The biggest problem is survivability. I know they’re a DPS class, but so is a Hunter and a DK. Warlock doesn’t even come close to the same survivability, especially not at these low levels. Soulstone is useless. If the mobs kill you, a revive won’t help – especially since they’ll be a full health when you pop back to life and you’ll be at 60% with no mana or Demonic Fury. Soulstone is only useful as a backup revive in a group. Healthstone is also useless. Even glyphed it’s only 40% healing in 10 seconds – with a 2 minute cooldown. Compare this this to the variety of self-heals available to a DK or a Monk. Soul Leech is mostly useless –damage too little for healing to be effective. Dark Regeneration, Mortal Coil, Life Drain – all paltry heals that don’t help when you really need them.
Worst of all is the minions. Only one worth using is the Voidwalker, who happens to be weaker than a Hunter pet in every respect. Less health, less damage, less healing. Health Funnel is a pathetic equivalent of Mend Pet. 36% healing in 6 seconds? Channeled? Even glyphed it’s not so useful. 15% heal every ten seconds is a convenient to heal between mobs, but it won’t help against 3 or more. 3 or more even level mobs will slaughter the Voidwalker every time – at least from what I’ve seen.
I tried all three specs. I don’t really like destruction, so I only used it in the beginning for the DPS boost. Then I switched to demonology. It was fun for a while. Meta was cool and the DPS was fine. But it’s a lot of buttons to press for the same (or weaker) result as any other class. It gets old quick, popping in out of demon form.
So I switched to Affliction, since supposedly it’s the most efficient way to level. Apparently you’re supposed to dot 20 mobs and run through the zone watching them die. I wish they’d stop lying about a class’s capabilities like that. Because the most I could ever handle safely was 2-3. Voidwalker would die with any more and after the Voidwalker goes, so do you. Corruption doesn’t provide much of a leech, and Glyph of Soul Consumption requires you to channel Soul Drain – which means you can’t simply run around dotting everything and expect to survive. Fears don’t really work, either, and if they did it wouldn’t really be efficient.
I had high hopes for Glyph of Demon Hunting, but so far it’s just another disappointment. You’re practically invulnerable against one mob, even two, but any more and you’re dead. 3-4 mobs will cut through Fury Ward and Life Harvest like butter. Maybe it would be better with Glyph of Soul Consumption, but I’m not sure if I’ll make it to level fifty for the second glyph slot to find out. I don’t see how Immolation Aura would help much, either.
Anyway, I hate to complain, but what I’m really looking for is hope. I want to know if the Warlock gets any better with levels, and if so, how much. I love the character concept of a Warlock, but I’m really unimpressed with the play style. With so many different skills and options, I find it a little disheartening that there’s so many buttons to press and yet no way to be more powerful than average. Everything is just meh. The heals, the damage. Why the extra frustration? Where’s the reward? Demon wings are cool, but is it worth it in the end?
Maybe I was expecting too much. I leveled a brewmaster on a previous account and that class was truly OP in PVE. Between the mitigation of ox stance, the mitigation of guard, the heals like expel harm and healing sphere, the dodge change, the parry chance, shuffle, stagger – it was almost impossible to pull enough mobs that were even capable of killing you. And all that with great DPS – AoE DPS. Maybe if I never played the brewmaster I’d have more fun with the Warlock, but right now it feels like I’m gimping myself for no other reason than the fact that Warlock’s are cool.
So, anyway, my basic question is this: do Warlocks ever become great? If so, how? I need to know what I’m missing here. I’ve heard so many people rave about Warlocks, but sometimes I wonder if those people have even played a DK. I really haven’t seen anything special so far and I’m losing patience.