I know it’s kind of late in the feedback cycle but I still wanted to say that I made mention of my concerns. I will primarily focus on Affliction in a raiding/m+ pov. as it’s always been my favorite flavor of Warlock to play. Other people who have had a pref for the other specs should be the one’s who influence them.
With Shadowlands warlocks have recvd a few changes, most notably Malefic Rapture. Before we go anywhere I feel like this is a great direction to take Aff. instead of the stacking UA mechanic that we have known for the last few expansions. It provides a bit of on demand damage for doing what a DoT class does, applying DoT’s. Right now it feels a little meh w/ the nerfs it’s recvd but I feel as the expansion goes on this will be something we see change as we gear up. Thumbs up for adding it to our mastery table. I’m looking forward to seeing how this evolves with SL.
Like others have pointed out StS feels almost out of place w/ the above mentioned ability. What’s the purpose of this talent? From my testing it feels like saving your shards for VT or more MR would be a no brainer. Adding some other sort of bonus to Seeds would hands down be a better idea. Something similar to Soul Flame to Seeds, making it apply Shadow Embrace, or making Seeds apply Agony would make this a talent worth looking into. As it stands right now it appears like this will be another expansion where this talent is ignored which is unfortunate. I feel like every talent should have at least some niche it falls into, this just doesn’t.
Must have a CD!! Darkglare. Geez where do I begin…
I had a running joke w/ my guild in Legion “What’s a CD?”. Boy do I regret opening my mouth. Then we got DG in BfA and it worked well w/ the UA stacking mechanic we carried over from Legion. BUT since we no longer stack UA in SL this CD feels extremely boring and nothing to look forward to like it has all throughout the current expansion. Sure it extends DoT’s for a wider MR window but it’s still meh as far as a CD goes I feel like we should return to our roots. Shun the idea of EVERY class needing a 2 or 3 minute CD. Being that Aff. is looking to be an extremely strong execute/multi-tar. spec, CD’s like this really shouldn’t be a thing. If you really want us to have a CD bring back the oldschool once (maybe twice) per fight CD like we had w/ Summon Doomguard. Make it an impactful choice to use in M+ or raid, just like lust currently is. You could even apply the same reset restrictions to it that lust has. I feel like DG could fit the bill quite nicely here. Ramp up it’s damage, add a buff to if it target is in execute, include more than a single target for the beam and you will have something that would be glorious and fun as hell to press!! As far as DS:M or DS:I I feel like they are in a good spot as they are. Super nice bump to dps every few mins as they allow you to hold onto them for that extra bit of umph should it be needed or just press when it’s avail. depending on fight. Dark Caller could be changed to something else, maybe an effect I mentioned earlier “DG eye beam affects targets afflicted w/ Agony” or “If the target is below 20% DG’s dmg is increased by X”
Shadow Embrace is a welcome nod to oldschool warlocks. I don’t really have a ton to say about this return other than I would like to see duration slightly extended by another 3 seconds or so. I feel like StS applying this debuff would be nice as it would make that a choice to actually consider. It would also feed into the whole DoT all the things playstyle most Aff. locks love and would actually fit the theme of the talent row. I am happy to see it return though.
Grim. of Sac. the bastard talent of warlocks near and far. Since we are being nostalgic w/ unpruning and the return of certain abilities/effects. I’d really like to see this updated/restored. Sac pet to gain X ability/DMG Buff/Buff. I really don’t know what else to say about this.
As it stands right now I am looking forward to seeing what potential the spec has in SL, expecially w/ the return of tier and the possibilities that alone brings to the table. I apologize for the late feedback, but I feel it’s always better late than never. GL/HF!! See ya in SL.