO THIS Behold the power of positive thinking!

Behold the power of positive thinking!

… yeah, they were right, Destro is easiest.  When Affliction wasn’t looking like a whole lot more management than I could handle, sheeyit kept dying before I finished casting all my damn Affliction DoTs and that annoyed me.  So back to Destro it was!  YOU CAN’T GO WRONG WITH MORE FIRE.

Or rather, it was back to sitting in some inn, accumulating rested EXP.  Maybe it was because all the pets but the Voidwalker annoyed me one way or another, but using the Grimoire of Sacrifice was weird, because I didn’t like the lack of a pet either.  The prospect of someday attaining green fire wasn’t really all that motivating.  Now, if it was purple fire, we’d be talkin’.  Green?  Eh.  I can’t say that it appeals to me on a “I WIN AT WARLOCK” level either, because who’s not paying attention and spamming Immolation?  THAT WOULD BE ME.  I could never keep up with green fire-set expectations.

CAN'T WE TAKE A BREAK!? No, because we already did!

No, because we already did!

So Ignitine sat quietly until Goa had another altoholism flareup.  At first, while in the 70s, I still felt the mehs.  I was pretty sure I had more or less conquered my tendency to spam excessively refresh Immolation, yet I remained at the bottom of the barrel in terms of DPS.  Then, too, it’s hard to feel badass when you have to stand still for two seconds to cast and the tank has already dragged all the mobs out of range.  But then Ignitine hit 80, and quite suddenly, I was a DPS master!  I went from being the total derps of any LFD group to hitting like a ‘zerked raid boss!  (Or so I like to think.)  My skill level had not increased, nor had I quite overcome my love of hoarding all the embers so I could be on fire as much as possible, but as it turns out, Destro warlock Mastery is SUPER EFFECTIVE.

You Have Captured Level 85!

You Have Captured Level 85!

Plus, things just kind of got silly, which generally improves my feelings about a class by 10% or more.  How the hell am I on fire while underwater in Vashj’ir?  I AM WARLOCK.  I DO NOT NEED YOUR FOOLISH HUMAN LOGICS.  I hit 85 with a pet battle.  I AM WARLOCK.  I DO WAT I WANT.

Interesting Every time I go to the Valley, there's this mushan stuck in a rock.

Every time I go to the Valley, there’s this mushan stuck in a rock.

Ignitine’s now level 90, but she does face a challenge – I didn’t anticipate leveling her, so all of the cloth tokens my other characters collected on the Isle went to gear Ailabeth and Esplodine.  Poor gal has actually had to go look for the treasure chests on her own!

Gettin' Ready Soon I will be Prepared.

Gettin’ Ready
Soon I will be Prepared.

But give her time.  Then, all the things will be on fire.  ALL OF THEM.


16 thoughts on “Between a Lock Rock and a Hard Place

        1. Prinnie Powah Post author

          In the one Pandaland quest where Lorewalker Cho talks about your ancestors, you learn that your goblin forebears all died in a fire. Literally, they DIAF!

          I’m thinkin’ there’s probably a reason for that.

          1. sirbunceyiv

            Indeed! In the troll version, all you learn is that you seek power… of course I want power! Why do you think that I killed Garrosh?

            Now Vol’jin’s taking all the glory… pfft.

    1. Prinnie Powah Post author

      Holy crap, I know right!? I went to the Isle and immediately aggroed a snake, and was like, OGOD, as the LAST time I did that on an undergeared alt (my incompetent DK), it did not end well. BUT I LIVED. And the snake hardly put a dent in my Voidlord.

      And it was like a choir of angels sang!\

      Admittedly, because I am using a freaking green random world drop weapon, it takes me a bit of time to down things. BUT I LIVE.

      1. koalabear21

        We have so many cooldowns to use to survive it is crazy.

        Make sure you have the important ones on your bars. Especially Ember Tap as Destro. The other specs don’t have that beauty.

        1. Prinnie Powah Post author

          Adds come to help the mob? HAHAHAHA FOOLS! I STUN YOU ALL. Mobs no longer stunned? AHAHAHAHA! I FEAR YOU ALL. Everything on cooldown? HAHAHA I DO THAT THING WHERE MY DEMON TAKES THE DAMAGE. BITE ME, MOBS! BITE MEEEEE.

          Warlock may be making me a bit … psycho.

          I ❤ me some Ember Tap (AND I CAN MAKE MY OWN COOKIES I'M COOKIE INDEPENDENT NOW), as well as that Flames of Xoroth thing for when I get in over my head and my demon dies. It's like, YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD ME BEAT BUT NOPE.

          1. koalabear21

            As long as you have perfected your cackle, all is good.

            Man it is a shame you didn’t get to play your warlock in Wrath. For a while Affliction had “Goddess of Death” mode. You seriously could run around hit each mob with Curse of Agony (it wasn’t a bane yet) and Corruption and just pull dozens of mobs.

            Over by the Argent Tourney grounds there are all those guys up in that camp, I used to run from one end to the other just double dotting. By the time I got to the other side, all of them were dead and I was at full health. It truly was the best thing.

            I know Cynwise made a video of his warlock doing it, I just don’t know if it still exists.

  1. myriade

    Y’know I was thinking about rolling a Goblin ‘lock and resisting the idea because I already have a Forsaken warlock that has YET to hit 90 after two years despite my love for her…

    But now it’s like, HOW CAN I NOT. *cracks knuckles*


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