Almost three months ago, I said that ferals needed “a slight damage bump, a quicker rotation ramp-up, a tweak to Ferocious Bite, and better AoE.”
Well, looks like we’re finally getting most of it. The AoE bit went live in 4.1 (hope everyone’s having fun causing their healers heart attacks with Berserked Swipe), and the damage buffs and the FB adjustment showed up in today’s notes. I’d still love a feral version of rogue Redirect, but I’m very happy that the big issues were looked at. (For what it’s worth, I’m confident that the damage increases will more than make up for the loss of DPS due to strength only being worth 1 AP. That’s a static loss in DPS; the ability increases will scale with gear.)
The set bonuses are very interesting but obviously still being tweaked; I’ll hold off discussion on those for another time. There’s some very interesting interactions between FB and Berserk; right now, FB is horrible to use during Berserk because it drains energy, which prevents you from maximizing your Shreds. With the T12 4p bonus and the new version of FB, though, things are much less clear-cut. I imagine the numbers will still probably get tweaked, but just the fact they ARE getting tweaked makes me very happy.
As it stands, though, if what we have goes live in 4.2, I’ll be back to check things out, even with the crappy 128kbps connection I have here.
(Oh, and for those interested, so far my work in Iraq has mostly been like my work in the States; still coordinating to provide communications service for various units and customers, just now I have longer hours and get to take cover from indirect fire every couple days.)