The proc rate better be 20% on warlocks.
When blizzard said the proc rate would be higher for pet classes, it gets skewed if you were to compare affliction vs demonology. I mean on a fight like Baleroc only 61.67% of my damage is from myself. The rest is from pets.
Lets say I am a bad warlock, though. How about form the current #1 demo lock? Only 62.6% of his overall damage was from himself.
Current top affliction lock on that fight has 79.57% of his net dps as just him, leaving only ~20% done by pets. That's pretty ridiculous when demonology would have upwards of 40% of their damage done by pets.
sooo if the proc rate would be higher for warlocks than mages, and affliction has the same proc rate as demo, affliction would poop on demo with that staff. The proc rate isn't supposed to vary based on spec now is it according to Blizzard posts, correct?
salty salty... it'll be fun stuff when a warlock finishes.
Blizzard stated the legendary will be pet and dot friendly.
The question isn't whether or not the staff will be pet friendly, but whether the proc rate of the staff will change between specs for warlocks. Since there is a large discrepancy between demonolgy and the other two specs in terms of how much of the player's damage comes from their pet, balance issues can arise if the proc rate does not adjust based on spec. I would assume that the staff's proc rate can change dynamically based on spec considering that frost mages are the only mage spec with a permanent pet therefore the coding should already be implemented to alter the rate for each spec.
The problem will be whether or not there was an oversight with warlock classes and the rate was not adjusted per spec. I find this unlikely however, considering how much time has likely been invested in making the staff equal for all classes and I can't imagine that they would normalize the staff's proc rate to a single spec or take an average between the specs simply due to the blatant ignorance of balance.
If the proc rate can be assumed to give a 10% damage increase baseline then (using the numbers provided in the quoted post) the proc rate would be have to be 15.97% for demo to break even whereas an affliction lock would require a 12.57% proc rate. If the demo proc rate is applied for all warlock specs, an affliction warlock would do 2.71% more damage with the staff than demonology. Conversely, if the affliction proc rate was made baseline for all warlock specs, demonology would be doing 2.13% less damage than the normalized value. If the proc rate was an average of the two then affliction would be ahead of the 10% norm by 1.35% and demo would be below it by 1.07%.
All of these outcomes seem highly unlikely considering how powerful the staff would end up being for affliction and how weak it would be for demonology compared to every other class. Even if this is how it functions for warlocks live, I can't imagine it would stay that way. However, since I'm sure frost mages have an increased proc rate compared to fire and arcane then there's clearly the option to alter the rate for individual specs, which I'm sure as already been worked out by Blizzard.