03/06/2013 12:28 PMPosted by VerdashPicture if you will a talent where a hunter could forgo their pet and gain 15% crit rating in the pet's place how many sv and mm hunters would jump on that. I would in a heartbeat.
And in a similar manner, it shouldn't be an optimal choice.
Affliction is not a "DOT class", it is a "DOT spec of a pet class". Yes, Locks have had a history of a Sac mechanic (but note: it hasn't been there always, it was removed after TBC at one point).
Regardless of your opinion on the matter, Warlocks are a pet class, and pets will be a significant piece of your toolkit. Simply trading them for a buff is similar to Glyph of Inquisition, an option that removes complexity at the cost of optimal performance.
Whether or not I agree that it should apply, Blizz wants it to apply. And they have a very good reason.
If Sac is ever optimal, even if just for one spec, than you are penalized for using your demons. Even if the net results were equal, you would still be penalized because reaching that optimal performance while using a pet is going to be more complicated than simply sacrificing it.
Blizz doesn't want to invalidate pets. This is why I say Sac should be a glyph, not a talent. As a glyph, it fits in better as an option that trades performance for simplicity. As a talent, it is a talent that "only noobs take", or like last patch, "only noobs don't take", depending on which spec you are and how it impacts your spec.
What you had in TBC, isn't as important as how they want the class to work now. It can be used as a guide, but if something that existed then doesn't make sense now, then it shouldn't be used just because it used to exist.
Now, if you can make it work in a reasonable manner (i.e. an option that has a niche use, or doesn't destroy the class concept), then go for it.
Ok so these are pet classes because YOU say they are pet classes. Being as how you are showing up as beas master.. yeah that's a pet spec for sure. Your pet dies and you have 2 options... either flounder and feign death or rezz your pet because that is a majority of your dps. That's different from what happens when I summon an observer who gets 6th place with his best attack dies. I see the same thing as an sv huntedr...the pet is more along for the ride than it is there for significant dps.
You may be fine with the idea that without your pet, you are nothing, but there is something dirty about being carried...especailly by AI.