Lay Your Weary Head to Rest
At the beginning of January I wrote a post speculating on the State of the Warlock and feeling as though I was headed for the endangered species list. Unfortunately, it looks like I am on there. I can handle that… being special… just as long as we don’t become extinct. I really, really love playing my warlock!
At the end of said post (if you didn’t catch it, you can go skim it if you want quick), I questioned if there was a decline and why this was so. Some people claim warlocks are broken, nerfed, too complicated, too easy, etc. etc. I’d also made a decision to revisit this topic once I hit 80 to see if there has been any change or not. It has been 2 months since that other post, so let’s take a look, shall we?
Now, I apologize that I had not taken screenies of the stats at that time, so I will copy over the text with the population information for easier comparison:
Overall Eitrigg (Horde and Alliance) “warlocks and rogues are tied at 8%.”
Eitrigg Horde side, warlocks are considered to be tied for 3rd of the most represented classes. Huh. Death Knights still top the charts at a whopping 19%. Hunters are second with 15%, but warlocks are tied with paladins at 10%.
So what do the numbers look like now?
I got these figures from Warcraft Realms. Granted, the Eitrigg census warns that there has been a lack of Horde side data uploaded in the past 2 weeks, but all three ways I looked at it showed warlocks steady at 7% among level 80s. Now, don’t get too excited just yet. When I wrote the last post, I was looking at levels 10-80. Although, when I bring up 10-80 the numbers are not much different. Warcraft Realms show 8% over all servers, both factions; 8% for Eitrigg, both factions; and 9% Eitrigg Horde.
What this is showing is that there aren’t a lot of warlocks being leveled to 80 since the representation drops at 80. This is sad to see. Very sad indeed. It can’t be because we suck, can it?
Don’t You Cry No More
Guildie: Why dps as a clothie if you can wear plate?
Syrana: I’m eviler in cloth. No one expects the squishies.
There have certainly been speculations about warlock DPS. And we have heard that Blizz is working on us (and those darn soul shards!). We also know that Blizz intends for pure DPS classes, like ourselves, to be rockin’ the top of the meters. Now, I know meters aren’t everything. I also know that putting up numbers can be heavily influenced by who is in your group. But, my first attempt at a heroic (with others that are geared for it while I know I was NOT) less than 24 hours after dinging 80 gave me some hope because I know there is room for improvement with gear and enchants/gems. Now, for this chart, please keep in mind that we did not clear Heroic Violet Hold. We got stuck with the 2 hardest bosses spawning and decided to call it after wiping on the 2nd boss instead of going through the first one ALL over again. So, considering the running and stuff I had to do on the first boss…
Not too bad, amirite? This was before the upgrades I have now and NO enchants. I had very little hit at that point. Since that attempt, I’ve crafted Ebonweave Gloves and Wintry Hat of Doom. (I’d link all that, but you can see ‘em on the right by hoverin’ over my armory stuff if ya want.) I also got a new belt from the Wyrmrest and a new cloak from the Kirin Tor. I’ve also gotten a few enchants. I mean, honestly, I didn’t go in there with all level 80 equivalent gear on. Yes, basically all blues – but quest blues and crafted blues…. and not much of anything from instances.
Are warlocks gear dependent for top numbers? Uhh, yes. And a good rotation makes a difference too. There’s some great info over at the Warlock’s Den on gearing for hit cap in Wrath. The other raiding gear guides don’t appear to be updated for Wrath, unless I was looking in the wrong place. But the hit guide should definitely be helpful for me, at least!
We’re Not in Kansas Anymore
Just wanted to give a couple updates! I’ve tackled a few more zones in Northrend, so we’re on the way to finishing those quest achievements up and getting closer and closer to “the Seeker.” I also hit revered with the Oracles and was called a savior or somesuch. I bought my first egg and am waiting anxiously for it to hatch. I’m close to maxing out tailoring and getting closer and closer on alchemy. (Thank you, Noc, for the herbs!)
Let’s see…oh! I also hit honored with Sons of Hodir and despise that stupid spear. I want to stab the developer of that daily quest in the eyes with that spear. I read up on it and followed the suggested strategy and still seem to have issues with my grip before getting to Phase 2. I can get the bastard down to 30ish%…. grrrr.
I think that was all I wanted to update on. If not, I’ll make another post!
Oh! Thank you, Fin, for helping me to farm eternal shadows in Wintergrasp. I have enough for my ebonweave robe…now to wait patiently to utilize mine and others’ cloth cooldowns! It was also my first time really going into Wintergrasp to battle. Unfortunately, I showed up shortly before the Alliance finished bashin’ the door in.
Now I’m done!