First fight in a while where its actually pro to stack ferals.
We run with 2 feral tanks and 1 warrior/pala/dk tank (depending on what tact we feel like doing).
I take care of mangle, the other feral takes care of FF and rake.
I also happen to be cursed with the 4set
if not id easily go with 2set t12. But its really nice for the raid with 4set, use it every barrel roll by staying in bear form 15 secs ahead.
The other feral does not have 4set.
He is tanking because he got no experience as feral dps, if not id be the logical choice as tank. The other feral is tanking the amalgamation for the majority of the fight, but he is kiting the bloods in the last phase while im taking over the amalgamation tanking.
We are full energy with 20+ on SR before each burn.
We are not charging for the free Ravage! as its too hard to rely on, I also dont see it benefiting us too much either.
Mangle, shred, TF(/zerk) rake, ravage!, rip, shred, shred, shred...
Rake, FF, shred, shred, TF(/zerk), shred, rake, rip, shred, shred, shred...
We shred until the last gcd before the add goes away, then we use FB to get rid of excess energy. For non-berserk burns we just do the same sequence but without Berserk. We use Berserk on the first, third and fifth burn, so that the other dps that benefit from an execute phase will be closer to it on the second, fourth and sixth burn.
His Rake can hit before my Mangle for 30% less dmg on the first tick, but the 30% lost on the first tick on rake is less than 20% lost on my shred if he were to use FF first instead of Rake and i were faster than him, meaning my shred could hit without there being a bleed already on the target. The other feral also pools up some energy after his Rake when he is using FF afterwards, he cant pool energy if hes using FF first as he is then already full energy. Also other Pro's and Con's either way makes me believe that the sequences above is optimal for this 2feral setup. Another reason he is applying mangle and not me is because i need to pick up more talents than him due to 4set and being dps most of the time but still having tank talents, so he got more talents to spare for Feral Aggression since his time as dps only revolves around the 20sec burn, and not the rest of the fight where we also need to have high dps.
The only thing im not sure about is how FF on the second gcd will affect the ret pala in our grp. Something to think about is that our gcd is 1 sec, a ret pala gcd is 1,5 so FF is guaranteed to be up for the ret pala's second ability. We save hero+pot for the fifth burn phase.
Glyphs(me): SR, berserk, Rip
Glyphs(other feral): Mangle, Berserk, Rip (he is tanking more than me, so mangle edges out SR longterm imo, even though im actually the one applying mangle during the burn, im also thinking that SR could be switched out with Berserk for this guy, seeing as he is at most getting 1 sec out of the berserk glyph)
I post this here hoping for someone to suggest something we could improve in the sequence and setup. Im not 100% sure what to reforge yet, but testing some different setups it seems that having a balanced reforge but favoring haste is the best, the other tank is favoring mastery since he is tanking more than me. Crit reforge seemed like shit, especially as we don't use FB until the last GCD available. What im most interested in is your thoughts on reforging for the 20 sec burst window, and how ignoring FB is a potential dps increase/loss, all FB seems to do is get me short on energy, rending me unable to spam something each gcd. We use Ferocious Bite at 5CPs during the fifth burn since we energy cap with hero (any recent theorycrafting on 4CP FBs?)
Please dont kill me if im doing something wrong, just brushed the dust off my feral for Spine HC, seeing as it benefits the raid more than my ele shaman.
This macro seems to do the trick to squeeze in as as many gcds as possible. As far as ive tested it, it will not do shit unless u have targeted something, and its trying to target the burning tendons, so u wont accidently use the trinket or an ability on the wrong target by spamming this, given that u are facing away from other mobs and facing directly towards where the Burning Tendon will be.
/targetexact Burning Tendons
/use Kiroptyric Sigil