May 202013

It’s PATCH DAY TOMORROW! I’ll run down what ferals need to know real quick.

Savage Roar now increases physical damage done by 40%, instead of 30%.

Feel the love! This won’t be quite a 10% damage increase, but it’ll be close to that. Don’t expect to shoot right to the top of the meters, though, as pretty much all the melee classes (excepting warriors, rogues, and DK’s) got some buffs too. No nerfs, as far as I can tell, so raid DPS should go up across the board.

Tranquility now targets 12 raid members (up from 5) each time it heals when used in a 25-player instance. This change also applies to players using the Symbiosis version of Tranquility.

This change equalizes the power of Tranquility in both 10’s and 25’s, and is a large change to the better for those ferals in the larger raids. Tranquility is now a definite option as a raid cooldown.

Force of Nature is no longer on global cooldown and summons a single Treant. The Treant no longer has a control bar, immediately uses its special abilities on the Druid’s current target, and accumulates 1 charge every 20 seconds up to a maximum of 3 charges.

I’ll have to play around with this and see what I think. It won’t outstrip SOTF for overall damage, but should be interesting for dailies/scenarios where stuff dies fast. Does it still have a targeting circle? If not, it can be macroed. I think this will probably get used for the stuns more than everything else.

Mark of the Wild had its mana cost reduced to 5%, down from 10%.

Yay for rebuff on spec switch.

Guardian Mastery: Nature’s Guardian is now 33% stronger (2% per point instead of 1.5%).

While mastery is still pretty bad for guardians, this does help the offspec tanks like me who can’t be bothered to reenchant all our feral gear.

Lots of other goodies out there too, of which the big one is the return of item upgrading, at a much cheaper price. Which item to upgrade should be pretty self-explanatory; stick with anything you won’t replace anytime soon, and prioritize items that are more important, such as weapons and trinkets. I’ll take a more detailed look at that soon. If you’re looking for a rundown of patch changes for the other specs, here you go: Sunfyre’s got moonkinBeru’s got restoration, and Arielle’s got guardian. The full PTR patch notes are here.

Personally, I’m just waiting for Jin’rokh to drop that helm so I can use my legendary metagem. :(


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