The trouble with it is, you can't PVP without PVP gear. It's pointless. Think about playing professional football, against a fully dressed team, and you're going in there wearing your pajamas. So, you need to upgrade those PJs as quickly and cheaply as possible. My suggestion, as it was for Children's week, play Wintergrasp. With Triumph badges (quit spending them on items to AH) and stonekeeper shards (which you have a ton, I know) get yourself some gear. Spend well and you can probably get around 5000 gear score (if you throw in some honor pieces).
- Furious Gladiator's Felweave [head, chest and legs]
- Relentless Gladiator hands to round out the 4 piece set bonus
- Titan forged shoulderpads
- Wrathful Gladiator [ ring and cloak] of Dominance
- Wrathful Gladiator cuffs of Alacrity
- Relentless Gladiator [belt and feet] of Alacrity
- Battlemaster's ruination (trinket 1)
- Insignia of the horde (trinket 2)
- PVE weapon, off-hand and wand
- Ashen Verdict ring (currently Honored level)
- Warsong Gulch tabard (hiding cloak in view)
Two related items:
- Invest in dual spec talent, especially if you plan on running PVE also. I find it SO MUCH easier now that I can simply flip spec's. Bartender only shows certain button bars when I am in this PVP build. (see screenshot below)
- Look for a good PVP talent build. Elk is currently running this affliction 54/17/0 build with fairly good success. I specifically wanted the range, quick fears, and master summoner.
Ok, what do I do? Spell rotation is a bit out of the question, but here's my current basic idea.
- Hit with instant cast curse. I've specc'd into Curse of Exhaustion for the slowdown. I've also glyphed it to add range!!
- Fire off fear.
- Hit with instant cast dot, corruption typically (hope for shadow trance, er nightfall proc).
If it's a warlock minion or druid in tree form, I'll banish
If it's a healer, I'll throw a Unstable Affliction their way! I love having them blow up when they heal themselves! Just to make them jump, I drain life, it's so VISUAL! I can see your miserable life draining away and into ME! Ah, tasty!
How do I do all that?
|soul shards are still an important |
part of a warlocks pvp diet.
- xPerl so my target is immediately under Elk's feet. Minion is right there next to me.
- Bartender4 for the button placement.
- The buttons about head height are at 200%. Quick and easy to see. These buttons have 2 purposes, one time items like the Strand bombs or WG gun (clicky clicky), AND reminders of how to drain life..
- Bartender also has a nasty habit when the action is intense to swap my keys around. Bar 1 becomes Bar 4. Not sure what I do to trigger it.
- The main 3/4 rows below that are my pet bar and 3 rows of spells. These are at 75% normal.
- PowerAuras is putting the -13% debuff (from Nibuca), the white claw marks (missing soul link with pet) around elk's head and the yellow squid (target doesn't have curse) on his back.
- Alt+wheel up is Curse of Exhausion,
- Alt+wheel down is Howl of Terror.
- Wheel up is Death Coil
- Wheel down is FEAR!
- Shift+wheel up is Shadow flame.
- Shift+wheel down is Drain Life.
My primary spells are on 1-5 (shadowbolt, haunt, curse of exhaustion, corruption and unstable affliction), no need to look for keys.
I've macro'd the pet re-summon to include fel-domination when I am in combat. Everything in alignment, I can have a new fel puppy in less than one second.
Pet is always on aggressive. (yes, I have accidentally pulled the boss in a random heroic because of pet aggro).
Come prepared. I lost the above mentioned AB, and it happened soon after I ran out of soul shards. Bring enough soul shards to die a few times and not worry about how you'll replace them.
Locks make great flag protector's. Don't feel bad sitting on your haunches calling out "inc farm" in bg chat whenever some one in red is coming your way. With your pet on attack, you'll get a great head's up, when that puppy runs off to the cliff to attack a ranged caster.
Try to keep healers busy. Not yours, but theirs. If they are running in fear or just running away, it's unlikely they are healing their friends too well. Beauty is most healers don't DPS too well, so they can't fight back. Well, unless they have a rogue in their pocket.
Drain tank. Yes, you can tank by healing yourself faster than they can hurt you. Step 1, apply instant dots. Step 2, drain life.
Lastly, have fun! PVP is not hurting your gear. That fall will. Realize that dying is part of the battle. You get a wonderful res at the spirit healer for free! No running back to your body. As you upgrade your gear, and improve your spell rotation, you'll find it get's easier. You'll be wondering where you can spend all those honor points??