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    Default Ahov's 61 Inquisitor Guide (The Umbral Zealot)

    61 Inquisitor/10 Cabalist/5 Defiler is the top ranged dps spec for clerics.

    In this thread I may shorten ability names.
    BoR = Bolt of Retribution
    SH = Sanction Heretic
    S = Scourge
    V = Vex
    NR = Nysyr's Rebuke
    DW = Dark Water
    BoJ = Bolt of Judgment
    BoD = Bolt of Depravity

    Active Buffs

    Inquisitor: Armor of Awakening, Spiritual Scrutiny, Shroud of Agony, Perseverance
    Defiler: Rage Blight, Blighted Greed (applied on defiler; if no defiler, apply on tank)

    Macros

    SH/BoR

    Code:
    #show Sanction Heretic
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Sanction Heretic
    cast bolt of retribution
    cast bolt of judgment
    cast marrow harvest
    Cooldown BoD

    Code:
    #show Fanaticism
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast fanaticism
    cast bolt of depravity
    Other skills to have on your bar

    Inquisitor: Scourge, Vex, Soul Drain, Bolt of Judgment, Confound, Purge, Radical Coalescence, Judicial Privilege, Bolt of Depravity, Circle of Oblivion, Bolt of Retribution

    Cabalist: Dark Water, Bound Fate, Tyranny of Death, Curse of Discord

    What's new with 2.3 Hotfix #13?

    The Inquisitor rotation has fundamentally changed. Within the spec itself, Spiritual Scrutiny now changes our GCD to one second, making BoJ our primary bolt. However, using an insta-cast BoD now grants two stacks of Echoing Concord, allowing for fast-cast BoRs, where they will be prioritized over BoJ. Finally, the Cabalist dot Dark Water has been buffed, stacking to three times. It is different from our other dots; you cannot allow it to fall off or you will need to build it back to three stacks.

    I have a video demonstration of the new 61 Inquisitor rotation here.

    Non-cooldown Priorities

    1. Dark Water refresh
    2. Scourge
    3. Vex
    4. Bolt of Depravity (5 stacks Life & Death Concord)
    5. Sanction Heretic
    6. Bolt of Retribution (Echoing Concord buff active)
    7. Bolt of Judgment

    Opener + Cooldown Block

    My common opener is S>V>DW>SH>DW>BoJ>DW>BoJ>BoJ>BoJ

    At this point you will have 5 stacks Life & Death Concord, allowing you to use a BoD. Flaring Power should be active by now, so continue into this cooldown block: {Fanaticism}BoD>NR>BoR>S>V>BoD>DW>{Radical Coalescence}{Fanaticism}BoD>NR>SH>BoD>BoR>BoR>BoR> DW>BoR>BoR>S>V>BoD.

    The cooldown block will change due to movement, target switching, purging and other disruptions in a regular rotation. What's important is A) making sure DW + other dots don't fall off mid-channel of Nysyr's Rebuke, B) using up your Echoing Concord stacks on Bolt of Retribution but still using BoD as priority, and C) Fanaticism only ever used on a BoD prior to a Nysyr's Rebuke. Force-critting a BoD procs Zealotry, allowing your next ability to gain 30% crit chance bonus. This is why Fanaticism is not used directly on Nysyr's Rebuke.

    Other skill explanations

    Soul Drain: This is a very efficient aoe skill. It does not subtract much from your ST dps provided there are multiple targets.

    Judicial Privilege: This is a very nice runspeed increase which also heals you when you are hit. At your discretion you can reserve it for particular mechanics where runspeed is helpful, or you may reserve it for when multiple healers are dead and the goal is to survive as long as possible.

    Harsh Discipline: Damaging channel which also self-heals. If Judicial Privilege is down and your healers are dead, use this to survive a tiny bit longer.

    Confound: ranged Interrupt, but not as easy as a melee interrupt since a lot of the time you will be in the middle of a BoR cast.

    Bound Fate: spammable, instant aoe ability. This is a drastic ST loss and I don't recommend using on actual encounters very much.

    Tyranny of Death: better aoe damage than Bound Fate, but delayed.

    Marrow Harvest: located in your SH/BoR macro, this will fire off when facing away from the target.

    Curse of Discord: in an edge case where your BoD + Nysyr's are ready but Scourge/vex will fall off after 1 GCD, you should use Curse of Discord instead of another BoJ.

    Miscellaneous

    Make sure you are treating your dots appropriately. Allow Scourge and Vex to completely drop from your target, but make sure Dark Water is maintained at 3x stacks. The ability has a slight travel time, so being in melee means you can technically refresh at 0s, but being 30m away and you must refresh at 1-2s. When Scourge, Vex and Dark Water have similar timers you should opt to refresh DW a bit early. This way you don't end up needing to Scourge>DW>Vex as the timer on DW creeps dangerously close to your other timers.

    Make sure you have BoR on its own key for when SH has already been applied to the target and you've used Radical Coalescence. It's more dps to dump some BoRs than re-apply SH.

