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Silverseal
28-02-2007, 10:42 AM
Hi

Slowly levelling a Blood Elf Warlock up just for fun, thinking of speccing for Drain Tanking and grinding out 35-60 ish. Is it really the most efficient spec for levelling? If not, what are your suggestions?

Thanks

Kinshara
28-02-2007, 11:16 AM
Yeah, drain tanking with an affliction spec was the fastest grinding for me, especially once I got dark pact -- the buff to this in 2.0 makes it really nice. You basically have no downtime when using the imp as a portable mana battery.

I did find it quite boring though... destro is more fun, but requires more downtime for drinking/eating.

The other thing you can do with affliction is just load up several mobs with dots at the same time, and use HoT and fear to keep them away from you. Can chain kill mobs non stop for a few minutes this way, just keep dotting more mobs as the previous ones get low on health.

Silverseal
28-02-2007, 11:21 AM
Yeah, drain tanking with an affliction spec was the fastest grinding for me, especially once I got dark pact -- the buff to this in 2.0 makes it really nice. You basically have no downtime when using the imp as a portable mana battery.

I did find it quite boring though... destro is more fun, but requires more downtime for drinking/eating.

The other thing you can do with affliction is just load up several mobs with dots at the same time, and use HoT and fear to keep them away from you. Can chain kill mobs non stop for a few minutes this way, just keep dotting more mobs as the previous ones get low on health.

The second part sounds extremely fun :D Might have to give that a go! Thanks for your help.

Hammett
28-02-2007, 11:23 AM
I lvled my lock with affliction almost all the way...when you get to lvl 40 and you can reach Dark Pact you dont have to worry about mana at all...maybe drink once every half a hour or something, after you've reached 40, start in Demonology and go for the Stamina increase and pet intellect

lvl 40 spec: http://www.wowhead.com/?talent=IE0rbRfzVz
lvl 60 spec (for lvl) http://www.wowhead.com/?talent=IE0rbRfzVuZ0xIzhb
llv 40 Hybrid Spec http://www.wowhead.com/?talent=IA0roZ0xhZVx (reduce shadow bolt, immolate talents, imp stamina, imp voidwalker, imp corrup, drain life etc)

Is what i, for lvl, would reccomend.. :).....

Silverseal
28-02-2007, 11:35 AM
Thanks for your help!

Corruption
28-02-2007, 04:02 PM
From 40-60 i leveled with Affliction and respecced to Destro for shitting ages until they introduced the 41 point talents (pre TBC though) where I specced back to Affliction. Am now 68 on my warlock with a 41/0/18 spec, will end it with 42/0/19 most likely.

Improved howl of terror in the affliction tree = the best talent around, allows you to DoT up a shit loads (I normally start casting Unstable Affliction on one, CoA Corr and move onto the next mobs just using CoA Corr Siphon Life (as these can be done on the run), when they are close i just howl of terror and drain life/shadowbolt)

I tried destro, but as much as I love big crits (which is a lot) I couldnt level with such a high downtime, it sucked, majorly. I know with my spec im missing out on +15% stamina from the demon tree, but id much rather get more stam gear and put more points in the destro talents such as a 70% chance not to loose casting time and +20% range on my destro spells (aswell as my affl spells from the affliction tree)

Silverseal
28-02-2007, 07:27 PM
So what level do people think this becomes a viable spec to do sufficient damage? 35 seems to be the general consensus on the official forums.

Corruption
28-02-2007, 10:49 PM
Id say 41 personally as the Dark Pact is what makes the spec imo, or at least a large part of it, its all about no downtime.

Celinde
03-03-2007, 09:33 PM
I find it more satisfying to 3-shot yourself through mobs.

Hammett
03-03-2007, 11:05 PM
Is affliction the best spec to ebay a char with? :p

Silverseal
04-03-2007, 12:06 AM
Levelling a lock currently.

Vegelus
05-03-2007, 09:20 AM
I'm affi since 2.0.1 on my alt (with +sta and +int from demo). Taking >4 mobs at once is pure fun. Personally I'd say that funny times start when You can reach Siphon Life. And this with Dark Pact - like others said.

Nadiaa
03-04-2007, 07:50 AM
well I had my lock in demonology specialisation, but during all high lvl instances I've heard "your dps isn't good enough" and so I changed my build to destruction
I must admit that the difference is HUUUUGGGEEE
Crits are more often and my dps is much better
I can surely recommend that build :)

Hoshingen
03-04-2007, 01:32 PM
I specced 7 / 13 / 41 for raiding. great performance :)

Demonology is nice for grinding and solo PvE but no more, I had affliction for leveling. great build for leveling, no downtime, great mana efficiency.

Orde
03-04-2007, 01:35 PM
Is affliction the best spec to ebay a char with? :p

i lol'd irl

- Orde

Corruption
03-04-2007, 02:35 PM
Have been using this spec for a while now (although I went affliction yesterday because I wanted to test something)

http://www.wowhead.com/?talent=AZdxczIbzZxx0tr0tqum

Yes, it lacks Shadowfury. Yes, it lacks instant Corruption. Yes, it lacks Soul Leech/full Nether Protection, but god damnit you have +15% fire damage when you sacrifice your imp.

The Fel Domination is handy as hell in lots of situations i.e. 0.5 second cast summon your Voidwalker and use its Sacrifice to absorb a few hits in say, an instance when you pull aggro, or in PvP.

3/3 Improved Imp, you may wonder why i put them points in there seeing as my specs designed on sacrificing my pet, but I needed to put 3 points somewhere and may aswell put them there seeing as I sometimes use my imp for things such as Heroic bosses.

I maxed out Emberstorm to 5 instead of maxing out Shadow and Flame as Emberstorm effects all your fire spells not just incinerate, like Immolate and Conflagrate.

I also miss out on Shadowfury, but its either take Shadowfury or have demonic sacrifice.

2 second cast time Corruptions are shitty I agree but I couldnt fit it in with my spec.



http://www.wowhead.com/?talent=AyMrbRfzqtboZxx0tr is the build im currently messing around with for the past day or so but I must say i prefer the 0/21/40 spec for all round instancing/grinding.