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We’re going to get right into today and wrap up the rest of the straightforward spells in the Affliction spell book so we can spend a little time discussing Curse of Elements and how it interacts with your spells. If you haven’t read the last post, I suggest you do, or some of this might not make sense to you.
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Today’s post is going to be about getting to know our Affliction Spell Book. I’m not going to cover the spells: Curse of Tongues, Curse of Weakness, Fear, Howl of Terror, or Life Tap, because really they’re just not that interesting right now. The tool tips are straightforward, and the only interesting thing about them is deciding where and when to use them. I might cover them later on, but we’ll see.

For this little experiment, I have a character on the PTR standing in front of the training dummies in the Exodar (for peace and quiet’s sake). I’m not doing any statistical analysis, or scientific research here, so my sample size is very very tiny. All I’m doing here is getting a feel for the spells and drawing inferences. If you want to verify any of my findings by increasing the sample size and doing a real experiment feel free, I’m just not doing that here. At least not right now.

I reduce my 85 lock down to just his tabard (thankfully no one comes to the Exodar anymore) and make sure that “Show Beginner Tooltips” isn’t checked in my options panel so I can see the actual numbers for damage in my spell book.
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I started writing my first post for this project, and realized I really needed to do more of an introduction piece on what I want to accomplish and how I hope to approach it. First my goals are simple. I want to be able to understand the Warlock class better than I have in the past. I want to understand the advice I have been given and adopted rather than just take it at face value. I want to hopefully improve your understanding of your little Warlock, or maybe even of your chosen class other than Warlock too.
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So it’s Monday, I don’t know what to write about, and none of my drafts are quite ready for the prime time. I’ll be lazy and do a “what are you up to” post this monday, and who knows, maybe make it a common Monday theme?
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Tier 12

Since everyone is putting up their thoughts on the Tier 12 previews, and today’s post was kind of short, I figured I’d give you my thoughts. It will be like ripping off a Band-Aid, short, quick, and still painful enough to make you cry. Just how Warlocks like it.
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So I’m all about improving my skills, both in game and in real life. I’m constantly struggling with a lot of different things, and some are the most basic. Secretly, I’m a terrible WoW player, I’m certain of it. I think during the 4.2 testing phase I’m going to take you readers on a scary adventure. An adventure where I learn a lot more about my favorite class than I ever have before.
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Ask Mr. Robot

I’m ashamed to admit it, I found Ask Mr. Robot very confusing! I know you’re probably sitting there shaking your head at me, but if any of you are wondering exactly how Mr. Robot has answered your questions read below and I’ll do my best to answer your questions with what I’ve found.
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In the last post we got your character into the tool and ran a quick simulation and briefly looked at the output.

Now I’m going to take you down the path I first went down with SimulationCraft, and that is gear evaluations. Tier upgrades are pretty straightforward, but if you ever want to evaluate side-grades, I always found SimulationCraft to be an informed and unbiased third party. I especially liked it for trinkets, since the numbers on those are much tougher, at least on the interesting ones.
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Practice Makes Perfect

This post comes from the raid leader part of my brain.

A long time ago, when I was still in sports, I had a coach tell me that practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect. If you make mistakes in practice, you’re likely to make them come game time. Focus on executing perfectly in practice to really get the benefit of practice.
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Fast and Friday – 4.2 Edition

No, I’m not going to see the movie, I can’t actually believe they’re actually making it.

It’s 70 degrees outside, and I’m at work, so how about a quick post for Friday.
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