Gearing Based on Talent Specialization
With 3.1 en route, raiders everywhere are looking to maximize their dps and get geared for the arduous challenge Ulduar is going to present. For a lot of warlocks, that may mean running Naxx, Eye of Eternity, and Obsidian Sanctum, and checking Altas Loot (in the days between save resets) for the sweetest looking gear. But what if you wish to reeeeallly max out your dps? Well, not all loot is for everyone, and some stats are needed more by some warlocks than by others. This all depends on your talent build, or rather, on your future talent build in 3.1. Am I suggesting that you ditch your [Valorous Plagueheart Garb] for a quest reward or a lesser item? No. But being cognizant of the best stats for your spec may help you decide on some neck gear, bracers, rings, and maybe even trinkets. Lets fire up simulationcraft.
To determine the most relevant stats for warlocks, I ran the following simulationcraft raid simulation, updated with the latest patch notes and T8 gear:
I took these top 6 warlock specs:
And I ran them through simulationcraft myself to determine the scale factors for all of them. The scale factors are only talent build relevant, not gear relevant, so this can still apply to you even if you’re not fully geared up in ilevel 213s yet. The scale factors show the dps increase you recieve per point of that stat.
I made the following chart to demonstrate the results:
This is only intended to establish gear priority. So, a 58/0/18 Affliction warlock gains no dps from having additional stamina (but stamina is important for survivability, and you’re going to be doing no damage at all if you’re dead) where as a 3/13/55 warlock gains 2.52 dps for every additional point of hit they accrue at 80. Again, this should be used as another guide for consideration, not as law. The simulation was run with 1,000,000 iterations for each spec. Data was collected using simulationcraft r1955.
Now lets take a look at some possible gear items for each warlock. Using Lootrank.com and WoWhead.com, we can search for items, including the new Ulduar ilevel 226s, by inputting our scale factors. Here are the links to the Lootrank and WoWhead, all set up per spec scale factors.
- 0/40/31 Lootrank WoWhead
- 53/0/18 Lootrank WoWhead
- 0/41/30 Lootrank WoWhead
- 3/52/16 Lootrank WoWhead
- 3/13/55 Lootrank WoWhead
- 0/56/15 Lootrank WoWhead
Obviously, WoWhead and Lootrank will tell you which gear is best for your spec as well as how to acquire your gear, making them one step ahead of websites like gear wishlist.What’s interesting about the gear rankings on Lootrank is that they will sometimes show other epic Ulduar drops ahead of the T8 pieces, which makes sense for certain specs. The key thing in the endgame will then be to decide is which pieces to pick up to at least get that critical 2 piece bonus (Increases the damage done by your Unstable Affliction by 20% and your Immolate by 10%).