So Tuesday night I decided to try out Survival in a raid. I spent a couple hours before hand figuring out where I wanted to put my points, and then developing my own priority shot rotation. Well, it’s probably not just mine, but I didn’t just copy one from somewhere. I tested out all the shots and put together what seemed to do the best DPS, then practiced until I felt like I had control of it.
The results? SV does better damage than BM. But we all have already learned that, so that’s not news. I was doing between 600 – 800 dps more on the target dummy with my new spec and rotation.
What did surprise me, was the fact that all of our hunters STILL ended up on the bottom half of the DPS charts in Naxx. I found out there was a stealth nerf of Explosive Shot, which is probably why I was seeing less of a jump in the charts than I was expecting.
It was fun to try something new. Survival is more complicated, I had 4 shots to use rather than 3, and I had to coordinate them better. But I don’t think it was enough to get me to switch permanently from BM. I was still compelled to Revive my pet every time he died, even though it was a stupidly long cast time and he wasn’t doing that much damage anyway. I really found myself missing Bestial Wrath and Heart of the Phoenix.
I know that it would be better for the raid as a whole to replace me with another Shadow Priest, Mage or Warlock, and part of me feels like there’s no point for me to continue raiding until 3.1, but I’m afraid I’d lose my raid spot if I didn’t continue.
Speaking of which, I’m looking forward to hearing what they’ve got on the plate for 3.1 for Hunters! However, if they do nothing to us but adjust all the other classes down to be more on par, I’d be just as happy as I would if they buffed us. Because it would make the encounters a little more challenging if the raid as a whole just did less DPS. But they’d probably screw that up anyway!
- Giving Survival Another Shot
- Huntering as Survival: Impressions
- When you wish upon a star!
- Beast Mastery 3.0.2 to 3.0.9 Raid Comparison (with pictures!)
- Getting a Feel for MM Shots and Specs