Okay, so this question has been nagging at me for a while. A lot of people seem to think Maelok is a pretty good warlock, and I just can't see why. I've seen his rules, I know what he can do, and a local player even plays him as her primary warlock, but I just cannot see what would make him appealing in any way. I look at him and just see a weakened cross between the High Reclaimer and Testament of Menoth. He has some handy buffs, but nothing over the top, and most of his key features are things that other characters in the game do better.
In particular, his melee ability makes me scratch my head. I get that he has a nifty debuff that's effectively a +2/+2 for him, but his MAT is average and his PS is poor aside from that. Even with his high amount of base attacks, I don't see how he even competes with mid-tier melee casters/locks, much less it actually being something he's supposedly good at.
So what am I missing here? What brilliant synergy am I not noticing that makes this warlock compete with Barnabas?