First of all, it’s a Saturday Night. Not only were we told the PTR would go up soon, but we’ve now just gotten the news on the T13 bonuses for everybody. It’s a Saturday night. I was expecting a nice quiet night of leveling more druids (because we all know I’m a little crazy), but no.
What the hell?
As if you haven’t seen this listed around enough, I’m going to list the bonuses here too! Just in case you don’t have eyes… and now somehow you do.
- Feral 2pc – While Berserk is active, Savage Defense absorbs are 100% larger, and your Blood in the Water talent now causes Ferocious Bite to refresh the duration of your Rip on targets with 60% or less health.
- Feral 4pc – Frenzied Regeneration also affects all raid and party members, and your Stampede talent now grants two charges after using Feral Charge (Cat)
Time to break it down:
2pc Bear – I can’t imagine that Berserk will stay as it is right now. Not only is 25 second Berserk too powerful a duration in various settings, its cooldown is too long for 2pc to have any consistent value. Choosing when to use Berserk with that long of a CD would make it very tedious, and heaven forbid we mess it up because it ain’t comin back until half the fight has gone by (or it’s nearly over). It also wouldn’t make sense for it to consider the Lacerate Berserk procs to be the buff they mean (they are the same name) since we tend to use Mangle within the next GCD.
Double the Savage Defense size. Assuming they overhaul berserk, this could be quite interesting. At face value, as I have not gone too far into theorycrafting this, this could raise Agility’s importance. It could also change how we value Mastery. Knowing what they choose to do with Berserk, if anything, will give a better picture and starting block for crunching numbers.
4pc Bear – Frenzied Regen, while it is often used as an Oh Shit cooldown, is one of those things that we don’t usually have to worry about. As such, it doesn’t seem all that hurtful for us to withhold using it and saving it as a raid CD. Depending on how it interacts with the Glyph, it would seem to be an incredibly potent raid CD, seeing as Cataclysm is the World of AoEcraft. Does the glyph affect it? Will Frenzied Regen actually grant the extra HP this time around? Or is it just a Rallying Cry without the healing bonus?
Oh, and if you haven’t already figured this out, Feral DPS have access to this. Consider that for a moment.
2pc Cat – Uh. Hi. My name is execute range for over half the fight, how are you? And yes, you’re reading it incorrectly. You do not need Berserk up for Blood in the Water to go into effect. Execute range is being raised to 60%. Good Game, Ferals.
4pc Cat – Erm. Okay? This feels like the 2pc Bonus, and the 2pc should be the 4pc. I don’t really understand the reasoning behind this bonus, unless they intend to riddle Dragon Soul fights with lots target swapping and lots of required mobility. Or get rid of the Min. range for Cat Charge (seriously, I miss that). Shrug.
Also, Frenzied Regen raid CD. Probably need to stay in Bear, so it’ll be a DPS loss, but good job giving 1 DPS TWO raid cooldowns. (2/2 NI Tranq + Frenzied = Lol I win?) I almost wonder if they considered the implications of this set bonus.
Now, on to the rest of the post. Paladin, Warrior and Druid 2pc bonuses are all minor forms of active mitigation. Revenge is up all the time, thanks to CTC, Judgement is on a short Cooldown, Berserk will likely be remade (I hope)… all of these imply the changes to come in forcing tanks to choose when to use their abilities for extra mitigation. Now, to obviously get the most smoothed out damage reduction, they will be used on CD at all times. But we all know there will be periods of high damage, perhaps forcing the tanks to think twice about using the necessary abilities. If this is the direction they hope to move in, to prep us, it doesn’t seem so bad.
Consider this, however; Blizzard is unintentionally pigeonholing all progression guilds to gear out their Tanks and Feral DPS first to have those potent raid CDs as soon as possible.
And for heaven’s sake, the PTR needs to go up. Now.