    Use Circle of Oblivion to proc a Charred Flamesource prior to a boss pull.

    If your current encounter is melee-friendly, consider standing in melee. Shroud of Agony + auto attack is some nice passive dps. However, if it's "too" melee friendly, you should consider learning/running 61 Shaman. The dps gain is noticeable.

    In terms of itemization, you should prioritize CP gear over SP gear of the same tier. Crit-rate in this build can be 50%+.

    When using crit pots, save it for directly after your cooldown BoD. It's a force-crit and therefore gains no bonus from a crit potion.

    This build is sufficient for most solo needs. Scourge up your targets, Soul Drain, pop Judicial Privilege when you need healing or runspeed.
    Last edited by Ahov; 04-03-2014 at 08:13 PM.

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    Bump. So newbies can see a proper Inquisitor guide.
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    I'm working a new 60 cleric into raids; given this:

    This build is sufficient for most solo needs.
    Is this useable for dps in raids, 10 & / or 20 man? - I have yet to learn healing roles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaszar View Post
    I'm working a new 60 cleric into raids; given this:



    Is this useable for dps in raids, 10 & / or 20 man? - I have yet to learn healing roles.
    Yes, "the top ranged dps spec for clerics."

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    I have a question: Is Aggressive Renewal used in the single target rotation? It deals much more damage than BoJ and is instant, but doesn't give a stack of Life and Death Concord. I am talking purely about its damage component, mana is not an issue for INQ.

    And offtopic: The music in Ahov's video, where is it from? Its epic. Sounds like something from Star Wars, but I can't place it into which part exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hydron View Post
    Yes, "the top ranged dps spec for clerics."
    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaldewyr View Post
    I have a question: Is Aggressive Renewal used in the single target rotation? It deals much more damage than BoJ and is instant, but doesn't give a stack of Life and Death Concord. I am talking purely about its damage component, mana is not an issue for INQ.

    And offtopic: The music in Ahov's video, where is it from? Its epic. Sounds like something from Star Wars, but I can't place it into which part exactly.
    Aggressive Renewal is a channel over 3 seconds. It's a DPS loss and should only be used to regain mana if needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crithappens View Post
    Aggressive Renewal is a channel over 3 seconds. It's a DPS loss and should only be used to regain mana if needed.
    It's not a channel anymore. However it does not give a stack of L&DC so it's not always worth using.

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    your crit rate is insane, im assuming you have god tier gear...in the guide you say 50+ crit rate....

    im in mostly t1 and my self buffed crit rate is only 17%...am i missing something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonrakerx View Post
    your crit rate is insane, im assuming you have god tier gear...in the guide you say 50+ crit rate....

    im in mostly t1 and my self buffed crit rate is only 17%...am i missing something?
    I am not referring to tooltip crit chance. You have passive modifiers in your spec which only show when parsing, and even more from raid buffs. I would say on the dummy my overall crit rate is about 43% (note, not the crit% total ACT shows. you need to filter out stuff that can't crit and/or doesn't matter such as Symbol of Corruption, weapon procs etc)
    Last edited by Ahov; 01-30-2014 at 10:22 PM.

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    Umm what if u cant afford the defiler soul. is there another soul that would work with this ? I currently. dont have a good source of income so i would like to know because i would love to play this class.

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    First of all thanks for the guide, it has really helped me a lot in being slightly less terrible

    I was wondering if anyone could give me a bit of a advice regarding the gear I should be taking. I have been mostly using this list to determine which piece of gear would be better for me, but I'm worried my health might be too low with the focus on DPS. My guild has recently started raiding and we've cleared TDQ and IDH, and I noticed that at 15k unbuffed my health was the lowest in the entire raid, along with another cleric using this same build. On raid wide AoE's me and that other cleric would often die, I started using Judicial Privilege and Harsh Discipline for example on Typhiria's Tempest of Agony just to try and get through it.
    Should I be looking at the healers for not getting us through it, or should I be swapping out gear/runes to boost my health up higher at the expense of DPS? What kind of number should I be aiming for in this build when starting with raiding? Cause it just seems weird that rogues and mages with worse gear than mine have much more HP.

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    I have the same question as LordBladex. I do not have defiler and I wold rather not pay for it for only 5 points. Is it really that important?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witiko View Post
    I have the same question as LordBladex. I do not have defiler and I wold rather not pay for it for only 5 points. Is it really that important?
    If you do not have defiler, use 5 Sentinel (spellpower).

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGrinnz View Post
    If you do not have defiler, use 5 Sentinel (spellpower).
    I'm just curious, but is +10% spell power really that much better than:

    +10% damage done from Shaman (+5% from 5/5 Dauntless Courage +5% from the calling bonus)

    +10% damage done from Druid (+5% from 5/5 Guiding Hand +5% from calling bonus) (also, going this route vs Shaman gives you Shield of Oak)

    +10% Wisdom (5/5 Speak Softly) and +5% damage (from calling bonus) from Druid

    I can't double-check on my character atm, but I will when I get home.

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