I ran Temple of the Jade Serpent with @soetzufit this afternoon on my locked 85 Warlock for some baseline DPS numbers. I hit some peaks - 115-120k on each boss was normal, and I think I had a 140k peak on the Jade Serpent boss in the courtyard. I tanked a lot but it was okay, bosses don’t hit hard and I have CDs.

Wise Mari ended at 35k, which I feel bad about because it’s an add fight and the pauses kill your throughput. Generally I bang on the conjured water elementals and unload a CB barrage on Wise Mari, but he takes FOREVER to die. (All the while your DPS drops.)

Pulled 83k on the library trash, hit some nice 100k+ peaks but it’s trash. I was warming up though.

60k on the library boss because we just DPS through the immunity phases. Was riding along pretty high above 100k for most of this fight until we had to switch - and then I sat and waited for the immunity to end, building embers. The start of the fight is great because of Havoc - I usually can double dragon right off the bat.

90k on Liu Flameheart, which was a good fight that I tanked pretty much from start to finish. Here’s where I had the 145k burst. The DPS warrior said he should go take a nap because I was doing 70% of the damage.

82k on the Sha of Doubt, which is a tough fight because of the add phases. I tried to make sure I had high embers going in to that phase so I could Fire and Brimstone Conflag/Immo/Incinerate. Generally DPS is not high enough so that we avoid the second one of those phases.

I know I’ve done better on each of these fights - I’ve finished up the library fight at 105k, and Liu Flameheart at 125k - but this is fairly representative of what I can do in full Mists gear. This is also where the phrase “calm down lock ur making us look bad” comes from, since there’s a big difference when you are in 450s instead of 377s.

Thanks Tzufit for coming along and helping heal! It was a fun little experiment.

I always considered Warsong Gulch my weakest battleground map on Cynwise. When I started PvPing - 4 years ago, wow - the bracket was dominated by Horde in WSG and Alliance in AV. I wasn’t very good, so I died a lot. I struggled with Death Knights. I got chewed up and spit out on a regular basis. I didn’t give up, but I didn’t enjoy the 45 minute long matches.

I thought I hated Warsong Gulch. 

My antidote was my first serious alt, my Death Knight Cynwulf. As a level 59 twink at the height of Wrath, he dominated WSG. Instead of getting chewed up by the melee, I was the chewer. Cynwulf was faster, stronger, and sturdier than Cynwise. I could run into a pack, Howling Blast and Pestilence and Frost Strike my way through it, and come out the other side untouched. I could tank Drek in AV and turn around and dominate WSG as I leveled my warlock, slowly, through the higher brackets. 

Cynwulf was a drunkard, a wasted shell of a man, but there are times that I miss him - and that bracket - a lot. 

Cynwulf taught me that WSG could be fun, and the long series of toons I’ve rolled since him has taught me to love the place. I think it’s a great battleground, one of the most pure and zen-like of all the places. I became a FC in the 19 bracket and learned the shortest routes and how to carry on any toon. I played it on mages and druids and warriors and priests and hunters and it became a comfortable, familiar place. I’ve called it “The Office” on many occasions. 

Of my existing toons - and I’ve deleted a lot - I have played 563 Warsong Gulch matches. Some of them were routine, others were slaughters. Some were epic fights down to the wire; others were snoozefests. I won 274 of them.

When I buckled down on Battlemaster, I knew I would need to do it on Cynwise. I’ve gotten better since my first few months of getting slaughtered as a level 52 warlock in the 50-59 bracket, but there was always a hangup about not being as good in it as I was in other places. A mental block. This is the place I lose, I’d think, and that wasn’t right.

But I kept going. WSG would come up, and I’d win or lose but I’d play better. Every flag run I did on Cynli or Cynderblock taught me the best routes around melees. I learned to hang back, to use the confined space of the map to my advantage, to burst and run, to throw myself into packs to distract away from the FC, to camp the GY when it needed camping and break the camps when they needed breaking.

I still died a lot. Don’t get me wrong, I have a high mortality rate on my warlock, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. But I got over my hangups, and learned to love Warsong Gulch with Cynwise.

And now she is a [Master of Warsong Gulch]. 

Battlemaster status: 3 down, 2 to go. It’s all wins from here on out.

Working on a new mog to compliment my “just plain folks” one. This is my “White Warlock” look I’m going to start using in PvP, which will make a lot more sense once I get this Cata fiction piece written. 
The only problem is that I share the [Staff of Broken Hopes] with my PvP set, so I will obviously need a second, identical staff so I can show off both the [Staff of Justified Sins] and [Healer’s Staff of the Forest], pictured above.

No one said fashion would be cheap?

Working on a new mog to compliment my “just plain folks” one. This is my “White Warlock” look I’m going to start using in PvP, which will make a lot more sense once I get this Cata fiction piece written. 

The only problem is that I share the [Staff of Broken Hopes] with my PvP set, so I will obviously need a second, identical staff so I can show off both the [Staff of Justified Sins] and [Healer’s Staff of the Forest], pictured above.

No one said fashion would be cheap?