So what spec will be the better one to play next patch?
BM/SV are gonna be very equal on single target, SV totally dominates AOE fights, MM will still be a ghetto shit specc
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There's a possibility I may be switching to Hunter come 5.2 (currently play Shaman), but I'm basically forced to stay BM for Heroism. As I typed this, I realized this actually sounds incredibly stupid, but just to confirm: I imagine raid-wide Heroism is far more helpful (DPS-wise) than being able to switch to SV for AoE. It's still up in the air if I'll actually switch, I've been stuck as Shaman for all of 5.1 due to Heroism and being the 3rd healer. But we recently picked up a 3rd real healer, so I have a few options on switching classes. (I'm basically stuck with classes that can bring Heroism)
And not, Bm and Sv not have a very different scaling between both.
but MM if had the same scaling curve, would ending taking the spot of survival/bm because the 90% of the rotation scales with weapon damage.
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well, you right but, personally i hate the mage because of the simple rotation, and arcane have take a big nerf.
Let's look into the crystal ball...
Simulationcraft will show one spec performing 1% better than the others on a mythical no-mechanics Patchwerk fight that hasn't existed since Naxx 25.
2nd week Heroic mode raiders will use it because they can actually see some difference, but ultimately will pick the spec depending on the fight mechanics. It may be one spec is the best for all of them. It normally isn't.
A bunch of LFR/LFD Heroes will declare anyone not using that spec as a n00b.
Everyone else can pick whatever they want. No spec will be so broken that you can't even complete normals with them. It's not going to make a difference for people like me, nor the bottom 90% of us.
I cant speak for the damage buffs/nerfs but that 3 sec dismiss pet nerf was just retarded. I have to switch pets during PvE and PvP fights, if I need a BR / BL ect. 3 Seconds is like an eternity in either situation. (its weird how im pissed about 1 second but it just seems like another pointless change to discourage good play).
And yea ofcourse it doesn't matter which spec you go with if you're in a casual guild. Well technically it does, cuz if more people in those guilds min/maxed, they'd kill bosses sooner. But it doesn't matter in the sense that there is no 'immediate' race for progression in casual guilds. So a person doing the best damage they possibly can in any situation is not necessary. But all specs aren't always close together though. Arms is just complete shit. So is subtlety.. You won't be able to complete certain normals with those specs.. There's a reason why there are thousands of guilds out there that are stuck on normal elegon. Lack of dps. Lack of healing. Tank issues as well in some cases. But mostly dps/heals.
PTR Class and Set Bonus Issues, Part III
- Renewing Mist - mana cost reduced 10%.
- Healing Rain - mana cost reduced 15%.
- Beast Cleave - damage increased from 30% to 50% of original damage.
- Critical Mass - nerf reverted. It's back to 30%.
- Pyroblast - direct damage reduced 10%.
The mana changes were to help less well geared healers. The Beast Cleave change was because we felt Survival's multi-target damage was too far ahead. We don't mind good AE as a spec niche, but it shouldn't be so high that you feel like an absolute idiot for not swapping to that spec. (This is the same mentality we used when trying to tone down without destroying Combat rogues being good at cleaving.) The Fire changes were because we needed to nerf Fire to keep other mage specs competitive in PvE in 5.2, but we agree that nerfing Critical Mass unfairly targets less well geared players, and that the spec is just less fun if it crits too rarely. (Long term, we might investigate some of the non-linear percent scaling suggestions players have made.)
the beast cleave was greatly needed. however i do not know if it will be enough. Honestly the best way to balance the 3 hunters specs for AoE would be to do this beast cleave change and to make "Serpent spread" baseline for all spec. That still makes SV AoE superior with ISS and the higher damage done by SrS, it alos helms marks do more AoE damage which is nearly non exsistant now.
Looks like we are dangerously close to the "you can play whichever spec you find more fun" era. Since that will inevitably lead to you doing higher dps, since you enjoy the rotation more. I didn't feel that way in 5.1 since I just couldn't reach my BM numbers with SV in single target fights.
It would be weird if MM would get totally ignored in the AE tuning, which I believe is all that is left before 5.2 hits.
People have already any idea if MM rotation will be really worth casting Aimed over Arcane shot?
Also, did we know already what 'cool unmentioned feature' GC was talking about on tweeter?
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