Warlocks were pretty much top dogs in tier 11 due to multi dotting and lower gear levels. Affliction earned quite a reputation for rocking the charts. However, as more content and gear became available, we began to fall by the DPS wayside. We’re at a point now where a shadow priest can inarguably out-dot affliction, out-burst Destruction, and, with a single keybind, consistently out-AOE Demonology, save for us blowing Demon Soul, Meta, Felstorm, Immolation Aura, and trinkets, I.E. all our cooldowns. They can essentially put all three of our specs’ individual niches to shame with one well-designed and streamlined spec; for Boomkins, it’s nearly the same situation.
Demonology is widely regarded as the hardest spec to master in the game. We are required to be in melee range at all times, as a “ranged” dps. Our rotation doesn’t follow any logical, fluid order and there’s no method of finding out how to maximize DPS without referring to a third-party website to find out all the little ‘tricks’ necessary to remain competitive (Take pet-twisting for example, how many players out there do you think would independently come to the conclusion that its best to SUMMON a pet mid fight, blow CDs, then instantly re-summon the one we just had out moments before, to maximize DPS?) We have thirteen damage-dealing keybinds ALONE, not to mention the plethora of other spells we must have bound, as compared to six or seven damage dealing keybinds, at most, of any other damage dealing spec in the game. All this, and we aren’t even close to Mages, competent Hunters, or the majority of Melee in dps unless we have an orange stick (and yes, I’m aware that all casters were balanced around having one, which is completely idiotic given how long they take to acquire. So before you start spamming raidbots links, take into consideration that all of those parses show casters with DTR and double DS trinkets, which are a nightmare in themselves to acquire. The main issue here is that our quality of life is not remotely quality at all.)