Edit: This is an old post – check out my latest posts for 3.1 specs. And if the one you want isn’t there, check back in a couple of days, I will be talking about other specs.
So what spec did I go with finally? Here it is. A 51/10/0 BM spec.
Actually, this is my second spec on Patch 3.0.2. I initially took Spirit Bond instead of Animal Handler, since pets are supposedly getting their masters hit, and I am near or at the hit cap (depending upon which trinket I have equipped). But, my preliminary testing with my cat on the target dummies in Ironforge seemed to show she was still missing an awful lot. So, whatever the cause, I decided to go back and grab Animal Handler, until I could figure it out.
Really, the spec is pretty unchanged from my pre-patch build. For leveling in Northrend I will probably take Endurance Training and Thick Hide instead of Improved Aspect of the Hawk and Improved Revive Pet. But for now, there is nothing causing me major survivability problems when grinding, and I am still doing some raiding.
Invigoration and Cobra Strikes are still pretty lackluster. But longevity and Kindred Spirits seem to give nice damage bonuses, and the 4 extra pet points from the Beast Mastery 51 talent are even more valuable at level 70 than level 80. I compared the dps I would likely gain from Careful Aim in the MM tree to the dps gain from Kindred Spirits. Kindred Spirits gives my pet 20% bonus to DPS. My cat was doing around 250dps (without big red kitty or any major buffs) when grinding mobs in Shadowmoon Valley. This means Kindred Spirits would give around 50DPS bonus to my cat, and therefore my overall dps. Careful Aim adds my intellect number as attack power. As my int is a measlie 208 – I get an additional 208 attack power. 14 attack power = +1 DPS – so this adds around 15DPS – meaning that Kindred Spirits is a much better use of 5 points, than Careful Aim is of 3. (If I had boat loads of intellect and a tenacity pet, its possible the figures could favor Careful Aim, but I doubt it). The theorycrafting between Careful Aim and Mortal Shots is beyond me, I will leave that to Elitist Jerks. It might be that Careful Aim is better than Mortal Shots, but for now I decided to stick with Mortal Shots, as a lot of my damage and shot rotations is about steady sustained damaged, so it is nice to add to the bit of spike damage I have.
Ok, so that’s my talent spec. What do you think? What did you choose and why?
Marksman now looks very interesting and viable, and could well prove a higher DPS spec than BM, although may need more skill to play, and be less mana efficient. I always liked the trapping aspects of Survival. They seem to have some nice tricks and I was tempted to switch (I have been a raiding survival hunter before). But I decided with so many changes in game, I was best playing what I knew best, and not changing even more things while I assessed the changes.
I Would like to know your comments and thoughts, and builds, so get posting and lets get some discussion going 🙂