Mar 032010

Aissi brought up a good point in the comments to my last post, noting that the 3 points previously used to take Imp. Mangle were now freed up to take Feral Aggression. Technically, that’s correct, but really, all I can say is “meh.” Imp. Mangle currently is worth about .5% DPS per talent point (so it was okay but never that good to begin with) and Feral Aggression is worth about .2% (blech). After the Mangle changes, Imp. Mangle will be worth about .1% DPS per talent point (double blech). Sure, you can move 3 points into FA if you want, but we’re talking a TINY increase. As in, my projected DPS goes from 10579 to 10621, a .4% increase. Remember, this is assuming perfect fight conditions with no movement, where you have surplus energy and CP’s to burn on bites. (FA gets a bit better if you’re ArPen capped…but I’m not talking to you. Shoo, vastly OP kitty…but give me your DBW before you go.)

Seriously. Look again at your utility, and remember you’re a hybrid class. I’m still going 0/5 FA, and maxing Nurturing Instinct (+20% healing received, plus a halfway decent Tranquility) and going for Imp. LOTP (extra passive healing is never bad) or Protector of the Pack for vastly improved emergency tanking. It even works out mathematically; in the case of Nurturing Instinct, I’m trading .4% personal DPS (from FA) for 20% personal heals, or a .8% increase in raid heals (even more in 10-man). Think about it.

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  7 Responses to “3 extra talent points…what to do?”

  1. I will be going back to the spec I had when our raid had a reliable arms warrior: full cat with 3/3 protector and 3/3 Natural reaction (dropping ILOTP and Imp mangle). Gives very nearly all of the dps talents (Imp mangle and FA are very weak) and allows excellent off-tanking (every key bear talent except thick hide).

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  3. what about genesis is that a option or is it just not worth it.

  4. I really like the NI idea. There are a lot of fights where this can help quite a bit – not the healing part (lol Val) but the received heals.

    PotP is another option, but…eh. I would rather be more survivable in cat than in bear for my cat spec.

  5. massive overload on combo pts for me approaching the crit cap and hit cap and ArPen cap and well …I guess I’ll just start FB’ing again – so the points should be spent accordingly.

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