Minors I would run with
Soon, Blood Pact will be posting the great spec guides everyone wants. The minor glyphs are split between the cool-looking and the functional. What mix of minors would a warlock pick?
Affliction warlocks will probably play with Subtlety if they want the old look or Verdant Spheres is they want to make mages cry. I'm tempted to stay with Unending Breath instead of Nightmares, since the combination of underwater breathing, waterwalking, and faster swim speed makes for a fantastic single-spell water travel option.
Demonology warlocks have been spoiled with options, but Shadow Bolt and Felguard have to be on everyone's cosmetic list. If Carrion Swarm gets much use in PvE, the glyph will be a must. Falling Meteor might be advised in encounters that have extreme knock-up effects, or if you haven't yet learned what happens when you chill on the cliffside of Lumber Mill's flag.
Destruction warlocks might flirt with Verdant Spheres but unfortunately don't have a lot of minor options outside of the general warlock glyphs. I imagine the fire of Nightmares will be a popular choice.
Honestly, demonology made out like a bandit in the realm of cool minor glyphs. Everyone's jealous of the Shadow Bolt splitting glyph -- most especially affliction warlocks, who are so used to using Shadow Bolt as a filler.Carrion Swarm
is the fel Typhoon
spell demo 'locks get while in Metamorphosis. Like Typhoon, there's got to be a no-knockback glyph
modifies the amount of falling damage you take while using Demonic Leap
. Now, when someone decides to give you water walking on Anub'arak in Trial of the Crusader, you can safely avoid dying
.Hand of Gul'dan
reverts the new Hand of Gul'dan
to the original beta Hand of Gul'dan that was targetable. Unglyphed, Hand of Gul'dan will land on your current target and it will follows that target anywhere, circling around like a shaman's elemental shield. Glyphed
, Hand of Gul'dan will be placed with a target circle and will remain where you put it even if mobs move.Shadow Bolt
is the popular glyph that splits the filler spell into three. It's not just cosmetic but actually splits the spell into three smaller bolts, each of which can crit by itself. The glyph
applies to all the filler spells a demo 'lock would use: Shadow Bolt
, Soul Fire
, and Touch of Chaos (Meta)
Sadly, they haven't made it available to destruction, because I suppose three mini Chaos Bolts
is just too fantastic to have.Subtlety
and Verdant Spheres
are two glyphs that go together. Trying to have both glyphs active results in one empty glyph slot and Verdant Spheres active. Subtlety
results in the classic no orbs or shards around your head look, while Verdant Spheres
gives you Kael'thas's fel-green balls.
Subtlety is specifically for affliction, but Verdant Sphere can be used by either affliction or destruction.
Please email all your Kael'thas transmogs to me
with this glyph active so I have plenty of mage-trolling material for future Blood Pacts.General warlock minorsCrimson Banish
is exactly that: When you Banish
a demon or elemental, the mob has a reddish tint
instead of the normal yellow-green one.Enslave Demon
remains as boring
as ever, shortening your Enslave Demon
cast time by about 1.5 seconds.Eye of Kilrogg
is nice for mountain climbing, but I don't see why you wouldn't otherwise fly up there yourself to place the portal. I suppose the main attraction
is that you can place your portal
elsewhere without actually moving yourself.Health Funnel
is an interesting change. Instead of channeling health
to your demon, you instantly restore health, with an added cooldown on the spell. It was a great leveling minor glyph
is another fun, functional glyph that looks amazing. Glyphed
, you can run across water on your Dreadsteed
, and as you run, fire will trail from your steed's hooves across the water. There used to be a trail of fire in the wake of your steed, but for now, even high graphics settings aren't showing it, so it could be bugged.Soulwell
has changed from the mana cost reduction to a simple cosmetic glyph
. When you summon your soulwell, it lands on a big green rune and smokes green smoke from the top of the well.Unending Breath
is the same old faster swimming glyph
that it's been. Since we have no Vashj'ir zone to make guildmates grateful for this glyph, it might fade into obscurity since I bet battlegrounds will use Nightmares more."Hunter weapon? That's totally a warlock weapon."
Don't worry: I didn't forget about Glyph of Felguard
. Save the best for last, right? Read it and rejoice: "Your Felguard will equip a random two-handed axe, sword, or polearm from your backpack." I can transmog my felguard's weapons?!
Yes, you read that right.What weapons again?
Only two-handed options apply -- axes, swords, and polearms. Pictured to right is a felguard with the two-handed sword Obsidian Edged Blade
.What about the Wrathguard?
Yes, it also applies to the Supremacied demon upgrade
, and you can change both
of his weapons. If you want to dual-wield the same weapon in each hand, you'll need two copies of the same weapon. If you have only one weapon in the backpack, then it only changes his main-hand weapon."Maximum of 16 total weapons"
The wording is precise, meaning that only weapons from the original backpack bag can be chosen by the glyph. This can stand as another reason to cry for a size upgrade on the backpack or it can help limit your weapon pool so your favorites surface more often.So many choices!
My personal favorites that are piling up have a Burning Crusade
ring to them, which makes complete sense considering the mass of demons in those zones. Hellreaver
, Torn-Heart Axe of Battle
, Gladiator's Decapitator
-- all Burning Crusade
and easily soloable even now. But if Bryntroll
, Lord Marrowgar's ice axe from Icecrown Citadel, is more your thing, I completely understand.
If you want more weapons from different expansions, WoW Insider commenter Revynn has written up his favorites from classic
, The Burning Crusade
, Wrath of the Lich King
, and Cataclysm
If you have other favorites, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
and somewhere down the line there can be a Best-Dressed Felguard with matching master transmogs edition of Blood Pact.
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