So far in the patch, BM is definitely seeming to be the strongest spec on most fights (probably them all if kill command was not currently bugged). Since it is a new spec and we are all obviously trying to figure things out I am making this thread to gain some advice on macro's and the use of dire beast as well as hopefully giving some advice in return.
Currently the "cookie cutter build" for BM dps seems to be:
Posthaste (mostly preference)
Silencing Shot (pretty much mandatory, provides a viable interrupt)
Aspect of the Iron Hawk (why not take 15% less damage?)
Dire Beast (highest dps choice for this tier according to the data and more useful the fervor for sure, focus is not really an issue. Use it on CD)
Lynx Rush (hits like a truck! use with Rabid and bestial wrath if possible, more dps then blink strike even single target so far from what people are seeing)
Current things I have been doing as a priority System:
1. Serpent sting up
2. Kill command on cool down
3. Arcane shot to dump
4. Dire Beast on CD
5. Lynx rush on CD (so far, not sure if waiting to par with Bestial is worth it)
6. Kill shot x 2 (when sub 20% #1 priority!)
7. Cobra shot if you need focus obviously and if SS is falling off
For AoE I have just been throwing an explosive trap, multi shot spamming and making my worm burrow. It is pretty descent AoE but I think survivals AoE will be stronger until you have stampede for multiple warms. Also keep in mind for huge AoE as BM, you can Bestial Wrath and then burrow and do the same thing and Burrow hits like a truck!!!
Cool Down Management:
I am using Bestial Wrath with Lynx rush and Rabid. for some massive Burst, while doing my normal rotation and spamming arcane shots and kill commands, when bestial wrath is about to expire your serpent sting will most likely be about to fall off, Throw out a cobra shot and then pop rapid fire. You NEVER want to pop rapid fire with Bestial wrath up. You will sit at focus cap for ever since BW reduces costs by 50%. after you are done dumping with RF throw another KC, and cobra so SS doesn't fall off, readiness, and repeat for your second round of burst.
Focus Fire's usage right now is very odd. A lot of people are looking into it and disagree about it. Personally I am barely using it unless I really need the haste for cobras or focus regen (AoE for more multi shots). Most of the time I am just leaving the stacks on my pet. The cool down is pretty useless and this is definitely one mechanic of BM blizzard needs to look into improving.
Macros I am currently Using:
Cobra Shot with Dire beast Tied in:
#showtooltip Cobra Shot
/cast Cobra Shot
/cast Dire Beast
Dire Beast was originally off the Gcd untill last night, I have kept that macro because it seems to still be working and doesn't effect anything and since I tend to spam still works as I wanted. (kind of)
Easy macro to show Rabid so you can put it on your bars as a bind:
Arcane Shot with Dire Beast Tied in:
#showtooltip Arcane Shot
/cast Arcane Shot
/cast Dire Beast
I have this macro for the same as the cobra one, It works well still despite feeling like dire beast is on GCD. I spam arcane shot hard unless Kill command is coming up and it pops dire beast after the first one. (keep in mind I also have Dire beast bound separately in case it does not get used for some reason)
Aspect Switching made easy:
/cast [aspect:2] Aspect of the Hawk
/cast Aspect of the Fox
one button to switch between hawk and fox with ease!
Bestial Wrath and Rabid together:
#showtooltip Bestial Wrath
/Cast Bestial Wrath
makes your pet go crazy!
Blink Strike with Rabid:
#showtooltip Blink Strike
/cast Blink Strike
one day this ability might be ok....
Lynx Rush with Rabid:
#showtooltip Lynx Rush
/Cast Lynx Rush
Useful for ensuring you pop Rabid with Lynx rush every time.
Worm Burrow made easy to put on your bars:
/cast Burrow Attack
Hopefully some of these macros are useful to people and I can get some feedback and maybe some I am missing. I just redid all of my ui and macros personally and might of forgot a few things :P.
What am I looking for by doing this?
I am looking for some others feed back. How are you doing things in the patch. any recommendations on things you think I should do differently? How are you playing the class? Thoughts on the other specs? Cool down usage? things you want changed?
I really look forward to hearing back from you guys, sorry the post isn't great. This is my first "guide", I hope to only improve from here.
Also if you have any questions for me personally my name in Game is Fleckszilla on Shattered Hand (US Horde) of Tyranny.
Thanks for reading!