Here’s an update on the whole Beast Master experiment.
When last I talked about this, I had done all the theory stuff I was going to be able to do, and done as much as I could with target dummies to optimize my rotation and pet selection. This is all a part of my plan.
The Plan looks a lot like this.
- Set up talent spec
- Re-gem appropriately1
- Re-forge appropriately2
- Practice rotation on training dummies until stable.
- Test different pets for best damage / buff compromise
- Try BM in the wild.
- Try BM in a party
- Try BM in a raid.
So right now I’ve completed step 7, and am suitably impressed at the difference it makes. This was a Troll Heroic, with guildies, but of course not raid buffed. The difference between Survival and BM using my current gear is on the order of 3-4K DPS.
Step 8 – raiding – may add another 1-2K.
So, yeah. This is looking very good for single-target fights.
The next question will be, if it looks good in raids, what will it look like when I gem, gear3, and re-forge again to maximize my damage output?
And the final question will be, will my SV build be viable in that situation (aside from gear, which can be swapped out).
The final question is a big one. I want to be able to keep SV viable as an AoE spec for fights like Magmaw and Cho and whatever 4.2 brings with it. If I have to gimp it too badly to maximize BM, I have to decide if I should gimp BM just enough to make a difference for SV.
So, sometime after our next raid, I’ll have enough data to make a solid decision. Until then, the plan is to keep practicing this spec daily until I am comfortable with all of my shots and cool-downs.
Further bulletins as events warrant.