I have a level 70 lock… I don’t talk about her much. My daughter created her and we/I have leveled her to 70.
Last night I took her on a ZA run, full clear and with a Destro spec, crafted and Kara gear (no Tier gear or anything from 25 man raids or badge gear and only PvP S2 staff) stayed pretty competitive I thought.
I am spec Destro, sack a wentch for the buff, curse for added shadow damage, and spam either SB, seed, or banish throughout the run.
We take down the first boss (Eagle) and my DPS is so/so because I keep being flung into the air or made the storm… lol… so I had a lot of down time and didn’t quite break 1K DPS.
We take down the 2nd boss (Bear) and I am 3rd in DPS and not really that far from the leaders breaking 1K DPS.
We take down the 3rd boss (Phoenix) and I am 2nd in DPS while managing the dudes breaking eggs and seeding the adds while staying alive from the bombs.
We missed the timed chest… oh well, no big…
We take down the 4th Boss (Lynx) and I am a solid 3rd in DPS and right there with the leaders.
We take down Hex Lord and my DPS falls quite a bit since I am keeping an add on focus and rebanishing it over and over. Hurt a little with 3 priests in the group since when they get MCed they would cleanse my banish… doh.
We kill Zul’jin and my DPS falls because I die to a Lynx rush… Healthstone didn’t even make a dent as I croaked… remember, my gear is not stellar except for my Belt of Blasting… Frozen Shadow since level 70 FTW… lol
A couple points I would like to make.
1. Locks are increadibly easy compared to DPSing with a feral druid. I life tap when I need mana, I keep an eye on my Corruption DoT timer, I make sure Curse is up, I spam SB.
2. Locks are WAY more gear independant than my feral druid. No way I could have come in ZA as a feral in no badge gear, no head enchant, S2 mace, and only some bought rep peices and Kara drops with no Tier gear and been close to contributing as much as I did on my Lock.
Because of stuff like this and having to share rogue gear now I start to consider changing my main to my lock which really sucks since she has not even ran 1 Herioc… not 1. She has no Outland rep to exaulted except for Scryer.
Again, she is breaking 1K DPS in a 10 man and really didn’t have to do shit to get there. I had to grind my ass of on my druid, spend tons of badges and gold, get all kinds of rep… ugh.
Now I am going into Wrath, I am going to be sharing leather with rogues, I have to choose between specs to either MT or DPS, I have no clue if being an OT/DPS will still be possible and even if it were now I have to juggle energy regaining abilites, lose what was the best Tier bonus in the game (2T4), and possible add more attacks/casts into both my tanking and DPSing rotations. So now I might be timing Mangle, rake, shred, rip, Fury, bezerker… you get the point.
Do I really want to put myself through even more min/max gear and playstyle when I could just level my lock and roll into the first raids with some crafted crap and top the DPS meters by spamming 1 or 2 spells?
I just don’t know.
I guess I could just spec resto and be done with it. I think I am going to bounce between Tanking spec and Resto spec that way I can always find a group for a 5 man while getting to 80.
If my lock didn’t look like a craigslist special of the week maybe I would think differently.