Merry Christmas to all, and so forth.
Seriously, why are you here? It’s Christmas, go spend time with your friends and… yeah, I can’t say that with a straight face either. It’s WoW binging time, and I leveled a warlock from level 1 to 20 in seven hours. Why do I have a warlock? Cause I don’t have one yet. I have everything else, it’s high time I added a warlock to the mix.
Druid? Been there, done that, bored out of my mind.
Death Knight? Tried that, leveled that, twice, even twinked one. I miss 2H frost so much. *sniffle*
Hunter? Everyone has one. I dominated battlegrounds back when Aimed Shot had a cast time, and I manually wove every single Steady Shot. Haven’t really played it since Wrath shipped.
Everyone knows about my mage and paladin.
Priest? Yeah I got one o’ those thingies too. Discipline was rad, lately I’ve given shadow PvP a try. It was actually very strong, the only real issues was an ineffective snare and HUGE, and I do mean HUGE mana problems. This was before 3.3 though, so I have no idea what shadow priest PvP is like now.
I do know that there are a lot more spriests running around, and I suppose they’re a threat or something. I don’t really know, I just buff myself with Mage Armor and laugh at them.
Rogue? Got one of those too. One day I’ll have to sit down and actually devote some time to rogue PvP, because I am atrociously bad right now. Picture the worst rogue you’ve ever seen. Yeah, I’m worse than that.
Shaman? It’s resto. Totems are awesome. It feels like I need two or three keyboards to play one properly though.
Warrior? Warriors are overpowered. Just saying. Arms is by far the best designed tree in the game, and it shows. Reading the tricks and tools arms warriors have feels like reading a list of the best melee class abilities ever conceived.
So it’s time to add a warlock to that pedigree.
I forget, and can’t seem to find it, but somebody commented about how they think it’s totally rad that I’m always looking for new things to try and do. I’m almost positive it was in regards to one of my earlier “fire is fo pvpz luls” posts.
Yeah, I try new things a lot, I try wacky, out there “what the hell are you thinking” builds and combinations. For instance, I haven’t played frost for PvP for longer than about three days since patch 3.0 released despite it being the “best” pvp spec.
I played frost PvP season one through three, and that… that was it. Arena as a mage at all has a very distinct feeling of “been there, done that” and it’s boring.
I don’t try new classes or specs out of any altruistic desire to pass on what I learn. I don’t even try new classes or specs out of a selfish desire to increase my own skill set.
I try new classes and specs because I’m bored.
Earlier in WG I blinked and ducked around a corner to evocate, and literally one second later a fellow mage blinked and ducked around the exact same corner and evocated in nearly the exact same spot. It was a very weird moment. Say what you like about mages, we are damn good at fleeing battles.
Anyway, I wouldn’t really expect any half decent posts from this here blog until after New Years. I’m on vacay, people, I ain’t got time for silly things like sobriety. I kid, I kid, I hardly drink anything. Except when I do. I don’t even like the taste of alcohol, and I’m such a lightweight I get near completely smashed after about four coolers.
Continued thoughts on fire PvP:
Mana is gooood. No mana issues at all, that little problem has been fixed.
But I wonder how much of that comes from having Empowered Fire in my spec? I initially took the talent as part of the idea that I’d use fireball, perhaps frostfire bolt, in situations where nobody is paying attention to me. Then I’d just throw out a big, long-casting nuke and rough people up.
Completely unnecessary. If nobody is paying any attention to me, I can deal far, far more damage via scorches, living bomb, and all those other nasty tricks I have. An unmolested fire mage is an absolute GOD of unrestrained damage. Even the simple act of putting LB on something, then spamming scorch into their unresisting flesh results in huge damage very, very quickly.
Instant pyroblasts for 9k never get old. I can’t stop shouting “BOOM” or laughing when those things go off either. I used to complain about Lava Burst, but daaamn… at least you knew when a Lava Burst was coming. Pyroblast is like a ninja. A ninja on fire.
Anyway, so yeah. Empowered Fire is largely useless, dropping that crap.
As you probably know, I am engineer. This means I have five ways to interrupt a casted spell.
Counterspell, we all know and love. That’s one. I also have the Fireblast stun effect, which procs often enough to be reliable. Add in Blast Wave with its knockback effect, Dragon’s Breath with its disorient, and you have four viable interrupts to stop a spell from going off. Being an engineer, I also have a frag grenade every six minutes to throw into the mix as well.
You know that Paladin ability that let’s them become immune to interrupts? Yeah, totally doesn’t work on any of those, except Counterspell. Oh, and hey, you know how how Blast Wave and Dragon’s Breath aren’t stopped by silly things like Grounding Totems?
As expected, I’m really hurting for a proper snare, though.
Might I suggest adding a Desecration style effect to Flamestrike? It fits fire’s style perfectly, would give it a much needed snare, and it would even require some skill to use properly. What’s not to love?