New Feral DPS Rotation?!

by on Sep.23, 2009, under General

Okay, so I was browsing MMO-Champion, and I see a new post regarding the change to the ability [spell]Predatory Instincts[/spell] in the feral tree.  Apparently Jurin has a new feral DPS rotation figured out and I thought I would share:

Long time lurker, first time poster.

I’ve looked a little since the patch hit, and not seen any discussion at all on the new change to Predatory Strikes.

“Predatory Strikes: This talent now also causes the druid’s finishing moves to provide a 7/13/20% chance per combo point to make the next Nature spell with a cast time below 10 seconds instant cast.”

Anything interesting to note about it? I assume it’s a pure DPS increase to cast Wrath after every finisher. I’m pulling about 2.7k DPS self-buffed on the boss-level training dummy (I forget its exact name) doing this. (Armory:

Does energy regen while out of form? I have noticed somewhat smoother use of abilities, but I haven’t looked into it.

Anyway, what do other druids think?

I did some theory crafting, and apparently cat druids should stack spellpower for this [spell]Wrath[/spell], since armor penetration was nerfed into the ground!

On a more serious note,  I generally don’t like to make fun of other people, but I really hope this poor guy was a troll.

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2 Comments for this entry

  • Lenwë

    This guy is crazy oO

    and the mana cost of Cat form and spell etc… He go invest on mana o.o


  • Xiera

    Wow. I dunno, maybe he didn’t realise that instant cast spells still trigger the GCD and that Cat Form is another 1.5-second GCD. That’s 3 seconds for ~600 damage. Kinda makes me want to cry.

    If something like this was truly a DPS increase, ferals would already be casting Moonfire as part of their DPS rotation. But they’re not, so we can safely say that using 2 1.5-second GCDs to cast an instant spell is not worth it.

    Shifting back into form isn’t really a mana concern due to Natural Shapeshifter (-30% mana cost) and King of the Jungle (-60% mana cost). On top of that, Improved Leader of the Pack returns 4% mana to you roughly every 6 seconds. Cat Form’s base mana cost is 35%, which is reduced to 3.5% by talents. Even one crit would restore you to full mana. The reason I even mention this is because all cat druids (and moonkins) should have a power-shifting button on the toolbar in case they need to shift out of a snare (ie, Hodir, nerfed Freya, etc.).

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