Here’s your news and updates for the last week.
Feline Swiftness & PvP Set
One of the posts GC made in the past week was about how the PvP bonus interacts the talent Feline Swiftness:
However, to address your main concern, a different option would be to prevent Feline Swiftness and the PvP set bonus from stacking. Feline Swiftness would just remain a dead talent at least among knowledgeable PvP players.
Changes to Dodge & Parry?
There’s been a lot of discussion both on the offical tanking forums, and on Twitter about how passive mitigation stats (such as Dodge and Parry) are pretty boring compared to AM stats. You can toss Mastery into the “passive” pile for Druids as well.
GC made a post on Twitter about the subject:
You succeeded at Active mitigation – avoidance is by definition passive mitigation – regretting the change?
Nope. We think active mitigation is more fun. Just need to decide what to do about dodge and parry long term.
This is actually very interesting to me. It suggests that some changes could be incoming for how Dodge interacts with other stats. This is even more interesting for Druids because of Savage Defense. So we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
Stats and Variation
Something I found particularly interesting was this tidbit:
Ever feel like there’s too much focus on math in WoW? Reforging, DPS, HPS… numbers are too important. Not sure how to fix.
Players are really scared of being wrong, even if the delta is trivial. Much more likely to experiment in a single player game.
Totally agree with this. The reality is that the actual variance between going for Haste over Crit is incredibly tiny for Guardians. However everyone is now in a mentatlity where they have to give themselves every possible advantage from gear. The reality is (as Hamlet has said many times) good play will far outweigh any possible advantage you could gain from reforging or regemming differently.
PTR Build 16503
There was a new PTR build deployed last week. Only change was to revert Cyclone back to the way it worked on live.
I had originally intended to write three articles a week, but it’s become clear to me that isn’t something I’m capable of doing. I’ll definitely keep doing two a week though. Keep your eyes open for an article discussing how to evaluate Guardian logs later this week.