Have you ever run through an instance, grouped with a PuG or guildies, with a Warlock in the party, wiped, and sat around waiting for the Priest to pop, only to find that he/she wasn't Soul Stoned? How about waiting patiently for a Soul Well to be summoned, only to have a Warlock explain that he didn't have anymore shards left? And what about the Warlock that wouldn't put his Fel Guard away for a more tank-friendly Imp with Blood Pact?
We've all had the displeasure of dealing with players like that, but I would like to clear something up. These are not lazy Warlocks. They are BAD Warlocks. There's a big difference. BAD Warlocks are selfish or ignorant, either not performing the duties of their class because it "gimps" their DPS or because they just don't know it's their responsibility. Oh and trust me, MOST Warlocks are of this type -- they are simply ignorant to what the 'Lock is all about. Lazy Warlocks, on the other hand, aren't necessarily bad 'Locks. No, they are a different beast altogether.
Lazy Warlocks know what they are capable of. They know the class, the potential, the limitations, and what exactly is expected of them. They know the damage they should be doing, and usually how to do it. What makes them lazy is, well, they simply don't execute what they know is their duty, their responsibility. Basically, these guys/girls don't approach each situation with 100% effort. Why this is, I can't say, but it seems almost as if they are content in knowing if they did, they could WTFPWN.
This mindset, as common as it is, I've dubbed LLS, or Lazy 'Lock Syndrome. Warlocks who suffer from LLS don't feel like they have to prove anything. Since everyone already knows that Warlocks = Awesome, they play with little motivation to do their best, knowing they don't need to. Kinda sad, imho. As a result, you see their DPS fall behind Rogues, Mages, and even Hunters, for which there is no excuse. You see them experimenting with Talent Specs, confident that it will not affect their numbers, but hardly optimizing their performance for a given situation. All in all, you just don't see them bringing it to Heroics, Raids, the Arena, or what have you. Sad indeed.
If you or someone you know suffer from these symptoms, LLS might be to blame. Ask your Warlock professional if LLS treatment options are right for you. These include re-rolling a Mage, taking an extended break, or canceling your account altogether. Side effects may include depression and DPS-withdrawal, however, and care should be taken upon the initiation of treatment.
In all seriousness though, what do you guys think? Do you guys feel the laziness bug creeping into the play you experience day-in and day-out? How about your own performance? Do you find yourself not trying as hard as you used to?
Do tell, and what you think the remedy is.