Cabalist – The Official How To
The Spec http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=10odj.EtAqtAkdk.Vez.z
(you can switch 1 from Unholy Tutelage to Aggressive Renewal if you want)
This is a short and sweet guide. I’m not going to go into the whole aspect of using numbers to verify why you should use this, or use that. Chances are if your looking to try out Cabalist in raids you’ve been using Inquisitor already. The PLOPLES will say that if you don’t have X amount of gear from HK then cabalist might not be beneficial to you. If these people were in Texas I’d take them to the strip club and have a grand ole time cause chances are they haven’t got out much lately. I’m not going to Justify every skill I use in rotations, though I will say I’m in a 6/10 HK guild and I’ve done every fight so far as Cabalist. So if you have a phat line and are ready to do this, let’s get down to the good stuff.
So, the rotation. Single target is quite simple, This is used only when you are focusing on 1 mob.
#show Curse of Discord
cast Curse of Discord
cast Dark Water
cast Distorted Shadows
cast Sanction Heretic
When this rotation is done (everything is on cool down) you start spamming Shadow’s Touch. You can generally get in 2 or 3 of them before Curse of Discord comes back up. Once COD is back up, just go back through the macro using the abilities. Don’t cancel your Distorted Shadows. TIP - I have all the spells in this macro on my action bars to see which ones are on CD if i suddenly start the aoe rotation mid single target rotation.
AOE Rotation on 3 or more mobs.
AOE is all about how many targets are currently out. Lets take Herald in ROS for example. You will use the Single target rotation until the adds come out. Right when they spawn, I start to cast Bound Fate. This gives the tank the time needed to grab adds. Rotation until there are only 2 adds out: ( I do not use macros for aoe)
Bound Fate > Tyranny > Soul Drain > Shadow’s Touch > Tyranny > Shadow’s Touch >
When the last Shadow’s Touch is done casting Bound Fate should be back up. Yes, you have to be in melee for Soul Drain. Suck it up Mayne. It’s a simple rotation you use while there are AT LEAST 3 mobs you are attacking. Once youre sure the tank has aggro on adds, pop Sign of Asias and get in as many Tyrannys as you can (usually 4 or 5). Bound Fate actually loses you DPS if there are only 2 mobs. Once there are only 2 mobs left ( 1 add + Herald ) the rotation is
Tyranny > Soul Drain > Shadow’s Touch > Tyranny > Shadow’s Touch > Shadow’s Touch
I have done Matron with only spamming Shadow’s Touch and Soul drain when there is only Matron + 1 add. It was a definite DPS loss. Thus why I include tyranny in a 2 mob rotation.
THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR—
Aggro: We have great burst damage. Use it wisely. A dead Cleric is a sad day.
Curse of Solitude: This curse does damage to up to 5 mobs around the cursed mob. When you are having to move and there are a lot of adds out, this is a great thing to use.
Maelstrom: Does give aid to round up adds sometimes on certain fights. Use it wisely
Vile Power: Use this instead of Tyranny in your rotation when you are at about 65% mana. You should never run out of mana in this spec.
GO CABALIST—its fun, and you will be surprised by your DPS. Get this spec, go to the target dummies and practice. Typical fights im always Cabalist on:
All of GS except Hylas
All of ROS Except Duke / Plutonus (herald is my highest parse to date, ~3500)
HK: Zilas, Matron
I welcome comments and concerns. Happy CABALISTING Muah!